There will always be birthday parties, holidays, retirements, baby showers, weddings, homecomings, and more. Are you finding out that buying gifts just isn’t in your budget? Make room in your budget and read about frugal gift giving below.
While visiting a great friend once, she mentioned to me how she keeps a gift closet for those times when she needs a gift but doesn’t have the time to head out to find one.
“A great way to save money and have gifts ready in a pinch is to have an at-home gift closet or area! My mother always had one when I was a child, we’d grab gifts for friends and family from the stash of great presents. Great for children’s birthdays, thank-you’s and any other sort of occasion. I keep it stocked with many items purchased on sale or clearance from discount to department stores. Great items such as candles, wine boxes/carriers, gift bags/tissues, greeting cards (dollar stores) and sale items after holidays. You can find great deals from Victoria’s Secret Bath and Body section, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Michaels and more of your favorite stores! Whenever I have a party or event coming up, I just open up the closet and I always have something perfect for the occasion!”
I started my own gift closet at home and have enjoyed stocking it up and using it during those times I need a quick gift idea! The majority of gifts that I buy are mainly toys and gifts for children that I find on the clearance shelves in the stores. We usually have several birthday parties to go to throughout the year, so keeping a well stocked gift closet comes in handy when I need to quickly find a gift!
To create your own gift closet, all you need to do is find a space in your home that you can place a variety of gifts in. It doesn’t have to be an entire closet. It can be one or two shelves designated for gifts. If you don’t have a closet, you an empty cabinet or even a hideaway tub that can slide under your bed! There are several ways that you can get creative with your gift closet. Stock it up with gift bags, wrapping paper, tape, tissue paper, cards, and more as well and you’ll have everything ready to go when you need the perfect gift for someone special!
Do you have an area at home designated for gifts or other ideas for saving money on gifts? Let us know about it. Leave a comment!