The holidays are known for the season of giving, but all too often we forget it’s also the season of receiving.
If you’re friends and family with well-intentioned but ultimately hopeless gift givers, that means you usually end up receiving your unfair share of bad gifts.Like last year’s hilarious addition of crocs after you mentioned how you were on the lookout for comfortable footwear.
When crocs are just the last of a long line of bad gifts, you can’t expect them to break the pattern now. That doesn’t mean you have to go without this season.
You can turn your own amazing gift giving abilities inwards to treat yourself. The trick is sticking with something inexpensive that promises a big impact, so you can feel spoiled without spoiling your holiday budget.
Here are some easy and affordable self-gift ideas you’ll appreciate.
If the hustle and bustle of the season is stressing you out, your gift to yourself can be a little ‘you’ time. Aromatic essential oils can enhance the calming effects of this private reflection, especially when you focus on scents like lavender, lemon, and sage.
If you’re a beginner to the world of essential oils, it can be overwhelming—and not just for your nose. Turn to a scent expert like the people at Saje Wellness.
They have a stress relief package of pre-made essential mixtures to help you unwind. You can choose body scents or room tinctures to put in a diffuser, so you can bring these scents with you wherever you get a chance to relax.
If you don’t already have a diffuser, the KBAYBO gadget is a cheap yet capable humidifier that turns any room into a private spa.
Sure, the S9 Plus is one of the newest handsets released by Samsung, but after several months in your possession, it doesn’t feel too new anymore. A new wardrobe for your S9 Plus is exactly what it needs.
A Galaxy skin is like the bespoke suit of the handset world, and just like a suit, how it’s cut and tailored makes a huge difference.
You need to shop from the Armani of device skins, so you can expect the best fitting accessory for your smartphone.
When it comes to fit, designers like dbrand offer unparalleled precision. Their exclusive partnership with 3M vinyl means you can also expect the best textures and colors when you protect and customize your Samsung Galaxy in a skin.
In the chaos of the holidays, it’s all too easy to forget about the most important relationships in your life. You’re so busy working to perfect the festivities that you forget to spend some good, uninterrupted time with your special someone.
This alone time can recharge your batteries if you’re feeling lonely during the season, so set up a date away from the kids that caters to your interests.
Whether you choose a movie night, an intimate dinner, or just time sipping hot cocoa after wandering a Christmas market, it doesn’t matter as long as you share a special moment together.
You don’t even need a partner to take advantage of this gift. Set aside some time with a friend for a platonic date and catch up over drinks.
It may seem simple, but a meal that you a) don’t have to prepare yourself or b) don’t rely on the holiday’s three major food groups (turkey, stuffing, and gingerbread cookies) can be the perfect gift for the foodie.
Order something from one of your favorite places to save yourself a night of cooking.
Websites like Skip the Dishes and Grubhub make it easier than ever before, and you can curate your best meal without having to speak with a single person.
All you have to do is open up your laptop or unlock your phone to access hundreds of menus in your area.
Coordinate it with a night you’re free so you can relax at home while watching something on Netflix.Remember, choosing a flavorful curry or noodle dish can also save you from holiday taste bud fatigue.
We can’t all be blessed with a divine ability to match the perfect gift for each person on our list. If you’re the single person in your family born with this skill, don’t waste it all on your loved ones. Pick up their slack and spoil yourself this holiday.
It’s a simple way to keep you energized during one of the most chaotic times of the year.
BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.