I'm excited about this list of 10 because I don't like to be caught unprepared. As I was thinking about this list, I realized I was thinking about three things: shopping during the year, having a designated spot to put 'just in case' gifts (and not buying more than what will fit there!), and taking advantage of sales.
I am NOT a big shopper. Generally, I don't buy it unless I know where it will go in my home or who I will give it to. I don't bargain or coupon. But every once in a while I find a sale or something that is lovely. I love going into artisan shops or to craft fairs. But I usually won't spend unless I know where it is going. With this list, I have margin to buy some of these lovely things because I know they fit in my 'have it on hand' list.
These things will fit those last minute 'oh I wish I had gotten so and so something' situations (notice how I didn't say 'should have gotten'). I give the Holy Spirit full permission to nudge me to give gifts in unexpected places. Not that God has to pay attention to my list but it will be a starting place. (Last year I felt as though I should give a mom friend a Valentine's gift. She said it had been over 6 years since she had been given a Valentine's treat.)
Here are The Top Ten Gifts to 'Have on Hand' - for Christmas or year round.
1. candlesI'm curious. What would be on your list of things to have on hand? What did I miss?
2. gift cards
5. craft or art show items
7. stationary or pens
8. cd's, music downloads