I love a Christmas gift that you can ‘cash in’ at a later date, be it a voucher for a massage, a manicure, or simply something that will give you space to sit back and relax like some gorgeous herbal teas. These gifts are all about inspiring you to look after yourself and others. Looking after my own mental health and wellbeing is so important, especially as a business owner, so I hope that you find some inspiration in here and give the gift of wellbeing to someone who needs it. Or perhaps you need to treat yourself!
In this Christmas gift guide, you will find gifts to restore balance, beauty and wellbeing to those who recieve them.
Beauty and Wellbeing Gifts
- Ace Your Space
- Aesthetics with Alice
- Ego Avenue
- Infusion Wellbeing
- Mother Cuppa Tea
- Practical Gift Box
- Saira Lawlor Coach
- Soothe & Faciltité
This guide is part of Sophie etc.’s Independent Milton Keynes Christmas Gift Guide 2022. Businesses have paid to feature in the guides, but the guide has been entirely curated by Sophie. We hope it inspires you to shop small this Christmas! Every effort has been taken to ensure the information in this blog post is correct. Please refer directly to vendor websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information for Christmas delivery and products. If you do see an error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ace Your Space
Ace Your Space is a home decluttering and organisation business that creates beautiful, functional and organised spaces, helping people remove stress from their homes so they fall in love with it again. Run by Kate, an accredited professional organiser trained by BBC One’s ‘Sort Your Life Out’ Dilly Carter and one of her approved organisers. In the current climate, getting organised is more beneficial than ever, and Kate can save you time and money and waste. Based in Milton Keynes, Ace Your Space works with clients in Bucks, Beds, Northants.
Make someone’s Christmas and give them the best start to 2023 by giving them the gift of time. This personalised service can help the person you care about get on top of their home when they don’t know where to start, tackle that room of doom, prepare their home for sale or help improve the flow of a kitchen. With organising systems set up that will be easy to maintain.
Gift vouchers start from £30 for a 1hr virtual coaching session and £90 for 3hr bespoke in-home decluttering/organising session. To buy your personalised gift voucher visit www.aceyourspace.net.
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Aesthetics With Alice
Alice runs her MK-based salon and provides Aesthetics treatments as well as Laser therapy treatments. She started her business by offering the following treatments: Mesotherapy, Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Dermaplaning, Vitamin B12 Injections and Hydraderm & LED Facials. She now offers Laser Teeth Whitening Laser Hair Removal.
You can buy gift vouchers for treatments. Contact me for any other monetary value, or to discuss e-Gift Vouchers for bespoke treatments for people who want to present something more personalised.
These super fun press-on nails from Bedford-based Ego Avenue are SO fun and would make a great stocking filler or addition to your Christmas party outfit! Lauren started the business because she always loved getting nail art but it became super expensive. When she started her corporate job, she found my ‘loud’ designs were not always appropriate. She wanted more natural designs in the week but fun designs on the weekend.
When Lauren looked into press-on nails, they were either costly custom nails on platforms such as Etsy or in chain chemists with very generic, childish designs. She found there were a lot of nurses, teachers, and mothers who felt the same, so created EGO AVENUE to solve this problem.
There are over 150 nail styles to choose from. Pictured below are some of their most popular designs. Aren’t they fab?
Alysha Daniels started infusion Wellbeing to provide somewhere in Milton Keynes where men and women could go to escape and get some well-deserved “Me Time”. She wanted to make an inclusive space where you can go to relax and unwind from day-to-day stress. They are a one-stop clinic providing everything from laser treatments to massage to nails to advanced skin treatments and much more. Infusion Wellbeing is based in Denbigh Business Park.
