The Gift Drawer #magpiemonday

I tend to pick up bargains as I see them. But not just willy nilly. I used to do that and I would end up with a pile of stuff unsuitable for any of my family and friends and then I would just end up giving it back to the charity shop.

Most of my friends would be uncomfortable with second hand items unless they were books or antiques.

So does this mean I never buy charity shop goods for my pressie drawer? Absolutely not, it does mean however that anything I do buy is either pristine or brand new.

gift drawer

Look at this brain game set for example . Absolutely perfect for any number f friends /family members who like mental challenges. It is brand spanking new and set me back all of £1.50. In a regular shop this would probably have cost me £10. It’s new and sealed and so there is no difference whatsoever in this and one bought in the original shop.

A birthday gift for £1.50 makes my thrifty heart smile.

I have lots of things in my present drawer waiting for the day. A few of these are gifts that were duplicates of things we already have. 1 or 2 are unwanted gifts that were just not right for us. Some were bought in the sales and were unbelievably good value. (Check out my post on out of season sales shopping) Most are from charity shops brand new and just waiting for a new home.

I very rarely get caught out at birthday these days.

gift drawer

To make double sure I have just purchase a mini glue gun lots of hair slides and flower beads. I have made up a big batch of hair slides for next to nothing (these are so dear in the shops) We have a lot of little girls parties coming up this year so these will sit on cards in the gift drawer ready to go.

I also keep pre-made, homemade labels and recycled gift wrap and bags (from presents we have had)  in there too.

Do you have a gift drawer?



  1. March 24, 2014 / 11:35 am

    Oh yes, I have a gift cupboard too that I keep stocked up with ‘new’ second-hand items, unwanted prizes and things I’ve picked up in the sales. It means I always have an emergency present!

    Thank you for linking up x
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  2. Chris at Thinly Spread
    March 24, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Those hairslides are SO pretty! I do have a present drawer, yes, it saves so much money and that agony when you realise you haven’t got a gift as they head out of the door to a party!
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  3. Scoperks
    March 24, 2014 / 12:09 pm

    You’ve actually inspired us to get a gift drawer now! Seems like such a clever way to not be caught out on those Birthdays that always end up surprising us 🙂
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  4. March 24, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    i do have a gift drawer with things I have bought in sales or that were duplicates given to the boys ready to use as gifts for up and coming parties. I think it is a good idea – i just need to collect some wrapping paper and cards aswell now x
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  5. The Egyptian Mummy
    March 24, 2014 / 3:12 pm

    What a great idea with those slides! I was thinking the other day that I should start something like this now the mini one is about to turn one and the parties begin!

  6. Tired Mummy of Two
    March 24, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    I have a gift cupboard, it is always empty by Christmas and gets filled up in the boots sale although I also add to it throughout the year. I use it for birthdays/Christmas but also for raffles/charity events throughout the year.

    I love the hair grips though, it costs us a fortune in hair accessories every year so I might have to look into this!
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  7. March 24, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Hi Becky ! Back to magpie Monday now I have more time ! Love the idea of a present drawer. I have never been organised enough for one of those. Maybe now I will be.
    Amazing what new items you can find.

  8. March 24, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Absolutely. At Christmas I had to buy nothing as I’d done so well at the boot fairs all year. Cath Kidston with the labels still on, brand new expensive gifts for peanuts. My recipients did much better out of it than if I’d had to go to regular shops!
    Keep on chazzing!
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  9. March 25, 2014 / 2:25 am

    Ooh, I love this post Becky. What an inspiration you are. Having a gift drawer is always one of those things I’ve meant to do but never got round to, due to lack of space as much as anything. Now we’re somewhere a bit bigger I should definitely start – what better excuse to head out and do a bit of charity shop shopping?! (Or as they call them here op shops – opportunity shops!) xx
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  10. March 26, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Those hairslides are just fabulous, what a great idea. I used to have a gift bag, but I’ve let it dwindle, this has inspired me to get it going again!
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