6/24/09

$200 Customized Basket GIVEAWAY!



Here's your chance to win a beautiful, specialized basket (valued up to $200) ...

But let me start with this story. A huge box was delivered to my house recently. What in the world could it be? My family and I were trying to figure it out.

As I opened it, I found this lovely basket, customized just for me. The ribbon even said, Reluctant Entertainer!  You can't get more personalized than that, right?



My friend Linda has a booming basket business that keeps her hopping!  And you'll find her buttons and links listed in my premier advertising section.  The Baby Gift Basket Company and Planet Gift Baskets.

Remember if you're ever in a bind for a gift, or you can't think of the perfect gift for someone, why not send a basket?  You can customize it, just like she did for me!

Coffee, teas, biscotti and a classy cup



Pasta, pomegranate balsamic oil, and nuts



Appetizer dips and crackers ... and chocolate ... the list goes on and on. 

And not to mention a very cool, orange bowl!  How did she know I needed a new bowl this size? And I love orange!  And look what I filled it with last night!



YOU CAN WIN
Linda is giving away a COUPON to either this The Baby Basket Company or Planet Gift Baskets, for a FREE customized basket of your choice, up to $200 in value.

HOW TO WIN
Would you share with me if you keep gifts on hand (gift closet), or if you have to run out to find the perfect gift to give (last minute shopper)?  

Are you organized, or are you a last minute gift-giver?

Tweet about it and your name goes in twice (come back and tell me!)
Post about it on your blog, and your name goes in twice (come back and tell me!)

WHEN TO WIN
The winner will be announced on Thursday.

Don't forget - the winner's basket will be valued up to $200!  

Thank you, Linda, for being a participating advertiser on 4RE. You had no idea I was having foot surgery, and this basket would cheer me up, did you? :)

Visit my friend Katee Grace to also WIN ...

All couples have unique, beautiful and special love stories, yours included!! 

Katee Grace is in love with weddings and is giving away a day of wedding photography to the winning couple!

160 comments:

Deanna said...

I like to find the perfect give so I'm usually a last minute shopper but I do have some gifts on hand, bath sets & candles, just in case :)

The Real Me! said...

First off, that is a gorgeous basket of goodies! Would love to win something like that.
Okay, in regards to your question I think I'm a bit of both. I generally don't have a back up of gifts "waiting" BUT I am always keeping my eye out during the year and will pick something up for someone if I find "it"! The only thing wrong with buying it too early is that I have a hard time NOT giving it to them early! LOL
Thanks for the giveaway my friend.
I'm going to go tweet about it.
Hugs.
Kim

The Real Me! said...

Okay I just tweet tweeted about it. LOL. Not sure what link to give you. Here's the one to my twitter. http://twitter.com/TheOtherKWilson
Hugs.
Kim

Astrid said...

That really is a nice looking gift basket!

I tend to keep gifts for small children around - I have a stack of books, crayons, Play Doh and various other toys around. However, I don't stock any adult gifts or specific gifts.

pk @ room remix said...

I like to shop for the occassion when it happens, but I would like to be a little LESS last minute, if you know what I mean! Love the basket!

Bev said...

I usually go out but not at the last minute because that would drive me crazy. i love to shop for a special gift for someone. On my travels i do e=search out for things unusual to get for others. Thank you. I will tweet now !!!!

abow4 said...

I keep a gift closet, but it's filled with primarily gifts for birthday parties for my kids' friends. I buy toys and books on clearance at Target, Homegoods, and bookstores. I do have a few adult gifts in there, but I usually shop last minute for those.

Kathy said...

I rarely have gifts on hand, just no space to store them all in my small house ... guess I'd say I'm a last minute shopper.

This looks like an amazing giveaway! Thanks! Kathy =)

Dana said...

Hello there :)
Homemade breads always make a wonderful gift!! It's something not everyone does, and is always appreciated :)


Thanks for the nice giveaway:)


Dana
d09@goldingers.com

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

What a generous giveaway! I am a last minute shopper and a disorganized gift giver.

Terri and Bob said...

I am a shopper who likes to give personalized gifts, so I am a planned shopper, but sometimes at the last minute!

Jen said...

I'm a last minute shopper. Like today I'm going for gift cards for a bday party on Saturday. Not bad last mintue though....would love that gift basket....

Nancy said...

