Editor's Note: This is part two of our five-week guide to picking out gifts for every parent, kid and Scrooge on your list.
Here's a hint: a chore is not a gift. No mother, wife, sister, aunt or niece wants anything having to do with household drudgery for Christmas. Unless she expressly asks for it, the women in your life are not dreaming of unwrapping gifts of dust pans, mops and brooms.
They are, however, looking for an indulgence, something they'd never buy themselves, but would love to have.
Nothing says "I love you" better than a day off and a trip to the spa. Opened this summer, Tranquility Spa at Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers packages galore for the ladies in your life. An aromatherapy, stress-reducing body massage delivers precisely what the title promises, and the luxurious 50-minute facial will give her a radiating glow. Treatments can be purchased singularly or in packages, such as the ultimate, no-holds-barred Royal Retreat six-hour spa bundle. The spa's soft, elegant and calm atmosphere practically screams "relax," which are the words every woman longs to hear. Individual spa treatments start at $35, and packages start at $135. Visit www.lakelanierislands.com.
Tearing off the wrapping and finding a brand-new Coach purse in your hands is perhaps the best feeling in the entire world, and watching as a loved one unveils this treasure is (almost) as good. The Coach Bleeker large duffel ($328) is the ultimate in intimate presents. It's big enough for her wallet, keys, cell phone and, of course, her undying affection for you. To send her excitement off the charts, throw in the Coach Jewelry Case ($98). All this thoughtfulness, and you didn't even have to worry about sizing. Available at Coach stores, Macy's and certified retailers.
Give your gal an island this holiday. Known for his keen fashion eye and diplomatic judging skills on "Project Runway," Michael Kors recently launched the Island Capri perfume collection. Inspired by clear waters and outdoor freshness, the fragrance mixes Mediterranean influences with floral scents. The collection includes the Island Capri spray ($60), body gel ($27.50) and lip gloss ($12). Perfume is always a safe bet, and an entire perfume collection is even better. The collection is sold at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
Even when breaking a sweat, women strive to look good. Help her keep that trend-setting mindset, even at the gym, with prAna's eco-friendly line of yoga and workout clothes. Fitted to mold to any body type, prAna's X Pant and Callie T are comfortable, lightweight and stylish enough to wear outside of the gym. The Callie T retails for $40 and the X Pant is $66. PrAna is available at REI stores and online at www.prana.com.
- Compiled by staff writer Anna Ferguson