I have a closet in my studio where I keep a stash of gifts. Some years I’m better at keeping it stocked than others, but my guidelines are always the same.
• I try to stock gender-neutral gifts.
• No trash. Always the good stuff.
• And most importantly, buy them at their lowest price.
Sometimes I find a few nice things after Christmas, but let’s face it, by then most of the merchandise is pretty picked over. In the last few years I found some great bargains through Amazon’s Lightning Deals. These only last a few hours, so if I spot a good price, I jump on it.
I also like to shop BEFORE Thanksgiving, and the middle of summer. Retailers often drop prices around then, perhaps to make room for new stock.
I shop for friends throughout the year. If I see something I know they want or love, and find it at a good price, I’ll buy it and give it to them. You don’t need a birthday or holiday to give gifts.
Between you and me I prefer to give gifts for no particular reason. This way, they don’t feel obligated to reciprocate.
A gift closet is a lifesaver when you simply couldn’t get away to shop, or you have unexpected guests drop in. And don’t just think Christmas. The gift closet is for any time of the year: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and just because I love you days.
Some of the things I stock:
• Christmas music (CDs)
• Wine accessories
• Board games
• Sofa Throws
• Dog toys (Yes, I always remember my dog friends!)
• Cookie tins (which I fill up with freshly baked cookies)
• Leather bound journal
• Tool kits
• Car kits
• Books (either my own or from a relatively famous author)
• Stuffed toys
I try not to buy anything with electronics in case it needs returning. Anything perishable, including makeup and perfumes aren’t good choices either.
Having a gift closet has saved my bacon on more than one occasion.
Do you have any suggestions on what to keep in a gift closet?