Last week, the girls were invited to a spur-of-the-moment birthday party. It’s been so unseasonably warm that they decided to have a last-minute outdoor event. It’s our 5th birthday party so far this school year, and we found ourselves headed to the store in search of a gift. For a boy.
That was new to this mom of girls.
Ordinarily, a last-minute gift is no big deal for me — I keep a closet full of gifts purchased on clearance throughout the year. I’m able to pull a gift out of our closet, quickly wrap it, and send the girls on their way with a great gift for a friend. Whatever is not used by December gets donated to Toys for Tots, then I start over in January.
That way, our mini toy store stays current. I keep the gifts locked in our hall closet. It’s designed as a linen closet, but I use the shelves to hide gifts for each child and store extras for last-minute gifts. The linens are stored in the rooms they are used or on the shelf in our laundry room.
The linen closet has been locked and called The Gift Closet since the day we moved in. And, it has been saving me money ever since. It also gives me a place to store gifts for them, hidden away from prying eyes. I can take advantage of deals and coupons all year, add on extras when I’m Amazon shopping, and store everything until the holiday or birthday comes along.
How do you save money on gifts?
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