I have to admit this has happened to me more times than I care to admit. Usually I have to leave even earlier for the party and stop at a store to buy a gift, card and usually a gift bag.
While listening to a podcast the other day I heard about this brilliant idea that would save me time and money.....
A GIFT CLOSET!
It is exactly what it sounds like. It is a closet full of gifts. You keep it stocked with random gifts for different genders, ages and occasions Make sure you have some generic cards and gift bags too.
So what do you buy for your gift closet? Well you know how when you shop you sometimes find some really good clearance deals on things like board games, candles, puzzles, baby clothes, picture frames, etc?
Grown-Ups: Well don't pass up that $2.00 mandarin orange candle from Ross. Buy it and put it in your gift closet and the next time you need a quick co-worker gift you are ready! Check places after Christmas time when many gift-sets are clearanced.
New Baby: Baby clothes are a great thing to buy too, when the winter clothes and blankets go on clearance in spring buy a few pieces. Someone you know will have a baby!
Young Kids: Sometimes classic board games like Memory and Chutes and Ladders will go on sale for $5.00. Buy a few of those and keep them in your closet for your kids classmates birthday. Another great $5.00 clearance item are DVDs. Keep some of those for the gift closet. Have a great Michael's coupon that is about to expire but don't need anything? Stock up on crayons, markers or play-doh to keep in your gift closet.
I really love this idea.
Do you have any tips for stocking a gift closet?