The recovery Christmas

The Prague Post

Some analysts say economic prospects are improving, and even if they aren’t, these gifts will have a rejuvenating effect

It’s been a tough year.

The lingering economic crisis has kept a damper on people’s attitudes toward their jobs. Spending has been tight, and the economy in general remains lethargic, but some analysts say the mood is beginning to pick up (or is it?).

Whether or not the world economy is on the road to recovery, these Christmas gift ideas are bound to help you and your loved ones recuperate just a little faster, easier and better.

Recover your fresh-faced glow

Stress takes a toll on the skin. Rejuvenate with a Dermalogica Face Treatment individually created to suit each person’s skin type and condition. Trained facial experts use a combination of products and an accompanying massage to whip the skin back into shape – an ideal gift for men and women alike. Gift vouchers are available for 1,750 Kc.

Dermalogica Skin Centre, Na Švihance 2, Prague 2

Tel.: 222 221 080

E-mail: info@purebrands.cz

Recover your health

Too many fast-food dinners and late-night cookie raids? Shock your body back to good health with an infusion of fresh fruits and veggies courtesy of your own in-home juicer. Home & Cook offers a great one from Moulinex. Simply put your choice of fresh produce into the funnel, stick your glass under the tap and presto! Fresh juice with no pulp or skin. The juicer retails at 1,999 Kc.

Home & Cook, various locations including Nový Smíchov Shopping Center, Plzenská 8, Prague 5

Web: Homecook.cz

Recover your sense of humor

Have too many doomsday messages from the media, and maybe a few from your boss, left you with permanent frown lines? Head over to Pylones to return to your happy place. This shop is filled with technically useful items, like kitchen gadgets and office supplies. The connection to reality ends there as cheese graters are topped with cheerful smiling women, and the staple removers take the form of scary monsters. Go into true monetary recovery mode here by purchasing a watering can purse for her (in hot pink, orange or black) or a gigantic calculator for him to add up his millions.

Pylones, 28 Ríjna 11, Prague 1

Tel.: 224 211 100

E-mail: praha@pylones.com

Web: Pylones.com

Recover your sense of peace

After a stress-filled day, either at the office or with the kids (or both), settle down to enjoy some soothing Tibetan chants. The musings and instruments, both centuries old, will calm your mind and ease you into a state of relaxation. The music shop located in the basement of U Džoudyho has a nice selection, priced from 355 to 480 Kc.

U Džoudyho, Jugoslávská 7, Prague 2

Tel.: 224 241 531

E-mail: udzoudyho@udzoudyho.cz

Web: Udzoudyho.cz

Recover your love of the arts

The National Theater (Národní divadlo), offers drama, ballet and opera performances practically nightly. Create a magical evening by taking in the ballet’s latest performance, The Rite of Spring, or the beautiful classic Swan Lake. Opera lovers can choose from a large repertoire including Aida, Carmen and The Bartered Bride. Ballet tickets cost between 30 and 1,000 Kc, while entry to the opera runs from 50 to 1,000 Kc.

National Theater, Ostrovní 1, Prague 1

Tel.: 224 901 448

E-mail: dotazy@narodni-divadlo.cz

Web: Narodni-divadlo.cz

Recover your relaxation

While letting age-old monk-chanting revive your mind, give your tootsies a boost in a massage tub. Datart sells one from Concept that provides a Jacuzzi jet and controls that change vibration, water temperature and bubble air-massage levels, plus a motorized pedicure center and accessories. Afterward, conquer Prague’s cobblestone streets with renewed pep in your step. The Concept MV-7130 runs 1,999 Kc.

Datart, various locations including Nový Smíchov Shopping Center, Plzenská 8, Prague 5

Web: Datart.cz

Recover your time and space

Get away from it all for a weekend of pampering at Svatá Katerina Resort. Located in Pocátky, Vysočina, the resort offers respite from both cell-phone chatter (no cellular reception is available) and automobile exhaust (cars must be left in a separate parking lot). While there, check in for their wellness weekend. For two days, you’ll have unlimited access to their fitness and wellness center, be treated to an aromatherapy massage and enjoy either bike or snowshoe rental. You’ll come back recharged and ready to face the world. Priced from 2,470 Kc per person for two nights.

Svatá Katerina Resort, Svatá Katerina 327, Pocátky

Tel.: 565 456 666

E-mail: info@katerinaresort.cz

Web: Katerinaresort.cz