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Is Self-Image Impacting Your Holiday Shopping? [Quiz]

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Your self-image could be impacting your holiday shopping without you even realizing it. Take the quiz below to find out if this might be the case, and then keep reading to find out how and why this is. You might be surprised.

How Poor Self-Image Affects Holiday Shopping

If the quiz results showed that your self-image might be affecting your holiday shopping, you’re probably wondering why. The reason is that when we often doubt ourselves or have a poor self-image, we often feel the need to prove ourselves to others.

Our Inner Gift Buying Process

People may overcompensate when buying gifts and obsess over whether or not what they bought is expensive enough. Whether it’s a good enough present, and what the person receiving the gift will think of them for choosing that item.

You may be participating in negative self-talk, telling yourself that what you bought isn’t a great present or that the person is sure not to like it.

The Social Pressure

Additionally, you might think that spending more money proves that you care about the other person, or that it makes a gift more meaningful. It’s important to remember that thoughtful, heartfelt gifts mean much more than a dollar sign.

Social media may be affecting your self-image this holiday season, as you see over-the-top gifts that others have given and received.

Changing Your Negative Thought Patterns

There’s a chance you’ll find yourself full of anxiety after purchasing a gift, worrying about whether or not you picked out just-the-right thing. There are things that you can do to change your negative thought patterns and bring yourself some peace.

First, practice building confidence in yourself. If you need some tips for gift-buying when struggling with self-image, check out some of the advice below.

  • Make a list of the person’s interests, and buy gifts based around those things.
  • Buy a gift that’s connected to a positive memory you’ve shared with that person.
  • Have they been talking about an everyday item they need? Buy that.

A Word from GR8NESS

Remember, money isn’t everything, and those who love you will appreciate any gift you buy. The holiday season is about joy, family, friends, and quality time. Not about material objects.

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Anne is a GR8NESS Contributing Writer, covering mental health, self-development, body, health, and pet care. She believes that self-betterment comes from addressing all aspects of the mind, body, and soul. When she’s not writing, you will definitely find her giving her dog belly rubs and reading the first half of every book she buys.
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