I keep a couple of gifts in general
on hand, but for good friends
I shop for each one and hope
to find something special like
Those Baskets!!

Sheila said...

As others, I tend to be somewhat of both a last minute giver and an organized one.

I like to keep small things I pick up here and there that are priced well and use them to add to a gift or combine if I don't have time to make it to the store.

But I also love shopping for something that really matches the personality of the receiver.

Beautiful baskets!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Generally speaking I'm a last minute shopper, BUT if I happen to find a gift that I think would be perfect for someone, I pick it up and put it away for them.

carolyn brown said...

Love the gift basket. I am a last minute shopper - but would like to work toward having things on hand. I love your site. I am still hesitant to entertain at home - but you are motivating me. Thank you.

Mandi said...

OH I love that bowl!
Is it possible to be both? I live in a fairly small town, so good gifts are not readily available. I keep a drawer of baby gifts and general gifts like frames and stationary sets, but for a special gift I have to plan ahead get it while I am in Charleston. That always ends up being a bit last minute.

Sarah said...

i try to keep a stockpile of gifts, but sometimes i am making something at the last minute

mary beth said...

Wow! What a neat surprise for you Sandy..I would love to open the door to find that basket! I have done a little stowing away of baby gifts, not clothes cute unisex things, also, fleece that sings to me at the fabric store, so that I can make one of those cute blankets when a baby shower comes up. I need to do this more often, but storage room is always an issue! thanks for the great giveaway.

Melanie said...

At times I will have a gift or two on hand but mostly I shop for a gift a week or so before the... party, shower, birthday, celebration, etc. Not necessarily a "gift closet" nor a "last minute shopper."
Cool basket!
Melanie@Bella~Mella

jancd said...

I'm a last minute person, but I do have a few things tucked away from great sales I've come upon.

Courtney said...

I keep hostess gifts on hand. But I like to personalize a birthday gift by picking out something special. oh which always is completed last minute :)

Grace said...

I am organized, but I keep gift-giving simple, green, and personal by buying a Tis Best charity gift card when I give gifts. Recipients spend the Charity Gift Card by donating to a charity they believe in, with over 200nonprofits listed. You can print the card or just send an e-mail, leaving no carbon footprint at all. I love caring for the earth while I care for my friends and family!

Lura said...

I keep some gifts on hand. I have a couple of Rubbermaid tubs full of them in the closet. I usually buy them for a specific person when I can get them on sale or at a garage sale (like new) and then put them away until the occasion. I usually end up with more than I need for the person, but I would rather have that than nothing and usually I've gotten great deals anyways.

The gift basket you received is beautiful! Especially that little packet of chai peaking out! :)

The Boyer's Brigade said...

I wish I kept gifts on hand...maybe oneday! I know it would make life easier!

waldenbunch said...

I try to keep some things on hand for last minute gifts, candles, cd's, lotions, etc.

Kristina said...

I'm a last minute shopper. I've thought about buying gifts to have on hand, but my mind won't let me. I think I am being wasteful when I buy things I don't need at the moment - crazy, I know!

Holly said...

I am a last-minute gift shopper. . .I do like the gift to be specific and special for the person who is receiving it! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Betsy said...

This is so fun! What a wonderful prize! I have a dresser drawer specifically saved for stashing gift items. I pick up things when I'm out and see them on clearance. I recently looked through my drawer and put together a lovely wedding gift for just $9. The original price tags equaled $58! And..I didn't have to run out last minute.

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a fabulous gift! Everyone loves a gift basket!:) That ribbon is amazing and the orange bowl is just TOO much fun! Thanks so much! I am off to check out their website... Lori

Yes, I do have a "gift closet" for children's gifts, but adults I usually have to go out and buy... Kids are sooo much easier to shop for, don't you think?

G. said...

OOOH!!! I'd love to win. Depending on what time of year it is, I keep a small stash of gifts around Christmas time to give as hostess gifts or when something last minute comes up, but the rest of the year I usually go and pick something out as needed. I would like to be more organized with a gift closet- maybe someday. :)

G. said...

Just tweeted about it.
http://twitter.com/daisygal

Kathleen Grace said...

I keep a gift section in my closet, I just found wrapped Yankee Candles at an estate sale for 50 cents to $1 and in they went! I am always on the lookout for great deals that will keep me stocked up for quick gifts!

Kathryn said...

