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Hiding Christmas presents from your kids is just as important as finding great deals during the holiday season. Depending on the ages/personalities of your kids you may find that you have to think of some really clever ideas so they don’t stumble upon them before the big day. Although, let’s be honest, some kids are full on HUNTING for them, and will not stop until they find them. In fact, it was my brother’s who boosted me to our parents attic nook that made is so that I discovered there was no Santa because I discovered a doll that came from Santa that year. Such is the life of the youngest child! 🙂 We KNEW that is where our parents hid the gifts and it was pretty easy pickins’ if you could get high enough to take a peek.
Mix it up. This easily transitions me to my first tip to don’t get too stuck in your ways of where to hide the goods. Try to choose new places each year if your kids are older and you think they may be on to you. If you hid the gifts under the bed the year before, try hiding them in the attic the next.
Try the underwear drawer. No kid is going to want to go poking around in Daddy’s underwear drawer or Mommy’s for that matter! 😉 This is the perfect place for small video games, stocking stuffers, treats, or toys. I have, however, forgot about things I have hidden in this spot and found months later so be careful to remember what you have where!
Hide them in their rooms. This is probably the easiest, most overlooked option. You could use basic boxes or totes to label “books” “clothes” or nothing at all. It will be right under their noses and they wont even think to look there. Another successful place could be under their own bed, depending on the style and how much space you have to work with.
Under the laundry bin. I don’t know about your kids, but mine rarely go into the laundry room. You could hide them in cupboards with the cleaning products, under the bins of laundry, or even hiding right alongside ironing that is waiting to be done.
Just another box in the garage. This is actually the idea that I am using right now. I am constantly getting packages from various places and will have stacks of boxes that need to be broken down and recycled. This year I decided to take my preparation a step further and even hide the gifts wrapped and ready. When a package comes in the mail I wrap it right away and then store the smaller wrapped boxes in a larger, unmarked cardboard box that I store in the garage. My kids are so used to seeing them around that they think nothing of it.
I love doing my shopping online as I have a very hard time getting to the store. This year I ordered gifts from Toys“R“Us and was thrilled with their pick up options. One of my “must buys” this year was the Imaginext Pirate Ship. I was able to get it for only $29.99 (which was $20 off and do store pick up!) Keeping an eye on the sales, shopping early online, and wrapping as I go has saved some MAJOR stress this year. Another bonus was that when I picked up the box it was already in a non-descript brown box and VERY easy to hide and easy to wrap. When you go to Toys”R”Us go to the Merchandise Pick up Check-in for fast and convenient service. It will alert the staff in the pick up area that you are ready to rock and roll and you’ll be out of there in no time. Mislabeled storage bins. Your kids will never suspect storage totes labeled “Halloween Decor” or “College Text Books.” This can be kept in their regular spaces like storage areas, garages, attics, or storage units.
In the attic. Attics in general can seem like a very scary place to be sneaking around which makes it the perfect hiding place for your gifts. Stacking old things around or on top of your gifts is also a good tactic as long as they are protected and don’t get smashed.
In your office. If you have an office away from home this can be a fabulous hiding spot for obvious reasons. This is one my husband always uses to keep things a surprise for me. He isn’t very good at hiding things (in the house) in general but he is VERY good at surprising me and keeping a secret. This is why the office works so well because he knows I wont stumble onto it by accident.
The trunk of your car (or with the spare wheel) If you have a trunk that closes and conceals this is a great option. If you have older kids and need to take it a step further, try hiding the gifts in the spare tire space of your car. It is often forgotten and there is quite a bit of space in there.
Suitcases. Suitcases are a great option for hiding gifts because they are so rarely used. You may even have suitcases that come with a lock for an added layer of protection if you think you may have someone with prying eyes. I have heard of people’s suitcases being cut into, and if you think that could be an issue in your home you are best keeping the gifts out of your home altogether!
Neighbor’s Garage. Or a friends, or a family members. This is especially useful if you are gifting larger items like bicycles, cars, or other recreational items.
Mislabel the gifts. I just learned about this idea last night! My neighbor picks code names for her kids each year and labels their gifts accordingly. For example this year she is using “elf names” to label her wrapped gifts under the tree like “Pixie, Ronnie, Victor, & Buddy” other years she has used themes like reindeer, flowers, tv characters and so on. She is the only one in the family who knows who’s code name is who’s and that way she is avoiding the arguments that we all hear…”Why does Sarah have 3 presents and I only have 1?”