The holidays are a time for giving. While you’re buying everyone on your list a Spa & Wellness Gift Card (wink, wink) let us not forget those who are less fortunate. We talked about how spas are giving back all year round, but the holidays are a special time to reach out to the local community. We love hearing stories about spas giving free massages to deserving unemployed people. It warms our hearts to see spas (that already bring us joy with their amazing spa treatments!) reach out and give all that they can during the holiday season. Not every child is going to be able to unwrap a toy this Christmas. Here are some spas that want to change that:


Last night, American Laser got in the holiday spirit by co-hosting the GIVE 2 GET Beauty event with Pretty City. Guests who donated a toy received a gift card for one free treatment of choice. Now that’s a reason to give!

The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Los Angeles is having their annual Teddy Bear Tea event where kids enjoy a puppet show, storytelling by one of Santa’s helpers, and pictures with Santa. Guests are asked to bring one unwrapped, packaged gift for donation to Hillsides charity. Teddy Bear Tea will be held December 17-23 from 10 am to noon.  For reservations call 626.585.6218.

Alantra Spa in North Reading, Massachusetts is offering 10% off any service for every un-opened new toy you bring to the spa from now until December 30th. The toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Bring in an unused toy to your local Massage Envy for their ‘12 Days of Christmas‘ event until December 19th. The toys will be donated to Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation is the nation’s largest gift basket distributor to children with cancer serving 220 children’s hospitals and pediatric oncology treatment centers nationwide. For the nearest location call 866.553.3689.

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