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Where to hide Christmas Presents? There is an art to hiding presents. Christmas presents are no fun if you see them in advance, but how do you keep prying eyes at bay?
We lived in a house that was under 1200 square feet when we lived in California. I had three kids, and little kids toys are SO big. Their packaging is REDICULOUS (although, I LOVE Amazon’s frustration-free packaging). I-yi-yi… Here’s my 5 tips for hiding presents when you think you have NO space:
1. Luggage. This is my favorite. There’s all that empty space in there…. and your kids are NOT going to go pawing through your luggage (and if they do — I think you’re safe to return it and show them a lesson).
2. The attic. I’ve never done it — but it is possible. I have a thing against fiber glass, and we’ve never lived in a house with available attic space. I probably tell my husband to put something else up there, so my presents are more accessible.
3. Under the beds, usually in the middle. We always have our bed up on risers, and i’m not great about making sure that space is SUPER well utilized… I can squeeze a couple of things under there.
4. Your neighbor’s house. We currently have a very special present for a very special girl in our neighbor’s garage. She’s going to be thrilled, and I don’t have to worry about it. I’ve hid presents for other kids in my garage. It’s easy to tell your kids it’s not for them.
5. Your own garage. I’ve had presents that WERE for my kids in boxes in the garage – and just told them they were for other kids.
6. Under the tree — I often wrap the largest things and get them under the tree, so I can fill in the space THAT was taking up with other things.
7. (and this one’s pretty obvious) — buy less. We’re trying to buy more experiences and less things anymore. Experiences are awfully small, very easy to hide. 🙂
and most obviously — on Santa’s Sleigh. 🙂
** bonus tip: Be sure to make a list as to where the presents are in a safe place (or do it in code) so you can find them in the rush of Christmas. 🙂 I have mine in a memo on my phone which is password protected. Shhh…. don’t tell. 🙂 I also have a Christmas Organization Printable.
BUT, my mom always said that if I was poking around and found stuff, it would head RIGHT back to the store it came from and I’d be missing that present under the tree. That always kept me from snooping (which was possibly problematic when I had my own kids because I really hard to figure this out the hard way).
Where do you hide presents?
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We like gifting experiences too (groupon & living social are great for that), especially as the kids grow up and they’re not at home to play with STUFF as much and their main interest becomes electronics and hanging with friends anyway.
Experiences are the best. 🙂
I stashed presents in the laundry room today… my tots cant get in there on their own so the laundry room might as well be a present vault 😉 Yesterday I hid other presents in the playroom closet, it was risky but it paid off bc I had the perfect place to wrap them once they went to bed. I think presents are way easier to hide if you just have toddlers, I’m sure ill be hiding them at my in-laws’ in years to come.
Haha, when they are little is a LOT easier. 🙂
Amber Simmons says
I leave ours in their Amazon boxes and then just put them in the storage of the basement with the other boxes of stored stuff. Haha. I will probably start stashing them all in the Christmas bins when I get the Christmas decorations out.
Hilary Erickson says
ahhh, good idea about the bins!
Ananya Chatterjee says
For small gifts like toys cars, watches, electronics, I prefer to wrap them in an old bag or rug and put them at the back of any rack in the fridge or pantry. Obviously, take into account the temperature guidelines of the product. Children are less likely to probe through anything looking to be old. New things interest them more than old ones.
Hilary Erickson says
Ahh…. good idea! They go right by it, since it looks old!