A Gift Closet or box can be a treasure trove all year long but especially at Christmas. I buy for Christmas all year long at yard sales and craft fairs and the thrifty store. I also love the dollar store. At these places, you can always find something to buy for someone on your list. I have found things in July that I have saved for Christmas. Sometimes I see things that I know someone on my list will just love and other times I buy just something that catches my eye. I use this all year long as a place to not only store gifts but my wrapping paper as well. Having a gift closet means that I know longer am stuck running out for a gift when something unexpected comes up, like a house warming or baby shower. Having my gift closet also saves me a great deal of money because I always buy things on sale, never paying full price for anything.
I also am a crafty person and I watch all the craft shows on TV. So when I am in the mood to craft, I almost always make two or more of the same craft. One because as I am making the first, I almost always come up with a way to do the second one differently and of course I just have to make it. So the extras go in my gift closet. I also hit all the after Christmas sales for wrapping paper. I use some of the wrapping paper to make origami Christmas ornaments to attach to packages or just to have for a quick gift for someone's tree.
Here is a quick list of some of the things that I try to keep on hand:
These are the staples of my gift closet
I also crochet and always find myself with leftovers of yarn so I try to take them and make a few granny squares so that if need be I can crochet them together as a quick gift. Granny squares are wonderful, you can make just about anything out of them. Purses, small Afghans, a remote control caddy just to name a few. Then there are the crazy gifts like the Billy Bass and his cousins I keep for gag gifts or the silly ones I keep for when a friend needs cheering up. This almost always keeps me organized and it also keeps me from forgetting what I have on hand or where I put things. I also try to wrap my Christmas presents early that way I am not always stuck wrapping them all the day before Christmas eve and it also keeps curious grandchildren from peeking at there presents. I have a large family so this also keeps the amount spent on each gift down. Well, I hope you like these ideas.
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
You had better make a LIST, so you know what you have for everyone... Especially IF you're going to wrap it beforehand!... My list of Possible & already bought gifts is in my "waiting to mail" area of my e-mail on my computer... This way, I can find it easily all year long... & when I actually purchase the gift, I change the color of the print to Red... When it's actually wrapped & ready to go, I change the color of print to Green... This way... Green means GO!.... & the gift is ready to go... into my car & off to someone's Christmas tree!
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