Pampered presents

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Don’t let the stress of the holidays take the pep out of your step. Sail through with grace and a fresh face — not to mention a relaxed body and mind-holiday magic — that a spa escape can bestow. Better yet, purchase a spa gift certificate or products for loved ones this wintertime.

With locations in Bloomingdale, Naperville, Oak Brook, Willowbrook and Orland Park, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas are an accessible and opportune way to squeeze in a little me-time. For the generous gift-givers, Mario Tricoci, along with Broadway in Chicago, has put together, for the first time, an extravagant and luxurious holiday package, which includes a year of entertainment (two tickets to each of Broadway In Chicago’s seven shows) and the latest modern beauty services.

According to Megan Bueschel, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Mario Tricoci Hair Salons and Day Spas: “Mario’s Beauty and Broadway in Chicago package is perfect for beauty junkies and theatre junkies alike. Mario loves the arts, and it made perfect sense to partner with Broadway in Chicago, as their patrons also like to dress up and look great when going to the theatre. We have a long-standing partnership with Broadway In Chicago and created this package together to combine the best of what we both have to offer.”

Guests can redeem this package at all Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas locations, but it can only be purchased over the phone through the Mario Tricoci headquarters at (847) 202-1700.

For those that want to bring the indelible spa experience into their home, consider Abe’s Market, the go-to purveyor of all things natural. Abe’s has done the heavy lifting and found fabulous eco-friendly gifts. Abe’s Market can put you in touch with a community of health aficionados to keep you feeling and looking your best. Kathleen Love, an acupuncturist in Orland Park, is a suggested practitioner.

“While the holidays are a joyous time for reconnecting with friends and family, the constant celebration can be both mentally and physically exhausting,” said Chris Thonis, director of public relations at Abe’s Market. “Sometimes the best gift of all is a 20-minute escape, even if it’s only as far as your bathtub.”

The team at has handpicked its favorite hard-to-find bath-and-beauty products to help keep you relaxed and nourished. Each item is gorgeously packaged and free of any toxic chemicals. For examples, check out the pictures surrounding this story. All are available at Abe’s Market.

Zazu Salon and Day Spa, established in downtown Hinsdale in 1979, has rapidly expanded to other locations ¬¬— Wheaton, Oak Brook and Naperville — which, speaks to the high demand of its spa services. This holiday season is the prime time for taking advantage of everything its has to offer. Treat your significant other to a couple’s massage or delight the ladies in your life with a no-chip manicure.

’Tis the season to pull ahead of the gift-giving pack and enjoy yourself in the process.