For the next couple of weeks, most of us will be busy trying to find the best holiday gifts for our family and friends to show that we care about and appreciate them. While we are busy making our holiday list, checking it twice and trying not to miss everyone, quite often, we missed putting ourselves on the list. Why aren’t we on the list? We deserve to get ourselves something too, don’t we?
So, what do we deserve? What type of gift will provide us the most happiness? A brand new Mercedes-Benz SUV in the driveway? The latest iPhone X with a Grand Canyon size storage space? How about that new 80-inch flat screen TV in the living room?
All these materialistic gifts will definitely give us a shot of short-term highs. However, after a couple of months, the new car smell will be wearing off and the new gadgets will not be as exciting anymore. What we’ll be left with are massive credit card bills and the long-term loans to pay off.
When we give ourselves any gift, it’s gotta be thoughtful, meaningful and hopeful will provide us a great deal of long-term happiness. Don’t worry, these gifts won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Are you interested to know? Let’s take a look to see which gifts are the best holiday gifts.
Most people will agree with the view that your health is your wealth. On the other hand, I believe the reverse is also true. Your wealth is also your health. You can be the healthiest person in the world, but if you have no wealth, you’ll be trading your health to work on multiple jobs trying to build your wealth.
For this holiday, why not put down financial health as a gift for yourself? Build your wealth by improving your financial health. Now, you don’t have pick one over the other. You can have both your health and your wealth.
This one is for people who are currently in a relationship. How often do you and your other half have money-related fights? Admittedly, I am not immune to these disagreements and I do have a few money fights with my wife from time to time. I really hate to admit this, but before we got married, we never discussed our money philosophies. When you are in love, you often use your heart to make decisions rather than your head.
Both my wife and I are very responsible with our money and we don’t spend frivolously. However, when it comes to managing and growing our money, my wife is just not very interested. As a personal finance blogger, it really drives me nuts because money management is definitely in the top three of my priority list and it’s probably not even on my wife’s list at all.
Suffice to say, I had been struggling and had absolutely no success in convincing my wife to be more involved in managing our money. Until recently, I came across Mustard Seed Money’s post about money mistakes that couples make. In my opinion, this post is the perfect financial harmony gift for couples that have not had their money talk yet. Start the conversation today if you’ve never had it.
Why give yourself just one gift when you can give twelve? Sometimes we feel a little bit deprived as we have a bunch of saving goals but not many spending goals. To prevent the saving burnt out, my wife and I agreed to allocate $100 each on a monthly basis as our financial reward for saving diligently. We get to spend our $100 on anything we want. No questions asked.
If you were to lose your job tomorrow or you encounter some health issues that prevent you from working, how long can you continue to pay your living expenses without inheriting debt? During this period of festivity, no one really likes to make a plan for these situations, but unexpected life events do happen. Anything can go wrong at the most inopportune time. The better prepared you are, the less of an impact any unexpected emergencies will have on your finances.
So how do you give yourself the gift of financial security? First off, start small and build an emergency fund of just $500. Once you have accomplished this goal, double this emergency fund to $1,000. Continue to increase your emergency fund little by little until you’ve reached about $8,000 to $10,000 or at least three months of living expenses.
By the time you have built a sizable emergency fund, it should provide you with the financial security and comfort level that during most periods of hardship, you have the financial capability to withstand it. Now, if you don’t believe in an emergency fund like I do, you can build access to funds. This method is much more efficient when it comes to having your money working harder to increase your wealth.
Most people have the impression that if they have a stable job, are making a reasonable salary and are saving a good portion of their income, then they have financial stability. Well, your financial stability only lasts as long as your employment status. To truly have financial stability, we need to build different sources of income and diversify our income streams.
For the majority of us, employment income will still be our major source of income. That’s fine, but it doesn’t mean that we cannot build more income streams by having our money work harder for us. The harder our money works now and into the future, the less dependent we’ll be on our employment income.
For this holiday, wouldn’t you love to have the gift of peace of mind? Knowing that if you lose your main source of income, not all is lost. You still have other sources of income to sustain your daily life. Here’s a few ideas to increase your income streams in the form of: real estate, stock market, side hustles.
Do you want to get a gift that keeps on giving? Then give yourself the gift of financial knowledge. With this gift, you can choose to pay yourself first, put time and compound interest to work, and best of all, have your money working while you are sleeping. One day, you may wake up and never have to work again.
The good news is this gift is free and there is an abundant amount of it. You can open as many of this gift as you want and whenever you want. There is no limit. Did you know that you have already opened one gift by reading this post? There are more gifts from my blog, so feel free to indulge. If you are really greedy, here are the other personal finance bloggers that also provide free gifts too.
True happiness comes from the freedom to be able to choose what you can do, when, where and how you can do it. You will no longer need to worry about the next paycheque or if your job will be there next year. This is the ultimate gift that you can give yourself.
To start, calculate how much your net worth is now. Tally your annual expenses for this year and multiply that number by 25. This number will be your financial freedom target to increase your net worth to that amount. You can start wrapping this gift now. Here’s a starting point to help you grow your net worth step-by-step.
My Two Cents
If you have been leaving yourself off your holiday gift list, this year is the year to start adding yourself to the list. As much as we want to shower your loved ones with gifts, it’s never selfish of us to give ourselves one of these gifts. Go ahead, splurge on yourself a little.
So readers, which gifts on this list do you think are the best holiday gifts to give yourself? You can also give these gifts to anyone you like. They’re just as good for you as it’s good for the recipient.