I am, unfortunately, a last minute shopper...which brings about undo stress sometimes! You would think I would learn by now...I would like to have a gift closet. I love the idea!
Thanks for the possibility of winning your gorgeous basket!

G. said...

Just blogged about it too! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Cheryl said...

I *used to* keep a small stash of cute little gifts - not a closet worth, by any stretch of the imagination, but a few little things. I don't do that anymore, as I really didn't find I needed it that much - it was an emergency backup, and as such, I found that the stuff I had in it was too general to really suit those I'd be giving to. So I shop when the need arises, though I try not to be so last minute as to be purchasing on the way to the event/house, LOL.

(I do have a small stock of gift bags, wrapping paper, and tissue, as well as some blank cards - but not the gifts themselves.)

That IS a REALLY nice basket! Whoever wins the giveaway is going to have some kinda fun picking something out!

Blogged about the giveaway here.

Anonymous said...

I keep gifts on hand but often run out for a gift card or two :)

Michelle
mich.cook@sbcglobal.net

Casey said...

OH my goodness...what a beautiful basket!! I would probably call myself organized most of the time. I enjoy putting a lot of thought into my gifts. I also enjoy giving little "Happys" to dear friends. Just an unexpected little gift to brighten their day. So for this I try to find sweet books, candles and other little things that might catch my eye. Thank you so much for opportunity to win such a simply fantastic gift. I love and read your blog every day!! LOVE IT!! :)

Laurie said...

Usually last minute for me. I have been making an effort to put away a few things lately.

Kimba said...

Wowza! What a great giveaway!

I guess I'm a bit of both. I've got a small stash of kids gifts that I use for birthday parties and such but when it comes to grown-ups, I usually end up making a last minute give run.

Kimba

Kathryn said...

Just blogged about it.
Thanks again!

Louise said...

I'd prefer to be more organized and have gifts on hand, however, I do enjoy finding that "special" gift for close friends. I do have a cache of decorated journals, candles, and books that I can go to when I don't have time to shop.

Kirstin said...

I always think it would be nice to keep gifts handy but then I never do.

I love the gift basket. I'm going to check out her site as I have tossed around the idea of doing a gift basket business.

have a great week,

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

This is a really cute giveaway and I hope I win!!!

I usually keep a few gifts tucked away for those last minute "oops someones having a birthday" or "my secret pal needs a perk me up" or something like that. I usually pick up gifts when the right one grabs my heart and says "so and so would love this because I know I would."

I usually buy things I would like myself.

Anonymous said...

I usually keep gifts on hand, but I haven't had the extra money to do that lately so I have had to do the last minute shopping which drives me crazy! Holly
bhc-law(at)juno(dot)com

Maren said...

I keep wine and a a neoprene wine carrier at the house. Perfect last minute gift.

Ang said...

Here's my admission:

I have a few bins of gifts, 1 for children 1 for adults.

I forget all about it! Wah! Isn't that awful? We are in a small 2 bedroom rental so I store said bins under the bed in the boys room and goodness if I could remember about it, I'd save some $!

This gift basket is fabulous! Goodness! :)

Jo said...

I have a plastic container that I stock. I usually shop after Christmas so that I can get the most bang for the buck. I do a lot of making my own baskets. I started it when my kids were little because it always seemed like there was a birthday party invite at the last minute and I would have problems finding what I wanted. I also try to shop all yeard for x-mas that way I'm not in a rush and I don't settle for a gift...Jo

grangran said...

Definitly an unorganized, last minute shopper am I!

Amy S. said...

I am definitely a last minute kind of shopper. I would love to have a stash of little gifts to give just in case. But, I always end up going out a few days before the event and buy the gift instead. Love this gift basket! Thanks for for offering this giveaway.

Beloved said...

I can't believe this is your question. I was stressing over this just today. I have a gift closet that is nicely stocked but I am still looking for shortcuts. Maybe saving a "shortcut" on my laptop to her basket site will save me a lot of hassle! Enter me to win, please!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I keep a gift drawer with small items in it all year.

For my close family and friends, I'm on the lookout at garage sales and when thrifting all year (they all love vintage).

duchess said...

What a great giveaway.
I'm definitely a last minute girl -unless we're talking Christmas, then I'm a planner.

Cheryl said...

I have a gift closet that I use for kids birthday parties, baby showers, teachers, you know all the generic gifts. I also make jewelry and hairbows so I like to include those also.

webowes at hotmail dot com

maggie said...

