Amanda Cade

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pens and pads

I always keep a collection of small gifts on hand, in case I have an impulse to give someone a pick me up or a thank you, or if I need a last minute present for a forgotten event. Once December rolls around, I stock up even more, making sure that I’m well supplied both at home and at work. I never want to have someone unexpectedly hand me a present and have nothing to give them in return. It just feels terrible.

Here are a few of the things I always have ready to go:

  • Cute pens and notepads (see above)
  • A variety of $5 and $10 gift cards (Starbucks, QuikTrip, Walgreens, Amazon, etc.)
  • Candles
  • Pocket sized bottles of lotion
  • Candy
  • Bookmarks
  • Boxes of flavored teabags and cocoa mix

I can quickly select an appropriate item (or several), toss it in a gift bag (I also keep those handy), and I’m covered.

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Do you have an emergency gift stash? Any suggestions for what I could add to mine?

26 thoughts on “Emergency Gift Stash (Blogmas Day 6)

  1. dansantosbookreviews says:

    A post that makes you think from a thoughtful person. That’s what blogging was created: to share things to gently improve the human experience. Kudos! I’m off to the Dollar Store.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Yay! I’m always excited when something I suggest is helpful. 😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It’s made my life a lot easier and more positive.

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      1. Judy Kim says:

        It shows how considerate you are, very sweet to think of others❤️

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  2. I like to do this too Amanda though I never kept anything at work.
    My ixeas include scarves, paperbacks and ornaments or pretty dishes.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Oh, I never thought about scarves. What a great idea!

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      1. Thank you. Glad you liked the idea.
        They are affordable, easily stored and one can never have too many. 😍

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  3. This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it!

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  4. Welcome advice for those of us who have a senior forgetful moment.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Believe me, it isn’t just seniors. I started stockpiling emergency gifts when I was twenty-five. Lol

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  5. aannabel says:

    This is such a great idea!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I stole it from my mom. 😉

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      1. aannabel says:

        Hahah moms always have great ideas

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  6. J Balconi says:

    I stopped doing the gift stash when I decided to live more simply. I had a drawer full of things with no particular person in mind, so they went into a charity box. I switched to gift cards that anyone could use, like grocery store and gas stations; goofy handmade coupons for daytrips, lunches out, etc.; and change purses with quarters for vending machines and laundromats.

    I totally understand that awkwardness when someone gives me a gift and I don’t have one, though! Honestly, many of my friends travel more and have more disposable income than I do. It gives them joy to find something in their travels to bring me, and I rarely can reciprocate. So I write a LOT of heartfelt thank you notes.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Gift cards are always useful. I definitely keep those on hand.

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  7. Ellah says:

    Awesome idea 👍

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  8. I don’t do this, but I think it’s a good idea. My Nan always used to have a box of small gifts in her wardrobe and she got me out of a difficult situation more than once when I realised I’d forgotten someone and it was too late to go to the shops!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      My mother has kept a gift stash for as long as I can remember.

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  9. alexraphael says:

    Nice idea. I do it with cards but not gifts.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Always helps to be prepared, right?

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