Like skipping Thanksgiving, being a humbug on Christmas has financial benefits. You don't need to spend on anyone else and, be honest, do you even like the food? So much that you wouldn't rather just sleep in and treat yourself to something nice? Shopping for your own self should be the easiest but, if you're struggling, we've got your back with some solid ideas.
Dreamland by Sam Quinones ($11, Amazon): This is the Breaking Bad of books. Every time you turn the page you're almost done with a section, and I dare you to get to that last paragraph before gasping and hurtling to find out what happens next. It is utterly unputdownable. Be glad there's no one around to interrupt you.
v6 Absolute ($390, Dyson): Do you need an originally $600-swifter? Yes. Because you’ll never swif again. It's simple enough to tidy up the crumbs after you eat and robust enough to get down into the grout on your bathroom tiles—a godsend if you have pets.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro ($1,499, DJI): You're not a Hollywood action movie producer, so why not buy the Phantom 3 for $350? Or one of those bullshit totes you see at Target? Because you're gonna crash it and then have to buy another. The Phantom 4 Pro is an upgrade from the 4 with a better camera sensor and side and rear sensors to avoid flying into the trees.
MA-1 Slim Fit Flight Jacket ($150, Alpha Industries): Like those closely cropped military haircuts you've seen since Boardwalk Empire took over, there's been a trend toward military swagger for years now. This military jacket looks smart and can replace your hoodie, cardigan or sport coat as your winter comfort staple. Plus, it stuffs into a nice pouch for travel.
Tight Stuff Tight Pants ($128, Lululemon): Look, no one’s home to see you wear these around the house. They double as long underwear and provide great muscle stabilization if you're working through an injury.
Boosted Board V2 (Starting at $999, Boosted Boards): If a moped looked as cool as it was fun to ride, it would be a Boosted Board. The V2 is so fast, you might not even want to take it to its top speed. Wear your bike helmet.
A Used 2013 MacBook Pro ($879, Apple): Do you need to drop a few thousand dollars for a touch bar? Meh. Get this instead, known by Apple diehards as “the last usable MacBook.” You can plug your HDMI right in the side, use two USBs and run two thunderbolt drives at the same time. It's also the last MacBook with a separate graphics card, meaning you can watch your drone videos in 4K and render them as fast as the current desktop iMac.
A Trip to Cartagena, Colombia (Prices Vary, JetBlue): Buying experiences are better than buying things. The American dollar is strong and the tourists you want to avoid stay far away from here. A taxi from the airport to the city's center is about $8 and, once there, a three-course lunch will run you about $1.85. Sold yet?
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