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.
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.
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?