Ever discover the perfect gift for someone but pass it up because their particular gifting occasion is months away? Or you get it, forget about it and can’t find it when you need it? We’ve all been there, which is why we love gift closets! 

Now’s the best time to organize, or restock, yours. Take advantage of seasonal sales to stock up on smart gifts for everyone on your list while saving a bundle! (Your gifting budget will thank you!) 

What is a gift closet?

A gift closet can be an actual closet or any space in your home where you can store and organize gifts, cards, packaging and the like for easy, ready-to-go gifting all year long. Just make sure you pick a place that’s out of the way of curious loved ones!

How do you set up a gift closet?

1. Find an ideal area in your house to organize (and hide) gifts.

It can be a spare closet, storage cabinet or even suitable space under your bed. Anyplace that’s cool, dry and out of the way of prying eyes will do!

2. Create your gift list and gifting budget.

Using a notebook, dot grid journal or a Checklist Petite Journal, write down as many gifts, recipients and related costs that you expect to buy in the next six months to a year. Start with those gifts and occasions that are recurrent every year like birthdays and anniversaries, then branch out to more sporadic occasions, like house warmings, weddings, new baby, graduation, etc. 

You can even use a budget book to include your gifting costs in your financial planning all in one convenient place. This is a great place to write down budget-friendly gift ideas.

3. Stock it with gifting supplies.

Gift bags, wrapping paper, gift labels, oh my! When stocking your gifting closet, don’t forget the gifting supplies! Color-code your supplies for quick, convenient and just plain pretty gifting organization. Add personalized gift labels for that personal (and memorable) touch! 

4. Create your gift closet organization system.

Whether you use shelves, drawers or under-bed storage bins, you’ll want to organize your gift closet with the following categories in mind: age, birthdays, holidays, weddings, all-occasion. These categories are merely organizational guidelines, but ultimately it’s about creating a system that works for you.

5. Shop & stock up during sales! 

Thoughtful, inexpensive gifts make the best, win-win presents! Snap up stylish, quality gifts that are on budget during sales. When you see a sale, whip out your gift list and stock up! With your gift list ready to go, you can rack up the savings while reducing that last-minute gift rush we’re all too familiar with. When you see something you love, grab several & store them in your gift closet for easy-but-brilliant, grab-n-go gifting. 

You may also enjoy Time-Saving Gift Ideas for Every Budget + our new Holiday Gift Guide!

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