Sunday, December 10, 2017

Five Reasons I'm Loving My Gift Trunk This Time of the Year!

If you’ve been reading A Working Pantry long, you’ll know that I consider, as part of my well-stocked pantry, a gift trunk to be essential.  It has come to my rescue many times when I needed a gift throughout the year.   Instead of heading to the store or a shopping mall, I shop from my gift trunk instead.  

This time of year I’m really loving my gift trunk and I thought you might like to read why …

1.      I don’t have the pressure of ‘having’ to go Christmas shopping.  There’s nothing like killing the Christmas spirit when you can’t find what you’re looking for and you have to go shopping again because you have to have it ASAP and you’re so tired that you just want the holiday season to go away.

2.     It’s budget friendly.  Often times I can give a gift that I would not have been able to afford had I not gotten it on sale/clearance.  I really try to keep my eye out for good quality items on clearance to add to my gift trunk.

3.     It makes for a LESS stressful holiday season and saves my sanity!   Did I mention that I don’t like the crowds and some of the attitudes that you encounter when shopping this time of the year???  Enough said!

4.     I don’t have to make any last minute shopping runs for an unexpected gift need.  My gift trunk has rescued me from this dilemma on more than one occasion!

5.     It saves time and frees me up to do other holiday related things I would like to do.  Things like watching a Christmas movie at home with the family or taking a drive to see Christmas lights.

My gift trunk is never empty, it get’s low sometimes, especially after the Christmas holidays, but it is never empty and that’s because I shop clearance sales and make things to keep it stocked all year long. 

Do you have a gift trunk, closet, box or drawer?

With this post I'll be starting my holiday break from blogging.  I'll meet you all back here the first week in January.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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34 comments:

  1. I have a small closet and it has saved me stress so many times! I also keep some good chocolate bought on sale this time of year that is easy to grab for a hostess type gift.

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    1. Lana, the chocolate for a hostess gift is a good idea!!!

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  2. The top shelf in my craft room cupboard is my giftshop. I pulled everything out today to check if I had everyone covered. I have all Christmas gifts covered and a few extras. Being able to shop at home is so much better than having to drive to the shopping centre and find something costly there. This is only my second year of having a gift cupboard but it is something that I will keep going as it is so helpful and so budget friendly.

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    1. Jane, I love that you call your's your 'gift shop!' That just seems so right!!! I totally agree with your reasoning too!

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  3. Enjoy your break.
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Coni B

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    1. Thank you Coni, and Merry Christmas to you too!

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  4. I have a small gift pantry, but I really need to work on building it up over the next year. I have a teenage daughter and it seems this year she has needed several $5-10 gifts for different parties/gatherings. And its only Dec 11! It all really starts to add up. One thing I have done is sign up for Bath and Body stores mailing list. We get several coupons for free items throughout the year. It add those to the box and those are great little gifts to give.

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    1. MamaHen, all the little gifts do add up don't they? That's a good idea for Bath and Body since they have such good little gifts to give.

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  5. Merry Christmas!

    Have a joyous and wonderful Christmas.

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    1. LaurieS, thank you and you have a wonderful Christmas too!

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  6. I love how organized you are. Stress and disorganization go hand in hand but so many people don't realize it. I am a retired dietitian and whenever I was able to get people to start planning their meals and doing some pre prep they were shocked by how much less stress they had. I don't have a gift pantry, but I always have a shelf of extra things I have made in my craft room. And I make extra bread and cookies at this time.

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    1. Gloria, having a shelf of extra things you've made that could be used for gifts counts as a 'gift shelf.' Bread and cookies sound like good gifts, for sure!!!
      Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement!

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  7. I've had a gift closet most of my married life! Wouldn't know what to do without it! I mostly enjoy the things that I can make to put in there! Thank you for being a constant "teacher" to us all! You are the best gift to us all for sharing your knowledge and experiences! Merry Christmas Patsy!

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    1. Thank you Holley!!! Merry Christmas!

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  8. I've had one for Christmas giving, but this coming year I'm going to expand it for weddings, baby showers, children's birthdays, and anything else that may come up. It has saved us through the years at Christmas time, I'd (stupidly) never thought of using it for everything else. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Rozy, we use ours for all gift giving and it has been quite a blessing to us in many ways!

