Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in the day-to-day that we forget to treat ourselves. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to consider giving yourself something special.
The average adult spends hundreds of dollars each year on Christmas, and it isn’t likely that they are spending much on themselves this time of year. However, research has shown that people put more value on the gifts they give to themselves than those they receive. Part of this could be that you know what you want better than anyone else.
Don’t leave it up to your family to know what makes you happy. Create a little of that holiday cheer for yourself. Here are four great ideas that can get you started on the journey to picking out something to really put you in the mood for the season of giving.
Shop for You
The holiday season can have us hitting up stores to find gifts for our loved ones more often than we might like. Buying the perfect gift for your favorite people is a rewarding feeling. However, you shouldn’t forget about yourself. Take a day and call up a friend. Hit the shops like they’re going out of style and find yourself some nice items. Whether it’s crafting a new wardrobe with a few key items or finally buying that new bed spread that you’ve been eyeing, it’s time for you to pull the trigger and get yourself something nice.
It is easy to make the excuse not to buy something because you might get it for Christmas, but that could be setting you up for disappointment. As the holiday season goes on, you could miss out on the item you really wanted if it sells out before you get the chance to buy it yourself. Not to mention, you can enjoy in the weeks leading up to the holidays rather than waiting to open gifts from family.
With added traffic, inclement weather, and busy shopping centers, the holiday months can be stressful for anyone. It can seem like you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done that you need to. The best advice is to take a break from your busy schedule, even if just for a few hours.
A spa day can make all the difference in how you feel. When you’re overwhelmed with stress, it’s a good idea to book a day at your local med spa. You can enjoy a relaxing massage or sit in the warm sauna. An added benefit is getting that relaxed glow a facial, a massage, or another treatment can give you. You can look back on all the picture that end up in scrapbooks or on social media and appreciate that you took the time to take care of yourself.
It might be fun to take a parent, a spouse, or a sibling with you before a big family party. There are many pampering services that you’ll find at a local spa that are for both men and women. Consider treating yourself to a mentally refreshing day at the spa this holiday season. It will help put you in the right mindset to tackle the busy shopping centers and family gatherings.
Schedule That Holiday Getaway
Each year you consider it, but then you let the busy holiday flight schedules keep you from indulging in that desirable getaway retreat. Instead, break that train of thought this winter and schedule a nice getaway for you and your spouse or the whole family. It can really take the stress out of planning for your holiday when you opt for spending it at a place that will treat you. One popular destination is to rent a cabin out of the way so you can enjoy nature and your family’s company away from the busy towns and cities you know. Rather than worrying about making your own house spotless and answering the door for neighbors, you can enjoy the seclusion and privacy of a rental.
Another great holiday destination is to fly somewhere tropical. Enjoying the sun can have a power effect when the weather back home is cold and the days are short. It’s something any family or couple would enjoy. Even if it is breaking tradition, it can be a nice treat every now and then. If you fly to other parts of the world, you can also get a good sense of how other cultures celebrate the holidays.
Mixing up your plan to include a trip like this makes the season feel special. Whether you dream getaway is a cabin in the snow filled woods or a trip abroad, simply book it now. If you plan ahead, it takes all the stress out of your busy holiday schedule, and you can keep an eye out for good deals on flights and accommodations.
Romantic Weekend Away
Sometimes life can overwhelm us and leave us seeking a way to relieve our stress. A weekend away with your partner can be a great choice to find that stress relief and give you something to look forward to. We know the holiday season can get expensive, so you don’t need to book a five star meal and hotel stay with your significant other. A couple of nights at a neighboring town hotel can provide the perfect setting to change up your day-to-day without taking a hit on your budget. It’s a nice reward to the end of a busy work week or a busy week of shopping for everyone else on your list.
A quick break like this can give you a rest from the worry of keeping your house clean and gives you the opportunity to relax when you otherwise might be tempted to work on other things over the weekend. When much of the season is spent visiting in-laws and extended family, or minding children, it is important to carve out a little time for you and your significant other to spend together.
The holiday season may be a time for gift giving, and if you’re like most people, you tend to focus on getting gifts for everyone but yourself. Don’t let that be your only focus—this holiday season make sure you treat yourself with one of the awesome treats listed above. You’ll thank yourself afterward.