A gift stockpile is just that – a shelf, bag or box with lots of gifts in it. When you see something that is on sale that would work for somebody in your family, a coworker, or a friend, you buy it and put it in the box. When a birthday, wedding, Christmas, Easter, baptism, etc comes up you just go to your stockpile, pick out what they would like, wrap it, and give it to them. Simply use a post it note to remind yourself who that item is for! I’ve recently added gifties for all those little people birthday parties that my kiddo has just started getting invited to: a girl pile and a boy pile.
Besides saving money, this relieves stress! I don’t know how many times I have gotten an invite and instead of having to run out and buy a gift I can just go to my gift box and pull something. If something unexpected comes up I can send a gift on the spot – no worrying about finding the time and money to buy something. At Christmas, 95% of my shopping is done before November, which leaves more time to search for gifts for those hard to find people There are a lot of great game and toy coupons coming out and Black Friday is just around the corner – get a box, clear a closet, whip out a bag and start that gift stockpile!!
I currently have two totes for Christmas – they include all gift wrap, gift bags, stocking stuffers and things for the cookie swap. As for the kiddos, I have two smaller totes, one with girl stuff and one with boy stuff. When we get past those age groups for parties, those leftover items will end up in the donation pile for the holiday toy drive.