Heart’s Holiday Guide: Pamper Them
This one is a no brainer, and kind of a classic gift in general. But if your partner is a Mother or is in a care-giving profession I can guarantee you they are in need of some pampering.Many of us who spend so much time taking care of the needs of others neglect our own.
A gift certificate for a massage, manicure/pedicure, or appointment at the hair-salon are a concrete way to encourage someone who doesn’t make self-care a priority to do so. If you happen to have any of those skills you can make a coupon for your services that they can cash in at any time. If you can afford to splurge on professional services do so, it’s a great way to support local businesses. (For massages always ensure the services are with a Registered Massage Therapist.)
Home based ideas for pampering can include aromatherapy candles or bath-salts, a luxurious bath pillow for relaxation in the tub, their favourite teas with a fancy big mug or a new set of super comfy pyjamas.
My very favourite pampering ideas take it a step further:
- If your partner enjoys massage, yoga, or being touched appropriately do them a favour and book them a Thai Yoga Massage. Seriously. This is one of my favourite things on the planet. From the first time I had one I was hooked. Thai Massages are done on floor mats while you are wearing loose clothing. You do not need to be flexible or in good shape. The therapist will help you to stretch your muscles during the massage. I get so relaxed I have been known to drool during these treatments. Thai massages are so good for the body and your partner will walk away feeling like a million bucks.
- If your partner enjoys wearing make up book them a makeover at a local establishment (alternately chains like The Body Shop, MAC, Aveda and Sephora all offer this service.) Not only is it really pleasant having someone spoil you with creams and soft brushes, but it’s a great boost to the self-esteem to spend time with a good cosmetician who will help you learn how to enhance your best features. It’s also a fantastic way to learn some new tricks and shake up your makeup routine, most of us who wear cosmetics get in the habit of doing the same old thing over and over. Adding something new to this routine helps inspire your creativity and shake things up. And you walk away feeling beautiful. (Make sure to fawn over your partners new look when you see them!)
- A Hitachi Magic Wand. Just do it. If your partner does not have one, they need one. It works so well as a massager and even better as a sex toy. It is a purchase you will not regret. I especially recommend this if your partner requires a lot of stimulation to orgasm, struggles to orgasm, stresses out about taking forever to orgasm or really loves to orgasm.
Pampering gifts say to your partner “You are worthy of care. Here. Have some.” What a great holiday message.
(Pampering gifts are also the perfect gift to give yourself!)