December 15, 2005
Gifts for Your Honey Too Large to Wrap
Those eight crazy nights are coming up fast. Still stumped what to get your sweetie? Think outside the giftbox and give your loved one a gift certificate for an experience. Whether it's a pampering, an adventure, or just some much needed help, Los Angeles is loaded with services that will make your Chanukah honey happy.
Eight Gift Certificates for Him:
Help your man show off his punim with an old-fashioned straight razor shave (starting at $45) at The Shave of Beverly Hills (230 S. Beverly Drive). This barbershop retreat for the urban man offers up hot towels, ESPN, shoe shines, and a shot of whiskey. www.theshavebeverlyhills.com.
Does your guy suffer from a lack of time, an overbooked schedule, and a case of disorganization? Make his "to-do list" history -- buy him a personal assistant. Available by the hour or day, PA's can take care of small business needs, daily details, tasks or errands. A PA costs $30 an hour with a four-hour minimum, or $200 per eight-hour day. www.concierge.com or (323) 468-9395.
He's gonna watch sports whether you like it or not, so make yourself look like the most amazing babe and buy his sports for him. DirecTV offers an NBA Pass, MLB Extra Innings, ESPN's NCAA Full Court, even a Mega March Madness Package. Starting at $109, these packages will make you his MVP. www.directv.com.
Venice's Nitespa (1301 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) is the opposite of a day spa -- it takes appointments from noon 'til midnight seven days a week. A DJ spins tunes as you're served a wine and cheese plate followed by his and her treatments of choice. You can choose an "AfterParty" facial while he orders up a massage from their male-geared "Knight Spa" menu. www.nitespa.com or (323) 465-7148.
Race Car Lessons
Does he feel the need for speed? Give him a day at Performance Race Training Center in Irwindale. Classroom instruction is followed by NASCAR-style stock car driving on a half-mile banked-oval speedway. Put your honey in the driver's seat for $199. www.racetrainingusa.com or (877) 901-7223.
A way to a man's heart is his stomach, so give the gift of a perfect meal. "Everyone eats and everyone enjoys great food, but not everyone has the time or talent to make it," chef JoAnna Minneci says. How good does a romantic dinner for two sound? Chef JoAnna, who often works with kosher clients, will design a culinary feast to his taste in his own home. www.chefjoanna.com or 213-393-9661.
Eight Gift Certificates for Her:
How many times have you heard your wife say "I can't find my black purse!" or "Have you seen my red jacket?" Give a gift certificate to In Perfect Order. They'll organize her closet, clean her garage or assemble her photo albums. "We embrace all aspects of clutter," owner Jessica Duquette says. www.inperfectorder.com or (310) 445-0626.
Whether your girl strolls down Robertson Boulevard with a pooch in her purse or runs Runyon Canyon with her Chocolate Lab, she'll appreciate a gift certificate that takes care of woman's best friend. Chateau Marmutt (8128 W. Third St.) offers Doggy Day Care ($6 a hour, $35 a day), Aromatherapy Grooming ($25-$150), Pawicures ($10-$20), even a shuttle service that picks her pup up ($7). www.chateaumarmutt.com. For gift certificates, call (323) 653-2062.
Could she use help assembling furniture, installing an appliance or hanging a picture? Call on Mr. Handyman. No project is too small -- a service technician will arrive at her home and take care of all her home maintenance and repair needs. A gift certificate will come in handy when those stressful, unexpected home repairs pop up throughout the year. www.mrhandyman.com or (310) 553-4674.
Girls Spa Night Out
Your girl can kick back with her friends and get beautiful at Lush (4251 Laurel Canyon Blvd.). The spa, which features fun treatments like the Cosmopolitan Facial and the Alabama Slammer Massage offers gratis cocktails and caters to groups. The spa's "Lush Bucks" can be put toward any service or buy her a certificate for a specific treat. www.lushspa.com or (818) 506-7848.
Straighten Her Out
Jewish girls got curls, but sometimes we like to wear our hair straight. Give her the gift of smooth, shiny locks at Umberto Salon (1772 S. Robertson Blvd.) Straight Blow-Dries range from $18-$37 depending on the stylist and the length of her hair. It's a gift she'll use to look hot for you on a special night. (310) 204-4995.
Has she ever called you crying because her computer crashed and her thesis paper/production report/script draft is due? Geek Squad to the rescue. The squad is an elite tactical unit of highly trained and highly mobile agents, who seek out and destroy villainous computer activity. They even make house calls. Geek Squads are located inside Best Buy stores (West Hollywood, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Glendale) and there's a freestanding store in Santa Monica (2800 Wilshire Blvd.). www.geeksquad.com (gift cards available in stores).