HOW TO BE THE BEST FATHER XMAS EVER.

In an age of less is more, I am still astounded by the number of friends who rent storage for the one-half of their possessions that don’t fit into their house. I bow deeply to the Millennials who have a pack-up-and-go lifestyle, and I get really grumpy at old school corporates who do not understand that most businesses can run on a bit of trust, Skype and WIFI.

Gearing up towards Christmas Day the question of Christmas gifts rears its ugly head.

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Wall Street Journal recently reported that “more than 20% of returns happen during the holiday season—about $60 billion in merchandise, according to Optoro, a logistics provider. The U.S. Postal Service handled 3.2 million returns in the two weeks that followed last Christmas and said there will be even more this year. United Parcel Service Inc. expects to handle four million returns the first full week of January, up 15% from two years ago as online sales continue to grow.”  Although these are American stats, South Africa is surely short on the heels of its international counterparts.

With so many unwanted or unfit gifts being returned, we surely need to reassess what and why we are giving gifts?

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as “The Minimalists” to their 4 million readers, help people live more meaningful lives with less. They share some valuable tips on minimalist gift-giving:

Joshua explains: “I tend to avoid physical gifts, but I still enjoy participating in the holidays. I now give gifts of experiences, charitable donations, or, if I give material goods, I give consumables, such as a bottle of wine or a bag of coffee from a local roaster. It must be something someone can use, or, if it’s an experience, it’s a memory that can be shared, from concert tickets to an evening of watching the sunset together. It sounds cliche until you actually do it, and then you realize it’s great.”

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Being part of the hotel and spa industry certainly has its perks. Nothing fills my heart with more joy than enjoying a chilled glass of Chardonnay overlooking the mountains and dams, relaxing into a Spa treat, or just nibbling on something as simple as a snacky Ploughman’s Platter with the sounds of a waterfall close by. Would I choose any of the above instead of another set of wine glasses? Or another photo frame? Hell, yes.

So before you test your road rage levels and parking warfare skills, ask yourself if an online Spa/hotel voucher (or even a movie ticket, for goodness sake) would not be better for your own sanity and those around you. I hear a resounding yes all around.

Happy holidays and may the experience-gifting bring you much joy.

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Words: Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR |Guvon Hotels & Spas | Photo credits: @Four_cousins

HAS XMAS COME EARLY AT FAIRWAY SPA?

With so many year end functions at the moment, we need to look our best. Fairway Spa in Randpark offers a FREE MANICURE or pedicure with every facial booked from Monday to Thursday – ideal to get you looking like a million dollars for your year end function.

Better yet – for every massage booked, you get one free. Even the gents will love this!

Call 011 478 8000 to book now. Offer valid for November only.

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FEELING THE XMAS SPIRIT YET?  May we recommend a Me-gift for Christmas?

We are all hearing the tick-tock of the holiday clock as we are counting down to sunny beach days of doing absolutely nothing, for extended stretches of time.  A little me-gift before the 25th of December is absolutely in order.

Honey Souffle, brown sugar, egg nog and home-made cookies  make the mouth water in anticipation, and so it should as they are all elements from some of the spa packages available from the Guvon Spa group, this December month.

If you are ready to pamper away the stress of a year of hard work and long hours, the Christmas Spa  packages range start at R650 per person.

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Guvon Spas consist of Askari Spa (Maliesburg), Kloofzicht Spa and Chicama Spa (Muldersdrift) and Fairway Spa (Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort), each with its own tailor-made Xmas spa package.

Add a game drive at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, a round of golf at The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort to your spa day. Or maybe sundowners at Little Foot Bar at Kloofzicht Lodge or a lazy Sunday lunch at Glenburn Lodge is more your scene?

Please see www.guvonspas.co.za for info or contact the spas directly to make a booking.

Central Reservations: 08611 48866

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Words by Christa Badenhorst | Group Marketing & PR: Guvon Hotels & Spas

For hig –res images or further info: Brenda Dooge on crm@guvonhotels.co.za