I thought you might like to know what you’d see if you were to peek into my gift closet. So I jotted it down for you.
(And I just had it announced to me here in my family room that this will be post number 300. Wahoo. Thanks everyone for following along!)
My theory on storing gifts: It’s okay to buy gifts that are compact and store easily in your gift closet. In fact, if it stores easily at your house, chances are when you give the gift it will store easily at its new home. And speaking from experience, I love when gifts do that.
You’ll find few more helpful theories in my post about simplifying gift wrap. And now, on with the list.
Everything I Keep in My Gift and Wrapping Closet
Like outfits for 9m and older, baby bling, and favorite gadgets.
Clementine syrup, favorite marmalade, homemade vanilla (a lot), real maple syrup (one bottle), and callebaut dark chocolate chunks (from Winco’s bulk section) for melting into hot chocolate on a stick or for dipping things in.
Get well gifts (in my pantry)
All the fixins for homemade granola.
Super cool $5 to $10 gifts
Several rockin’ $5–10 toys to mix and match for sudden birthday events (See all my favorites here). I’ve found this to be the ideal system.
A couple crisp $5 bills and one Borders gift card.
Tissue and crepe paper (my personal fave)
White paper roll
Glassine bags + envelopes (nothing better for quick, pretty, tiny packages)
Reusable gift bags
Cellophane bags and rolls (for doing this)
Wrapping paper in my color scheme de jour (more about this in my post about simplifying gift wrap)
Fabric drawstring bags I’ve saved
Melamine plates for delivering warm cookies (learned this one from Shanti)
Fabric and ribbon scraps
Pieces of books, maps, graph paper, security envelopes
A stack of old-school library check out cards
Writing & Snipping
A couple circle punches and a tag punch for putting all those scraps to good use
One corner rounder
A paper cutter
Scissors, right there and ready to snip, tape too
A paint pen for writing happy notes on ceramic gifts
Nice black pens, they must be black, I don’t like to do blue if possible
A blender pen!
Things to tie
Whatever ribbon is on sale that I think is lovely
Birthday cards which I am finally organizing by when they should be sent
Return address labels
Stickers, I just love using these with tissue paper
Blank cards and thank you cards for grown ups and kids
A thank-you-note-making binder for my kids
Empty envelopes, in white and red
My new favorite thing (!!) Pick up some contact paper at a garage sale (or buy some really fancy stuff), cut it with your circle punch, and you have labels for years to come. I like the faux bois myself.
My sticker makergives me the super powers to make a sticker out of anything.These glassine envelopes were super affordable and I use them all the time.Tissue paper makes me so cheerful. I like it plain and I like it stamped.