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This holiday season, treat yourself

The holiday season is here, and people are scrambling to finish their gift shopping for family and friends. While 'tis the season to be giving, you may want to put yourself on your list, too.

In fact, one consumer survey by Deloitte found that 50 percent of respondents planned to treat themselves this holiday season. With back-to-back holiday and end-of-year sales, now is the perfect time to give yourself the gifts you really want.

Whether you're looking for a fresh makeup palette, straighter teeth or a fancy fragrance, you'll have plenty to smile about this season.

Gift No. 1: Updated makeup palette

Makeup is a gift many want but few are happy to receive. Because makeup preferences are so personal to each person, it's difficult for anyone else to get it right when choosing gifts. But that doesn't mean you'll have to go without this holiday.

Save your loved ones the guesswork and instead treat yourself to that new lip stain you've been eyeing, or take advantage of the seasonal sales on limited edition lines.

You can even make an appointment with a local makeup artist to try something new, ask for advice and freshen up your look.

Your family can get you socks instead.

Gift No. 2: Straight teeth

You already have your two front teeth, so maybe it's time to ask Santa for an upgrade.

According to a survey conducted by Harris Poll, 78 percent of adults consider teeth straightening to be one of the most important treatments they have done for themselves. However, having straight teeth may feel like a pipe dream that isn't worth the hassle and self-consciousness of traditional wire braces.

Luckily, there's another way.

Invisalign Clear Aligners aren't your parents' braces. Unlike metal braces, these clear aligners are virtually invisible, removable for meals and easy brushing and flossing, and won't cause pain or injury from sharp brackets or broken wires.

From mild to complex cases, these clear aligners can correct a variety of problems, including overbite, underbite, gapped teeth, crowding, open bite and crossbite.

A recent study by Kelton Research found that a person's teeth have a significant effect on others' perception of them, with nearly one-third of participants citing teeth as the first feature they notice about someone. Americans even associate straight teeth with positive first impressions, wealth and success, attractiveness, and even trustworthiness.

In other words, for the modern adult, better teeth can mean a better social and professional life.

Gift No. 3: A new "eau de toilette"

Fragrances are hot ticket items on many wish lists this year, and for good reason. The right fragrance can increase your confidence, elevate your status and give you a stronger identity, all while satisfying those olfactory senses.

Unfortunately, it's almost impossible for someone else to get your scent right. Not only do preferences differ dramatically from person to person, but even if you like the scent from the bottle, you may not like it when you put it on.

Don't leave this gift up to chance. As you finalize your holiday shopping for your loved ones, treat yourself — and your nose — to a new favorite scent.

Add yourself to the nice list this season, and give yourself a gift you'll love. Go to invisalign.com to find a doctor near you.

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