Prep my gift closet
January 17, 2014 9:24 AM Subscribe
Although I plan ahead for many things, I'm often confounded by last-minute gift needs -- one of my kids' friends has a birthday, and I just found out via FB, "Honey, we were asked to dinner tomorrow" kind of thing. Please help me set up and stock a gift closet so I can cope.
posted by MonkeyToes to Shopping (35 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
Common problem spots:
* Last-minute invitations to birthday parties for kids we don't know well
* "Thank you" small presents to recognize a kindness an adult has done
* Host/hostess gifts for last-minute visits
* Spontaneous get-togethers, "please bring something to share" casual events
I'm a good baker, and can whip up yummies when given enough notice. Sometimes time or bandwidth doesn't permit, and store runs require planning, so I'd like to keep a box of ready-to-go gifts on hand.
There are two aspects to this request.
One: Gift guilt. I'm bad about remembering life celebrations and am conflicted about not being able to find just the right present for an individual, and want to select the *right* thing, even when I don't know what it is (witness the numerous questions here about "What's hip with 6-year-olds this season?"). How can I convince myself that general stock gifts are OK? (Also because ACK, more stuff! I'm always trying to get rid of stuff, and feel conflicted about dumping another to-be-managed item on someone, even though I understand that small gifting is the common expectation.)
Two: Materials. What do I need? I have wrapping paper and tape. Gift bags? Coffee? Cards? A list of suggested presentation materials as well as contents would be helpful. I guess I need these to be "generally pleasing shelf-stable stuff" for 1) kids 13 and under, and 2) adults I don't know well. Also, though I have some difficulty with baked goods from a box, are there specific shelf-stable tasty-enough pre-mix goodies from a bag that I can make quickly?
Thanks for any help you can offer.