Holiday Hustle: Ideas For Hiding Presents From Your Kids
The holidays are about spending time with family, bonding over big dinners and being grateful for one another. But to kids, the holidays mean one thing: presents! The countdown to the big day can be almost unbearable, and the urge to snoop is uncontrollable for some kids. As parents, we have to do our best to keep those presents a secret. Here are 5 ideas for hiding presents from your kids.
Love Thy Neighbor
A good neighbor has a good hiding place: his house! If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, this might be the best solution for big gifts. Set aside a time that you can sneak the presents into their basement or garage to stash them until it's time for the big reveal. No matter where you hide the gifts in your neighbor's home, it's a spot that's impossible for your kids to find.
In a kid's mind, winter break is the ideal time to snoop for gifts. While you're off at work, being sneaky isn't difficult. What's difficult is finding gifts that aren't there! Do all of your holiday shopping online and have the gifts sent to work. Keep the gifts there until it's time to wrap them, and your kids' gifts will be a surprise when the big day arrives.
Loads Of Fun
Unless your kids are the kind that love doing chores, the laundry room might be the place to stash your treasures. Save that empty detergent box to store the gifts. If you don't have any empty boxes, hiding it behind the detergent on a high shelf might shield the gifts from prying eyes. If the laundry room isn't an option, try the cabinets where you keep your cleaning supplies. There's no greater kid repellent than dishwashing liquid and spray cleaner.
While wrapping gifts as soon as you bring them home might slow your kids down, it's no guarantee they won't try to get into them before the big day! One way around this is to leave the gift tags blank. If there's a big pile of presents, your kids might not be as willing to try to un-wrap and re-wrap a gift if they don't know who it belongs to. But, of course, you have to remember which gifts go to each person -- use different colored bows to keep track of them until the big day.
For the really crafty kids, you have to get really crafty, too. This idea might be a lot of work, but it's worth it to surprise them when it's time to tear through presents! Wrap a bunch of empty boxes (or boxes with items that aren't meant to be gifts like garden decor or windshield scrapers), don't label them and mix them in with the real gifts (also unlabeled). If your kids get into those, they'll be confused at worst, but they'll still be surprised on the big day.