Do you receive gift cards via email? I suggest creating a digital file folder labeled “gift cards”. Move them into that folder immediately. Do you get gift cards? I recommend creating a place in your office to keep them. It can be in a drawer, file, cubby, any container but put them all together and only in that spot. You may want to put them in your wallet immediately. I’m using the word immediately a lot but we had a gift card snafu happen in our family a couple of times and let’s just say it was a pain in the rear!! Don’t let this happen to you. You might be saying, “If I file them away I’ll forget I have them.” If you need them out keep them together but in a place you can see them: a couple of ideas are in an envelope tacked to a peg board or simply add it to your calendar as a future To Do: use my gift cards.
I find many unused gift cards when I’m organizing my client’s homes. Some of them expire so act sooner than later. The same goes for Gift Certificates. I sell Gift Certificates for my services and I put a 1 year expiration date on them. Contact me via phone or email to purchase a unique gift for someone this year. Services include: Daily Money Management, Professional Organizing and Senior Downsizing.
Gifts or Experiences
If given the choice I would choose experiences every time. This year my family is meeting in Washington D.C. for a couple of nights; then we are headed to New York City. We will exchange small priced gifts this year….NOT CLUTTER!!! We ask our kids and family what they want or need for Christmas. The last thing I want to do is give something to someone that is going to become CLUTTER. You may not be comfortable asking what people want. Why not give a gift card to their favorite Restaurant or Movie Theater? I love buying food and goodies from Trader Joe’s, Earth Fair and Fresh Market.
My best friends do a White Elephant Exchange every year. We have a party and always have a blast opening the White Elephants Gifts. I have 2 parties every year that does a White Elephant Exchange and they are so much fun. We save a lot of money this way and we get to spend time together which in my opinion is the best gift of all.
I hope you have a wonderful Holiday with your loved ones.
Adele Tusson-Gross Chief Executive Organizer