One great way to save money is by creating a gift closet that you can go to whenever you need an unexpected present. Whether you have a child who frequently gets invited to classmates’ birthday parties or you find yourself in need of a last-minute hostess gift, having a few suitable presents on hand will save you the hassle of rushing out to the mall to pick up an overpriced item.
What Is In a Gift Closet?
The contents of your gift closet will vary depending upon what items you find on sale and what types of events your family is most often invited to. However, here are some of basic gift closet ideas that you can use as a starting point:
- Board games
- Crayons and coloring books
- Scented candles
- Luxurious hand soaps
- Pretty picture frames
- Art books, travel books, or other coffee table type books
- Movie gift packs with microwave popcorn in pretty bowl and a gift certificate for DVD rentals from a local store
Where to Shop
In Cedar Rapids, you can start your search for gift closet items by visiting the following stores:
3005 Wiley Blvd SW
4529 First Avenue SE
2741 16th Avenue SW
2325 Mount Vernon Rd SE
Gift closet items can also be things you’ve purchased at after season clearance sales or with coupons from your favorite department stores. If you get in the habit of checking for items whenever you hit the mall, it’s not too difficult to find bargains this way.
A Word About Regifting
One question that people often have about creating a gift closet is whether or not it’s acceptable to use this strategy for regifting presents you’ve received yourself. If you get a gift that is in good condition and it’s something you think someone else would enjoy, there’s no harm in adding it to your gift closet. However, make sure you jot down who it is from so you don’t accidentally regift to someone in the same social circle.
Regardless of what you include in your gift closet, don’t forget to add a few rolls of wrapping paper in a multipurpose pattern and some greeting cards. The goal is to have everything you need for gift giving readily accessible in one convenient location.