gifts you should get yourself this christmas

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With the holiday season on the horizon, quite a few people are starting to think about presents. While you’ll have a few people to get gifts for, there’s one person you mightn’t have thought about; yourself.

Many people overlook getting themselves Christmas presents. It could be more than worth it, however. After all, who knows what you want better than you do? You’ll need to minimize the chances that you get yourself something that a loved one will, however.

If you already know what other people might get you, that can cut down on this. You still need to wonder: What Christmas gifts should you get for yourself? You could consider quite a few.

Christmas Presents You Should Get Yourself

Sleep Tracker

Many people have difficulty sleeping during the year. For some, that can get worse during the winter months. If you’re in this position, you might want to improve your sleep schedule. Using a sleep tracker could be a recommended option.

While these would be one of the more practical Christmas gifts, it’s still one worth considering. What could be better than getting your sleep schedule back to normal? A sleep tracker will analyze your sleep patterns and give you suggestions for improving your sleep quality.

After a short while, things should be back to normal.

Sandals

Sandals are one of the more reliable footwear that you can pick up. They’re something that many people might overlook. While you mightn’t wear these often during the winter months, they can be a wise investment once the spring and summer months come around.

Sandals could also be the more stylish and comfortable present to get yourself. With the wealth of brands on offer, such as Birkenstock, you shouldn’t have an issue finding a pair that fits your style.

It could even be worth picking up a few pairs to make sure you have options for any outfit.

Cosmetics Brush Collection

If you wear makeup a lot, then your brushes might look well-used. That’s going to be the case regardless of how well you take care of them and how often you clean them. It could be time to pick up a new brush collection.

Like some other potential Christmas gifts, there’s a wealth of options to choose from. These could be one of the more affordable options to choose from. It could be worth going for a larger brush collection that includes pieces of different sizes.

You’ll take your makeup game to the next level once you’ve got yourself a new box.

Loungewear

The holiday season isn’t exactly the warmest. There’ll be more than a few days where you’ll want to stay in and relax to enjoy the heat. Why not do so in some comfortable loungewear? There are more than a few outfits you can put together that’ll be warm and comfy.

Depending on your style, you could even add a robe to this. Putting comfort first means that you’ll have no problem relaxing over the holidays. Add in a new pair of slippers, and you won’t have to worry about the colder weather.

Perfume

Perfume may be one of the more obvious Christmas presents you can get yourself. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get some, however. There’s quite a large price range of options, but it could be recommended that you go for one of the more expensive options.

After all, who wouldn’t want to smell great this holiday season? While you might want to go for the tried-and-true favorites, you could go with something new. Since many retailers have samples on offer to smell, there shouldn’t be an issue finding a fragrance you like.

If you’re planning on getting a few new outfits this Christmas, why not complete them with a fresh fragrance?

Why You Should Buy Christmas Presents For Yourself

You might wonder why you should buy Christmas presents for yourself. After all, the holiday season is supposed to be one for giving, so it might be strange to buy for yourself. It’s a lot more common than you’d think, however. There are a few reasons why.

Better Gifts

Nobody knows what you want for Christmas better than you do. As a result, you’ll be the best person to buy your gifts. You may already have an idea of what presents you’ll want to get. While people will get you some of these, they mightn’t get you all of them.

If there are some Christmas gifts that are really important to you, then it’s worth getting them yourself. That way, you wouldn’t have to be disappointed if you don’t get them.

Less Stress

Just because you’re getting yourself Christmas presents doesn’t mean that you have to wait until then to use them. You could use them beforehand to help relax. If you get yourself a spa treatment, that’s especially true.

Taking the time to relax could help with the stress that many people feel over the holidays. It can be quite hectic, after all. There’s nothing wrong with taking the time to look after yourself, so why not do so with some Christmas gifts?

Indulge Yourself

Everyone needs to pamper themselves sometimes. When’s a better time to do so than Christmas? Buying yourself a few presents to enjoy over the holiday season could be the perfect way of doing so. Depending on the gifts you get yourself, there could be multiple other benefits.

One of the best ways to indulge yourself is by getting a few presents to look after yourself. That could include some loungewear and a facemask to relax or a holiday to take the load off. Regardless, it’s a great way of indulging yourself.

There are multiple reasons why you should get yourself Christmas presents. At a minimum, you’ll be treating yourself to something nice. If there’s something that you want and you think nobody’s going to get it for you, then why not buy it for yourself?

Any of the above Christmas gifts could be more than worth the price. There shouldn’t be anything stopping you from picking them up.

** This was a contributed post.

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diy: simple christmas tree craft

It seems that every year we end up spending money on decorations for our tree. Now there is nothing wrong with that- getting into the holiday spirit is fun and infectious. Plus, having a few new ornaments gives you something to look forward to.

