Your son comes home from school on Thursday and announces he’s been invited to a birthday party. And it’s tomorrow. Been there! And I have your solution in just two words: gift stockpile.

It’s pretty simple. Learn the best time of year to buy everything, and when you find a deal on a giftable item — anything from a blender to a Nerf gun — buy it when the price is low, and save it for later. In the long run, it’ll save you time and money. Here’s how I do it:

I load up on bins when they’re on sale and make a bin for each of these categories:

Next, I fill up my bins!

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Note: Prices and item availability may vary per location and region.

These current deals will save you $588.65 (an average 75% off) over their regular prices! Definitely worth adding to your gift stockpile. However, you better grab ’em while you can because they won’t be around long.

Sunham Bath Towels
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
$16.13$54.00(70% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+
Pickup: Free

Sanders Sheet Set
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
$8.93$30.00(70% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+ for Star Rewards Members
Pickup: Free
Exp 03/07/24

Baby Shark Plushies
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
$7.96$19.99(60% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+ for Star Rewards Members
Pickup: Free
Exp 03/07/24

Nautica Hoodie
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
$8.96$45.00(80% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+ for Star Rewards Members
Pickup: Free
Exp 03/07/24

Wow Sports Splash Pad
ONLINE Deal
$19.91$59.98(67% off)
Shipping: Free for Plus members

Reebok Tank Top
ONLINE or In-Store Deal
$7.43$25.00(70% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+ for Star Rewards Members
Pickup: Free
Exp 03/07/24

Bubble Gun Machine
ONLINE Deal
$7.99$15.99(50% off)
Mobile coupons needed
10% off - Bubble Gun Machine With LED Light, Amazon Coupon, Limit 1

Kate Spade Tote Set
ONLINE Deal
$99.00$499.00(80% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $50+

Note: The following deals are not current, they are for example only.

1. How to Build a Gift Stockpile for Baby Showers

Diapers and baby wipes

Diapers and wipes are like liquid gold to a new mom. Raid your couponing stockpile and give some of those diapers and wipes you get at rock-bottom prices as a shower gift. If you don’t have a stash of diapers already, let’s get you started. Once a month, you can get Huggies for under $4 per pack and Pampers for under $5 per pack at drugstores like Walgreens and CVS. If you have a pregnant friend, follow KCL to find coupons for Huggies, Pampers coupons, and other diaper deals! Check out these past deals:

2 Huggies Diapers
In-Store Deal
2 Huggies Diapers
$5.00$29.58(83% off)
What to buy
2 Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers, 36+ ct, $10.50 $14.79
Mobile coupons needed
$4.00/ $12.00 - Baby Care Products, CVS Store Coupon
Newspaper coupons needed
$2.00/1 - Huggies Diapers from SS June 4
Price Summary
Pay $15.00, submit for $10 in Ibotta credits
$2.50 each

4 Pampers Products
In-Store Deal
4 Pampers Products
$12.00$59.96(80% off)
What to buy
2 Pampers Easy Ups, 22 ct, $10.50 $14.99
2 Pampers Swaddlers Diapers, 22 ct, $10.50 $14.99
Must buy 2+
Buy 2, receive $4 Register Reward
Mobile coupons needed
$20 Walgreens Cash When You Spend $40, Walgreens App Coupon (Select Accounts)
$3.00/2 - Pampers Easy Ups Training Underwear, Walgreens App Coupon (exp July 30)
$3.00/2 - Pampers Swaddlers, Pure or Baby Dry Diapers Bags, Walgreens App Coupon (exp July 30)
Price Summary
Pay $36.00, receive $4 Register Reward and $20 Walgreens Cash
$3 each

Baby sleepers

Stock up on sleepers like Gerber and Carter’s when they are under $8 either on clearance at Sam’s Club. They recently had Gerber Baby Sleep ‘N Play, for $5 (reg $11) and Carter’s Fleece Sleeper 2-Pack, for $2.81 (reg $14.98). I also found Clearance Doorbuster Deals and Deals of the Week (up to 60% off) on Gerber’s sleepers at GerberChildrensWear.com:

