9 steps to an organised gift cupboard

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me.  If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard. A gift cupboard is a well-stocked cupboard filled with gifts, cards and wrapping for all your celebration needs. It ensures that you will be prepared for children’s birthdays, Secret Santa, spur of the moment invites and any last minute gift emergencies. Instead of rushing around at the last minute, here are my 9 steps to an organised gift cupboard so you can give a gift organised with love and ease.

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

I have a shelf in my hall cupboard to make gift giving easier.  With a little planning ahead it helps to make it an easy and relaxed process.

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There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

1. CREATE A DESIGNATED GIFT STORAGE / WRAPPING AREA

Create a designated box, shelf, drawer or cupboard to tidily stash away gifts and all your gift wrapping supplies.

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

2. CREATE A BIRTHDAY SCHEDULE

I am extremely forgetful! If it wasn’t for Facebook or having some birthdays stored in the calendar of my phone, I would probably forget them. Using my phone calendar and Facebook is a helpful way for me to remember to wish somebody a happy birthday that day.  But when I need to organise a gift,  I use my Birthday’s to Remember printable, which I have stuck onto the door cupboard of my gift cupboard.  I look at this printable at the beginning of each month, browse the current and following month, make a plan of gifts I need to organise and set aside time to do some physical or online shopping.

BIRTHDAY PRINTABLE: Available in my shop here.

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

3. HAVE A SUPPLY OF WRAPPING PAPER AND RIBBONS

Similar to my card supply, I keep gift wrapping handy too.  I prefer to have sheets of paper, as I find this easier to store in the space I have.  I like to have a mixture of masculine, feminine and neutral designs. I don’t purchase paper that says anything specific like ‘happy birthday’. This way it can be used for all different occasions.=

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

4. HAVE A SUPPLY OF CARDS

I have a supply of cards on hand for every occasion.  I like to give a card with our birthday gifts, but I also like to send friends and family random cards to just let them know we are thinking about them, congratulate them, etc.  I find it easiest to have this supply so I can send cards when it suits me, rather than having to find the time to go find a card.  I usually like to try and find cards that are blank inside and personalise them with my own message.

Card supply ideas:

  • Birthdays for Girls
  • Birthdays for Boys
  • Birthdays for Ladies
  • Birthdays for Adults
  • Anniversaries
  • Weddings
  • Births
  • Expecting
  • New House
  • New Job
  • Thinking of You
  • Get Well Soon

I find most of my cards and gift wrapping for $1 at chemists.

5. KEEP TOOLS HANDY

Not sure about your household, but I am forever losing scissors and pens! The kids grab them and never return them. With strict instructions, the tools I have in my gift cupboard are to NEVER be removed. I find it so much easier to wrap a present when I have everything easily on hand.

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

6. HAVE A GIFT STASH

I like to keep a stash of gifts on hand for when kids are invited to friends’ birthday parties, as there always seems to be a party around the corner. I also keep all the presents that I have planned for upcoming birthdays here, ready to wrap when needed.

As I mentioned above, I like to buy gifts 1-2 months in advance. This helps me stick to a budget and find something that I know the recipient will love.

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

7. HIDE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

If you are my children: PLEASE STOP READING HERE as this will defeat this step’s purpose. I may have to rename and hide this box elsewhere!! I have a box at the top of my wardrobe cupboard labelled ‘old ornaments’ where I keep gifts for my kids that I have found throughout the year. Big tip though: don’t stockpile more than you can store.  It’s a good idea to lay-by the big bulky gifts.

8. KEEP A LIST

If you are organised and pick up gifts when you spot them throughout the year, remember to keep a list of what you have purchased.  This will help you stick to your gift budget and not over buy. I use my Christmas Planner for this.  Read more about my 2017 Christmas planner here.

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

9. TAKE A PHOTO

Another great idea is to create an album in your phone and take photos of gifts that you have purchased. This is good if you are wanting to bundle gifts together to make a gift pack and is a great visual if you need it.  However, if you add in your kids’ gifts, don’t make the album name obvious for kids to find (although kids are and savvy on phones these days, it maybe hard).

10. KEEP RECEIPTS

I keep all my receipts tidily in my office. I do like to keep receipts for gifts in my gift cupboard for easy access if needed.  I have always kept a pocket at the back of my christmas planner, but now I have this cupboard I store the receipts ………..

There is nothing quite like the gift of giving and, you know me, I like to be organised and prepared for any occasion that life throws at me. If this sounds like you too, you’ll appreciate the blessing of a gift cupboard.

Do you have a gift stash?

 

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13 comments

Ingrid Gusdorf November 3, 2017 - 9:47 AM

I prefer to buy gifts that I think will be really appreciated/liked by the recipient, rather than buy the first thing I can find under pressure. I buy my gifts throughout the year. This way I can take advantage of special releases or sales items.
I then take them home and WRAP them…so it doesn’t matter if someone sees the presents. On a stick it note I write the recipients name and on the back a word or two just to jog my memory WHAT the present is, and maybe the price if you are going to bundle it with other gifts.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2017 - 9:29 AM

That’s a great idea Ingrid. I love that you are super organised and plan ahead

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trish November 3, 2017 - 2:48 PM

You have been a fan for a while Katrina, and slowly day by day (Task2 do) I’m getting organized. You are such an inspiration! This Gift-wrapping station is so simple and definitely something that needed to be in front of me… (I need visuals)… I was just wondering, the containers that hold your cards and wrapping paper are perfect for the task at hand, where can these be purchased?

Also the taking of photos of the item already purchased is brilliant!!!!!! you always have your phone with you, right!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Thank you Trish. I love that I can share all my tips with so many. I love being organised and having things in place

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Larissa Koch November 3, 2017 - 3:40 PM

I need a cupboard! I have an old suitcase under my bed and bigger items go in my wardrobe. I have a bag for the wrapping but it’s really not good. I make my own cards but I often have to whip one up last minute. Love how you have it all organised you’ve inspired me!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Lovely, Thank you Larissa. That’s a great idea to store them under your bed. Also a good place to keep wrapping paper rolls that may not fit neatly in the cupboard. I love that you make your own cards, that’s so personal and a lovely gesture.

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Helen November 3, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Love this Katrina. I also have a large tag punch, which I use my offcuts of cardstock to make my own tags, to match the wrapping paper and occasion.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 7, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Very creative Helen. Love it!

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Rebecca Duncan February 1, 2018 - 8:36 PM

I love this! Where do you get the containers from that you keep the cards and wrap in?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 2, 2018 - 8:57 AM

I purchased these containers from a cheap shop in Benowa (GC)

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Janine February 12, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Hi Kat, could you please tell me where you bought your 5 drawer organizer & card/wrapping paper baskets from? Thank you

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 13, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Hi Janine, I purchased these a few years ago from a discount store

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Ayjay July 31, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Love these ideas . I love to shop ahead also and have a drawer with gifts but tend to to forget what I’ve purchased for someone and double up! Which I can’t really afford to do. Your keeping a list or photo reminder is a great Idea. I also like smaller sheets of paper and the $1 cards but for larger gifts find Aldi rolls of paper affordable quality

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