Source Several years ago I started a practice. I have a large plastic covered bin that I keep gifts in. Christmas gifts, birthday gifts. Most of them have a person in mind. Some are random gifts that I can use for a baby shower or house warming. I use it a lot for getting ready for Christmas. I am a buy year round person. I don't buy many birthday gifts. My mom, nieces and nephew, husband and son and a few close friends. So it's mostly about Christmas. If I come across something I think someone would like, I get it and put it in the box for later. I also try to buy something each month so by Christmas my box is full and my shopping light. The box is important. I used to buy early and the gifts would get lost in my house and forgotten! Since it's just after Christmas my box is nearly empty. But I have the beginnings of a present for one person (it's a homemade DIY gift). I also have a piece of a Valentine gift for my nieces. I look forward to building my box one gift at a time, slowly, peacefully and with great joy.