Wrap Up Wellness with Lake Austin’s Holiday Gift Guide

December 3, 2020

This year more than ever, wellness is on everyone’s mind. Our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing deserves to be nurtured as we navigate new challenges and forge new paths forward. So for everyone on your list this holiday season, we’ve made it easy to wrap up wellness with our holiday gift guide! Take a look at some of our team’s favorite Lake Austin Spa Resort products and experiences, plus some extras for any budget.

OSEA Undaria Algae Body Oil & Body Scrub – Mike McAdams, Resort Owner

OSEA Undaria Body Oil

Mike’s pick: OSEA products from the Spa (Image credit: OSEA)


Around here, you’ll often hear the phrase “where wellness meets the water”, and our owner’s favorite products from our LakeHouse Spa shop derive wellness from the water. OSEA products use bio-available seaweed to provide natural nourishment to your skin—especially during the drier winter months. Their Undaria Algae Body Oil uses algae grown in the pristine waters of Patagonia to deliver antioxidant hydration that leaves skin feeling firm and never greasy. Plus OSEA’s Salts of the Earth Body Scrub incorporates mineral rich salts from around the world for a truly purifying experience.

Gratitude Journal – Julie Haber, Inspiration & Integrative Wellness Specialist

2020 may not have been the year where we got everything we wanted, but it has given us an opportunity to appreciate everything we have. Lake Austin’s resident Inspiration & Wellness Specialist, Julie Haber, incorporates gratitude into her sessions at Lake Austin Spa Resort, and also makes it part of her own daily practice. By putting pen to paper, Julie recommends taking note of the beauty in life and writing out at least three things every day that you’re grateful for.

Challenge yourself to go for 21 days in a row without repeating the same thing, and watch the difference it can make in your mood and your overall sense of wellness as we go into 2021. Julie also suggests doing “Gratitude Jar” activity you can enjoy as a family, adding one note per week to the jar and reviewing them all at the end of the month or the year. As an expression of our own gratitude for our Lake Austin community, Julie and the team have put together a printable resource so you can bring a gratitude practice into your life (and lives of friends and family!) for the holidays and the new year. Download your own Gratitude Journal and start your practice today.


White Signature Robe – Jeff Holland, Resort Manager

Think back on your favorite Lake Austin stays when you wrap up in one of our plush robes at home. Go classic with our light and airy signature robe, or really snuggle in with our luxe, terry-lined robe. Have someone on your list you’d love to take to our spa resort? Send them this cozy gift, or another Lake Austin logo product, to get them excited for their future stay.

Woman in hammock swing over lake austin

Jeff’s pick: The perfect white robe


Servboard + Brazos Valley Cheese – Stéphane Beaucamp, Executive Chef

Indulge a little with artisan cheeses delivered right to your door, or to someone who made it to the dairy top of your Nice List. Chef Stephane loves local company Servboard, and often features items from Waco’s Brazos Valley Cheese on our menus, so if you’ve stayed with us before, there’s a good chance you’ve already tried them! These award-winning soft and cave-aged hard cheeses include black garlic Havarti and Orchard Blue cheese dipped in Brazos’ own apple cider, plus they’ll send you a course on cheese board making to make your holiday dining even more special. And when you’re ready to put your own charcuterie together, lay it all out on a unique, hand-carved wooden serving board from SERVBOARD located in Austin.

Servboard platter with cheese and bread

Chef Stephane’s pick: Servboard + Brazos Valley Cheese

Holiday LakeHouse Half Day Away – Cindy Present, Director of Health and Fitness

With a name like that you know she’s got to be great at gift giving! Cindy recommends our Holiday LakeHouse Half Day Away package that offers your choice of one of our rejuvenating 50-minute spa treatments, plus a delicious lunch at the Aster Café and a gift from our LakeHouse Spa shop. Order your gift certificate for this amazing spa experience before December 31, 2020 and you’ll save $25 and receive an additional $50 gift certificate to treat yourself.

A woman getting a massage at Lake Austin Spa Resort

Cindy’s Pick: Ultimate relaxation at Lake Austin Spa Resort


LakeHouse Lavender Fields Shea Body Butter – Anja Seth, Fitness Instructor

Until you can visit us again, create your own spa experience at home with fitness instructor Anja’s favorite product from the LakeHouse Spa shop. Our Lavender Fields Shea Body Butter is made just for us, and uses aloe vera and health-enhancing shea nut oil to give you amazingly supple skin. With a calming lavender aroma, this mindful product is eco-friendly and cruelty free.

Lake Austin Shea Body Butter

Anja’s pick: Lake Austin Shea Body Butter


Check out our online store for even more gift inspiration, and when you’re ready to join us, our offers and packages make it easy to wrap up wellness.