I'm a last minute person, too but when I see something that's a great deal I do pick it up and save it for that time when I need just that.
What a wonderful basket of goodies! I'd love to win it!

Gina said...

What a fun gift to recieve! I'm such a last minute gift giver, but I'd love to be more organized and plan ahead about the whole thing. Usually I'm running to store on the way to the party! Yikes-that's pretty stressful sometimes!

Camille and Luke said...

I'm totally a last minute shopper, I even go into the store with a present in mind then end up buying something totally different. I haven't gone wrong tho doing that, all the presents have been perfect. I wouldn't change it for NOTHIN'! hehe In fact my brother's birthday is Saturday, yep, haven't even thought about it yet! I love your blog by the way!
Camille

Lora said...

I do keep a small gift stash, but mostly buy as needed. My main plan-ahead part of gifting is always keeping a good stash of gift wrap. I love to wrap gifts, so whenever I see good stuff on clearance I try to snatch it up! I never have to buy gift wrap!

Linda said...

Wow! How fun to get that basket! It had to be like opening a treasure chest! Thanks for the chance to win one.

I have a few small gifts that I pick up for those unexpected occasions. I have a friend that has a gift closet and it is unbelievable. She may have the tomb of King Tut in there for all I know.

I'm tweeting about your give away too. Here is the link to my twitter page: http://twitter.com/amerryheart1

Love your sight. ; )

Mimi said...

In my dream world I am organized and have gifts stashed in my closet and remember to pull them out for the people I intended them for.

In real life I forget I have purchased the gifts and don't find them until years later, so last minute shopping and GC's prove to work better for me:)

Anonymous said...

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nicole~
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A Touch of Country said...

I have gift closet well actually they are large baskets with lids and set along the top of the hutch on my desk. One basket is for kids, one basket is for scented items like soaps, candles, etc., one basket is for general gifts.

I have so much fun adding to the baskets when I find things I like...especially if I pick them up on clearance.

It really helps to have these on hand when it's late and the stores are closed AND I need the gift like NOW!

Robin said...

I have always wanted to keep a gift closet but never could think of what to buy. Love the gift basket!

ginny said...

I have a gift closet where I keep emergency goodies for someone who is ill, in the hospital, as hostess gifts, or for someone who needs a pick me up.
Would love to win the basket of lovelies.

Kristi said...

I am the worst gifter. I wait until the last minute...then I have a hard time finding the "perfect" gift and I'm always late giving presents. I do have a gift stash but it never seems to generate the right gift at the right time for the person. I think everyone just likes to be thought of. Baskets of goodies are a lovely gift

Our Patch of Flowers said...

I love giving gifts and often pick up things on sale or clearance and keep them in my big gift tub in my basement (where the kids can't find them). I also have a separate one I keep just for kid presents.

randee said...

hi sandy - i've been reading your blog since jan 08 but i think this is the first time i've commented?

i always keep gifts on hand. i also regift. i'm very sensitive to fragrances so candles & body products get passed on to those i know do love them.

i would absolutely love to win a basket. my sister's birthday is coming up & she deserves a really terrific gift (one that can't be found in my gift box, ha!). she is a wonderful sister by blood & in Christ, which makes me double blessed, i say!

hope you have a great day!

Jeanette said...

I am a little of both! When I find something adorable that just begs to come home with me, I stash it in my gift closet. But there are times I still find myself hunting for a last minute gift. These baskets are divine! Would love to win one. Thanks!

JanMary said...

I am a mixture - I have an old wooden chest with bits and pieces, but sometime I like to searching for a specific gift.

Now I make jewelery, most of my friends want (expect!) my charm bracelets.

randee said...

just blogged about your drawing & my gift box.

(hope i win!)

blessings -

Jackie said...

What fun it would be to win a basket...they are so cute! Depending on what the gift is for and the person involved, I will often send a Gideon Bible card that lets the person know that Bibles are being given in their honor. These cards are often found in racks at our churches or you can Contact a Gideon or Gideons International. These are non-denominational.

Natalie said...

I am definitely a last minute shopper! Mostly because I can't afford to stock up on gifts.

GiBee said...

I always like to get the right gift for the right person, but I'm also a last minute shopper!!!

shruley said...

