Gift giving, such a bitter sweet act of kindness. Giving gifts shows an extension of our love for someone, however giving gifts so it doesn’t break the bank can prove to be rather difficult at times.
Doesn’t it always seem to happen that in July you find the perfect gift for someone, but their birthday isn’t until November so you decide against buying that perfect gift. Come November you have no clue what to get that person. Well, if you had a gift closet you could go ahead and purchase that item and be ahead of yourself. When it’s time to celebrate their birthday you will be so happy not to have to rush around looking for the perfect gift for them that secretly you will be celebrating yourself too. That’s why creating a gift closet is the answer to all your gift related problems.
Benefits of having a gift closet:
- Saves money
- Saves time
- Takes the wonder out of gift giving
- Always prepared for any occasion or person
Saving money while giving gifts, who doesn’t want to do that! Have you ever been on vacation, saw something and instantly thought of someone who would just love that item, only to get home and wished you had bought it for them? When creating a gift closet you can buy it, bring it home, and hold on to it for just the perfect gift giving opportunity.
Saving time is something we could all benefit from. And buying gifts in advance is a great way to save yourself time. Buying in advance helps prevent you from having to run to the store last minute only to spend way more than you ever wanted on a gift you aren’t even sure they’ll like.
Takes the wonder out of gift giving because you already know what you’ll be giving the recipient.
Always prepared for any occasion or person is ideally the way you want to live your gift giving life. And you are only a couple steps away from it becoming your reality.
Things to consider when creating your gift closet:
- The best location to store your gifts until they are needed.
- How to create a gift closet/tote.
- What type of items to purchase for your gift closet/tote.
The best location
If you are like many of us, finding an ideal location to store these treasures until just the right time can pose a problem. Instead of storing some things under the bed and other things in the closet, it’s best to create one central location.
Personally, I have a tote for gifts that I buy in advance. That tote is located on the top shelf in our closet. That’s what works best for me. If I purchase something that is too big for the tote then I place the item beside it.
Here are some other ideas of places you can store your gift tote if a whole closet doesn’t work for you.
- Under your bed, in a flat tote. One like this would work.
- In your guest room closet
- Linen closet
- In a tote in your closet
- In a storage bench
Items needed to create a gift closet
- A plastic tote or a sturdy box
- a piece of paper/mini journal
- optional: a way to label the outside of the tote
- a place to store the tote (out of reach of your children)
Honestly, it’s that simple. Not a lot of fuss or time has to be spent creating a gift closet/tote.
Items to purchase for your gift closet/tote
The gifts you purchase to give people in your life are more of a personal thing. However, I recommend always keeping items on hand that aren’t too personal, but are still nice. Something ever would love, but isn’t trendy. Items that would work for any unexpected person you feel like giving a gift to. An example of these type items could include journals, candles, and gift cards. Sometimes I will buy several of my favorite things just because I love giving things that I love.
You might be saying right about now that there is no way you will ever remember what gift would go to which person. Here’s the important part. Keep a piece of paper in your tote stating the gift item, the recipient, and when you plan to give the gift. You could even go a step further and have a mini journal to keep in your tote. Keeping a mini journal in your tote allows you to use the journal as a reference for what you bought, when you bought it, and for whom.
Without writing down this information, you might find yourself standing over your gift tote asking yourself who you bought a certain item for. And for experience I can assure you, it’s not fun.
Once you have your gift closet/tote ready to go, you’ll be able to pick up items along the way when they are on sale or when you see something you know someone will love. Then you can take it home, store it in your gift closet and feel good knowing that that gift is taken care of.