Hello again. This is Donna from Modern on Monticello and I am so happy to be contributing to a post on A Glimpse Inside blog.
With the holidays fast approaching, I decided to share this month my tips for creating a gift closet.
Do you have a gift closet? Not sure what that is?
It is space in a closet in your house that you shop for those last minute gift needs instead of rushing to a store. You have already spent the time shopping before you have a need so there is less stress and you save money. I have a closet where I store my gift stash. There have been times when having a gift stash has saved me a last minute, and often expensive trip to the store for a gift, and there have been times where I neglected to maintain my gift stash and it has cost me.
Not everything in my closet is a generic gift but it also holds items I buy in advance for my sister’s birthdays, or early Christmas gifts as well. A gift stash shouldn’t be a hodge-podge of random things you wouldn’t use yourself, but a well thought out, carefully purchased, available items you can gift to friends, coworkers, and family for last minute dinner invites, birthdays, a house warming, and just because someone may need a pick me up after an illness.
A gift stash is actually about thinking of others first and being prepared for that unexpected need for a gift.
The best way to stock up a gift stash is to shop all year. Especially for the best bargains and those little unexpected items you may find on a trip that you immediately think would be a good gift for someone. A gift stash does NOT have huge expensive items. Instead it becomes a well maintained available stash for that little something special.
35 Gift Ideas to stock up your Gift Closet
- Candle Warmers
- Candle Wax Melts
- Decorative candle holders
- Fancy Pens
- Funny sticky note pads or office supplies
- Salt and Pepper Shakers
- Hand lotions
- Kitchen Towels
- Small kitchen utensils
- Coffee Cups
- Travel Mugs
- Decorative and specialty soaps
- Hand soaps
- Body Wash from Bath & Body Works
- Calendars (only at the end of the year)
- Board games
- Decorative bowls
- Christmas ornaments
- Anything from the local sports teams or colleges
- Picture frames
- Seasonal jams and jellies
- Inspirational or Devotional Books
- Soup mixes
- Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate mixes
- Lip Balms
I could probably add more and more items, but the thing to keep in mind is to be proactive, creative, and resourceful all year to keep your gift closet full of fun gifts for family and friends. You will be thankful you did.
And don’t forget to stock up on gift bags, gift wrap, tape, tags, and ribbons.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday. I look forward to visiting with you again next month for December and Christmas.