The Skinny on Gift Cards
Gift Cards. I have conversations too frequently with friends and family, going back and forth about whether gift cards are (1) a good present or (2) a lame cop out.
Let me make the case for option (1).
In the meantime, here are details about your E-Gift Card:
It's digital--you can have it emailed directly to your recipient. Or you can email it to yourself, and you can send it when the time is right.
You will be purchasing credit rather than a specific service. That means that if you want to gift a 105 minute massage, you should purchase the card for $130. (Don't worry, I have given you some suggested amounts as guides!)
The value of the E-Gift Card will be applied to the price of services at time of redemption. It's not redeemable for cash in whole or part.
Your recipient isn't responsible for gratuity! Remember I build gratuity into my pricing structure, and this is one benefit.
The value doesn't expire.
A rebook discount offer will be extended to recipients who redeem within three months of purchase.
The E-Gift Card is redeemable for services from Kate Wetzel, LMT TX#135100 at Unbound Massage and Bodywork as listed at www.unboundaustin.com.
Good gifts, or GREAT gifts?
Oh, you know I believe they are GREAT gifts. Here's why.
Purchasing a gift card for massage/bodywork is definitively different from falling back to our latter day online mega retailer or grabbing a few AMEX preloaded cards. For one, you are purchasing the promise of an *experience,* not a product. An obvious point, but the ideas behind it are big. Multiple clients have gotten off the table from a massage and said they want their s.o. to feel this same way. There's sentiment. There's intention. And there's connectivity.
It's beautiful. Thanks, y'all. It's one of the reasons I do what I do.
Also...go YOU. You made space, time, and presence to feel different. And, to note, you want someone else to feel this same goodness. A gift card nudges them to also make this space, time, and presence. A gift card gives specific, directive permission for someone to care about themselves.
Overwork and chronic self neglect are virtually glamorized, and for those of us with any drive to care-take or people-please, spending money and time on ourselves means we have taken those resources away from caretaking others. Maybe it emerges from social conditioning or possibly, at ts deepest, a compulsion from complex trauma. And y'all, if there's one thing on my radar, especially after working with children, schools, and grown adult humans in 2020...it's the evidence of trauma that I see abounding. Becoming a steward for personal and community health drives my Mission Bus literally every single day.
Somehow, our jobs now are to be excellent to each other. Nudge others toward time and attention to self. A gift card for massage at Unbound? Free child care for a day? A month long yoga class pass? There are so many gifts of service and self care. It's always in season.