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  9. We have our gifts in the extra bedroom craft room. We buy and make all through the year so we always something. Like you this allows us to give when we would not normally be able to. This week we had some big medical and car exspences. If I did not have gifts already there would not be any. It really does make life better. Have a great break. Merry Christmas! The fire is 80 percent containment. They say we can unpack our suit cases. Thank you for the prayers.
    Love,
    Patti

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    1. Patti, I am so glad to hear that the fire is 80% contained. What a relief for you and your family and especially at this time of the year! Sounds like your 'extra gifts' are a blessing to you too!

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  10. Dear Patsy. I haven't visited much lately as I've been so busy with life here. But it's always a pleasure to pop in to say hi, and as usual, your posts do not disappoint. I love the idea of a Gift Trunk, and have a similar idea which we all call The Shop. Anything we need, we check The Shop first as chances are, like you, I've sourced it on sale at some stage. And you're right...what a stress reliever it is! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that 2018 is kind to you all. Love, Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you Mimi, and Merry Christmas!

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  11. Patsy, have a wonderful Christmas as you take a blogging break. I look forward to your posts in the new year.

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    1. Thank you Nanna Chel! Merry Christmas!

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  12. I have been making a list of what types of totes to buy in January, and gift tote has joined the party! I have been wanting to buy gifts during the year, but never had a place to put them so they would stay clean and safe. I did a little bit of buying early, and the only place I had to put them until Christmas was the top of the extra dresser in my closet! Great idea, thanks!

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    1. Evelyn, totes are a good idea! I hadn't thought of that! Thanks for the tip!

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  13. It is something that I used to do but I've gotten out of the habit. I've been doing some more purging so I now have a few extra plastic containers freed up so one is going to be for gift purchases - even if it's tickets to an event or gift cards - stocking up throughout the year will make next Christmas much more affordable.
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family - and thank you for all your valuable posts throughout the year.

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    1. Margie, tickets to an event or gift cards are wonderful ideas for gifts and yes, they will store well in your gift tub! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement and Merry Christmas!

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  14. Such great ideas~ I have a basket I been putting crocheted dishcloths into. Last Sunday we had a family reunion and I was able to raid my basket and give 5 sets of dishcloths to my sister in law, nieces, and daughters. They loved them. Best thing ~ the basket is still full!

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    1. Donna, I keep a stash crocheted up and ready to give too and you're right they are a well-liked gift! That's a win-win situation for me!!!

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  15. Merry Christmas Patsy. My gift box is a lot smaller this year as we decided to cut the amount of people we give to. My family are also the kind of people who know the price of everything, with snide remarks if their gift isn't up to scratch. This year is handmade cards with a few getting gift cards (which are appreciated on my hubby's side) & those still in education get presents. I have put things by throughout the year which has covered those and will do so next year. A gift pantry saves a lot of stress all year round.
    Thankyou for all the work you put into this blog and the Facebook page too.
    Merry Christmas !!!

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    1. Kim, It's sad when the focus of giving is on how much is spent on a gift. I hope you're handmade cards are appreciated! We no longer exchange gifts with extended family so that makes gift giving easier in that respect. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement! Merry Christmas!

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  16. Hi Patsy. I have let my gift cupboard run down, mainly because 4 of my 6 children and their families live interstate and here in Aust postage is a very costly exercise, so I have been putting money into their accounts. However I have a habit of saving all my silver coins, so 2018 is the year for saving enough coins to pay for the postage. Which will amount to quite a large amount of money as we have 22 grandchildren living interstate. but they all love Ma and Pa's homemade gifts, so the incentive will be to save silver coins. Enjoy your break, have a wonderful Christmas and New year, and many thanks for your wonderful blog posts

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    1. Chookasmum, How blessed you are to have 22 grandchildren! That's a good idea to save your silver coins to cover postage ... you're a very smart woman to think of that! Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. Merry Christmas!

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    2. Hi Patsy, I am even luckier I actually have 26 and 1/2 grandchildren, only 4 of them live here near me. and Aust is a large island and the other 22 are scattered along way away, thank you for your lovely reply x

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    3. Chookasmum, Yes indeed, you are so very blessed!

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