I am usually a last minute shopper. My only exception is my kids...I always shop the Disney store clearance and save them for birthdays and Xmas.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

I am so not a last minute shopper that I have a special place for all the gifts I pre-buy. I shop year round and when I see something I think someone would like I pick it up and store it in my big chest of drawers until an occasion arises. I'm never stuck if I get invited to a last minute event or party. I just dig in my chest of drawers and find something. Thanks for the chance at winning.

The Blissfully Happy Housewife said...

I have a "gift closet" that is actually a box...but I pick things up here and there and tuck them in there for when a gift is needed in a moment's notice. I have learned that more often I go to that box to get something out for a hostess gift, rather than birthday gifts. I try to tuck neat napkins and special candles in it...things that are used by many.

I tend to be OVER organized when it comes to gift giving. I start my Christmas shopping in AUGUST!!! Yes, you read that correctly. It's a little obsessive...but I just hate to be rushed. I like to make sure the gifts I give are special and meaningful...not just something I picked up in a rush.

The basket is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and I loooove the ribbion....what a special touch!

Jamie

ss said...

I always have a few things on hand, but also enjoy the last minute shopping for the "right" gift! ss@lbproductioncenter.com

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

I'm a last minute shopper. I used to have a gift closet, but it's been empty for awhile!!!

Lazy Mom Amanda said...

just tweeted about it. https://twitter.com/LazyMomAmanda

Natalie said...

I keep an eye out for gifts in the clearance aisle. A pack of pretty napkins and a cute cheese spreader tied together make a nice hostess gift and I can often find those on sale. Plus, they are easy to store and have on hand.
Great giveaway BTW!

Surviving the Smiths said...

unfortunately I am a last minute shopper. I have good intentions of buying year-round, etc - but never happens. Not to mention I would probably loose (misplace) it and have to go get something else!

Craft Tea Lady said...

I used to be a much more "with it" person and have a huge container of gifts on hand (from great yard sale finds and Target's amazing 90% off clearance) but it has dwindled and now... some times I am a last minute girl. I do have some things on hand, but not nearly enough! Guess that means it is TIME TO SHOP! LOL!

www.xanga.com/crafttealady

CraftTeaLady AT yahoo DOT com

Erin said...

I am a little bit of both. For my kids friends I have a closet. For my own I buy last minute. What a fun giveaway!

ejcrandall@gmail.com

midwestmom3 said...

I keep a basket of gifts for kid birthdays but not for grown ups. This basket is so beautiful.

Jill said...

Oh I am a gift closet kind of girl. My friends even frequent my closet... last minute makes me go into a frenzy...I just visited the gift basket site this week...funny. I had recently searched the internet for a company to make me one for a friend in Tenn. I made a note of it in my address book.

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

I do both. I have a gift closet, but it needs to be restocked. So sometimes I have something on hand and sometimes I don't.

Lindsey said...

I do occasionally buy something like a garden flag or teapot or something that I save for a gift...not knowing who that will be, but lately I have been so disorganized that I have to run out last minute. And :cringe: I usually have to get a gift card. My husband is 1 of 10 kids and that translates into like 45 kids I have to buy for yearly for bdays...I also have to do adults too usually- unless someone announces they don't want to be bought for. And so I have to exercise a strict budget of $10 or less. A lot of times I find something cute and cool for $10 but without the time to do so, it's a gift card that wins! I try to be creative tho! Like an ice cream shop gift card or gas cards for the boys. The other younger couples do the same so the kiddies end up getting a ton of stuff. Currently waiting in the wings : A garden flag, a little infant onesie, and a decorative plate. :) not much!

Mrs. Stethoscope said...

I'm totally last minuun around like crazy and never know what to get this is a great gift giving idea

The Scooper said...

I'm a little bit of both. I do have a gift closet, sometimes it's stocked. Sometimes it's not. I love when I'm out and about and see the perfect gift for someone and I actually buy it right then to save for them. (If it's in the budget.) I haven't done enough of that but I always am glad when I have.

I'm looking to do more gifts that are homemade and personalized (even though I don't sew or monogram or anything like that.) Would love ideas on that!

Missy said...

I am both. I keep some stuff on hand..but depends on he person.


Missy

lazy susie said...

I keep only children's gifts on hand. They are easier to buy for. The adults I have to shop for, but we don't gift much to adults.

Dawn S said...

I am trying to start a gift closet but until that is more together and organized, I buy gifts as needed. I find that especially with children, their interests change frequently so this works for us now.

