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Father’s Day Gift Guide: 5 Items Dad Will Love

When it comes to those on your shopping list, Dad might just be the toughest person to buy for. A nice tie? Been there. A toolkit? Done that. If you’ve exhausted the gift-giving options for the guy who seemingly has everything, read on—we have unique, wellness-driven Father’s Day gift ideas to celebrate Dad’s special day.

kiehls mens skin care


Best face forward: Myth: Women are the only ones who pay attention to things like skin-care products. Fact: Men like to look good, too! (They sometimes just need a little bit of guidance.) Guys tell us they love Kiehl’s new anti-aging line, Age Defender for Men. This trio of men-friendly products (Age Defender Power Serum, Age Defender Moisturizer, and Age Defender Eye Repair) utilizes cypress, linseed, and rye seed extracts and capryloyl salicylic acid (LHA) to combat aging concerns like wrinkles, lack of elasticity, and under-eye bags. Starting at $30;

fitbit blaze


Game changer: Whether it’s Dad, Gramps, or Uncle Jon, the fitness guy in your life will be pumped about sporting the new Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch. Built-in features include all-day activity tracking (think calculating calories burned, steps taken, hours slept, etc.), PurePulse™ heart rate, on-screen workouts, connected GPS, and more to help keep fitness goals in check. Trackers start at $199.95;


soap and hatchet set duke cannon


Well-groomed: Dad will look and smell great when you surprise him with one of Duke Cannon Supply Co.’s gift sets (which come complete with cheeky names like Working Man’s Supply Can [$75]). Though less-expensive options like The Dapper Dad Sack ($50) and The Un-Droppable Soap Set ($25) are great choices, we think Dad will adore the manly American Soap and Hatchet Set ($175). This vintage-style military ammo can is filled with a survival hatchet for camping trips, Tactical Soap on a Rope, Bloody Knuckles Hand Repair Balm, and a steel bottle opener.


shingle navy bixby bike


Freewheelin’: Dad might just declare you his favorite child when you gift him The Bixby bicycle. Touted as an editors’ choice by Outside Magazine and Bicycling Magazine, The Bixby is designed to blend the style of a cruiser bike with enhancements such as a Shimano 3-speed internal hub. Available in navy or dark green. $1,950;

spafinder giftcard


One gift card, countless options: For all Dad’s done for you, give him the gift that truly counts—a bit of chill time. A Spafinder Wellness 365™ Gift Card is good for a much-needed massage, heart-pumping fitness class, personal training session, and numerous other wellness offerings. (We also love that the gift card never expires, so Dad can use it when he’s ready.)

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The WTM Wellness Lounge Returns

We are thrilled to announce that the 2016 World Travel Market London will once again see us sponsoring the WTM Wellness Lounge. This one-day showcase, November 9, is an excellent way to connect and network with top wellness professionals.

This exclusive platform allows travel buyers and wellness suppliers to meet and conduct business in the comfort of a dedicated lounge; there are also a bevy of networking events available to help attendees generate new business connections.

  • Connect with wellness exhibitors and arrange meetings in this exclusive wellness lounge.
  • Be there for the launch of Wellness Speed Networking in the WTM Wellness Lounge.
  • Plus, you’ll be invited to the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards reception, hosted by Spafinder Wellness 365.

Learn more about the WTM Wellness Lounge.


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Show You Care about Co-workers, Colleagues: Take Gifting Well to Heart

Hand woman perfect heart shapeFebruary is American Heart Month, a perfect reminder to promote giving the gift of wellness. Whether it’s to say “great job!” or “we appreciate your business,” show you care about your co-workers or customers. There’s no greater way to show your employees your appreciation than by giving the gift of wellness!

Take the idea of gifting well to heart: Whether your business is looking for workplace wellness ideas or finalizing its 2016 marketing calendar, Spafinder Wellness 365™ Gift Cards make it simple to reward and incentivize your employees, clients, and associates.


  • Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Cards never expire.
  • This flexible card is redeemable at 25,000-plus wellness locations that make up the Spafinder Wellness 365 Network.
  • More options than ever: Our gift cards are an excellent choice for healthy and energizing experiences at spas, yoga, fitness, and Pilates studios, travel resorts, and other wellness businesses.
  • Our gift cards promote a healthy lifestyle—giving you greater reasons to feel good about gifting them.
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The Greatest Reward: Practice Random Acts of Kindness


We know there’s no greater reward than giving back—caring is part of the eight components that make up our company’s Wellness 365™ philosophy, after all. And to make good on our principles, we’d like to share a brief story—and inspire you to give back as well.

We couldn’t be more excited to gift a $50 Spafinder Wellness 365™ Gift Card to our Miami headquarters building manager, Beatrice Garcia, as a random act of kindness—and we encourage you to create your own offering of kindness to someone you think deserves it most.

And a Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Card is the ideal gift: It’s one card, with endless spa and wellness options, from massage and yoga to travel and more. Plus, it never expires and is good at 25,000 locations worldwide.

“I was very touched by Spafinder Wellness’ thoughtfulness,” Beatrice says. “I plan on using the gift card for a beauty treatment like a mani/pedi in preparation for Valentine’s Day!”

Let us help you create your own random act of kindness. Contact us today for ideas.

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American Heart Month: Take These Marketing Tips to Heart

american heart month

We know you’re currently busy promoting your Valentine’s Day offers, but we invite you to flirt with this idea as well: Support February being American Heart Month (or simply Heart Month in Canada) with special promos that endorse the month dedicated to the awareness and prevention of heart disease. Take these marketing ideas to heart.

