I was reading something somewhere a while back, and a lady mentioned going to her 'gift closet' to get a birthday present for a nephew. I'd never really heard of a gift closet, but the more I read, the better it sounded.
Basically, it's a stash of nice things - homemade, handcrafted, purchased on sale and/or out of season, that makes life a little less stressful. All you need is a space for some items, and then, some items.
The past several months, I've kept an eye out for things that would make nice gifts for friends and family. Now, with Christmas approaching, I have far less shopping to do, because I've already gotten some nice things here and there. I feel less stressed already! I've also been able to take advantage of some great sales.
For example, remember back in August and September when all the school supplies were on sale for such great prices? I gathered a few things then to make 'art sets' for some kids we know. Better yet, once the excitement of 'back to school' had past, there were tons of things on clearance for even less than those great sale prices. I was able to gather crayons of all sizes, colored pencils, watercolors, glue and glue sticks, construction paper and drawing paper, pencils, markers, fingerpaints, scissors, stickers....all sorts of neat stuff!
I think the secret to the Gift Stash is to gather things with specific people in mind, but I've also gotten a few things that would be a nice gift for just about anyone. So, if you find a great deal on gloves, candles, socks...pick up a couple, but not too many.
Do you do this? Have you done this? If so, what is in your gift stash?