Are you familiar with the concept of a gift drawer?
It’s drawer (or a box or a bin) in your house where you store gift-worthy items.
The magic happens when you are required to bring a gift to an event. Instead of going to the store and buying something brand new, you simply open the drawer and pick something out.
The Genius of a Gift Drawer
A gift drawer is a simple and smart idea that can save you:
- Time: Don’t have time to go shopping for a gift? Open your gift drawer instead.
- Stress: Choosing the right gift for your recipient can be stressful. When you fill your gift drawer with quality gifts, you will have a variety of gifts to choose from.
- Money: I am always on the lookout for high-quality, discounted items to add to my gift drawer. I purchase these at regular stores, thrift stores, and garage sales. I take advantage of buy-one-get-one sales and free gift offers. Some of my Birchbox items were added to my gift drawer (ones that didn’t work for my skin tone, for example). The items in my gift drawer are high quality – but I didn’t necessarily spend a lot of money on them.
But Isn’t That Tacky?
Many people have a gift drawer – but not everyone admits it.
Personally, I see no shame in collecting gifts. I often purchase gifts well in advance of Christmas, birthdays, etc. – especially when I find something that suits a particular recipient.
Some people may scoff at the idea of a gift drawer. But when you realize how practical it is – and when you realize how much time, money, and stress it can save you – you’ll be a convert.
What To Put In Your Gift Drawer
Fill your gift drawer with practical, well thought out gifts. Items that you would enjoy getting yourself such as:
- Lotion/hand cream
- Homemade canned goods
- Gourmet olive oil
- Kitchen gadgets
- Wine gadgets
- Kitchen towels
- Items for children (coloring books, colors, toys, etc.)
Be Ready For Any Party
What are you waiting for? Start assembling your own gift drawer today. Stock up on low-cost, quality items when you find them on clearance, at garage sales, consignment stores or thrift shops.
Don’t forget to stock your wrapping station. Reuse gift bags when you get them. Now you’re truly ready for any party or event where a gift is required!
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