From Thanksgiving through the new year, the cheer and festivities do not stop… but neither does the gift buying. Following Thanksgiving is Black Friday. Over 30 percent of annual retail sales in the U.S. happen between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. The marathon of holiday parties and events, holiday concerts and gift buying can get monotonous. Below are a few ideas to keep the gift giving season exciting and fresh.

Self-care gifts are the new black

The irony is that the one thing that most adults want to find under the tree this year, wrapped in a box and a bow, isn’t more ‘stuff.’ It isn’t the latest kitchen gadget or the newest phone.

It’s time. Time to read a book, time to take a long, hot bubble bath. Time with friends and family, laughing and having a good… well, not to put too fine a point on it, time! We can’t actually give time to our friends and family, but we can motivate them to spend more time on self-care and improvement.

Here are some ideas to get your gift shopping done and your loved ones taken care this holiday season:

Give them the gift of care

New Parents — What about a gift card for a professional babysitting service, allowing your cousins who are new parents to get that all important date night into their crazy schedule? From a meal planning service to hiring a doula, there are so many ways you can give the new parents in your life the gift of time.

Your Parents — Your own parents might be needing a little help too. Perhaps you might want to book a housecleaning service, so that Mom and Dad can let go of that chore and have more time to indulge in their favorite hobbies? Get them a snow removal service or lawn maintenance package and remove that from their to do list.

Your Kids — Got kids who hate to clean? Give them a ‘No room cleaning for a week’ coupon book! They’ll love it! It’s the teenage version of the ‘get out of jail free’ card in Monopoly! Even little kids can benefit from extra time! What about coupons for extra screen time? Or plan surprise day trips once a month, visiting a new part of your city and playing the tourist! Making memories with your kids comes by spending time with them, not spending money on stuff.

Your Best Friends — Do they love massage and tea? Music and vodka? Movies and popcorn? Make them a basket of self-care items, including an Elements Massage® gift card, that suits their personality. This curated basket will remind them to take the time for themselves and  enjoy their favorite things to do!

Of course, the best gift you can give this year is the gift of relaxation. Everyone on your list can benefit from calm, peaceful ‘me time’ and they will thank you for the reminder to slow down and relax. So, go ahead and get an Elements Massage® gift card for everyone on your list…and pick up one for yourself while you’re at it!

Elements of Health is sponsored by Elements Massage. The Franklin studio is located at 539 Cool Springs Boulevard, Suite 140 Franklin, Tennessee 37067. The Brentwood studio is located at 782 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite 113 Brentwood, TN 37027. You can contact the Franklin studio at (615) 771-0003 or visit their website here. Visit the Brentwood website here or call (615) 730- 6806.