7 Items for an Emergency Gift Stash

January 12th, 2009 by Jane

Were you caught unprepared this past holiday season when your neighbor stopped by with a gift? Has your kid told you about a last minute birthday for a friend or teacher? Need something to take to a sick friend? No need to hyperventilate, just keep a few things on hand to get you through these situations with grace. After the holidays, you can stock your gift stash when a lot of things are on sale.  Clear out a little-used drawer or pack these things into a box and put them with your gift-wrapping supplies. You can breathe easy knowing you are prepared for random gifting!

1. A Vase, Just in Case
Keep a few assorted small vases on hand.  Pick up inexpensive vases at discount stores, antique stores or thrift shops.  Use for a single stem or fill it with that person’s favorite candy.

2. People will be Drawn to You  
A lovely journal or sketchbook is the perfect gift for a creative person.  Pair it with a set of high-quality pens or markers and make it really special.

3. Handmade and Local  
Scarves are easy to store and make a nice gift for man, woman or child! Search the online store, Etsy, for handmade mufflers, scarves and cowls.  You can even do a search for artists in your area and save some points on your carbon footprint!

4. Large Parties
Large 3-D puzzles make a great family gift.

5. Books!
Keep copies on hand of your favorite novel, cookbook, children’s books or inspirational books. I love to share my favorite books with friends because we get to talk about what we read. One of my favorite novels is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Delicious recipes and lovely photographs make Café Pasqual’s Cookbook: Spirited Recipes from Santa Fe one of the best for giving. Any of the Olivia books by Ian Falconer would be a treat for children and their parents.

6. Games for the Family
We love Apples to Apples at our house, but try this great board game site for more suggestions for games for every age. Maybe they will invite you over to play!

7. Let Them Choose
And finally, gift cards!  Yes, a gift card for Starbuck’s, iTunes, Amazon or your favorite local store makes a great gift for anyone of any age and they are easy for you to store!. Just remember these usually have an expiration date.

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