If you’re making your list, checking it twice, and still coming up empty, it might be because the mere idea of new things makes you think of more things to clean and put away. So ask for (or give other busy parents in your life!) the gift of TLC this holiday season. Check out our list of the best pampering services that make house-calls, which means no need to fight LA traffic to redeem something that makes the holidays a little more relaxing. Best. Gift. Ever.
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Knead Me Massage
Nothing says pampered more than massage. Getting to and from the massage, however, can be anything but relaxing. We know mamas with gift cards that are years old, because it’s impossible to scheudle enough free time to drive to the spa. Gift the stressed-out diva in your life (or drop a hint to your honey that you’d like) a stress-free massage at home. Knead Me’s founder and licensed massage therapist Jennifer Carta felt affordable in-home massage sessions were seriously lacking in her neighborhood of Glendale and surrounding areas. So her mobile massage company was started with a purpose of providing a service that “goes wherever the need may be.”
Rates start at $85 an hour for individual and $170 for couples massages. Carta promises that the therapists are friendly but not chatty, so no worries about entertaining. And you don’t have to provide a thing, except for maybe your own cucumber water. Therapists bring their own tables that they set up and break down quickly and efficiently, making the most out of your scheduled appointment time. You can book for yourself or as a gift through the form on the website. (If buying as a gift make sure to mention it in the message section of the booking form.)
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Hair Room Service
Do you know someone who never makes time to get their hair done? Gift them a day of beauty with celebrity artists right in their own home. Think of them as a salon that makes LA & OC house calls (office calls too for that matter). From hair cuts and updos to waxing, nails and makeup services, Hair Room Service is your fairy godmother of beauty. Whether it’s a good old basic cut or a make up session to take the worry out of a big holiday party, the gift of beauty and good old me-time is something most Moms don’t get enough of.
Appointments are easy to make online via their website or you can email them. Services start at $65, and if you don’t know what your giftee would like, gift cards can be purchased online, customized and delivered to the gift giver or recipient via email. For specifics on their services and pricing check out their website.
photo: Unwind Mobile Massage & Spa via Facebook
Unwind Mobile Spa
What about a group gift? Create your own spa party with Unwind Massage & Mobile Spa. In addition to massages, they also offer facials, waxing, nails and even personal fitness sessions with a yoga instructor, joyous dance or guided meditation. Can’t choose between a facial or a massage? Yoga or Manicure? Unwind lets you combine treatments to create a specialized spa party for 1 or your whole gaggle of girlfriends who don’t get enough time together. Your Mom group can chip in together to get each other this party of pampering.
Unwind also offers services for couples, so it can be you and your honey’s special gift to each other. Gift cards are available on the website in any amount and are good for 1 year after purchase.
877-577-7228 or 310-684-3957 (Text available at this number.)
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Haute Chefs LA
Want to enjoy (or gift) a special holiday meal where no one had to hover over a hot stove? With farmers market ingredients, Haute Chefs will create and deliver personal dishes that cater to your likes and dietary restrictions. Individual meals of breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks start at $100 and a family of 4 luxury meal delivery service starts at $150 (delivery fees may apply). Looking for more of a personal-chef-in-your-kitchen gift? They do that too. Chef Services for a dinner for 4 start at $400 (not including the cost of food). It’s the perfect gift for new parents.
For custom gift certificates based on the dinner option chosen, it’s better to call instead of email so as not to get lost in the holiday shuffle. After all, ’tis the season to eat and be merry!
Stressing out about where all the new toys and gadgets from this Holiday season are going to go? Put a session with a professional organizer on your Santa wish list and make those worries (like the clutter) disappear. Professional organizers Joni & Kitt are both busy moms who know how hectic life can get. They also know that organizing the day-to-day clutter can make a world of difference in a busy household. Practically Perfect offers a range of services to help you tackle those small and large projects this New Year. Joni & Kitt can coach you to discover your own personal organizing goals, lead you in a DIY direction or offer full-service organizing.
Rates begin at $225 per hour-long session for Joni and Kitt’s services and vary based on the type of organizing zen you’re looking to achieve. Book now to ring in the New Year clutter free. Practically Perfect’s full-service organizing jobs sometimes require a 2 month wait-list.
Looking for less hands-on help and more guiding guru? Joni & Kitt offer virtual organizing help too—so you don’t even have to be in LA, and can gift this to your disoranized roomie from college. Gift cards are available and can be ordered online. For more info on rates and the type of services they provide, check out their website.
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Run Around Betties
If free time to put your feet up is the only thing you truly want for Christmas this year, Run Around Betties is like hiring your very own personal assistant to do all those things you can’t find time for. Need someone to pick up the dry cleaning and do the grocery shopping? Call a Bettie. Wait for the cable guy while cleaning out the garage? Hire a Bettie. They’ll even scan your photos and upload your CDs into your computer if that’s the chore that’s been bogging you down. From errands to dog walking to party planning to personal shopping, you can hire a Bettie (or a Bob) for almost anything your busy household needs.
Betties are available all over Los Angeles and Orange County and are also there to offer help for the Office and Life (like light after school supervision and dinner prep) for those extra busy weeks. Services start at $25/hour, but can go up with weekend, holiday or last minute booking. All Betties are screened and given a thorough background check upon hiring and are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. Still not sure? You can meet your Bettie before they work for you.
Everyone needs a Bettie in their life, so if you’re stuck on gifts for teachers, coaches, friends, neighbors, pretty much anyone, last minute gifts cards can be purchased over the phone or via email for however many hours you wish. They’ll even mail your gift card to you in a box with a pretty ribbon (email cards are available, too).
San Fernando Valley: 818-981-3398
Los Angeles: 424-672-3328
Orange County: 949-566-8893
photo: Earth Car Wash via Facebook
Earth Car Wash
LA may have fun in the sun year round but it also has dust in the air and on our cars. What better gift to give that car nut in your family than the gift of a shiny clean car? Earth Car Wash comes to you and uses eco friendly chemicals and a minimal amount of water for the exterior of every car. And you can breathe easy knowing that they also exclusively use organic products for the car’s interior, making it safer for those tiny passengers with allergies and sensitive skin and noses. For parents with ground in Cheerios and no time to have it taken care of, the gift of no-work and no-traveling to cleanliness is heaven sent. (Or you know, sent by you, their intuitive, great gifter of a friend.)
No worries about who is coming to you, because Earth Car Wash is a bonded, licensed and insured mobile car wash and detailing service with only in-house employees who have all been professionally trained and background checked. Packages start at around $30 and vary based on package, location and car type. Weekly/monthly packages are also available and they’ll even clean RVs and boats. Services are available in Los Angeles, Orange County and Las Vegas. Pre-paid gifts are available and it’s best to arrange those over the phone.
What would top your wish for a gift that would make your life easier? Let us know in the comments section below!
—Andrea Conway Kagey