Gift Closet 101
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Inside My Gift Closet1 of 14
By Martine Bury
My gift closet is a medium-sized, mirrored cabinet that holds, as my husband teases, a compulsive shopper's dirty secrets. When I spot something perfect for a friend or family member, whatever time of year, I buy and stash it. When I have the opportunity to score cool things like pretty stationary, candles, picture frames, stemless wine glasses and linens on sale, I buy in bulk. The closet is well organized, easy to access, filled with both considered and "clutch" gifts. Here are my tricks for creating the ultimate gift stash, so you'll never be left empty-handed.
Walk The Line2 of 14
Remember you are buying gifts for other people. While your personality and taste should be reflected, maintain a nod to classic design like with these Moleskine notebooks. Add dramatic flair by giving multiples in fiery colors.
SHOP NOW: Moleskine Ruled Red Notebook, from $12
Curate While Shopping3 of 14
Presentation trumps cost every time. As I browse, I dream up vignettes that elevate humble items—like a bunch of wooden spoons and stoneware crock—to art when packaged together.
SHOP NOW: Canvas Home Olive Wood Utensils, $18
Scents & Sensibility4 of 14
When buying luxury home fragrances, go for scents found in nature. Herbal, floral and woodsy aromatics have mass appeal.
SHOP NOW: Diptyque Baies Candle, $60
Leap For Luxe5 of 14
It's important to be generous when it comes to special occasions. My two favorite housewarming and engagement gifts are the nicest, fluffiest towels I can afford or a gorgeous pair of drinking glasses.
SHOP NOW: Matteo Riviera Bath Towels, $75
Size Doesn't Matter6 of 14
Designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously said, "God is in the details." Beautiful handmade items can be small and thoughtful. These leather arrow key chains come in a rainbow of colors and shoot straight to the heart by giving 50 percent of profits to Japan Relief.
SHOP NOW: Me & Arrow Key Chain, from $16
Outside The Box7 of 14
It's economical and OK to break up boxed sets. Created by two amazing women, 21 Drops aromatherapy oil roll-ons are clever because you can transform a giftee's flu or insomnia symptoms into calm inspiration.
SHOP NOW: 21 Drops 21st-Century Survival Trio, $75
Explore The Wild8 of 14
Animal motifs appeal to families, adults and children alike. I always find it amusing when a gift I had originally intended for a child ends up being used by the parents. Great design is ageless.
Skip The Wrapping9 of 14
When possible, stock up on packaging that multitasks: vintage scarves, household items like butcher's and parchment paper, colored masking tape or beautiful boxes such as these.
SHOP NOW: CB2 Birch Storage Boxes, $30 for 4
Cheap & Chic10 of 14
The under-$10 category should pack a style punch. Refrain from gag gifts and opt for colorful, useful items that look high-end.
SHOP NOW: Z Gallerie Pill Carafe, $8
Forget About Greeting Cards11 of 14
Pretty stationary and note cards make not only great gifts, but also the perfect canvas for your own expression.
SHOP NOW: Schoolhouse Electric Letterpress Stationary by Egg Press, $18
Think Ahead12 of 14
Tried and true but far from tired, wine and flowers are appropriate for many occasions. Keep an eclectic trove of high-quality vases and vessels on hand.
Food For Thought13 of 14
Nonperishable edibles are the perfect gift for a hostess or foodie in your life. Artisanal salts, oils, jams and tea in lovely tins keep well, and are just a sampling of what's available at specialty stores and online. Mind the expiration dates!
SHOP NOW: St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Florence Vinaigrette Set, $69
Look For Books14 of 14
Coffee table books about fine art, fashion, travel and photography never fail as presents. The bookstore sale section is a treasure chest. Enjoy the hunt!