Today, I’m going to do the one thing personal finance bloggers aren’t supposed to do… I’m going to talk about all the things I want to buy! Of course, I’ll spin it and say I’d love if Santa put a few of these under the tree for me, but even if he doesn’t there’s a good chance I’ll pick up a few of them for myself in the new year. (And it’s a pretty grown-up wish list, so I won’t let myself feel any guilt!)
1. Brown Betty
My dad is British (if you couldn’t guess by the last name), so I grew up in a house of mass tea consumption. Tea with breakfast, tea with lunch, tea in the afternoon and decaf tea after dinner. And, of course, there’s only one teapot used in our house: a Brown Betty. Somehow, despite the fact that I’ve been out of the house (other than those 6 months) since I was 22, I’ve never owned a proper teapot of my own, and I want that to change. Brown Betty’s aren’t cheap – it’ll be in the $40-50 range, depending on which size you choose – but they last for-freaking-ever. This is not a need, but a serious want.
2. Milk Frother
Another serious want. I’ve been thinking about buying a milk frother and whipping up some flavoured sugar (thanks to Cassie, for teaching me how to do that) for a couple of years now. Can you imagine how much money it could save me? If I only cut out 1 latte/month for a year, it would pay for itself.
3. Flannel Pyjama Pants / Slippers
I’m sure people of all heights say this about some type of clothing or another, but somehow all of the pyjama pants I own are way too short for me. What’s the deal!? I’m only 5’7″! I’d love a pair that are not too long, not too short and super soft. (And slippers to wear in my new place would be nice too.)
4. Books / Gift Cards to Bookstores
My books-to-read list is always a mile long, but I rarely buy them new anymore. Considering I used to have a pretty crazy book-buying addiction, this isn’t a bad thing! But I do miss the feeling of picking out a new book and consuming it in one weekend. (Note: This is always on my Christmas wish list.)
5. Emergency Car Kit
Yes, I’m 28 years old and somehow I still do not have any type of emergency kit – not even jumper cables – in my car. This never concerned me before, probably because I lived in Victoria and could count on family to help me if I was ever in a bind… but I don’t know really anyone here! So, I have to be safe and help myself.
6. Electric Drill
I can honestly say I’d never thought of asking for an electric drill before, but it sure would make hanging pictures and shelves easier! Honestly, I keep thinking about buying some cheap shelves for my new bathroom, but the fact that I don’t have a drill is stopping me. One day…
If Santa could only bring you one thing this year, what would you ask for?