How To Get Started on a Gift Closet

Christmas gifts.

Have you ever been invited to a party at the last minute and you had no gift at hand? This had happened to me many times but I didn’t have a problem running out and getting a gift as I had no responsibilities at the time. Now that I have two (2) girls and being their sole provider, I had to learn how to budget my money. Last minute gifts are too expensive but I needed something to help me out for these little surprises. That’s when I decided to make a gift closet.

A gift closet is exactly what it implies, a closet for gifts. The gift closet has many uses and can get you out of a jam. I started building my closet slowly with items I found on clearance or got free with coupons. It doesn’t actually have to be a closet, you can use a chest, trunk, shelf or a drawer. Basically, anything that can keep all your gift giving items in one place. I keep all my wrapping paper with the gifts so everything can be at hand when I need it. Every time I see cheap or FREE wrapping, regardless of the occasion, I buy it because I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much wrapping paper.

Building my gift closet and maintaining it fully stocked takes time and patience. I only buy gifts if they are on sale or on clearance and if I have a coupon for the item. Most of the gifts in my stash were less than $5.00 and their have been times where all my Christmas gifts came out if my gift closet. I had to spend nothing out of pocket which is awesome when everyone else is spending an exorbitant amount of money during the holiday shopping season. I have never shopped on Black Friday (intentionally) and have participated very little during Cyber Monday. Maybe this year I will find items that are price worthy for me to shop on Black Friday, but in the mean time I will rely on my trusty gift closet.

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$19 for a 26-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Black, Brown, or Gray ($50 List Price)

As many as 26 pairs of shoes tuck into the pockets of this vertical organizer, which attaches easily to most closet doors or submarine hatches. Each pocket is large enough to hold one men’s shoe or two women’s shoes, helping to keep them from getting crushed or dusty on closet floors. See-through mesh on the pockets’ fronts makes it easy to find a pair of shoes to match your outfit.

  • 26 pockets hold up to 26 pairs of shoes
  • Mesh exterior for easy viewing
  • 600D polyester strong enough to hold Bigfoot’s ski boots
  • Attaches to most closet doors
  • Dimensions: 22″x6″x64″

The Deal

  • $19 for a 26-pocket over-the-door shoe organizer ($50 list price)
  • Choose from black, brown, or gray
  • An additional $3 shipping fee will be charged at checkout.

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