Ideas To Store & Organize Gift Bags

Below I've gathered ideas for how to store and organize gift bags in your home.


If you're like me you get a lot of presents presented in gift bags, and I at least hate to get rid of them once I receive them.

Have you seen the prices of some of those bags? Outrageous.

I would much rather wait until a good occasion comes around where I need to give a gift and reuse a bag I've been saving then buy a new one then.

But, that can quickly lead to a lot of bags waiting to be used.

Honestly, you may want to seriously consider decluttering some of them. You can only use so many, after all.

But if you have room and a good organizational method saving some for future use is a good money saving idea, which also is better for the environment because you're reusing them.

The ideas that follow can be used to organize Christmas gift bags, or really for any holiday or special occasion.

Store Your Gift Bags In A Large Bag

One idea is to carefully fold all your bags so they lay flat and then use the largest bag you have and place the others inside, grouped according to size.

Then, it's like a "filing system" to go through when you need one.

If you don't want all the bags on the floor you could then hang the big bag, like a reader suggested. She said: "I fold all of my bags flat and them put them in my largest bag. Then I put the handles of the large bag over a clothes hanger and hang it in my craft closet. It works perfectly for me, they aren't on the floor and they are easy to remove from the hanger to go through when I need one."

Filing Bags In Large Plastic Container

Working on the theme of "filing" your bags when they lay flat a reader, Margie, suggested the following: "I store them in a large plastic container. I made dividers for birthday/wedding/baby etc."

I think this can be great if you've got lots of different categories of bags to find the one most appropriate for the situation as quickly as possible.

(You can also see a similar idea below where a reader with a smaller collection used an expandable file folder for a similar organizational method.)

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Categorize & File Gift Bags Using An Expandable File Folder

by Shannon

Shannon says:

I use an expandable file for my gift bags (sorted by type) and my tissue paper (sorted by color).

Taylor says:

This is a great idea Shannon. Of course this will only work if you've got a small number of bags, but it is a great alternative if you've just got a few.

Plus I like that you're able to hold your tissue paper in the same place, it makes it handy.

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Use A Hanging Gift Bag Organizer

Either of the methods listed above requires either shelf space, or other storage space for a container.

hanging gift bag organizer
That may be hard to come by in your home. So another idea is to use a hanging gift bag organizer. Here's a review on this site of this product which you could hang on the back of a door or even inside a closet.

The picture above is used to illustrate how many bags the organizer holds, but obviously you wouldn't hang it in the middle of the doorway.

Instead, you'd hang it in a closet which could get it out of the way, but still handy for when you need to give a present and want to grab a bag.



One reader, Serena, used this solution, and provided the picture below. She explained: "I don't have a huge family to shop for, and we're all big on reducing our footprint (and cost) so I'll save some bags and put them in a bag hanger. Keeps them clean and sorted. And made wrapping a breeze. My old system of smaller bags in a bigger bag always ended up with all bags destroyed."

gift bag organizer


Top photo courtesy of Hasel via Amazon.com

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Gift Bag Organization Using Over The Door Purse Rack

by Alicia

Alicia says:

I categorize my bags and store them in plastic bags such as the ones sheets come in, then hang them on the back of my closet door with this thing I got from Wal-Mart used for hanging purses.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing this idea Alicia. Looks great!

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Hang Them On Coat Hangers In Closet Organized By Category Or Event

Casey provided this photo, explaining, "I hang mine on coat hangers in the guest room closet organized by event, Christmas, birthdays, babies, and solid colors.

I have a LOT and we go to a lot of birthday parties."

In addition, another reader, Anisa, also suggested this method. She explained: "I used to do the bags in one big bag method, and it was always a mission to find the occasion I was looking for.

So I switched to hanging them by occasion (birthday, baby shower, congrats, etc.) on clothes hangers and hanging them in the kids playroom closet. Works much better----easily visible and accessible!"

