The hustle and bustle of the shopping season is here. Are you looking for some fresh, new and lasting gift options? Relax, we’ve got it covered. We’re going to take you through a tour of some of the best of the best offered right here in Austin and the surrounding areas. This year, we’ve gone outside of the norm, away from the box. Let’s get you and your loved ones fitted with some healthy alternatives and a new Auld Lang Syne.

To start us off let’s get you relaxed. There’s nothing that does this quite like a spa treatment. A gift that no one will object to, and something to look forward to after or before the big day.

Centered around a natural hot springs or mineral springs, destination spas provide a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine, and special interest programming. overall, a day-spa provides similar services for the purpose of improving health, beauty and relaxation through personal care such as facials, hair, and massages. Both spas offer facilities such as a sauna, pool, steam room, or whirlpool that guests may use in addition to their treatment. Resort spas typically include services integrated into packages which include diet, exercise programs, instruction on wellness, life coaching, yoga, tai chi, and accommodations where participants reside for the duration of their stay.

Local offerings in Austin include several options of these treatments with a variety of packages from a one-hour massage to a full 7-day stay to accommodate the need of even the busiest clientele. In our fast-paced, constantly “plugged in” society, self-care important. We’ve outlined a few of many destination, resort and day spas in the Austin area.

Over-looking stunning Lake Austin, activities such as ‘Walk on Water,’ a peddle or paddle lake outing and ‘Mindful Morning Lakeside Sun Salutations,’ a sunrise yoga class can be found at Lake Austin Spa Resort. You’ll also find celebrity hairstylists on site, along with guest speakers and renowned chefs. But don’t think it’s all slow-go and quiet moments. Bring that summertime grin back to your face and skim the waters of Lake Austin on skis, a wakeboard, a tube – or just sit back and enjoy the breeze as you take in the sights of Lake Austin.

“At Lake Austin Spa Resort, we celebrate wellness on the water (wow) daily with over 20 water activities offered, personalized instruction, and of course access to over 100 unique spa services in the resort’s 25,000-square foot spa,” Managing Director Janis Clapoff offered. “Our healthful, gourmet cuisine features items from our onsite organic gardens and Chef Beaucamp uses traditional French cooking techniques infused with local flavors. We are so proud and humbled to have been honored as a top ten Spa for the past ten years in both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines and will continue to offer the immersive, award-winning health and wellness experience that we are known for.”

Lake Austin offers a refreshing menu of over 100 spa treatments and services at a luxurious Austin day spa, all developed by their in-house experts. These customized spa treatments are drawn from a serene natural setting and by some of the best of the world’s ancient and modern therapeutic techniques. For more information visit https://www.lakeaustin.com/.

One of the most sought-after resort destinations in Texas, Omni Creek Resort and Spa stands tall among picturesque hill country views matched in vastness only by rich history. Located on 4,000 acres, the resort is home to four championship golf courses, one which was designed by Austin native, Ben Crenshaw and another by Arnold Palmer.

Just 10 miles northwest of downtown Austin, this resort blends the best of capital city with the beauty of Texas Hill Country. Resort guests also have exclusive access to instruction from on-site professionals at the renowned Barton Creek Golf Academy where golfers can tune up their game before teeing off, for a world-class experience.

Located at the confluence of three springs, the spa at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa channels the natural energy of the surrounding area and delivers holistic treatments ranging from professional skin therapies, to guided meditation sessions inspired by the tranquility of the surrounding Hill Country, Three Springs Spa delivers a relaxing and natural environment where you will find a balance between mind, body and spirit. For more information visit https://www.omnihotels.com/.

With several rejuvenating treatments, The Spa at Lakeway is a relaxing vacation retreat on beautiful Lake Travis. Refresh body and soul indulge in a romantic getaway or decompress from day-to-day life. Discover seven treatment rooms, men’s and women’s lounges, couples’ showers, dry saunas and a chic spa terrace with incredible views of the Texas Hill Country. Stop by the boutique featuring authentic spa products chosen for their preventative and therapeutic qualities for skin care and wellness. Designed to invigorate mind and body, this full-service Austin spa offers healing massage and body therapies that leave you feeling refreshed and energized, so you can enjoy your vacation or tackle demanding corporate challenges.

