Gifts for the Mind and Body

This holiday season, look beyond the traditional ideas and give gifts that offer more a nourishing, self-caring experience for loved ones on your list. We're rounding some of our picks from Oakland's locally-owned, independent health and beauty providers. Shop online or contact the providers for gift cards!


Resurfacing Glycolic Peel Facial Treatment, 30 Min. - $50
17 Jewels Salon + Spa
4801 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

An advanced resurfacing treatment without the redness and recovery of other peels. glycolic acid does wonders to promote the growth of new skin cells, revealing a youthful glow and feel. Suitable for all skin types, this peel addresses pigmentation, acne, dry skin, and overall texture.

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Pomegranate Elixir Facial Treatment - $80
BIBO Salon
2509 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
510-838-BIBO (2426)

The Pomegranate Elixir is an antioxidant-rich treatment ideal for combination, sun-damaged or hyperpigmented skin.  While an enzyme action sloughs away congestions, L-Lactic acid stimulates the skin’s natural moisture factor and lifts pigment, leaving skin radiant, renewed and glowing.

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California Body Oil - $90
Becky's Skin + Body Care
600 Grand Avenue, #301
Oakland, CA 94610

California body oil is an ideal moisturizer for all skin types. It absorbs rapidly and has many anti-aging benefits. It’s a true gift for the mind, body, and spirit.

This body oil features Avocado, Rosehip Seed, and Tamanu for their rich texture, rich vitamin and mineral content, and healing nature. Red Raspberry Seed Oil is a stand out in this formula as well, adding to the other oils’ pre-existing sun protection properties. Organic and therapeutic grade essential oils of Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Scotch Pine, and Cedarwood are chosen to reflect some of the many scents of California.


Full Balayage - $180-$195
Manifesta Salon
831 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

Balayage has softer, less noticeable regrowth lines than traditional highlights - the idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. There's no stripy look like you can get with foil highlights. Balayage emulates the parts of your hair that would naturally lighten in the sun.

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Gentleman's Facial, 55 Min. - $85
Freddy Fox Face
3530 Grand Avenue, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94610


This customized treatment for men includes no frills, just real results. Includes facial cleansing, exfoliation, and added boosts of Vitamin C and Retinol to keep you looking and feeling your best.

Complete Breema Session - $60
Breema Center
6076 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

Breema bodywork exercises use nurturing touch, tension-relieving stretches, and rhythmic movements to create physical, mental, and emotional balance. It’s easy to drop concern, worry, and anxiety, which get replaced by a sense of comfort, support, relaxation, and harmony. Letting go of our habitual preoccupations frees our energy and enthusiasm, and offers the possibility of new ways of thinking and feeling, and a new posture towards life.


Tranquility Herbal Tincture - $22
Five Flavors Herbs
344 40th Street
Oakland CA 94609

Supports a calm mind in cases of mild anxiety or irritability. Suggested use: Take 15 - 60 drops in ¼ cup water 3-5 times daily or as directed.

Chiropractic Packages Gift Certificates - Prices Vary
The Source Chiropractic
3825 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

At The Source Chiropractic, instead of treating symptoms, they look for the basic fundamental underlying cause of your health problems. Voted Best Chiropractic Team in Oakland: 2015, 2016 & 2017. Specializing in affordable family plans, long-term results, and connection-based care.


Dance Lessons - Prices Vary
Steps on Toes
Oakland, CA

Private lessons are available at any time, days, evenings, or weekends. They can be for one or two people or for a small group. You decide what you want to learn, or ask for suggestions. LaurieAnn has been teaching dance since 1980. She specializes in teaching the skills of leading and following, dancing to the music, and working with psychological and physical barriers.


Yoga 5-Class Gift Card - $85
Anasa Yoga
4232 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
510-482-YOGA (9642)

Anasa Yoga improves the health and well-being of their students, empowering them to live life more fully. They are committed to deepening community connections by providing quality instruction through a variety of class offerings for new and experienced practitioners in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors diversity. 


Honey Butter Tough Love Scrub - $22
Beija Flor Naturals
4727 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

A detoxifying raw sugar base makes this perfect for anyone who wants to get down to serious exfoliating business. Can also be used to pamper feet and rough areas of the skin (elbows, knees etc). The lasting moisture and lightly sweet scent will have you wishing you could fast forward to the next scrub day.


Refresh: Holistic Mouth Rinse - $20
Dr. H. & Co.

Refresh is the only dentist-formulated, all-natural, herbal mouth rinse using Aloe Vera Gel, Licorice Root, Holy Basil, Calendula, and White Oak Bark. Refresh is alcohol free, vegan, gluten-free, and has no chemical additives. It is non-toxic and safe to use everyday. Refresh is strong and effective. Its unique combination of herbs supports optimal dental and gum health while it also:

  • Prevents gingivitis and bleeding gums,
  • Kills germs that cause bad breath
  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Leaves your mouth clean and refreshed!