I’m a shopaholic – I’ve spent hundreds on myself instead of buying Christmas presents, it’s a problem but I’m not alone | The Sun

I’m a shopaholic – I’ve spent hundreds on myself instead of buying Christmas presents, it’s a problem but I’m not alone | The Sun

December 6, 2022

CHRISTMAS shopping is one of the most stressful tasks in the festive calendar.

We’ve got lists as long as our arms, rushing around high street stores to find presents for the kids and hardest-to-buy-for relatives while trying not to max out our credit cards or have a meltdown. 


We set out with good intentions and a goal to have gifts all wrapped up before Christmas Eve, but there’s one thing we don’t account for.

One woman has taken to TikTok to share her annual struggle to buy gifts for her friends and family – but it’s not what you might think. 

Krissy Alese from the USA has a big problem at Christmastime. Instead of successfully finding presents for loved ones, she keeps buying treats for herself. 

“Welcome to today’s instalment of things I bought for myself instead of buying Christmas presents for other people,” she announces over the top of the video. 

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In the clip, Krissy places a Starbucks paper bag on her kitchen worktop and lifts out its contents. 

Her latest treat is a brand new reusable cup with iridescent diamond shaped details. 

To the right of her new cup is a Harry Potter-themed handbag in brown and red.

It features badges including the Hogwarts crest and the Platform nine-and-three-quarters sign.

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Krissy’s confession is not unusual.

As it turns out, almost every one of her followers say they’re guilty of shunning their loved ones’ Christmas lists and treating themselves instead. 

1.7million people have watched her video, and over a thousand people have commented so far. 

They’re all just glad they’re not the only ones splashing out on gifts for themselves. 

“Giiiirl I bought a fireplace, patio chairs, a 65 inch TV and a projector,” admitted a fellow shopaholic. 

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“ME HAHAHAHA I go shopping like oh you know who would like that for Christmas?! Me. I would,” confessed another. 

“I’ve been doing this since October. I should probably stop,” shared a third. 

Loads of viewers confessed to buying the same cup for themselves, while others said their shared habit was toxic. 

“I bought the exact thing for myself and no presents for anyone else!” said one.

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“My toxic trait is buying a nice present for someone but then keeping for myself,” shared a second. 

But there’s an easy way to justify the habit, as suggested by another savvy shopaholic: “It’s called Christmas presents that my cat got for me.” 

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