Above is the closet in my guest bedroom…loaded…with…gifts. Yep, a gift closet. Being a frugal person, it’s one of my favorite things. A spot to hide treasures until necessary. For instance, I already have the kids’ stockings completely planned with gifts stowed here from after-Christmas sales. Easter Baskets are almost complete. Majority of the items in here = Target $1 bin deals or major clearance items. I just couldn’t pass up the Strawberry Shortcake item marked down from $15 to $4. With two daughters, one of them is bound to be invited to a birthday party, right?
This place is a life-saver for me when we have a birthday party to attend and I need a last-minute gift. Being anal, the shelves are in deed categorized. There’s a shelf for random kid gifts, a shelf for grandparent presents, a shelf for things I’ve particularly picked out for certain people – so some of it is already claimed (labeled with name/occasion on a post-it note) and some is just extras just in case.
This came in handy when I returned from my trip yesterday. I needed some souvenirs for the kids, but didn’t find anything AWESOME in Florida that I just had to have and I knew they didn’t care (and really wouldn’t even know) if it was from the trip or not. Plus, I knew there was some extra $1 bin items in this closet. Since I got home before the kids, I visited here and grabbed a few things that made them very excited.
What about you? Any of you shop year-round? Or am I the only crazy one with a closet full of give-aways?
And while I’m asking…any of you regift? And if you do buy gifts on clearance…what’s more important…spending the amount you normally would? Or the value of the gift? For example, if I got the $15 Strawberry Shortcake gift for $4…do I need to add a $10 item to be sure I do spend $15….or is the value of the gift what matters, not what I spend? Does this make sense? I’ve gotten in some heated discussions about this and am curious what you think. I’ll post on that in the future!