5 Ways To Hide Holiday Gifts
As much as we'd like to believe the holidays are about family and togetherness, to kids it's not: it's about the presents. From the moment the last bell rings to let them out for winter break, they're thinking about what presents they're going to tear through...and they don't want to wait until Christmas morning. For impatient children, you have to be clever about your hiding spots because they will look everywhere. Here are 5 way to hide holiday gifts to throw off your kids.
Duties In Disguise
The laundry room might not be the last place they look, but it might be the second to the last place. Try behind the detergent high on the shelf, or in the hamper under the clothes. If the laundry room is too accessible, try hiding the gifts in the broom closet, behind cleaning supplies or mop and broom. Unless your children enjoy doing chores, the gifts will be a surprise on Christmas morning.
Take Home To Work With You
While you're at work during their winter break, kids will be snooping for their gifts, but the one place they probably won't look is where you are. Take the gifts to work and store them there until it's time to wrap them. It's a guaranteed way to keep your gifts a secret for the big day.
If you're friendly with your neighbors, ask them if they have an extra room or a spot where you can stash the holiday toys for a few weeks until you're ready to wrap gifts. Unless they also have curious kids, the gifts will remain a secret in a secret spot until Santa makes his delivery.
Gift To The Unknown
If you get your shopping done early, wrap the gifts and put them under the tree with no tags. Use different colored bows for each child, but don't tell them which color belongs to what child. They could try to unwrap the gifts and re-wrap them, but it would be hard to be sneaky if they have to unwrap all the gifts to find their own.
If you have to get really clever, wrap boxes with something weighty inside and put them under the tree to make them believe their presents are ready to be opened. With or without tags, this method will at least slow down the search for presents. If you slip something in the boxes, an old book, pieces of a bathroom collection or a coffee mug, it might create confusion or disappointment, which would make the surprise of opening real presents on Christmas morning all the more exciting.
Kids are curious and they are persistent. Making Christmas morning surprising and exciting is challenging. You have to stay two steps ahead of your kids to the holiday as special as you planned.