Frugal Friday: Use Your Gift Closet to Save Money on Childrens’ Gifts

For the longest time, whenever I read about some supermom who had all her Christmas shopping done by July, I would be rolling my eyes and thinking, “Get a life!”

Well, I still kind of roll my eyes, but now I actually have most of my gift shopping done for the whole year! The best part is that I expend a minimum of energy and money to accumulate thoughtful gifts for everyone on my list throughout the year.

Back in June I wrote a post giving some tips on how to create a gift closet, but February is the perfect time of year to take inventory and restock.

My primary use for the gift closet is for kids’ birthday parties. When I find a sale (like this recent one on Jumbo Coloring Books at Amazon), I’ll buy several at a rock bottom price, and throw them in the gift closet.  Then, when one of my children is headed to a birthday party, all I have to do is pair the coloring book with a pack of crayons I bought for $.01 during the back to school sales in September, and I have a fun and easy child’s gift for under $6!

Here are some more ideas for kids’ gift closet additions:

  • Raid the Clearance section at Barnes & Noble after a holiday (this week, look for anything red!), and stock up on books and toys for next year
  • Wegmans  often has small toys on clearance — look for prices ending in $.92 for their final sale price
  • Check out Target’s dollar spot for small toys and books
  • Going out of business sales: I stocked up on several sticker books for 90% off when Borders went out of business earlier this year

How do you save money on childrens’ gifts??

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Comments

  1. I scour sale aisles for my present closet too. It is well stock now. I have to start giving more presents.

  2. For my child for Christmas/Birthday I shop garage sales, consignment sales, and crag’s list. I may let him play with them that day, but then they are stored until Christmas or a Birthday. You can find some new in box items at some consignment sales and on Craig’s List.

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