A former employee used to store her children’s gifts at work so they would not be able to find them while someone else kept them (the gifts not the kids – thanks anonymous!) in the trunk of her car. I, myself, keep them in bin so that I have one centralized place to keep the gifts I buy throughout the year for whatever occassion. Otherwise, I might turn into my mom and say, I got you XYZ but I can’t remember where in my closet I hid it [insert mom’s signature smile-shrug combo]!
Also, I attach the receipt and/or gift receipt to each item in case I need to return/exchange it or want to know what I spent. I remove the non-gift receipt prior to wrapping.
On Thanksgiving, my sister pulled out a game I gave her, although I could not remember if it was Christmas or birthday so I think I should start keeping a list of the gifts I give so I am not caught off guard as I have been with wedding gifts that I order online and get shipped directly to the couple.
Scene: Three years post-wedding, couple hosts dinner party
Me: I like this platter.
Her: You should! You gave it to me!
Me: of course. (huh?! that’s what that was?!)
Back on topic, I realize this method will not work for everyone especially if you have a super-snoop like my brother used to be, buy truckloads of gifts or give bicycles as gifts, but on a smaller scale, it works!