Needless to say that a lot of gift bags on one hanger can get heavy, so be sure to use sturdy hangers or they'll bend or break with this method.

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Hold Your Gift Bags In Baskets On Shelves

This photo was submitted by a reader, April, who explained, "I got the shelving along the side of the road and spray painted it to clean it up!"

You can add the bags to the baskets, organized by color or size and folded up, so they're easy to grab but still look pretty on the shelves.

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DIY Gift Bag Storage Idea

by Melinda

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Melinda shared a picture of the way that she stores her gift bags.

She said: "Not the best pic, but I took an old bulletin board and added chicken wire in the front...now I just slide my bags in and can hang gift tags, etc. on the outside from the chicken wire!"

This is a great idea if you've got just a few bags, and they are all cute. It can really brighten up a room.

***Update: A reader asked how she was storing the curling ribbon in this picture, and she answered. This is what she said:
Thank you for show casing my wrapping / craft area! The curling ribbon is on a stand made for curling ribbon....I used to have a balloon shop and it is a left over....you could use a pegboard with longer pegs for your curling ribbon though!!

Are You Ready To Get Organized Now?

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I hope these ideas have inspired you to get your home more organized. If so, I encourage you to join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, since this is one of the challenges we tackle during the year.

You can check out more ideas for storing and organizing gift wrap in the Organize Wrapping Paper Challenge here on the site.

Further, if you've got ideas of your own, or better yet, pictures you'd like to share of how you organize these bags I'd love to see them. You can submit your idea here and I'll add it to the page.

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Comments for DIY Gift Bag Storage Idea

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Curling Ribbon Stand
by: Jenifer

It almost looks like some coffee mug free-standing holders. I wonder if those would work too?!

I use a hanging shelf organizer inside my closet
by: Anonymous

I put up a hanging shelf organizer on the side of the closet wall. I keep tissue in a basket on one shelf, bags on another or two, ribbon etc. Always quick to find the right bag and tissue. Hint.... Make sure the bottom shelf touches the floor for support.

Ideas of ways to use them around your home
by: Clair

When I had my baby shower before my daughter was born I received some gifts in beautiful, quality gift bags. I set them up around her room as storage. One large one contained disposable diapers, a medium sized one held receiving blankets, etc. Pretty and very handy. Now I sometimes use gift bags as trash bags for the car. Just pop in a plastic shopping bag and voila!.

Fabric Gift Bags
by: Lee

A number of years ago I decided to make a bunch of different sized fabric gift bags which could be reused for years. I attached a ribbon below the top of the bag to wrap around it to fasten it or put a ribbon pull in the turned down top of the bag. No more mess when presents are opened and they can easily be folded and stacked. I have a few for birthdays and other occasions.

Shower curtain storage
by: Linda

I hang my bags by size and holiday from a shower curtain hanger that's hung around the closet rod. I can see them all at once and it's just a click away to get one.

storage tote in attic
by: Velita Wilson

I store my Christmas wrapping in a rubber tote in the attic. I've many to store since I shop the after Christmas sales so I'm ready for next year. The remainder are sacks in a basket in my home office.

I love your posts.

declutter gift bags during garage sale
by: Anonymous

Last year my daughter and I had so many gift bags. We had a garage sale and used the gift bags for the items. People liked the idea of getting their "finds" in a nice gift bag.

I use a 6 drawer cart
by: Anonymous

I have a 6 drawer cart for my different sized bags, wrapping paper, and tags. I have one for Christmas and one for other occasions. Easy peasy, just pick a drawer, and when things are on sale after holidays, I can store the ones bought on sale in the same holder.

group by occasion
by: Anonymous

I do something similar - I group them by occasion, and then put them all into the largest one by occasion. I stand the biggest ones "the group leaders" upright by height so I can see which occasion I want, pull it out like a book off the library shelf, grab a bag from within, and then refile it (book back on the shelf-style). Very visual and easy.

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