Thanks!
Dawn S
striblin@yahoo.com

Dawn S said...

Hey - Sandy! I tweeted about the gift basket giveaway!

Thanks!
Dawn S
striblin@yahoo.com

Angela Sue Murphy said...

I really try to make each gift as personalized as I can.... so I dont keep anything on hand per say... unless it is food - I love to bake and give away the goodies!! :)

mcmcolospgs said...

What a wonderful gift basket!! I would love to be organized enough to maintain a gift closet, but honestly I do like to buy gifts for people, specifically with their tastes in mind. Additinally, we are always trying to battle clutter in our home, so keeping a gift closet wouldn't necessarily fall into our current goals of decluttering.

Cheryl said...

I do a little bit of both. If I see something that reminds me of someone and its on sale, then I get it and save it for that special day (i.e., birthday, Christmas, etc.), but other than that, I shop when I need to and still try to find bargains.

Tori5 said...

I am in an organization with a group of friends for about the last 25 years. We have a secret sister that we buy things for throughout the year for special occassions...bday, anniversary, holidays, etc. If I'm out shopping and see something (esp. if it's a seasonal decoration)that is on sale, I snatch it up to use for the following year and put it in my "gift" closet.
I love your blog and have taken away lots of good information and recipes. It has become addictive!

Dilem*mama said...

I have a gift closet with adult and kid gifts so that I'm ready at any given moment. For some special friends, I'll run out and get an extra special something, but I usually don't have to do that.

Anonymous said...

I usually have handsoap, for quick little gifts...but usually shop last minute for most gifts. I would like to get better at stockpiling gifts though.

Maddie

CHER said...

If I am not making it myself, I end up running around to find something. I wish I was more organized and had some things on hand, though. Have a blessed day, Cher

FiddlersBride said...

Believe me, NO one I know would ever call me organized ... but I do have an old refurbished dresser in a guest bedroom that I use to store small gifts to have on hand, and I also use a closet as a gift closet. Half the time when I am looking through both these locations I come across something and say "Oh yeah, I remember that!!"

Anonymous said...

I have a gift drawer with small gift items, but I may still shop last minute if it's for someone I know well and have something specific in mind.
I enjoy your blog and would love your basket give-away.
my email: sunflowergal@btsskynet.net
Thanks.

Bonnie said...

I'm a last minute shopper all the way - except for one exception. I like to try to "fit" a gift to the person I'm buying for so I fret & think & fret & think and then go shop... It's stressful but I don't think I can imagine doing it any other way. The basket is an amazing giveaway!!! I would love to win something like this.

Jill said...

I've just started making little knitted dish rags and keeping them on hand along with a small bottle of either hand lotion or soap.
They make the perfect friend birthday gift, teacher gift etc.
I'm normally a plan ahead shopper for gifts.

Sweet P said...

What an awesome basket of gifts! I always include a handmade item in my gifts and I customize the gift to the person receiving the gift. You could say I always have the tools and items to make a gift, but take the time to make it.

Sue said...

I do not have room to keep much on hand. If I find something perfect ahead of time for a family member, I will buy it, but otherwise I am last minute. I do have a baby shower gift that is needed for the end of July so winning would be great! Thank you for your upbeat blog!

slip4 said...

I usually have a few gifts on hand that will suffice for most occasions. However, I sometimes have to still run out if I don't feel that the gift fits the person. On hand right now: sets of Pottery Barn wooden pasta/salad servers (purchased on sale) to be given with a cute dish towel.I need to restock!

Abby said...

I do keep a gift closet. I usually give dvds to kids as a gift so I have lots of kids movies on hand to grab quick. We throw them in a gift bag with microwave popcorn and $1 boxes of movie candy you can find at Walgreens!

Caralyn said...

For new babies I usually have something on hand...other than that I'm a frantic last minute shopper!

MH in OH said...

Definitely a bit of both, depending on the recipient. I do like to buy gifts well ahead of time for specific family members.
orangetriangle2 AT yahoo DOT com

Bonnie said...

I am such a last minute shopper - I envy those people who are organized enough to have a gift closet!

Carolyn G said...

I like to keep generic gifts in my closet. Things like a piture frame, something decorative for the house, bath salts make great gifts and if you get them on sale even better. For last minute gifts, I love giving wine or I run to the bakery for some delish treats.

linda said...

