I don’t have the best memory of my childhood but I do remember the monumental day when I was introduced to the concept of a gift closet. I was over at my friend’s house preparing to go to a birthday party and her (cool) mom told her to hurry and pick something from the closet as a gift. She then went to the magical closet where there was a stack of toys still fresh in their packaging and I thought, “When I’m an adult, I will have one of those.” Most kids dream of fame and fortune, I dreamt of having a new Barbie to give at a moment’s notice.
Well, now I’m an adult and I was reminded of this closet when my family’s birthday season hit and I found myself being habitually late sending gifts. So I decided it was time to make my dream a reality. Here’s the foundation of my stash and tips on how to create your own.
Layer 1: Games and Movies (for the whole fam)
If you see a gem in the $5 movie section, buy it. If you notice your favorite TV series goes on super sale, buy it. If you discover a new game you adore, add it to the closet.
Layer 2: Items for those people you gift to the most (I’ve got 6 sisters and they all have a birthday each year)
A friend told me about this candle that when lit, makes you think you’ve entered an Anthropologie. Going in the closet. Original artwork is one of the most thoughtful gifts and accessible now with online shops. I love Courtney Khail’s watercolors (like this lime one) so one is wrapped ready for the perfect recipient. And I really can’t think of a person who wouldn’t like the One Line a Day journal.
Layer 3: Every Weekend a Baby Shower
Since I shop for Beck regularly, I make it a habit to scan the clearance rack and buy items that are too cute to pass up. I also like to have some favorite items to share like this wooden camera from Twig.
Layer 4: Receptacles + Amazon
It’s nice to have cute trays (IKEA!) and plates on hand for cookie deliveries and vases for grocery store bouquets. Also keep in mind some favorite reads that can be added to your Amazon order when you’re shy of hitting the free shipping mark.
Layer 5: The Final Touches
Sometimes a gift just needs a little something extra like a set of happy cards or a chocolate bar (the almonds & sea salt in dark chocolate will change your life). This might be my favorite layer, I love having an excuse to collect happy bits.
Completely doable, right? I bet Martha has multiple gift closets probably filled with truffle butter and diamond cuff links.