Take advantage of Make the most of your partnership with Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® and post special heart-healthy offers and deals on your listing on or

Create effective promotions: Invite customers to book unique wellness and spa experiences such as “heart-healthy cardio yoga,” “heart-pumping Zumba or spin class,” “heart-healthy nutrition classes,” and “Go Red” spa treatments. Plus, take a two-pronged approach: You can use some of your Valentine’s Day specials as Heart Month promotions, too (after all, February is all about hearts!)

Raise awareness & increase business: Alert customers via your listing, email, newsletter, or eye-catching signage. Make sure to provide a strong sense of excellent or added value when promoting your offers.

Strike a chord with customers: Have a message when it comes to your promotions. Remind customers “February is Heart Month,” or strike a chord with messages like “We have ways to help you get healthy.”

Hold an event: Plan an event at your spa or wellness business. Provide tips on how you can prevent heart disease or bring in a physician to share insight; feature light, healthy snacks and beverages; share heart-healthy recipes and fitness tips; offer mini spa treatments like “Go Red” mani/pedis; offer discounts on retail products (like red lipsticks!); and more. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy!

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The Hottest Trends for 2016 Revealed!

2016 trends

The hottest trends for 2016 have arrived!

We’ve just released our Spafinder Wellness 365 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast*—the definitive guide to the top 10 trends that will not only shape the wellness, hospitality, travel, and spa industries this year and beyond, but your business as well.

So, what’s trending in the wellness industry in 2016? Check out the entire presentation here (note: presentation starts @ 7 minutes, 20 seconds in):[youtube][/youtube]

Here are the Top 10 (random order):

  1. Surf’s Up! New Waves in Wellness
  2. Sexual Wellbeing: Taboo No More
  3. Temazcal (temas’kal)
  4. Parenting Well: Serious Spa & Wellness for Kids
  5. The Adrenaline and Zen Cocktail: Resetting the Mind & Body
  6. Well-Fests: Festivals Shift from Wasted to Wellness
  7. On Demand: Uber-izing Spa & Wellness
  8. Skin Care Gets Seoul-ful: The Korean Beauty Explosion 2.0
  9. Healthy Cruising: The Ship of Excess Has Set Sail
  10. Workplace Wellness Wakes Up

Throughout the year we’ll be doing stories on each of these 2016 trends, so be sure to head to The 365 often for an in-depth look. We can’t wait to share features on these 10 amazing trends!

*The 2016 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast  from Spafinder Wellness 365 is the result of research by the company’s team of analysts, editors and industry experts, and based on ongoing surveys of, interviews with, and visits to the 25,000-plus spa, wellness and beauty providers in the Spafinder Wellness 365 network.

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WEBINAR: Spafinder Wellness 365’s 2016 Trends Forecast

trends 2016

We’d like to offer you this special invitation: Don’t miss this special preview of the highly anticipated 13th annual Spafinder Wellness 365 Global Spa & Wellness Trends Report.

Please join Susie Ellis, president, Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, and Beth McGroarty, research director, for a special review of our 13th annual global Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast.

We hope you will join us and be the first to discover the trends that will impact our industry in 2016 and beyond.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
11 a.m. EST/4 p.m. GMT
Register Now



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Coming Soon, Early 2016: The Consumer Wellness App by Spafinder Wellness 365

Coming soon: We’re thrilled to let you know we’re introducing the Wellness App by Spafinder Wellness 365* in early 2016! This exciting, new Wellness App allows your customers to find, book, pay for, and review your location quickly and easily in the palm of their hand!

Man using digital tabletThis free consumer Wellness App, downloadable on the iPhone and Android, will send more wellness-seeking customers through your doors—plus, you’ll be able to reach more active wellness seekers easier than ever before!

Get ready to maximum results from the Wellness App:

  • Log in to the partner portal (U.S. partners; Canada partners) now to upload high-res images, post new offers, update location information, and get your property prepped to look its best.
  • Register for ACH payment to ensure that your app payments are made in three business days—this is a huge benefit, exclusively available for app transactions.

Contact your Spafinder Wellness 365 account director today and learn more about how the Wellness App will help your business.

Stay tuned—more exciting details will come very soon!

*Partners, please note the new Wellness App for consumers is different than the existing Partner Redemption App.

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The App You Need to Download Now

We know you’re incredibly busy—that’s why we’re committed to making the verification and redemption process for gift cards simple.

Our redemption app is available in the iTunes Store and Android Market, so if you haven’t downloaded it yet, do so now!

Simply choose your preference:

Plus, you can review full redemption instructions HERE.

We truly value our partnership with you and look forward to continuing to be your best resource for new business!

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2015 Wellness Travel Awards: And the Winners Are…

2015 wellness travel awards winners

We’re thrilled to announce from London that the winners of Spafinder Wellness 365’s 2015 Wellness Travel Awards have been revealed!

The Awards honor the hotels, resorts, destination spas, and retreats worldwide that offer the very best wellness travel, vacations, and experiences.

And it’s a comprehensive process to determine who takes the top spots: Winners were selected by a panel of 33 travel and wellness industry editors and experts, who nominated 504 properties for consideration before narrowing the field to finalists in 53 countries and regions, and by consumers who voted for their favorite locations across 20 categories. And what’s exciting is that every property that is a nominee, finalist, and winner is a star in its own right.

See the list of winners—plus, follow @Spafinder on social media and use the hashtag #WTA2015 to see photos and updates from the Awards announcement.

Congrats to all!

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