A Gift Guide Just For You



Who says you can’t give yourself a present once in a while? It doesn’t have to be for Christmas, but I’ve found the best deals can usually be found around this time of year.

While I’m the worst for buying myself anything, I’ve gotten better at pampering myself–especially if I can get it on sale.

I’ve found it’s easier just to let Greg choose for himself and the same goes for me. He wouldn’t have a clue which oil paint I need, or what kind of pressure cooker I wanted.

Gifts for yourself can be anything from a tool to a new sweater. They’re the things you want, but feel too guilty to buy for yourself. Give yourself permission to splurge once in a while. It’s a lesson I learned too late in life, but I’m making up for it now.

Here are some kick-starter ideas.

Blood pressure machine  Weird? Not really. It could save your life.
Elite Pressure Cooker  Faithful readers already know I love this machine. Good price for it now too!
Keurig Coffeemaker  I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’ve bought this twice for the people I love. I am now their favorite person. 🙂
Apple iPad Air 2  I probably shouldn’t be listing this since Greg has been hinting that his needs to be replaced soon. But if you’re an Apple fan, these are great. I steal Greg’s every chance I get.
Downton Abbey, how do I love thee? Best damn series ever.

Gaiam Ball Chair  It doesn’t look like much, but I swear by this if you have nerve or back pain. It’s the only chair I use.
Simon  I’m not much of a toy person, but I love this game. Good for strengthening your memory too.
Wireless Security Camera  Easy to set up and gives a lot of peace of mind. We use it to watch the dogs while we’re gone, but it’s also a baby monitor. Includes night vision, motion alert, and two-way audio.
Weather Station  This is one of those things that gardeners and outdoorsy people can’t live without. I can get more precise information on how to protect my garden and animals than what I get from the weather service.

Jawa Candy & Card Holder  I have to admit, I was thinking of Sandra Ulbrich Almazan when I saw this. I thought it was adorable.
Roomba 880  I still love my Roomba. I have not gone back to my old vacuum since. It was the perfect gift to myself.
Rtic Tumbler  I recommended this to a friend recently. It keeps liquids cold or hot for a very long time and best of all, no condensation.
Z Zoned Memory Foam Pillow  One of the best things I ever bought for myself. I sleep so much better now.
White Noise Machine  I am very tempted to get this. It’s had rave reviews. Even with the better bed (and pillow) falling asleep is still hard for me.

Fitbit  These Fitbits seem to be all the rage. I was shocked at the great reviews and the sheer number of reviews. Maybe I should give this a second look.
Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver  If you don’t know what this is, you’re not embracing your inner geek. I happened to be married to a diehard fan. This is one of the things I bought him. Silly, but hey, you only live once.
Godiva Chocolates  If you’re going to have chocolate, go for the good stuff.
Business Card Holder  Très chic, y’all.
• Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial  If you haven’t tried the free trial, do it over the holidays. We actually use it a lot more than I thought we would.



So eat the last doughnut, get a massage, and buy yourself something nice. From experience, this is the best time to buy most items. Sometimes there are windows when something drops down even further, but you can at least feel assured that retailers will do most anything to get your business.

Attention Authors: On Thursday, December 1st I want to showcase authors (especially indie authors). If you have a book on Amazon, send me the link and genre, and I will include you in a post dedicated to books as gifts. One book per author please. All genres welcome, but no overtly sexy stuff.

If you know me, use my private email address, if you don’t, email me through my contact page. Be sure to put ‘Christmas’ in the subject line and tell me if you’d like to showcase a paperback or the ebook. Feel free to share this post with your author friends too.



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  1. Some great gift ideas here. It is hard for me to buy for myself. I’ve got to learn to splurge once in awhile, maybe I’ll start with that tumbler. We saw the Fitbit everywhere and thought about getting one but decided on the VivioFit2 instead and love it. It was a bit cheaper and does the same thing. The best part you can track your sleep pattern and it shows the times you’re getting your best sleep.

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    • Mason: When you’re so used to saying no to yourself, it feels like a huge guilt trip to say yes. People like us, have a lot of self control, so splurging every once in a while is like giving yourself a hug. You deserve it.

      re: VivioFit2
      I never heard of that one. I’ll have to check it out.

  2. After raising six children, it’s difficult to get used to spending money on myself. My daughter tells me all the time to get a better desk chair. The pressure cooker is on my list of things I want from myself. I have it on my wish list from the last time you talked about it.

    • Susan: I know exactly what you mean. I’ve spent my whole life saving and doing without because it was all for the goal of retiring. Now I’m retired but I can’t get used to spending money on myself. Ha!

      I use the pressure cooker a lot. A slow cooker can do the same thing but why wait 10 hours when I can get the same thing in under one hour?

  3. Angela Brown

    I don’t buy much for myself. My kiddo and what she needs tends to come first, then the house…then maybe me lol!

    But that pillow looks like it’s worth checking out. Thanks for sharing the gift ideas 🙂

    • Angela: Pillows are very personal. I am so picky when it comes to pillows I take mine with me when I travel.

      I’ve recommended the Z-Zoned pillow to my friends before. It’s one of the few pillows that I find comfy all night long.

  4. Aw, thanks for the shout-out, Maria! I do have Jawa and R2-D2 garden statues, but they’re currently inside the house so they don’t “run away.”

    I bought a blood pressure machine when I was pregnant and having issues with preeclampsia, since I had to check my blood pressure four times a day. I wonder where it went. Maybe those Jawas took it. 😉

    Thanks for offering to showcase indie authors! I just may have a new book out by then with a great cover.

    • Sandra: When I saw that Jawa holder, it reminded me of your costumes. I thought it was too cute.

      re: blood pressure machine
      My kid sister had preeclampsia with her babies. That’s nothing to take lightly. It helped us with Greg’s BP too. He kept complaining of headaches which isn’t like him. Sure enough, high BP.

  5. I LOVE my RTIC. It’s the same as the Yeti, only much cheaper. When I was reading the reviews before buying it on Amazon, I saw that someone wrote that it hadn’t left her side since she bought it. Yep, that pretty much describes mine. I just put ice and water in there and the ice does melt a little after a few hours, but I add more ice and water and all is fine. It stays cold for hours and hours and hours. If there’s ice in it when I go to bed at night, the ice is still there when I wake up in the morning!

    • Stephanie: We found out about the Rtic from the people who did our kitchen cabinets.

      And you’re right. It’s just as good as the Yeti at a fraction of the cost.

      I mostly love that it doesn’t sweat and leave water rings. I think it’ll be a popular gift this Christmas. Cheap too.

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