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WFMW: The Gift Storage Bin

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!

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  • Larae November 29, 2006, 4:27 pm

    This is a great idea. This year I kept all of my gifts in a box on the top shelf of my closet. I’m going to try your method next year!

  • Anonymous November 29, 2006, 4:58 pm

    It sounds as if your kids were in the trunk of the car!

  • limeq November 30, 2006, 1:11 pm

    This year I may not be able to find any of the gifts I bought throughout the year considering some are in my closet and some are in storage and some are who knows where but remember it the thought that counts and when I find it will be like Christmas all over again. Love, MOM