With a sensory journey, The Spa at Lakeway offers a Signature Scrub, a salt scrub that will help polish tired skin revealing a more youthful, radiant glow. You are then cocooned in a unique blend of wild flowers and shea butter, working in harmony to moisturize and revitalize your skin from head to toe. Take a moment to enjoy spectacular lake views, while you soak up the healing benefits of their signature wild flower oils and shea butter. With your body now feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, experts will begin to work deeper to relieve tension with the Signature Massage. Enjoy 80 minutes of unwinding, until you find the deepest sense of relaxation, all aided by the resorts signature aromatherapy blend which includes all the best scents the hill country has to offer: lavender, cypress, sage and mint.

With a tranquil landscape and several PGA endorsed courses, Austin has developed a reputation as one of the best golfing destinations in the world. Discover beautiful tree-lined fairways, manicured greens and stunning vistas, as you tackle challenging layouts that will excite your senses. Situated within minutes of the top Austin courses, this spa resort is your starting point for a memorable golf getaway in Texas Hill Country. For more information visit http://www.lakewayresortandspa.com/about.aspx.

An alternative and exciting gift that your spouse will adore (trust us)—Botox or other cosmetic procedures. A tiny lift here and a small tuck there became an available practice for more than the Hollywood elite decades ago. In our constantly changing society where looking good contributes to feeling good, men are also taking advantage of the alternatives to aging offered in cosmetic procedures.

Beleza Med Spa’s Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Staci Hix-Hernandez, FACS, MD, said, “For women, the most common procedure would be Mommy Makeovers. By definition, a Mommy Makeover is surgical intervention designed to address issues that occur in the body as a result of pregnancy or childbirth. For men she said, “Liposculpture, Liposuction, Botox and Gynecomastia are the most common.”

Botox, Juvéderm, Kybella, CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, CO2 Laser Resurfacing, IPL Photo facials, liposuction, breast augmentation, gynecomastia, ThermiTight, HydraFacial MD, Micro needling with PRP, hair restoration, weight loss options, and NeoGraft name a few of the top procedures offered by Beleza. “You name it and we have it,” said Hix-Hernandez. “We all love what we do at Beleza. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be here. Each Beleza provider has a passion for aesthetics, skincare and helping our patients reach their goals.” For more information about Beleza Medspa visit www.belezamedicalspa.com.

If you’re not ready to go outside the box, we have brought you the best in classic gifts from Zoltan David.

At $3600.00, one look at the Cobalt Blue Steel “Stripes” earrings with 24K Gold shaped inlay and 18K Gold struts, backs and posts will melt her heart.

If you’re going all ‘in’ or ‘out’ this year, add the matching bracelet— “Golden Blue” featuring Cobalt Blue Steel with 24K Gold shaped inlay and 18K Gold frames and backplates, a stunning addition. This one-of-a-kind and many other amazing, classic gifts of fine jewelry are available at Zoltan David.

Zoltán Dávid is a Hungarian-born American jewelry designer based in Texas who has visited Costa Rica. His business, Zoltan David Precious Metal Art, opened in 1980 and has focused on individually crafted one-off pieces On August 27, 1988, he was knighted by the Hungarian nation in honor of his father, Zoltan David I.

In November 2003 David was awarded a patent from the USPO for an inlay technique first developed in 2000 which created hard-wearing, three-dimensional raised patterns in precious metal, such as platinum inlaid with gold.[3] He has also patented a design for convertible hoop earrings called the ‘Dangelier’ which can be dismantled to be worn in three different ways, and was one of the first to decorate the metal under the stone in a ring, although he did not patent this technique.[1] In a departure from jewelry, David collaborated with the guitarist Lance Keltner to co-design a guitar slide.

David has also launched a leather goods line, designing belts which he retails alongside his jewelry.

For more information visit www.zoltondavid.com.

We hope these ideas have brought you something different and exciting for your loved ones, business partners or yourself even. From all of us at OTL we wish you the Best of the Best this season. May all your gifting be inspired by the reason for the season.

By Michelle Keller

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