It’s that time of year again, the Christmas season, which means that it is time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I don’t know what the dynamics of your family are like, but certain people in my family are very difficult to shop for. There are young girls with very specific tastes in clothing, young men who only appreciate high-end merchandise, and adults who already have everything. I find myself walking around department stores or shopping online and saying the same thing over and over again. “He wouldn’t like that”. “She wouldn’t like that.”

As we get older and start to establish our values, the spirt of giving is something that makes us feel happy and fulfilled. One of the best feelings in the world is when somebody opens your gift and is truly excited. We all want to put smiles on the faces of the people that we give gifts to, so we put effort and care into our gift selections. Shopping for others is usually a pleasant experience, except when there are people in your family that are difficult to shop for. When time starts ticking down, and there are still a few people on your list that you haven’t found a present for, you may start to become stressed.

I have been in this situation many times. Over the years I have been able to find presents that were successes, and I’ve also given gifts to people that I fear they weren’t excited about. The reason that I am writing this article is because I wanted to share a success story with you.

A few years ago, I purchased a portable hot tub for my dad as a Christmas present. It was expensive so the siblings all chipped in and we presented the spa to him as a gift from all of us. I was nervous because it was my idea. If he wound up never using the gift, I would have felt responsible. But this was not the case. He inflated it a few weeks later, and has used it almost every night since. The gift was a huge success, but the truth is that I got lucky. I had no idea that it was going to be such a success. But, now that he has been using it for a year, I can see all of the qualities that made it such a wonderful gift. I want to share them with you.

Quality over quantity

As selfish as this may sound, I usually find that I get more excited over a single big gift than I do over a few smaller ones. Some people value quality higher than quantity. People like this will appreciate a gift that a few people got together to chip in on because they know that it will be something that they will actually be able to use and enjoy, rather than moving it to a drawer where it will sit for the rest of the time you own it.

A blow up hot tub is more expensive than most people would like to spend on a gift for a person, but if you are able to get a few people together to chip in, it is manageable. The reason that an inflatable spa is a quality gift isn’t because of its price, though. It is because the recipient will be able to use it and enjoy it for years to come. The person who receives the inflatable jacuzzi as a gift will quickly realize that inflatable hot tubs are worth it.

Soaking in a hot tub is a wonderful experience. It is relaxing, soothing, and helps you forget about the stressors of your everyday life. When you own a hot tub, you own a product that can enhance social gatherings. Hot tub owners always encourage friends and family members to come over and bring their bathing suits to hang out in the hot tub for a little while.

You can be assured that the person that you purchase a portable spa for will love the gift and appreciate it for years to come. The reason is because you bought them a quality gift that they may not have ever purchased for themselves because they couldn’t justify the price.

Big gift under the tree

presents under the tree cartoon

Whenever you go downstairs on Christmas morning and see all of the presents under the tree, you can’t help but feel excited, no matter how old you are. You inevitably start looking around and trying to figure out who each present is for. The bigger the gift, the more exciting the surprise. So, imagine how excited the person that you are shopping for will be when they see a huge wrapped portable jacuzzi with their name on it.

Blow up spas weigh around 85 pounds when they are packed and in their box. That means that they are portable and can be wrapped and placed next to a Christmas tree. They ship in nearly a 4-foot by 4-foot box, which is large and impressive when it is wrapped. I promise you that if you wrap a portable hot tub and put it under a Christmas tree, it will stir the most excitement out of all of the presents that year.

Use it the next day

One of the biggest selling points of inflatable spas is how convenient they are. It is easy to set them up and they come with all the accessories necessary to use the tub right out of the box. This is great because whoever you give the tub to, as a gift, can set it up and start using it the following day. This is a fun event over the holiday weekend.

It takes about 30 minutes to hook up all the parts and begin inflating the tub. Then it takes about 10 minutes to inflate the cistern, and then 30 minutes to fill it with water. Once it is filled with water, you turn the heat pump on and let it do its work. The best inflatable hot tubs have heat pumps that can increase the temperature of the water at a rate of 4 degrees/hr. That rating applies to cold ambient air temperatures. So, you should be able to set your tub up, turn on the heat pump, let it heat overnight, and start soaking the following day.

Health benefits

Another great thing about hot tubs is that they have more to offer than just being a luxury item. Hot tubs have health benefits as well. Hydrotherapy, which is soaking the body in warm water for therapeutic reasons, can help reduce stress, reduce pain from arthritis, increase circulation, and provide many other beneficial health results. The reason that I am sharing this is because a hot tub may be an appropriate gift for an elderly person on your Christmas list struggling with arthritis or an athlete recovering from an injury.

Not obtrusive

One of the characteristics that make blow up jacuzzis more desirable than regular hot tubs to many people is the fact that they can be stored whenever they aren’t being used. For people that have small backyards or decks, or just don’t want to have to permanently allocate a piece of their property for a hot tub, this is a valuable feature. When you purchase a present for somebody, you want to make sure that you aren’t committing the recipient to something that they might not be enthusiastic to commit to. The best portable hot tubs aren’t obtrusive because they can easily be packed and stored away whenever the owner doesn’t want to use them. This adds to their value as a gift. There are ways to minimize inflatable hot tub electricity usage, so you won’t have to worry about your gift becoming a financial burden.


It’s very possible that an inflatable tub is outside of your budget for a gift. It’s also possible that you don’t think that it would make a good gift for anybody in your family, and that’s ok. The intent of this article was partially to suggest a portable hot tub, but it was also intended to get you thinking outside of the box. Hopefully I brought up some good characteristics of a good present that will help you find that perfect item for that hard-to-shop-for person in your family.