In Judaism there is a concept called hiddur mitzvah, literally "beautifying the commandment." In this picture you can see the hand washing cup I've used every morning I've remembered to perform this ritual since the day I started. There's nothing wrong with this cup--it is functional and durable--but it is certainly not beautiful:
Below is a picture of the cup I picked out on the Yair Emanuel site (with crazy shipping because it is coming from Israel):
This cup is purple, my favorite color; and I just happened to fall in love with their design of medium size (six inches high) and price (35 dollars). My cup should arrive in the mail within the next two to three weeks, and I am excited!
It feels fulfilling to buy things with one's very truly own money, rather than with money bequeathed to one by one's parents, no?