In-Store Deal
Gerber's 3-Pack Cuddly Sheep Organic Sleep 'N Plays
$12.00$30.00(60% off)
Pickup: Free
Price Summary
$4 per sleeper

In-Store Deal
3-Pack Baby Rainbow Sleep 'N Plays
$15.00$27.00(44% off)
Pickup: Free
Price Summary
$5 per sleeper

2. How to Build a Gift Stockpile for Bridal Showers and Weddings

Small appliances

Kohl’s + Kohl’s cash + coupon code stacking equals huge savings. Watch for deals at Kohl’s on small appliances or bed and bath items. Black & Decker appliances have been as cheap as $14 (for a $40 appliance). Toasters or coffee pots often go on sale for only $4.99. Many stores including Macy’s, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Walmart have doorbuster deals on small appliances on Black Friday, making it a great time to stock up on wedding gifts for under $20 — sometimes as low as $5 each. And thanks to mail-in rebates, there’s also a sprinkling of hot appliance deals all year round. Here’s a look at a few past Black Friday deals:

Toastmaster Small Appliance
In-Store Deal
Toastmaster Small Appliance
$3.29$24.99(87% off)
What to buy
1 Toastmaster Small Appliance, $19.99 $24.99
Buy 1 through Nov. 25, submit for $12 rebate
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+
Pickup: Free
Price Summary
Pay $15.29, submit for $12 rebate

4 Mini Appliances
In-Store Deal
4 Mini Appliances
As low as$25.87$79.96(68% off)
What to buy
4 Dash Mini Appliance, $12.99 $19.99
Pickup: Free
Price Summary
as low as $6.46 each

Bed and Bath

The Big One bath towels get as low as $3 each at Kohl’s, so when they hit that price, stock up! (Check out more Kohl’s shopping hacks.)

12-Piece Towel Set
In-Store Deal
12-Piece Towel Set
$19.54$69.99(72% off)
What to buy
1 The Big One 12-Piece Towel Set, $22.99 $69.99
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+
Pickup: Free
Price Summary
$1.63 per towel

Bath Towel or Microfiber Pillow
In-Store Deal
Bath Towel or Microfiber Pillow
$3.19$6.99(54% off)
What to buy
1 The Big One Bath Towel or Microfiber Pillow, $3.99 $6.99
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+
Pickup: Free

Sheet Set
In-Store Deal
Sheet Set
As low as$17.84$59.99(70% off)
What to buy
1 Cuddl Duds Flannel or Microfiber Sheet Set, $20.99+ $59.99+
Shipping: Free on orders of $25+
Pickup: Free

Lingerie & Pajamas

Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual sales: Shop the VS semi-annual sale in January and June where you’ll find panties for as low as $3.99. Lingerie is up to 50% off, and good quality pajamas are $24.99 or less. I have various sizes and styles in my stockpile. Here are a few items I picked up at the most recent Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale:

In-Store Deal
Victoria's Secret Panty
As low as$3.99$10.50(62% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $100+
Pickup: Free

In-Store Deal
Victoria's Secret Pajama Set
As low as$16.99$44.95(62% off)
Shipping: Free on orders of $100+
Pickup: Free

3. How to Build a Gift Stockpile for Kids’ Birthdays

Toys

Amazon Lightning Deals is a great place to watch for great deals on toys. Act fast though because Lighting Deals go fast! Make sure to add the item to your cart, sign in to your account, and enter payment info before the deal goes live. That way, all you have to do is check out, and you’re not at risk of losing the toy before it sells out — sometimes in less than 90 seconds!

TIP: Join Amazon Prime (free 30 day trial here) and you’ll get to shop most Lightning Deals 30 minutes before deals go live for everyone else.

