If you're like us, you still have a few disturbing holes on your holiday gift giving. Union Square is now officially insane, Stonestown is too generic, and all the nifty little boutiques are picked over all to hell. A lot of times gift certificates can seem kind of generic, but in some cases they make for the most awesome gifts ever, as in the case of The Body Gallery Pilates studio.

Set in a sun-drenched, airy space in the LPH, the Body Gallery has an aesthetic that goes beyond the traditional fitness sweat and mirrors. On their walls they feature works from local artists, and the clientele and trainers include some of our city’s most acclaimed performance artists, circus/burlesque performers and dancers.

The Body Gallery has gift certificates available in any amount. One session private session with a trainer is $70.00, and they're presently offering a 3-session introductory package for $180 for new clients. Exclusive to SFist readers: call the Body Gallery and mention that you heard about them in SFist to recieve a special discount!

We wouldn't recommend any of the places in our Holiday Gift Guide unless we'd go there ourselves, and the Body Gallery is no exception. This writer had a session there with Body Gallery trainer Jill (we'll tell you all about it in January), and we became a total Pilates convert. Sure, a private session seems like a luxury, but it's , and it's the kind of gift a recipient will never forget.

The Body Gallery
1527 Baker Street at Bush

Image of The Body Gallery from their site

totally worth it