My great-nephews first birthday is today. His Gift:
- A really cute dress up outfit including corduroy pants, a long sleeve dress shirt and a mickey mouse vest, size 18 months. - $3 (90% off regular price)
- 2 super hero board books from Ollies using a 15% off coupon - $3
Problem with this gift? Well, today I just found out my great-nephew is already wearing 18 months. So will the outfit still fit him in a few months when it starts to get cooler out and he could actually wear the outfit? Since we only spent $6 on this gift, I told Mr. R to go ahead and stop on the way to the party and pick out something else to go with the gift as long as it's $10 or less.
Then when I was pulling out the gifts for today I found a bag of gifts that I forgot to hand out:
- A bag of black jelly beans (my mom's favorite kind) I bought on clearance for $.50 to add to my mom's Mother's Day Gift
- A container that looked like a beer keg of sweet and salty peanuts that I purchased for Mr. R's Father's Day Gift - $3.88
- A necklace that Mr. R bought for our niece for her birthday - $2
None of these gifts were expensive but still we forgot to use them so we might as well have saved the money. I ended up giving Mr. R the peanuts and told him to hand out the rest of the gifts today when he saw everyone.
I probably won't stop pre-buying gifts. I can't pass up good deals even when they turn out not to be such good deals when I forget to use them. I just need to be a bit more organized.
My solution: Start a gift spread sheet to keep track of everything I've purchased. That way I at least can do a quick check before an event to see if I've already got the gifts purchased or if I need to pick something up. I'll keep this on my phone so that it will be with me at all times when I'm out shopping.