I'm always on the lookout for perfect little gifts to keep stored in my gift closet. By keeping gifts handy that I've picked up for a fraction of the cost, I'm able to "gift" more friends and relatives. I'm very organized and it seems to work great for me.

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

Bonnie said...

I tweeted about this @bonniejonestn

Kim said...

These are such darling gift baskets!
I do a little shopping ahead of time, mostly for kids gifts. My girls are at the age that they get invited to a lot of birthday parties!

shari said...

Who wouldn't love, love a gift basket. It's homey and thoughtful and is always there for a thousand uses!

Rhonda said...
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Rhonda said...

I do have a gift closet and love it! It has saved me so much money, time, and sanity! Those last minute party invites..no problem! Gift closet to the rescue!

I buy things on clearance, after holiday sales, etc. to keep it stocked!

Thanks for a chance on this wonderful giveaway!!!

mdupuis said...

I am ALWAYS last minute and on the way to the party but I am hoping to change that someday!

Tammy said...

I pick things up all the time to have on hand. My staples are stationary and candlesticks. I love shopping at Tuesday morning and I always look for things for my gift closet. Am I organized...ask my secretary...NO way!

foodieplus4 said...

I've always loved the idea of a gift closet, but with four children around, those gifts wouldn't be safe. So I am a last-minute shopper for safety's sake.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I do have some gifts on hand, but I can also be the last minute shopper. Sometimes I make the gifts that I give.That is a gorgeous gift basket with some very neat items. The coffee cup caught my eye immediately. Thanks for offering this. Jackie

Donnetta said...

I do a bit of both. I have a gift box that is full of items for adults, children and babies. However, I will also go buy something last minute if I don't seem to have something that will work for the gift occasion. :-)

Laura said...

What a fun giveaway! I do have a gift collection but over the last year have slowly been paring it down. It had started to get out of hand. Now I like to keep just a few kid gender neutral gifts for those last minute birthday invites.

Anonymous said...

I try to keep gifts on hand, but many times that doesn't happen.

Lynn
keithlynn6@msn.com

Melissa D at DropTheBabyWeight.com said...

I do both -- I have a closet with little things that are good for pick-me-up presents or small thank-yous, and I shop for the perfect presents for husband, sister, kids, MIL...

Caroline said...

I am a last minute shopper!

Susie Q said...

Once upon a time I was incredibly organized. I'd spend the time picking out the perfect gift for the person...and I'd shop all year long. I try to do that still, but the budget is tighter these days...which means I have to get more creative. My oldest daughter's friends enjoy baskets with bath goodies, heaven knows that I adore them and I love to give them...and for her friends, the Dollar Stores work very well.

That is the most wonderful basket to give away...so generous.

Lori said...

I do both. A few years ago a very nice local gift shop was having an amazing sale. I stocked up on beautiful notecards and various other things that make nice hostess gifts. But I still find myself sometimes rushing out to buy last-minute gifts, especially for baby and bridal showers. Thanks for your beautiful blog!

From A Creative Heart said...

What a beautiful basket!!!!
And I have a gift closet...I learned a long time ago that I have to have one. We get paid once a month and usually birthdays or other occasions would pop up during that last "broke" week of the month...so the gift closet has saved me many times!!!!

Ryan said...

Amazing Basket! And Amazing Giveaway!

I have every intention of stocking up a closet with gifts. A friend of mine did that and I always thought it was a great idea! That sure would save me the pain of last-minute shopping....or worse yet...no gift at all!

I'm not a shopper though, so I never know what to buy and am worried that the person won't like what I gifted them.

Janneh

Kristy said...

I am a last minute shopper with intentions of becoming a gift closet person!! I love to shop for deals, and should stock up for easy gifts!

Hilty Sprouts! said...

I am terrible at buying gifts! I unfortunately fall into the last-minute gift shopper category and can't quite figure out how to change that, much as it bugs me!

Rebekah said...

I love to give personal gifts that are heartfelt and reflect the receiver. However, I do have a stash of "generic" gifts should an occasion spring up on me.

Simple Life of Me said...

I do a little of both. I keep kids gifts on hand when they are usually on sale or clearance - just so I have something on hand for a last minute party for the boys to attend.
I also am a last minute shopper when it comes to baby shower, wedding shower and adult birthdays. I just want to get something that is in style and current.

Kim said...

