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??