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The Gift Drawer

Years ago, I was discussing with a friend how I had waited until the last minute to purchase a housewarming gift and now I was stressed out because there was no time to get to the mall. I had to squeeze it into my day and that took all the enjoyment out of shopping for it. She suggested that I start a gift drawer.

When I inquired about it, she explained to me that whenever something went on sale and it caught her eye, she would buy it and then store it in her gift drawer. So I must admit I borrowed this idea from her. It has come in very handy over the years. Thank you Elaine.

The need for gift buying and giving is always there. Birthdays, weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, hospital visits, house warming and graduation are just a few reasons to get us running to the mall. How great to open the gift drawer and find that perfect gift.

Remember to fill it with a variety of gift-wrap, gift bags, gift tags, cards, and ribbons. One idea, Hallmark (www.hallmark.com) is always having a great sale and the items are pretty and plus you earn points. So more free money to buy gifts for your gift drawer. I must admit sometimes it’s a gift for me and one for the drawerJ. Items like scented candles, beautiful picture frames, pottery pieces, candleholders, address books, inspirational books, potpourri or colorful painted trays make great gifts.

A gift certificate from Interiors By Tracy Lee would be a unique gift. Imagine the surprise of your family and friends when you give them the gift of decorating. The certificates could also be purchased for birthdays, bridal showers, weddings, anniversary and Christmas gifts.

Look for the end of the season sales. My gift drawer really gets restocked then. Baby outfits, gifts for boy and girls, puzzles, crayons, markers, coloring books. You can always give a nice gift and not pay full price. I LOVE THAT!

I always have a book of movie tickets, (www.AAA.com) or Blockbuster video gift certificates on hand for those hard to please folks.

So have a good time with this. Don’t make it a chore. Relax, pick up those bargains, and clean out that drawer or closet so there will be no more last minute runs to the mall. Remember, flowers (www.flowers.com) and fruit baskets also make a wonderful gift.

God Bless & Happy Shopping

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