I go back and forth on the issue of holiday gifts. After all, is it really necessary to buy something for someone as a way to tell them we care for them? And, is it really necessary to expend so much time and energy every December prowling in shopping malls in search of a "perfect" gift? I heard a radio story the other day that said that more than half of holiday gifts are eventually re-gifted or quickly discarded.
Still, I appreciate this time of year, because it may be one of the few times we really reflect on, and show gratitude for, those people who enrich and cheer our lives.
But, in the interest of stress relief, I'd like to suggest four gifts that promote peace and good health ... as well as save a stressful trip to the mall. (And, these gifts are far more likely to be used and enjoyed!)
1) A Gift Certificate for a Peaceful Massage. Give a holiday gift certificate that will look beautiful just wrapped in a bow and tucked under the tree. And, it will be even better when your loved one comes to my Madison studio to redeem that certificate for a soothing massage session or hot stone treatment. One-hour, 90-minute, and 30-minute sessions are available. Call me at 540-672-9528 or email me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com to order your gifts or for pricing and other info. If you're in the area, I will happily hand-deliver the gift certificate to you, so you'll have it in plenty of time for the holidays ... or I can drop it in the mail to you. My gift certificates never expire, but I am pleased to report that more than 90% of my gift certificates are redeemed within a year.
2) Or ... give a Yoga Gift Certificate for a session of yoga in Madison or Orange or a very special private session. This is a unique and fun gift for a loved one. Just contact me by email at peaceful hands (at) gmail.com or at 540-672-9528 for more information.
3) Or … consider a very special Ayurvedic Counseling Gift Certificate. Ayurveda is the ancient medical science of Asia. As an Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Counselor, I’ll work closely with your loved one or friend to diagnose their natural biologic "Dosha" makeup -- the energy of their physical and emotional body that makes them unique. Using that information, I offer a personalized strategy -- comprised of diet, exercise, and lifestyle activities -- that best suits their biologic makeup and will help them best achieve their personal health goals.
My Ayurvedic Counseling Package includes two consultations (on-site or via phone/email) and a detailed written report that can help guide your gift recipient toward a more nourishing diet, more effective exercise, more beneficial lifestyle choices ... and a healthier life. (Follow up sessions are also available.) Again, just contact me at peacefulhands (at) gmail.com or by phone at 540-672-9528 for additional information.
For more information and basic pricing information for my gift certificates visit: Peaceful Hands: Services & Rates
4) Adopt A Wild Animal. Support the health and well-being of a special wild creature. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a wonderful organization and one of the nation's premier wildlife hospitals, offers special "Caring For Critters" adoption gift kits that provide food and care for its education animals. You can adopt a possum, a bald eagle, a screech owl, and a number of other non-releasable animals that call the Center home. You'll get a sweet little "adoption kit" to wrap and place under the tree. (You can also add cute wild animal fuzzy puppets to your adoption kit ... another great stocking stuffer!) For information, visit The Wildlife Center of Virginia and click on the "Caring For Critters" link at the bottom of the page.
I hope these ideas save you a trip to the mall ... so you can spend that time with those you love.