Festive Finance: 6 Guilt-Free Gifts to Give to Yourself

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Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the end of Ramadan, chances are there will be at least a few gifts as part of the festivities. But while gifts – and shopping for them – always feature prominently around the holidays, there’s one type of gift that’s getting a lot of press this year: the kind you give to yourself. And no, we’re not talking about the warm and fuzzy feeling you get in return for giving a gift to someone else; according to the National Retail Federation, shoppers admitted that they plan to spend an average of $237 on themselves this year, a 27 percent increase over last year.

‘Self gifting’ is increasingly becoming a holiday tradition, right up there with department store Santas and fattening food. Unfortunately, when the bills come rolling in in January, what initially brought good cheer often digs up another emotion altogether: guilt.

When you’ve worked hard all year, perhaps you do deserve to treat yourself over the holidays. The key is to stick to things that will keep the good feelings rolling into the New Year. Discover some guilt-free self-gifts that’ll pay dividends all year long in my new article on GoldenGirlFinance.ca: http://bit.ly/TPAImh

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