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post #21 of 45
no.

but i did have signature wrapping paper and stationary in a box in my closet so i would always be able to wrap whatever i found.

i have this tendency to do "spontaneous" gifts. i see something and go "that reminds me of sara" and so i buy it and i go home and wrap it and then give it to sara the next time i see her. i'm totally, totally random like that.

for special occasions, though--like holidays and birthdays--i try to give "experiences." i prefer to get movie passes or play passes or zoo passes or dinner out or whatever. i'm a gift-card queen to be honest. which is why my personalized stationary comes in handy--i just pop the gift card into my personal stationary and voila! done.

here, i've been giving random gifts to our practitioners ("because it's tuesday, and you're doing an amazing job!") and also to our friends ("because we love how you drive!"--one of our friends drives us around when we need it). for the practitioners, it's been coffee cards at the very local coffee shop, and for our friend, gas cards. they are pleased a punch--aparently it's much more of an american thing to do.
post #22 of 45
I have one paper box in the top of the family office closet for gifts intended for others outside our home. I am not actively adding to this any longer because we are exchanging gifts less and less.

I have a secret spot for gifts I buy DD in advance that she cannot see or get to. She is 8, about to turn 9. I used to have a large drawer that was too heavy for her to open that was packed with fun items I would find here and there randomly. We gave away that old, heavy furniture a few years ago and I had a heck of a time finding a new spot for her purchased-ahead gifts. About that time, she also became far more interested in specific items as gifts. So, I only buy a little in advance now. I generally go out on Black Friday with the intention of getting her items for Christmas, her birthday, and Easter. Those generally only cover a three month timeframe (Easter changes, of course) and her tastes are less likely to change that quickly. By the time Easter or her birthday arrives (whichever comes last each year), the secret spot is empty until the next November.

When we go on vacation, which hasn't actually been in awhile, I tend to pick up gifts for people I know well and I pick up items for us that are every day items we would love to have and we treat those as souvenirs even though they generally have no telltale signs of being purchased anywhere specific. It is something we just know. We tell the recipient, "We thought of you when we saw this on our trip to _______." The gift generally is given at a regular gift-giving time (Christmas or birthday). Interestingly enough, I suppose, we tend to exchange gifts with different groups of people at different times. For example, certain friends only receive gifts randomly. Family members (kids) receive gifts at Christmas and birthday and no other times. Family members (adults) receive gifts on either Christmas OR their birthday, except my mom and dad because they were both born on December 28 and got gypped their whole lives (and told me all about it). I save the best gift for their respective birthdays and wrap it in birthday paper. My mom doesn't give a hoot about cards, so she only gets one if it is handmade with a gift card or something as part of it. My dad loves cards, so we always give him one. I have a big box of cards already and have had this supply for eons. I used to work for Hallmark years ago when they gave the employees the old merchandise.

I also have Christmas gift wrap and supplies in a special tote under our bed. (We take turns wrapping gifts on the floor in our master bedroom.) I keep regular birthday and other gift wrap/bags/tags/etc in the family office closet along with the gift box. I don't actively add to either of these, but the general gift wrap stuff is overflowing. We've started using some of these supplies in crafts! When we run out of Christmas wrapping supplies, I am switching us over to reusable items (fabric and decorative boxes mostly). I'll probably switch us over gradually, actually. We already reuse the same decorative boxes my mom gave us years ago over and over.
post #23 of 45
I have a gift closet. Some of the gifts in there are generic/meant for anyone, and some of the gifts are actually bought with people in mind-just when there was a great sale. I'm very very big on yardsaling, and during that season I buy almost all of my Christmas and fall birthday gifts. Then after Christmas I tend to get most of my spring/summer birthday gifts (though we don't really have many!) I regift as well.

In theory going out and getting that special something for that special someone is great. However when you're like me you have a lot of people you end up buying for (acquaintances at holiday parties, in laws, etc) and you're on a tight budget. That's why I use my gift closet.

My gift closet isn't really big. Its the bottom shelf in my pantry (an unused linen closet). I want to get a tote and put overflow into my unused shower though. Closer to Christmas things get pretty crammed and I have to get creative, and then for half a year I'm pretty bare again!
post #24 of 45
we don't have one now, but my old roommate and I had a box that she labeled (so the kids wouldn't know what it is, and get into it), "largesse to bestow for acts of noblesse oblige or natal anniversaries."
post #25 of 45
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we don't have one now, but my old roommate and I had a box that she labeled (so the kids wouldn't know what it is, and get into it), "largesse to bestow for acts of noblesse oblige or natal anniversaries."
That's funny.
post #26 of 45
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we don't have one now, but my old roommate and I had a box that she labeled (so the kids wouldn't know what it is, and get into it), "largesse to bestow for acts of noblesse oblige or natal anniversaries."
That's freaking awesome.
post #27 of 45
I like to plan ahead, so I generally have items ready to go long before I need them. I already have a few Yule gifts finsihed and packed away. I keep an eye out for deals on specific items that I want as gifts for my family. Everything goes in boxes at the top of a closet, neatly labeled so I can easily find the items when it is time. I also keep a list of what I am planning to give everyone in the back of my planner.
post #28 of 45
I have a box in my closet filled with books and art supplies. I got the books at an annual warehouse sale and the craft supplies at back to school time. I intend for the things in the box to be used as gifts. I'll also pick things up here and there if the price is awesome. I keep an eye out year round for holiday/b-day gifts for the kids.
post #29 of 45
I've done this for years. It's saved us a ton of money when the kids get invited to several birthday parties per month (that's 3 kids times however many parties) - plus regular holidays.

