When I was a kid my mother had a “gift drawer” — a cabinet in our house that she kept as a catch-all for gifts. Whether she needed a present for one of my friend’s birthday parties, a hostess gift, or something to bribe us kids into being good on long road trips or frightening doctor visits, that gift drawer was at the ready.
As an apartment-dwelling adult, I don’t have room for a gift drawer, so I have my gift drawer hack: a virtual gift drawer! It’s basically a bookmark folder called “gifts,” or you could do a secret Pinterest board. I stock it with great gift ideas I stumble on while I’m wandering around the interwebs. So come holiday season, or birthdays, or showers of some sort, I’ve usually already found that great gift ideas for everyone. I simply see a good gift idea, bookmark it, and label it “4 [name]: quick item description” or “hostess gift idea” or “baby showers.” Something I can easily find at a glance. Then, once the occasion arises, it’s just a quick purchase and I’m gift-giving ready.
It’s even helpful for last-minute gift giving because I have Amazon Prime. An event coming up this week that I just learned about? My go-to hostess gift of the Le Creuset jam gift set is here in two days! And, in the meantime, I’m not taking up precious cabinet space with random gifts. Of course, this doesn’t work in REALLY last-minute situations, but it does serve to make the holidays less stressful when I remember, “oh yeah! I already found that perfect gift for my dad.”
What are your gift giving hacks?