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Do you have a gift cupboard?  As a mom of 8 kids, having a gift closet saves me so much time and stress!

What is a gift cupboard?  A gift cupboard is a place that you keep gifts that you buy through out the year.  During the year, I buy gifts that I find for a great price that would be good for birthdays, Christmas, or other occasions.   Then when my kids tell me that they have a birthday party in 3 hours, I don’t have to panic, or run to the store and pay way too much.  I just grab a gift out of the gift cupboard.

I can’t tell you how many how many times I have needed a last minute gift and been thankful for my gift closet.  Yes with a family of 10, I need more than one cupboard so I call it my gift closet.    At this point my kids just let me know that they have a last minute birthday party and they are going to grab a present out of the gift closet.  It saves so much stress.  This is another I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows type of skill.  (See my post on the story of the Boy Who Can Sleep When The Wind Blows for the story that I use to teach my kids so many lessons.)

4 Steps to have a Successful Gift Cupboard and why you need one

4 Steps to have a Successful Gift Cupboard:

  1. Determine who the gifts are for – Different people are buying presents for different people and that changes with time.  For me, I buy gifts for teens and preteens for those birthday and other parties my kids go to.  I also buy gifts for my husbands co-workers.  Finally I buy gifts for our friends and family.  (I don’t put my gifts for my hubby or my kids in the gift closet.)
    Knowing who you are buying for will help you decide what gifts to buy.
  2. Determine your budget – For my gift closet, I usually spend $5 – $15 depending on who the gift is for.  It can be really easy to over spend if you don’t set your budget limits.
  3. Make a list of gift ideas – It really helps to have a list of the interests of the people you shop for and gift ideas.  Let your kids help you with gift ideas for their friends.
    Having a list of gift ideas helps to make sure you don’t get a gift that no one will want.  I have made the mistake of getting gifts for my kids’ friends that I thought they would want only to have them sit in the gift closet because none of my kids thought their friends would like it.
  4. Watch for sales on the gift ideas you have – When you see the things your friends or family like in the budget you have set, buy it and tuck it away.

By having a gift cupboard and watching for sales all year, I am able to get the things my friends and family really want at a price I feel good about.  This helps me stay frugal not cheap when I’m buying gifts.  I want to save money, and I want to buy quality gifts for my family and friends that they will really like.  Shopping sales throughout the year and putting the gifts in my gift cupboard helps me do both and avoid the stress of having to buy last minute presents.

I will let you know when I see good sales on items that would make great gifts but if there is something you are looking for, feel free to let me know and I will tell you when it goes on sale.

 

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Posted by Frugal Mommy

Hi I’m Heather, a busy, happy and very frugal mom of 8 amazing kids! My journey to become a mom of 8 has been a bumpy one that has included infertility, being a foster parent, adoption, and special needs parenting. I share the things I've learned raising my big unique family.

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  1. I’ve never thought about putting together a gift cupboard before, love this idea!

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    1. Thanks!

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  2. I love our gift cabinet. I fill it during the year and shop in it when I need. It’s the best!

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    1. Yes I do the same thing.

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  3. I have a gift tub with a lid. I started getting stuff for the tub when my kids were young and waited until the last minute to tell me they needed a gift. They are all grown up now, but they still raid it on a regular basis.

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    1. LOL I expect my kids will too when they are all grown up.

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  4. I try to get my little ones to do crafts on an ongoing basis and we can easily transform them into a special “gift” — I also have a stash of extra learning tools, because they are such great gifts! To my geeky mind anyways! Totally understand all the last-minute “phew” moments.

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    1. That’s a great idea! I love the idea of putting hand made gifts into the gift cupboard!

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