For the past couple of years, I’ve known it’s officially the holiday season when I start seeing cool girl gift guides and unrealistic wish lists flood my TikTok FYP — and I absolutely eat them up. I love seeing what other people are asking for or what they’re getting for their friends, family, roommates, sorority sisters, partners, dogs — whoever, really. Not only does it give me major inspiration for what to get for my BFFs or SO, but it also makes me add (waaaaay too many) things to my own holiday wish list. But honestly? I’m not complaining.
This holiday season, I asked a bunch of Her Campus editors, national writers, and editorial interns about what they’re buying for themselves for the holidays — because it’s 2022, and it’s the perfect time to treat yourself, bestie! While some editors and writers are just getting themselves a little something for the holidays, others have been saving up their coin and are ready to splurge (and as they should!). From fancy espresso machines to cozy lingerie sets to yummy hot chocolate-scented lip balms, here’s what 20 Her Campus editors and writers are buying for themselves this holiday season. BRB, because I think this list just inspired me to add a couple more goodies to my holiday wish list.
“After dropping a bunch of money on physical books that I still haven’t read, and with my studio apartment space being so limited (I only have so much shelf space to store books!), I think an e-reader might be the way to move forward. Plus, I’m hoping making this bigger purchase for myself will motivate me to read more, which is one of my New Year’s resolutions. (Is it too early to talk about those yet?)” — Erica Kam, editor
“This indie beauty shop is awesome, and I adore the fact that I am getting a little gift for myself and I don’t even know what fun beauty products I’ll get!” — Maria Serra, SEO editor
“Candles are one of my staple self-care products and I can’t live without them! They’re convenient to buy and help me get into a better headspace.” — McKinley Franklin, culture and entertainment intern
“I’m obsessed with [Glossier’s] products, and the Balm Dotcoms are my absolute favorites. I’m also a hot chocolate fiend, so I’m itching to get my hands on this flavor.” — Jill Schuck, national writer
“I’ll be buying myself new golden hoop earrings! Mine are very old and I’ve been meaning to get new ones for a while.” — Julia Caterino, national writer
“I need something to treat myself. I’m dragging lately and I want to make cute, creative drinks that give me mega serotonin!” — Avery Worley, national writer
“Although it’s pretty expensive I’ve wanted [this] for quite some time. Supporting small businesses is important to me, and I figure if I’m going to splurge on myself, then why not support a small business? It’s the perfect daily statement necklace!” — Erika Taylor, national writer
“Life and school have been stressful lately, so I thought I would treat myself to a new skin care product to help with my self-care!” — Katherine Francis, national writer
“I’m treating myself to a customized astrological planner for 2023, so I can go into the new year with my life together and a fabulous notebook to match!” — Emma Lingo, national writer
“I’ve been obsessed with these sneakers for *so* long and I’m finally going to add them to my cart. The shoe’s design is classic and timeless, but the blue color adds a fun pop of boldness to any look.” — Tina Kolokathis, site lead
“I’m all about being cozy this holiday season, and what better way to achieve that than with this sherpa jacket from L.L. Bean? It’s a great transition piece as we head into the colder months, and is so freaking soft — I may need to buy more than one color!” — Allison Piwowarski, director of content strategy
“I rarely treat myself and still use a pair of wire headphones with a dongle. I’ve been saving for a while and can’t wait to invest in a pair so I can blast Phoebe Bridgers in HD sound.” — Julianna Marie, associate editor
“I’ve been updating my beauty products and learning new ways to perfect my skin care routine. It’s really fun to try new masks and serums and find products that help your skin thrive.” — Rachel Armstrong, national writer
“I want to get these slippers because I want to incorporate them into my casual fall and winter outfits! They’re great for being comfy around the house, but they can also add a super cute touch to any cozy outfit — not to mention how warm they are!” — Madison Bailey, style intern
“[I’m getting this] for my dorm! I’ve seen them on TikTok and they’re just so aesthetically pleasing.” — Inica Kotasthane, national writer
“I want to buy myself Fenty lip gloss for the holiday season, specifically the color Hot Chocolit because a friend of mine told me how pretty it is on our skin type (medium brown)!” — Siobhan Robinson, national writer
“I like to reward myself towards the end of the year with some fun workout clothes or equipment as a reminder that all my hard work pays off and is really good for my mental and physical health (and that same hard work can be done in style!). Cycling is my favorite workout because of the endorphins and clear-headedness I feel afterwards, and what better way to stay motivated than by wearing shoes that are my favorite color?!” — Rylie Walsh, national writer
“For two years now, I’ve asked for film for Christmas. A few years back, [I was] going through my grandpa’s old stuff and I found this old Minolta film camera. I fell in love with it, but I never bit the bullet on buying film for it. However, this year I’m treating myself to film and I’m going to start taking pictures in my grandpa’s memory!” — Hannah Tolley, national writer
“Honestly, [pretty lingerie sets] are just so much fun and an instant mood booster — even if no one else is seeing it. It’s self-care season!” — Carli Brennan, national writer
I know, the moment you’ve all been waiting for — what am I buying myself for the holidays this year? I’ve been eyeballing this Glossier candle for *so* long, and I think I might just need to treat myself to it.