Advance Gift Buying

Most of us at some point in the year buy a gift for someone and save it until the appropriate time (Wow, this is  just the perfect gift for ______!). The next step is storing it somewhere so that you remember you have it and remember where you stored it.

I have clients who have whole walls in the basement dedicated to gifts they have bought. Some clients have designated shelves in a closet, but don’t always get the gifts to those shelves. The gifts then end up in boxes or bags throughout the house. I have seen gifts hidden under the bed or tucked into the master closet or perhaps into a drawer. Some people don’t appear to have any designated spot – hence the “Oh, I forgot I had this” syndrome.

Suggestions for advance gift buying:

  • Don’t buy anything unless you know who you plan to give it to and for what event. You can only store so many cute hostess gifts.
  • Have a designated area for all gifts.
  • As soon as you buy something – tag who is to receive it.
  • Keep receipts and write on the receipts a description of the gift.
  • Move the gifts along as soon as is appropriate.
  • Don’t stock up gifts for a few people, no matter how adorable the gifts.
  • Never buy a gift for someone without first “shopping” at your home designated gift storage area.

Suggestions for storage:

  • Know yourself – determine how much space you really do need and set aside that amount.
  • Chose an area that is easy for you to access – otherwise you will suffer from the “I’ll just leave it here for now.” syndrome.
  • Consider having the storage near the gift wrap area.
  • Containerize small gifts into baskets or bins so that small items don’t get hidden behind larger items.
  • Clean out the area once a year. Donate those gifts that are no longer relevant.

Buying gifts on sale are a great way to save if the gift actually gets to that person. No matter how much you save, it is not a bargain if it just languishes in your home.

Happy shopping!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

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