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Gone Spa-ing: the new hip gift for dads

Friday, June 19th, 2009


I finally decided on my father’s day gift. No, he’s not getting the new iPhone. Not another digital camera either. Not even new sneaks for his next marathon. This year, I’m sending him to a spaaaaahhhhh.


Don’t get me wrong—I’m sure he’d love another high-tech toy. But these days, even 15 minutes of serenity are hard to come by, so I’m ensuring he gets a full two hours of it. No cell phone. No computer. No reminders. And no toddler running around. Just pure and simple bliss.


According to IbisWorld Industry Research, he will be one of many dads getting a spa gift this Father’s Day.  Unlike previous years, Father’s Day spending on home improvement gift cards and electronics will be down (28% and 21 % respectively), while sales of pampering services are expected to increase more than 35%.  It is the age of the “New Age” dad after all, and he’s faced with a shrinking economy, astronomical college tuition fees, pressure to reduce his—and the family’s—carbon footprint, and a house that’s not worth what it used to be…


The least we can do is give him a little peace of mind, rejuvenated muscles, and skin that looks like he doesn’t have a care in the world. And just so there aren’t any questions about his manliness, I booked a treatment called the “Iron Man.” I’m sure he’ll roll his eyes at first, but he’ll thank me for it later.


If you’ve procrastinated like me, there’s still time to book a Father’s Day spa escape. Here’s a sample of the packages you’ll find in San Diego:


Spa Velia, downtown

Dad’s Day Getaway: 50-min deep tissue massage, 25-min scalp massage, 25-min gentleman’s facial. $220.


Cinnabar Acupuncture Clinic & Spa, Rancho Bernardo

Athlete’s Renewal: For performance and recovery. Begin with a 60 min acupuncture treatment to balance the body and deeply relax the muscles. Followed by a 60 min sports massage. 120 minutes. $145.


For a list of other San Diego spa specials and day spa packages, check out 10 Father’s Day Spa Specials on