I hit Target's 50 and 75 % off clearances for toys and games. And I always buy extra crayons, markers, paints, etc. at the back to school sales. Also craft type kits at Target and Hobby Lobby when they're on clearance. I also buy baby clothes when they're 80-90% off at Kohls for baby shower gifts (especially for DH's employees, seems like there's always someone having a baby that we need to get a token gift for, but that we don't know well enough to buy a "big" item)

There is a shelf in my closet that is designated to gift stuff- and it's usually spilled over to an area on the floor, as well. I don't mind that clutter- it's so nice not to have to run out and buy a $20 Barbie something or other twice in one month!
post #30 of 45
growing up my mom had a shelf in her closet that was a 'gift closet'. It had general kids items on it - nice set of crayons, a doll, wooden blocks, a slinky, etc...
post #31 of 45
I have a Rubbermaid tote in the attic. I don't buy completely generic--I generally have a receiver or two in mind when I purchase. But we have 3 children, 3 nephews, 2 nieces, 2 God-daughters, and our God-daughters have younger siblings. Everyone is 6 and under. So I buy toys at the Target 75% off sales, and I buy on Amazon when things are 50% off or more. I stash it in the tote and determine recipients as the invitations come in. When we got an unexpected invite to twin cousins 2nd birthday--great! A $20 Leapfrog Clickstart stashed in the tote. Christmas--two Leapsters marked down from $50 to $12 for the nephews. I have a Cozy Coupe I got at K Mart for $14 stashed that I will probably give my newest dd for her first birthday or Christmas or something--and she was just born! I bought it last year. I think that for me the key is knowing my audience, not just buying everything I come across. When I bought every $12 Leapster the store had left, for example. I didn't know exactly who to give them to but I had ds, 2 nephews, dd, or my niece in mind. I wouldn't buy something that I didn't have ideas swirling around on who to give it to. And I make sure it goes OUT nearly as fast as it comes in, so things don't pile up.
post #32 of 45
yup...love it! i shop sales for things i like to give...wooden puzzles and play food, nice dolls, wooden cars, etc. baby clothes are good to. and then i buy all year for family and friends birthdays and christmas. it spreads out the buying and allows me to take advantage of sales. i also have some more non-recepient specific gifts like lotions, cndles, note cards and such.
post #33 of 45
I do have a gift closet, although it's more of a high shelf in my laundry room. I picked up a few things after Christmas at the Target toy clearance and I'm saving those for birthdays/Christmas, etc. We stock up for nieces/nephews/friend birthday parties. It saves a ton and we can generally gift something much nicer than we could otherwise afford if we had to pay full price.
Now I need to consider wrapping paper, gift bags, etc. and when to stock up on those & how to store properly..because I always seem to get caught in a pinch for those items!
post #34 of 45
I found a lot of toys for 50% off after Christmas and bought a bunch of stuff to give as gifts because I know birthdays are coming up. They are all sitting in my baby's closet at the moment.
post #35 of 45
I keep a gift stash for kid's birthday parties where I don't know anything about the kid (unfamiliar school friends). I pick them up whenever I see a really good sale. But, I try not to keep more than a few items in there at a time. Mostly I get generic, timeless gifts: board games, books, art supplies. Things that I don't think any parent would object to. And definitely not "fad" stuff. I saw a bunch of bakugan on deep discount, but I didn't buy any of that even though I know some little boys into that because I don't know if it'll still be "in" by the time a gift-giving opportunity comes around.
post #36 of 45
I truly have mixed feelings about 'gift closets'. After cleaning out THREE walk in closets that my MIL had full of gifts, I HATE THEM, however... I do have stashes myself. I often will buy things on clearance and hide them in my closet for the kids bdays. In fact, I have just this past week bought a few outfits for my DD who will be 2 in June and my soon to be 8 yr old at the end of July.
post #37 of 45
No I don't have one. I'm not sure if it is that I'm just not organizing enough when it comes to gift giving or that I'm anti-social Ok, all kidding aside, we tend to only need to buy gifts for close friends or family and I usually purchase them as needed.
post #38 of 45
yes but mine is a blanket box with a lock
my big trick is that i shop for xmas and all other holidays all year round. i know they are coming up so why not grab when i see a good price. it does take some thinking and keeping track of what you have but in the long run it is totally stress free holidays.

what goes in my box...
gifts that were gifted to us but are too small or not needed/wanted. i will keep them if i know i can gift them to someone else.
i pick up things that i know a member of my family collects.
things on sale that i know will get gifted.


my kids are HSed but for classmate gifts, i would grap things like board games, craft kits, coloring stuff, books. i would watch clearence sections.
post #39 of 45
In theory it's a great idea, but in reality I've never done it. I do buy things from etsy.com for particular people when I see something I like, and hold onto the item until a birthday. But even then I end up not knowing where to put the item so that I don't forget about it.
post #40 of 45
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In theory it's a great idea, but in reality I've never done it. I do buy things from etsy.com for particular people when I see something I like, and hold onto the item until a birthday. But even then I end up not knowing where to put the item so that I don't forget about it.
try to have a spot where all gifts go. that way when you buy something ahead of time you know right where to put put it and then when time comes you know right where it is no hunting. wish my mom would listen to me we got xmas gifts last week because she just found them
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