You’re walking around the store when you see it: The perfect gift for your partner. But it’s only June, and their birthday isn’t until November, and Christmas isn’t too long after that. You have months to buy this Danish Royal wedding commemorative plate before it’s required, so you make a mental note and keep walking. Within three days, the note has fallen off behind the filing cabinet of your mind. When November comes, you’ve given your partner a home cheesemaking kit and have a vague suspicion that you messed up something but can’t remember what.
Guys? It doesn’t have to be this way.
The idea of buying birthday presents and holiday gifts year-round instead of waiting until they’re due may seem weird, but it actually makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of great reasons to parse out your shopping through the year, and keeping a sort of gift stockpile, even beyond the cautionary tale of how easy it is to forget great gift ideas if we don’t act on them immediately. It’s also great if birthdays or anniversaries happen to have a way of sneaking up on you. Instead of rushing to your computer in a cold sweat, grimacing at the thought of how much you’ll pay for Next-Day Shipping, you’ll already have a great gift that’s been hanging out in your closet for months.
Admittedly, “perfect gifts” can be hard to find during the rest of the year, let alone the holidays, but that doesn’t mean a “gift stash” can’t be useful. I know we all want — and often are expected — to make sure every gift we give is unique, thoughtful and perfectly tailored to its recipient’s tastes and needs, but that can be very difficult to pull off year after year. So it’s worth stocking up on fun or practical gifts that can be given to your sibling as easily as a co-worker. Think about items that are fun but aren’t common; for instance, how many people would be bummed out to suddenly own a mini-waffle griddle? If you’re going useful, think about stuff people use every day (like shaving and grooming products, just to pull an example totally out of thin air).
Okay, that last suggestion might be a little biased, but it leads to the last reason you should be shopping in advance, and that’s because it can save you money. Products go on sale in months that aren’t November and December, after all, and you could catch a deal that wouldn’t be available later. On the other hand, you can also take advantage of the best sales this holiday season to start your stockpile of gifts for whenever 2021 warrants it.
Keeping a stockpile of gifts is something that can save you time, money, and stress. Given how stressful holiday shopping usually is, this might be a very nice festive tradition to begin.