They have some fantastic packages on offer for Christmas. Firstly, a 30 minute hot stone back massage and 30 minute hydrate and glow facial for just £50. This 60 minute treatment will melt away stress and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. They use bespoke skincare to ensure you have the best facial for your skin. Ideal for someone who is in need of some “me time” and is in need of the gift of relaxation. Vouchers for this special offer are available to purchase through us on our website or by emailing us on email@example.com
There is also a discount for Laser Hair Removal. Now, I’ve actually been having laser hair removal on my legs with Alysha since January and am just about to have my final sessions. I’ve been so impressed with the results. Prices start from £43.25 for each session. This is ideal for someone who wants to be hair free permanently forever and wants to save money on hair removal in the long run. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to get a voucher.
Mother Cuppa Tea
Mother Cuppa is run by Candice. She is currently entering the throws of peri-menopause early as a result of a medically induced menopause in her late teens following treatment for endometriosis. Having always turned to natural remedies, she now finds herself turning to medicinal tea for her perimenopause symptoms. She wants to help other women like her.
She is a trained ‘Tea Sommelier’ and her blends help support women’s health and well-being. The ENERGISE blend tangy and aromatic blend of hibiscus, ginger, beetroot and ashwagandha. It’s a superfood alternative to coffee to recharge and revitalise your energy levels. The range also features HYDRATE and RELAX.
These teas would make a great gift for someone who needs to slow down and support their well-being.
Practical Gift Box
Practical Gift Box is owned by Jill, a mum of 3, based in Olney. She started the business in 2020 from her kitchen table. The idea came after some close friends gave her a care package filled with personal, helpful gifts chosen specifically to comfort and be extremely useful during a stint in hospital. Practical Gift Box aims to make gift-giving convenient and fun, but to also take the headache out of searching for thoughtful and relevant gifts.
The “I Love Sports” box is a great post-workout gift set for a sports enthusiast or regular gym goer. The box contains: Epsom Salt Bath Soak, Pumice, Cheese Popcorn and Vidrate Enhanced Hydration Sachets. It has everything someone will need for recovery and to restore them to equilibrium.
Saira Lawlor Coach
Saira is a qualified personal trainer specialising in coaching and empowering women through fitness. She offers 1-2-1 sessions from a private gym based in Brooklands, Milton Keynes and online coaching. She started my business as I have spent over half of my life battling with food and body. She is passionate about educating and helping women become both mentally and physically stronger and the positive benefits exercise can have on our life.
Saira offers two great services that can be given as gifts. A 1-hour PT taster session (£40) is ideal for women who would like to an introduction to what a PT session would consist of. Or for someone looking to progress, Saira also offers Online Coaching (£150) Where you’ll get personalised workouts delivered to your phone via an app which can include home and gym workouts, nutritional guidance, and weekly check-ins to keep you accountable.
To book these services for yourself or some else, email Saira: email@example.com
Soothe & Facilité
Amelia is a qualified holistic and sports massage therapist based in Newport Pagnell. She started Soothe & Facilité in November 2021. Prior to this, she worked within the spa team at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge London. It was during her time there she realised her true passion lies within the wellness industry and making people feel good. She has always been passionate about health and wellness and has experienced the wonderful healing and health benefits that massage can bring. She believes that the combination of nutrition, exercise and regular therapeutic massages are integral aspects of the maintenance of optimal health and wellness.
Soothe & Faclité, offers a delightful selection of revitalising treatments that make the perfect pampering gift to give this Christmas. And let me tell you – Her massages are WONDERFUL. I’ve been visiting Amelia for over a year now, and regular massages have become an essential part of my wellbeing routine.
Choose from the Wellness Escape (my favourite!), the Digital Detox or a Sports Massage. All of them are restorative, destress you and will leave you feeling relaxed and more mobile. Any of these treatments can be created into an e-gift voucher and gifted to that special someone this Christmas.
The best way to order a voucher would be to email firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Instagram @sootheandfacilite.
I hope this Christmas Gift Guide has inspired you to shop small this Christmas. If you do decide to support these businesses please let them know who sent you their way and share your purchases with my Facebook Community Group, Eat & Explore MK. You can also share your local finds on Instagram with the hashtag #EatandExploreMiltonKeynes.
Which beauty or wellbeing gifts and experiences will you be buying for Christmas?