My life is blessed with some truly amazing friends. One friend gave me an early birthday present on our recent girls weekend in St. Paul. She had thought we might get a pedicure over the weekend, and had purchased a Spa Finder gift card for an early birthday gift. I opted to sip a coffee at a french restaurant instead, saving the gift card for closer to my birthday.
If you have never been to Sundara Spa, well you are missing a slice of heaven on earth. It has been several years since my last visit, but I am headed back this fall....and again in the spring. All thanks to my friend. With her gift I can purchase to manicures, the least expensive salon service provided. But, at Sundara any salon service comes with access to the relaxation center. There one finds hot baths, steam rooms, a tranquil lounge, outdoor pool, all tucked in by pine trees.
Instead of spending the gift on one mega service, I will split it into two. Maximizing some tranquil time and getting the most of her thoughtfulness. Knowing I'm headed there in a few weeks is a treat, and this winter I will be further delighted to know another trip awaits in the Spring. Her kindness is greatly appreciated, so much that I want to make it last as long as possible.
Keep this approach in mind if and when gift cards enter your life -- how can you make the most of them?