Stocking Your Gift Closet

Debra Frick

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:

  • An inventory list with everything printed on it that I have on hand. I made a master list and laminated it with clear contact and now when I buy I just put a hash mark next to it with a dry marker so I know what I have on hand.
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  • Wrapping paper for all occasions
  • Blank cards so I can write a personal message
  • A few birthday and anniversary cards
  • A list of cute quotes so when I can't come up with something cute to say I refer to my list
  • Bows and boxes and single silk flowers

These are the staples of my gift closet

  • I buy candles to dress up and candle holders to decorate
  • I stockpile books of popular authors
  • Coffee cups to be filled with drinkables or as a container for candy or pencils or crayons
  • Small toys as I try not to give my grandchildren a whole lot of candy come Easter and Christmas
  • Stationary sets, handmade or store bought
  • Small bears and animals that I can decorate for graduation or birthdays
  • Tins for putting presents in
  • Silk flowers and vases for quick arrangements for friends in hospitals
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  • Gift bags
  • Music CD's
  • Computer programs and games
  • Crossword books and word search puzzle books. I sometimes make these off the internet and you can usual get the New York times crossword on there website for those big cross word fans.

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.


December 23, 20070 found this helpful

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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