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.