We live in a super small house and it seems that every Christmas I struggle to keep the boys’ presents a surprise!
So I asked a bunch of Happy Home Fairy followers to give me their best Christmas present hiding spots. Here are 12 amazing ideas that I am excited to try this year!
Ask your neighbor if they wouldn’t mind housing your kids’ presents at their place until Christmas. Or make a deal with a friend – you take her kids’ gifts and she takes yours. Also, if you have family in town, see if they will share a space in their garage with you!
Keep all presents wrapped or double-bagged in the trunk of the car. If discovered, tell your kids that those items are donations.
If you are the only person in the house who works with the laundry, the dryer is a safe place to temporarily stash a few items.
Many people said that they use the Christmas storage bins to hide presents since those bins are emptied for the season.
Pick up a bunch of the large red Target bags or use regular large garbage bags and tie everything up carefully. Leave in the garage in a tucked away spot. Make sure to tell your hubby so that he doesn’t accidentally throw them away as trash!
Stash all presents in your luggage set. Bonus points if your luggage has locks!
A reader suggested replacing your bedroom doorknob with one that locks on the outside with a key so that you can leave the room and know the gifts will be safe. This sounds like an idea to be used only in extremely nosy children situations.
If you have an agreeable boss, see if he/she will let you store some gifts at the office.
Many readers said that they wrap their gifts right away and put them under the tree with secret labels. For example, every gift is numbered and only you know who gets which number. Or you could give your kids reindeer names and label the presents accordingly. Just make sure to make a note of which reindeer name goes with which kid! This could also be fun with names of characters from the Christmas story in the Bible (Joseph, Mary, Wise Man #1, #2, #3, Shepherd, Donkey, etc.).
NOTE >> An idea to make sure the presents remain intact, tell your kids that any gift with evidence of tampering will be taken away. You shouldn’t have any problems!
Another suggestion was to hide presents at the bottom of a hamper. Pile lots of clothes on top.
Tuck gifts on the top shelves of your closets or in the cleaning supply cabinet (where SURELY no one will look except you). 😉
A few people said that they like to hide presents in their child’s own bedroom because your kids would never think to check there in the first place! It’s too obvious!
How do YOU hide presents? I would LOVE to know!