In addition to pulling names for Secret Santa, our family buys one more gift: one for ourselves.
There’s no price limit. There are no restrictions. And you have to open it on Christmas morning.
At first, I thought it was a crazy idea. I wrapped something I already had and feigned surprise when I opened it that morning.
But over the years, I started to get it.
We spent a lot of time, effort and money buying things for other people — often buying things we want and would never get ourselves. So with my dad’s idea, we could actually buy something for ourselves — and not feel guilty about it.
So this year I splurged on myself. I got a Canon EOS 60D digital SLR — one that I’ve wanted for awhile now. I figured it was something I needed — I use some kind of camera several times a day — and really wanted.
So I did it. And I’m excited.
So if you could buy yourself a gift — you have to pay for it, remember! — what would you get yourself?
Dog Kimono from Inu Inu Hawaii
Days left: 3
Dog kimono or yukata from Inu Inu Hawaii (www.inuinuhawaii.com)
Price: $30 online or at pet boutiques such as Calvin & Susie in Kilohana Square
The gist: Bored of the usual dog outfits? Or your pooch is quite the fashion diva? Get a kimono (or yukata) from Honolulu-based Inu Inu Hawaii, which specializes in unique Asian-inspired apparel for dogs. They come in all sizes — in fact, you can custom order ones for larger breeds — and patterns. Imagine your Rottweiler in one of these!
Best for: Dog owners, of course!