For some of us, the Christmas gift for ourselves this holiday season is just as important as any (in fact, I suggested this as one of the 32 holiday shopping tips). If you fall into that category, consider the following before making that order.
Get Something That Lasts
Build quality and durability is important but even more crucial is how long the gift we want to buy is going to stay on our “wish list”. Before we get it, everything is on our wish list but will what we plan to buy really something we will cherish and love? Nothing will ever last forever of course but the more expensive the gift, the longer it should make us happy.
Waiting Till Last Minute is Crazy
Stop procrastinating and get it once you decide. I’m famous for my patience before I decide to buy anything and my impatience once I decide. I can literally contemplate for months (or even years) and once I flip that switch to turn on the buy signal within my brain, I wanted it “yesterday”. This is bad because one of the few scenario happens:
- I really want the next day shipping (which cost more money).
- I might go to a store to get it just so I can get it sooner (same consequence as the first).
- I really frustrate my family as I keep talking about it until it’s in my hands.
Actually, more than one of those scenarios can occur (all three are possible too, trust me). So, consider getting it early a simple frugal tip as well as advice for disaster avoidance.
Think Twice If It’s Going to Make Someone Else Upset
There is probably a reason if everyone is telling you not to get something. Remember that they disagree with you only because they care about you. Otherwise, they wouldn’t waste the effort.
Also, make sure you aren’t going to get the same thing as a gift from someone else. I’m happen to think out loud of what I want a lot (it really does get annoying I’m sure) so chances are Emma or anyone else close to me knows everything that I want to get at any moment. Getting a gift for yourself and then receiving it again from someone else is not good. If that happens though, at least act surprised and happy because you can return it (the one you got and remember the thoughtful person who was incredibly generous to get you the same thing).
Consider Those That Love You First
Before you spend every penny on yourself, remember those that are close to you. They (not anything you buy) are the ones that make you happy, joyful and satisfied with life. People bring joy, not that gadget or handbag. Buy those people who gave you so much something nice to show them how much they are appreciated and I’m sure you will be much happier than just buying something for yourself.
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It’s likely that if you’ve been celebrating Christmas or Hanukah or any other holidays in this year-end season, you’ve been focused on finding that special gift for someone else. Have you considered what gift you can give yourself?
One person who inspires me the most is Jeffrey Gitomer…in fact, this is a nice reminder that I need to pick up his book again. I’ve been beating myself up a bit too much lately. 🙂
Can you give yourself the feeling of a kid on Christmas morning?
Here’s a favorite quote I have captured in my writing note files. It’s from Yes! Attitude.
“Being Santa Claus gives you the perfect opportunity to give yourself gifts that make you feel great about who you are and to create the environment that will encourage you to achieve the goals you’ve set for who you want to become.”
Do yourself a favor as we head into 2011. Give yourself a gift. Give yourself a gift that represents not who you are, but who you want to become. This is a sign that says “I’m worth it!” and it will inspire you to act in a way that proves you are worth it.
What can you do to create a a more positive environment?
What can you do to make way for your goals?
What can you do to inspire yourself to be your best you?
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