Secret Santa is a time-honored tradition at many offices and for good reason. Using this system lets your whole office participate in holiday gift giving without breaking the bank or offending anyone. Being a good secret Santa takes some practice and finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy. Staying within the allotted budget can sometimes be challenging so it’s important that you start thinking about the gift as soon as you receive the person’s name. Think about the person you’re buying for and consider their personality as well as some of their hobbies and interests. This will make shopping a lot easier.
You’ll want to find out the allotted budget for the gift and try to stay within a few dollars of it. Most times the budget is $15 or $20. For wine lovers, consider an opener and wine set in a fun wine-shaped box. Those who commute to work in their car will enjoy some type of car organizer such as a cell cup that holds a cell phone and fits snugly in the cup holder. Another nice gift for men or women is an aluminum wallet. It holds credit cards while keeping them safe from potential identity theft and is available in a variety of colors.
Many people are into their sports teams so you can’t go wrong with a sports-related item. A sounds of nature unit is a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Some fun gifts are those that are advertised on TV. Choose from a variety of “as seen on TV” products which are items that someone usually won’t buy for themselves. Try to match the product with the person’s personality and avoid any items that could be in poor taste. Always give the type of gift that you would like to receive and you’ll do well.
With the holidays just around the corner it’s likely that you’ll have some guests staying with you from out of town. To make the visit as comfortable as possible take some time to get organized for the holidays. If you have a spare bedroom, spend some time cleaning it and removing any items that may have drifted into the room. Think of your home as a personal hotel for your guests. Clean and organize a bathroom that can be designated specifically for use by your guests while they are staying with you. If you need to, update the shower curtain, rugs, and towels. Empty the counter to allow space for your guests to put their own toiletries.
Find a set of water hyacinth baskets to place fresh towels and supplies in the guest bathroom. If there is room, provide a rolling mesh storage cart which can be kept in the bathroom or in the hallway to hold extra guest towels. Place a bathtub caddy in the tub to make showering and bathing more luxurious and enjoyable. Get some small sized shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, and shower gel to place in a basket for your guests to use. This will help make them feel special.
The closets in your guest bedroom are likely filled to the brim. Don’t worry – simply add a small portable wardrobe closet or garment rack that will give guests plenty of space to unpack and hang their clothes and shoes during their stay. Launder the bedding including the comforter and purchase a couple of new fluffy pillows. Empty the bedside table and provide a small alarm clock for your guest to use if they like. Include a small laptop tray or table so your guests can use their computer during their stay. These touches will help to make their visit pleasant.
Reposted from Darla DeMorrow’s Heart Work Organzing blog.
I’m always on the lookout for great storage options for you, and this newest one is cute with a Capital C. Even better, you could win a set of your very own. Keep reading to enter the giveaway.
These little JaBox sets are very similar to fabric bins that many moms use, but there’s something new here. They are just a bit more sturdy than your average bin, and they come with a fitted top, which makes them even more sturdy!
The Jabox bins come in several cute patterns (just search on JaBox once you are at their site). They also come in singles, 3-bin sets, and 5-bin sets. I chose this adorable pink stripe for my daughter’s room. If your daughter is like mine, she probably has the same kinds of stuffed animals, books, and teeny little toys that mine has, which don’t look tidy just sitting on the floor or dresser top.
I really like the size of these bins. They were perfectly sized to hold everything. The largest one in this set of three holds 20 stuffed animals, with no shoving or mashing. The middle one holds most sizes of books. And the smaller one is the perfect size for the Littlest Pet Shop and Barbie toys. Even better, it’s just the right size that my little one can dump it out and still not be overwhelmed when it comes time to clean up.
Because it is a bit more sturdy than some bins you’ve seen, it can be used as a seat or even a bedside table. The larger one is the right size for a seat for a grown up.
They come flat packed, and just unfold for setup. (Look ma, no tools!) I love the idea that the box could even be part of the gift for Christmas or birthday. How popular would you be in your family if you not only gave toys but the storage bin to keep them in???
If you are looking for more storage ideas, see what I turned up when researching storage for boys a while back.
Ready to win your own set of JaBox storage bins to organize your toys? Just enter here.
Disclaimer: I write for ShopGetOrganized.com, so they were kind enough to send me a set of these bins for review and provide another set for the giveaway. But I truly wanted to share them with you, because they really do stand out in the world of affordable organization products.