Christmastime is upon us! It’s time for singing carols, baking cookies, celebrating with loved ones, and of course, shopping for gifts. Whether you do all your shopping in July, you hit the big sales on Black Friday, or you leave it to the last minute, one thing we all have in common is wondering where to store all the all the gifts until the big day.
Where to Hide Christmas Presents
Below are some clever ideas for hiding Christmas presents to keep them safe from prying eyes.
1 Mis-label storage bins
The most likely places for hiding presents are in infrequently used rooms like the attic, basement, garage, or spare bedroom. But to make sure your gifts in these rooms are snoop proof, have them blend into the room by placing in a plastic storage bin and adding misleading label. A kid might take a peek in the attic, but is unlikely to open a box marked “Mom’s Summer Clothes.”
2-Take to the Office
If you have a secure place at work, take the gifts to the office! Or better yet, save a step and have them delivered there. This works best for small gifts that you can hide in a locking desk drawer or file cabinet.
3-Re-purpose the Tree Box
Do you use an artificial tree for Christmas? If so, this is a great place to store gifts, and it saves space. Tree boxes are usually large, can hold a lot of presents all in one space, and are an unlikely snooping spot for your curious kids.
4-Use Delivery Boxes for Double Duty
Online shopping is a great way to avoid the crowds at the stores and the boxes that come to your doorstep can serve as an additional hiding spot. Wrap your gifts when they arrive, then place them in the delivery box they came in. Make sure to tape them back up as an additional deterrent. Inquisitive kids may be wonder what’s in those boxes, but probably won’t go so far as to rip the tape off to see what’s inside.
5-Call Grandma and Grandpa
If your parents or in-laws haven’t decided to downsize and are local, they probably have lots of extra storage space for hiding gifts. If grandparents aren’t able to help, ask a neighbor. An entirely separate house is an ideal place for hiding larger items like bikes, dollhouses,and over-sized stuffed animals.
Don’t forget to make a list of where all the presents are hidden, especially if you will be using more than one of the options above.
Now that you’ve hidden all your presents cleverly, it’s time to sit back and anticipate the look of surprise on your child’s face Christmas morning.