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 without stress or rushing to a store. It is a time saver, money saver, and sanity saver all wrapped up in one!
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. There have also been times where I neglected to maintain my gift stash and it has cost me more than I could afford and a lot of frustration.
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A gift stash shouldn’t be a hodge podge of random things you wouldn’t use yourself, but a well thought out, carefully shopped, available stash of items you can gift to friends, coworkers, and family for last minute dinner invites, birthdays, house warming gifts, 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 but especially during the cyber deals you can find online during the holidays.
You can even find some great deals all year on small items for a gift closet while you are traveling. At least I do because we try to always visit small businesses when we travel. These stores usually have some unique items that make great gifts.
I have included links to some of my favorite ideas in the list below.
35 Ideas to stock up your gift closet
#1 – Candles
# 2 – Candle Warmers
#3 – Candle Wax Melts
#4 – Decorative candle holders
#5 – Notecards and notepads
#6 – Fancy Pens or desk pen holders
#7 – Gift cards to fast food restaurants.
#8 – Funny sticky note pads or office supplies
#9 – Socks or ties
#10 – Gloves, scarves, and beanie hats.
#11 – Flash drive or memory sticks for a student.
#12 – Salt and Pepper Shakers
#13 – Hand lotions
#14 – Kitchen Towels
#15 – Small kitchen utensils
#16 – Coffee Cups
#17 – Travel Mugs
#18 – Decorative and specialty soaps
#19 – Hand soaps
#20 – Body Wash from Bath & Body Works
#21 – Bath sponges with soap included.
#22 – Puzzles
#23 – Board games
#24 – Decorative bowls or vases
#25 – Spa and pamper me kits.
#26 – Tote bags
#27 – Anything from the local sports teams or colleges
#28- -Picture frames
#29 – Seasonal jams and jellies
#30 – Cookbooks
#31 – Inspirational or Devotional Books
#32 – Coasters
#33 – Soup mixes
#34 – Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate mixes
#35 – 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.
And don’t forget to stock up on gift bags, gift wrap, tape, tags, and ribbons. Those are the items that get me every time and I still have to go to the store.