However, like the rest of the world we have spent even more time than usual at home this year. I, for one, have noticed how we were able to save more and spend less in doing such. So, in keeping with this year’s theme of saving some money and getting creative, I decided that any new ornaments to go on our tree would be made from our hands and hearts.

Inspired by the cutest snowman ornament that I came across on Instagram, the kids and I set about one evening collecting pinecones and twigs.

The following morning I grabbed the remaining supplies from our craft room. This included:

– a hot glue gun
– google eyes
– red, orange, and black pipe cleaners
– twine
– white paint

The first thing I did was paint half of the pinecones white. I chose ones whose tops fit together nicely. Then I set those aside.

Next, we set about making the reindeer. We glued the eyes on, followed by the red nose and antlers. Finally, we topped them off with twine.

For the snowmen, we glued their tops together. Then we fitted them with eyes, a nose, and a scarf. Lastly, the twine for the tree.

Remy and Wilder loved making them and hanging them on the tree. Over and over again (they keep rearranging the ornaments). Most of all, they cost nothing and provided us with an evening and entire morning of entertainment, and lifetime of memories. Best. Craft. Ever.

If you are wanting more Christmas DIYs, be sure to visit this post!

Emory

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recipe: creamy (& vegan) roasted cauliflower soup

Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of creamy soup during the cooler months? There is something so comforting about having that little circle of warmth in front of your face, and inhaling the rich aromas that it gently gives off.

I personally have become a fan of serving soup for get-togethers. It is a nice alternative in having to come up with several appetizers for several people. The best part is that it can be made days or weeks in advance. Simply freeze it upon making it, removing it and heating it on the stove the day of the event!

Not everyone will grab a bowl, but those that do will appreciate its rich and smooth taste. Best of all, it is quick to make and incredibly healthy. I guarantee that no one will guess that it’s vegan.

Creamy (& Vegan) Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil
1/2 head of garlic, or at least 5 cloves
1 Spanish onion, chopped
1 medium head of cauliflower, chopped
5 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups coconut (or almond) milk
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground thyme

Steps:

1. Heat the oil in a large pot. Remove the skin from the garlic, chop it, then press down on it with a knife to release the juices. Throw it in the pot and leave it on medium heat. 

2. While the garlic is cooking, chop the onion and cauliflower and add it to the pot as well. Then add the vegetable broth, coconut (or almond) milk, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Then remove it from the burner and set it aside.

3. Very carefully, transfer the soup into a blender. Don’t add too much when it’s still hot. Blend a little bit, pour it into a new bowl or container, then blend, pour, blend, pour, etc. until the entire soup is a nice puree. From there, you can either eat it on the spot, keep it in the fridge for a few days, or freeze it for a few weeks. It’s up to you! Enjoy!

Emory

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diy: framed wild garland art

Happy New Year! For those of you who have decided to log on today (or this week), I wanted to share a cute and simple way to get creative with your leftover Christmas decorations!

Supplies:

Faux Christmas wreath OR garland/tinsel
Extra deep photo frame
Scissors
White glue
Glitter
Sheet of paper
Pencil

Steps:

1. Using a pencil, write a few words of your choice on a sheet of paper. As these words will ultimately become the template for the frame, play around with them until they are neat and centred and are able to fit onto the frame’s plate of glass.

2. Place the glass over the paper. Take the white glue and slowly begin to trace what is written on the page. Once the tracing is complete, sprinkle glitter onto the white glue. Ensure that the words are sufficiently covered with glitter.

3. Let that dry for approximately 12 hours, or until the glue is hardened.

4. Take the glass and wipe away the excess glitter. Put it back in the frame. Then fill the extra deep photo frame with either cut up pieces of Christmas wreath, or garland. Whatever you prefer!

5. Finish by adding the backing board, and hanging up on a wall. Or, you can display it on a shelf. Go wild! Either way, you can’t lose.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas! We should all feel blessed and hopeful going into this new year. Feel free to share your resolutions and plans for 2019 below!

Emory

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recipe: 1952 hot cocoa

This recipe comes from my Baba’s Watkins cookbook, which was published in 1952. It is the perfect warm drink to devour this month, for yourself or for guests!

1952 Hot Cocoa

Serves 4

Ingredients:

¼ cup cocoa
4 tbsp sugar
⅛ tsp salt
1 cup water
3 cups milk
½ tsp Watkins vanilla

Steps:

1. Blend cocoa with sugar and salt, then add water and stir into a smooth paste. Cook and stir until the mixture is thick and smooth, boiling 1 minute.

2. Add milk and heat over low heat to serving temperature. Add vanilla and beat with a rotary beater until frothy, then serve at once.

Emory

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