Target’s Semi-Annual Toy Clearance Sale usually starts in the second or third week in January and runs again in July. The sale starts off at 30% off, then goes to 50% off, and quickly to 70% off. Items go so fast! If there’s something you really want, it’s best to get it at the 50% markdown. The good stuff is gone once it hits 70%. During the rest of the year, shop Target when they mark down their toy section. I’ve found days vary between stores, some on Tuesdays, others on Thursdays. I suggest you befriend a Target team member at your local store and get the skinny on their specific markdown days.

Here’s a look at some recent toy deals:

Power Rangers Action Figure
In-Store Deal
Power Rangers Action Figure
As low as$7.54$26.49(72% off)
What to buy
1 Power Rangers Lightning Collection Mighty Morphin Ninja Action Figure, $7.94 $26.49
Mobile coupons needed
5% off - Target RedCard Savings

Funko Pop Collectors Box
In-Store Deal
Funko Pop Collectors Box
As low as$8.54$29.99(72% off)
What to buy
1 Funko Pop Collectors Box: Guardians of the Galaxy Drax & Tee, $8.99 $29.99
Mobile coupons needed
5% off - Target RedCard Savings

Gabby's Dollhouse Treehouse Playset
In-Store Deal
Gabby's Dollhouse Treehouse Playset
As low as$14.24$29.99(53% off)
What to buy
1 Gabby's Dollhouse Transforming Garden Treehouse Playset, $14.99 $29.99
Mobile coupons needed
5% off - Target RedCard Savings

Paw Patrol Vehicles
In-Store Deal
Paw Patrol Vehicles
As low as$2.37$4.99(53% off)
What to buy
1 Paw Patrol Dino Rescue True Metal Vehicles, $2.49 $4.99
Mobile coupons needed
5% off - Target RedCard Savings

TIP: Stock up on arts and crafts items like crayons, construction paper, scissors, markers, etc., during Back-to-School sales and clearance sales after school begins.

4. How to Build a Gift Stockpile for Teen Birthdays and Graduations

Discounted gift cards

During Prime Day you can save up to 20% on gift cards. If you’re a Costco and Sam’s Club member grab gift cards 20 – 25% off. You can also get a 5 – 10% (average) discount on gift cards at Raise.com for stores you already frequent. You can choose gift cards from Best Buy, Sephora, Starbucks, TJ Maxx, and a lot more. Check out these recent deals:

In-Store Deal
Sam's Club: Domino's $25 Gift Card 4-Pack
$75.00$100.00(25% off)
Price Summary
Compare to Amazon price of $100.00

$10 Roblox Gift Card
In-Store Deal
$10 Roblox Gift Card
As low as$7.60$10.00(24% off)
What to buy
1 Roblox Digital Gift Card, $8.00 $10.00
Mobile coupons needed
5% Off - Target RedCard Savings
Shipping: Digital delivery

In-Store Deal
Gap Gift Card
$40.00$50.00(20% off)

In-Store Deal
Chipotle Gift Card
$40.00$50.00(20% off)
Price Summary
Pay $50.00, receive $10 Amazon credit

Cosmetics

You can find high-value coupons for new products at Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid. Keep an eye out specifically for brands like Covergirl, Maybelline and Revlon and items like nail polish and mascara. Also watch for Target gift card deals like “Spend $50 in the Beauty Department and get a $10 Target gift card.” For the girl who likes brand-name makeup, you can find deals at Sephora, too! I like to stock up during their semi-annual sales in April and November. I also like to buy their value sets, which include a mix of items of the same brand. You may even get cosmetics for free or as moneymakers when you combine combine savings like a sale, coupons, rewards, and rebates.

I found some moneymakers when shopping cosmetics during the last few months.

3 Covergirl Makeup
In-Store Deal
3 Covergirl Makeup
-$3.03$14.97(120% off)
What to buy
3 Covergirl Eye Pencils, $4.99
Buy 3, receive $9 ExtraBucks