If you’re under the age of eleven, the week before Christmas means the oncoming onslaught of gifts and sugary treats. Now, the week before Christmas is more likely to herald panic over all the gifts you haven’t yet found or wrapped. For those who are still scrambling, we’ve compiled nine last-minute ideas in three convenient categories.
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For spine stretching, muscle relaxing, and that delicious nap at the end, yoga can’t be beat. Get your over-worked husband a few yoga sessions with a private instructor who can really focus on what he needs. Bonus: fewer frantic late-night phone calls from the office.
Acupuncture is a 3000-year-old Chinese treatment that improves body function and promotes the self-healing process. It can also improve sleep, ease back pain and headache. It even helps morning sickness. Don’t worry, even people with a severe aversion to needles don’t mind the hair thin, less-than-intimidating acupuncture version.
Swedish massage for your mother. Sports massage for your marathon-running sister. Pre-natal massage for your brother’s pregnant wife. Massage is always a crowd pleaser on Christmas morning.
Sometimes you need some help to reach the next level. Whatever your dream or goal, a good coach can help you get there. If you have a fresh-from-college cousin or a brother who needs a boost, book them a session with someone who can help get them where they want to be. Bonus: Bragging rights in perpetuity for making their dreams come true. No one will ever beat that Christmas present.
They say the suit makes the man. No information is yet available on whether or not this great and mysterious They is right, but it couldn’t hurt. Whether your son is hungry to become the next Wall Street shark or a nobel laureate, his professional wardrobe could probably use some help.
Yep, improv comedy. Improv classes build confidence, speed up your reaction time, strengthen your creativity, and build public speaking skills. All perfect for your success-focused friends and family.
Your brother is hosting dozens of people on Christmas Day and your sister-in-law is six seconds away from an epic meltdown. Gift them a post-holiday housecleaner to vacuum up all the stray needles and candy cane shards.
Giving someone a personal trainer for Christmas is fine line to walk. Gift it to the wrong person and you could start a feud spanning years because THANKS FOR CALLING ME FAT, JERK. But give it to the right person and they will love you – and their newly toned legs – forever.
Sometimes the trauma of the holidays – overcrowded malls, extra bills, and a Christmas Eve family scream fest thrown in for fun – needs some good, old-fashioned alternative medicine. A Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation, Reiki also promotes healing and even that peaceful joy that Christmas was supposed to bring.
Have any of you given a service-based gift lately? We think that sometimes the best presents don’t come in a box.