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Unwrapped: Giving Gifts to Yourself

Unwrapped: Giving Gifts to Yourself

My dad’s and grandma’s birthdays are during the first week of December, so our gift-finding and gift-giving frenzy starts really early every holiday season. (It’s all pretty stressful, if you ask me, even with the few ways in which I’ve decided to fight holiday-related stress this year.)My husband and I have this agreement ? which we break pretty often ? to go light on gifts for each other. We figured this removes at least some stress from the whole December insanity and we usually get things for each other during the year, so it’s not like we have to concentrate all gift giving in December. But this year I am getting some extra gifts? from myself. Yes, you read that right. I’ve decided that I deserve a few small things that I really enjoy and there’s no better way to get them than to get them for myself. Frankly, I think every woman should buy herself gifts more often, but especially while we’re running around and getting gifts for everyone else.

So here are some things on my list of small treats just for me:

-Shea butter soap (Verbena is my favorite) from L’Occitaine. When I travel for work I get to stay at this ultra fancy hotel and use these absolutely fabulous smelling soaps. I find no reason to not have them in my own bathroom as well (even though they are definitely more pricey than the usual Dove variety).

"Frankly, I think every woman should buy herself gifts more often"

-Impractical but ultra awesome white gloves. White gloves spell trouble, I know. But I really love them and I figure that being somewhat impractical about gloves might make it easier to continue to be ultra-practical in more important parts of my life.

-Jasmine blooming flower tea. I really love how this tea tastes and how beautiful the flowers look as they open up inside the cup.

-Some awesome new music for my iPod, like this addictive track by the Ting Tings.

-A heart-rate monitor. I’ve been meaning to get one for a while now and it’s time. After all, I am totally curious just how hard I am actually working out when I am feeling on the brink of death in my Monday morning 6am spin class.

Are you getting any just-for-you gifts this year?

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  • blueblondie12 By blueblondie12
    01.06.10  

    you go girl

  • Annonandon By Annonandon
    01.06.10  

    I love Verbena from Lā??Occitaine too!

  • msfriendly By msfriendly
    01.06.10  

    Sure...everyone needs to treat themselves once in a while...why just Christmas? I wouldn't go so far as wrapping these things for myself though.

  • pjclayton57 By pjclayton57
    01.07.10  

    I believe that we, as women, do so much for everyone else that we deserve to be self-spoiled and should not feel guilty about it! I have a few favorites that I splurge on - 1. Yardley's Oatmeal and Almond soap - it smells great, I love the texture and it exfoliates as I wash, and I put them into my lingerie and panty drawer as a sachet until I need them. I buy them by the case on line! 2. Perfumes - I have a basket on my dresser that has no less than 10 different scents - I get variety based on my mood! 3. I love great teas as well - I'll have to try the Jasmine blooming flower tea - I like Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea or Stash's Chai tea. There are other splurges but those are some of my favorites!

  • aprilhaigler By aprilhaigler
    01.07.10  

    Small treats are AWESOME! Everyone is entitled to them!

  • cmcna_1 By cmcna_1
    01.16.10  

    I wait until right after the Holidays when Bath & Body has their semi-annual sale. Great luxury products for ME at a discounted price.

  • sireeshasri By sireeshasri
    01.20.10  

    getting gifts just for ourselves is a astonish for everyone ¬

  • RUtheMOMof By RUtheMOMof
    01.27.10  

    I never seem to get around to myself during the holidays or any other time. I made a promise to myself to do one thing a month for me this month I got a nice perfume,next month a new purse and so on.

  • pickles1974 By pickles1974
    01.28.10  

    I used to pamper myself but it seems the older that I've gotten, the less that I do for me. I'm going to have to work on that. Thank you for this article!

  • cristalcontrer By cristalcontrer
    08.03.10  

    I find it very hard to reward myself. Ever since I had my daughter I have stopped having me time, I don't go to the nail salon and I also can't remember the last time I went shopping to by myself something I really wanted.

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