As I’ve gotten older, the holidays have changed a bit. I was that kid who had the multipage list of all the things I wanted — various toys, whatever that latest “cool” thing was popular at the time, and of course my annual request for a puppy (that is, until I was 14 and we finally did get a dog). With divorce and whatnot, I had a lot of Christmases to go to, yet that didn’t translate into significantly more gifts, much to my youthful dismay.
Now, as an adult, holidays have become more just about spending time together and spoiling the younger ones, and less about getting things myself. Also, apparently being an adult means I’m harder to shop for.
So, inevitably, the time just after the holidays has become a time where I treat myself to whatever it is that I want or need. Typically, it’s just one or two things. This year, though? Um. I may have gone a little overboard…
- I bought a new planner to help me stay on top of my 2019 goals. And with that planner, about $75+ worth of stickers for said planner. Yep. I spent more of stickers than I did my planner. And I also got some midliners (sort of non-neon highlighters).
- My mom gifted me a smart plug, and since then I’ve decided to just jump in on the whole “smart home” thing. I’ve gotten 5 more plugs and also a smart power strip. And a second Echo Dot. (Along with the smart stuff, I also got regular outlet splitters to cool off the outlet turf war that has been happening in our kitchen.) So now I’ll be able to control the living room and my bedroom either via the app or by voice control.
- Clothes. This I actually didn’t go that overboard on. Three pairs of pants for work, a new (nice) coat, two new work tops, and some much needed sweat pants. And new work shoes that I can’t really wear much because we just got 6+ inches of snow.
- A mini-fridge for the office. I justified this one because my officemate wanted this as well — and she volunteered to pay for half. At the end of the semester she’s likely going to buy it off of me so she will have it next year. It’s a nice one — with a good size separate freezer as well. I’m hoping to find a nice, yet affordable ottoman, since we just moved a couch in — and my officemate is picking up a rug. We’re definitely winning for the coziest grad student office.
- And lastly: a brand new 43″ 4K Fire TV. I’ve had my 32″ flat screen for about 8 years. It’s been great. But it started feeling small. And overwhelmed by too many peripherals. I looked at TVs back during the pre-holiday sales and missed out on a few. Thankfully, January has some pre-Superbowl sales and just other sales to move last year’s models to make way for the new ones. After talking with my brother, I went with the 4K because it would likely last the longest technology-wise, and also since my smart home is already run by Amazon, why not replace my Fire Stick with a built-in version?
Combining all of that with my new car that I got a few months ago, my all new bedding, the new slipcover for the couch and new pillows, new joycons, a handful of games, the new desk for my streaming area, the new gaming keyboard… and participating in two self-improvement courses… I’ve kind of been treating myself a lot lately.
With all of this treating, though, I was still able to put over $4k in savings. It’s not a lot, but given that I hadn’t have a savings account since high school, it’s a lot for me. I plan on putting a few grand more in before graduation. Give myself a little bit of help if finding a job after graduation takes a little bit — or to help me move if that’s the case.
Part of me wishes I would have paced this spending out a little better… But with school picking up, I think the spending and treating will slow down. (Or maybe shift to things like treating myself to not cooking for dinner, or treating myself to gel pens I prefer for writing — smaller things, but still meaningful in their own ways.)
How have you most recently treated yourself? What are things that you’re saving up to gift yourself? What are your favorite SMALL ways to treat yourself?