Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Gifts For Myself That Cost Next To Nothing

Gifting Myself This Christmas

Welcome to my Christmas kitchen! Around this time each year I do a few special things that are just for me. Things that give me pleasure and recall happy memories. I call these things,"Christmas gifts for myself." They cost next to nothing and yet are priceless! How about you? Do you "gift yourself" at Christmas time?

One of the gifts I give myself is baking something yummy. I'm not a big baker, but it just doesn't feel like Christmas if I don't bake something. I tried a new really simple recipe for peanut butter cookies and the result was absolutely delicious! I can't take credit for the recipe. I got it from Julie Wunder's blog over at Running In A Skirt. Check out her post here to get this simple six ingredient recipe!

Not only are these cookies yummy but they are a bit healthier since the recipe calls for whole wheat flour and uses honey for sweetening instead of sugar. Yet another gift to myself, a healthier indulgence! And because I had all the ingredients on hand, they cost next to nothing!

Another way I gift myself is with some wonderful Christmas reading. I always choose a book or two around this time of year that has a Christmas theme. This year I found, "No Holly for Miss Quinn," by Miss Read on the shelf at my local library. I thought I had read all of the Miss Read books the library had to offer but somehow I believe I missed this one. I loved it! Miriam Quinn is a thirty-something career woman who decides to have a quiet Christmas re-decorating her new home until a phone call from her brother changes all her well laid plans. I was hooked from start to finish in this book and think I'll ask "Santa" for my own copy as a Christmas present. So, this book cost me nothing since it came from the library, but I guess "Santa" might have to pay a few bucks to get it for me as a gift! 

And, as a final gift to myself, I created a fun "drink station" using all of my Christmas mugs. Since the mugs are displayed on a tray they can be easily moved if the counter space is needed. I've noticed on several blogs that Christmas displays on counters are on a tray. It suddenly dawned on me that this makes the display movable so the counter can be used. Makes so much sense! Anyway, being creative with Christmas decor is something I find satisfying and is definitely a gift to myself. 

Do you find ways to gift yourself at Christmas? If not, try to think of something special to do just for you. I hope you will take a moment and leave a comment letting me know what you think about gifting yourself and what you do for the very special person that is you!

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And, before you go, have a cookie!

Until Next Time,


Sharon said...

I absolutely love this post, Debbie! It's one I will read again for inspiration. This season is a time for giving, but sometimes I think we forget to include ourselves in that giving. The gifts you highlighted in your post would be things I would find satisfying too. They are simple but gratifying. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

I love getting books as gifts! This one sounds good and I'll have to check it out.. I always get myself a gift for Christmas! I think the big one this year is retirement, but I will also get a little something pretty! Merry Christmas Debbie!!

Debbie Styles Life said...

I'm glad you found this post inspiring, Sharon. I think finding ways to "gift ourselves" is important during this very busy season. Have a wonderful day!

Debbie Styles Life said...

I think you'll like the book a lot, Karen!

julie Wunder said...

Hi Debbie! Thank you so much for making my cookies and sharing the recipe here. I'm so glad you liked them.

It is so important to find time for self care this busy time of year! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

Terra Heck said...

Nothing wrong with treating yourself!
Became an email subscriber earlier this year :)

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thanks, Julie. I hope you have a great Christmas too!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thanks so much, Terra, for becoming an email subscriber!