I have so little time to shop that if I find a neat little trinket that would make a good girlfriend gift I will purchase it and put it in my gift cabinet. Pretty cookbooks or nice tea towels are good things to keep on hand. People that I find it difficult to find gifts for will get last minute purchases. Gift baskets are fun!

Grace said...

i spy chai!!
although i'm extremely organized, i'm a last-minute shopper because i like to find gifts that suit the recipient. i guess i should say i'm a last-hour, nay, last-DAY shopper. :)

Kimmie said...

I'm afraid i run out...though occasionally I might have a wee little stash (kids gifts) to choose from.

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade ad 6 adopted

Denise said...

I love the idea of having gifts on hand that I can chose from when needed, but I more often than not go out and buy a gift whenever I need one. The only time I've had gifts on hand is when I've bought toys in a great sale and know I can use them for my daughter's friends when she's invited to their birthday parties!

Emily said...

i am definitely a last minute scramble gift giver!!! I would love to be so organized and have gifts on hand - a great goal. =)

SusieD. said...

I am a last minute shopper for sure, any long term planning just means more opportunity for things to go wrong.

zentmrs said...

I LOVE my gift closet! We buy things we like when we see them and then have them for gifts when they are needed. Really makes those last-minute gifting requirements easy!

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

zentmrs said...

Also, I've posted a link to your giveaway on my blog (http://zentmrs.blogspot.com/)...

Pam said...

I do not have gifts on hand. If I'm in a pinch, I can give some garden clippings (if they garden), bake something yummy or one of their favorites, or make something. I have so many art & crafts supplies.

Christine said...

I'm a bit of both depending on the season. We like to plan ahead for things like teacher gifts (we usually make them) and gifts for the service people in our lives (we always bake for the mailman and garbage man), but sometimes will wait to find something that is more suited to each individual person on our list. That basket is GORGEOUS!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

I genreally keep a gift box of items I pick up throughout the year. Generally, when I buy them, I have a certain person in mind for it. then I generally will add a few "touches" to the gift.

~j~ said...

that ribbon is AWEWSOME! so fun to see the RE on such beautiful ribbon.
What a beautiful gift!
xo
j

Anonymous said...

What a lovely basket! It is beautiful.

To answer your question, I would like to have gifts stockpiled, but never do. I typically shop for the event, but typically not at the last minute (unless it is a last minute invitation!). So, I guess that makes me a last minute shopper.

Kristin
kkhill (at) swbell (dot) net

*katie* said...

can I still enter?! I'm definitely a last minute shopper!

Lucy said...

What a wonderful giveaway!! I try not to be a last minute shopper, but it happens now & then.

Pat said...

I am always on the lookout for something I think my friends would like or a good deal that can be used as a gift. Sometimes an event sneeks up on me and I have to look for a gift closer to the person birthday, etc.


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Inksstillwet said...

For very specific gifts, I go out and buy something. But if it’s a thank you or teacher appreciation, I usually have Bath & Body Works on hand to put together a gift bag. I buy from them when they have the annual sales and it makes things a lot easier!

getgrounded said...

I have several hostess gifts on hand always, but then I usually end up picking up something else more personal. They have come in handy, though, and I'll continue to purchase great sale items and tuck them in the closet for that purpose.

colleen said...

I tend to shop as I need the gift-however I LOVE having my gift box handy-and pick up things randomly when something catches my eye.
Recently we have been having some financial difficulties-so I had to create an entire gift out of the gift box-and I put it all into a basket I recycled and it came out beautifully!!!!
So it pays to be prepared!
Thanks,
Colleen

Terri said...

I pick up gifts as I find them year round, but I always end up doing some shopping at the point of need as well.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who shares my love of reading. We only get together about twice a year, for her birthday and for mine. Whenever I read a good book, I go out and buy it for her birthday. And she always seems to love it! It's so fun to buy something for someone who's so easy to buy for.

barb in Edmonton

Megret said...

I do have a gift closet, although it is fairly low-stocked at the moment.

I electronically keep tab of gifts to buy via Google Calendar and Amazon Gift Lists. It's helpful when I want to buy online, too.

Thanks for the contest!
Megret
musesofmegret (at) gmail (dot) com

carolynishis said...

I like to have things bought up ahead.I make a list to make sure i have everything i need for a dinner,gathering ect...
The basket looks wonderful and creative.

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