Once you’ve decided on a present and have gone on to buy it, the next big challenge is keeping the gift a secret from your family until Christmas day. Some gifts are too large to be hidden under beds or in closets and sock drawers and if you have a wife or husband, finding a hiding spot in your home can be a challenge especially if they are impatient and inquisitive enough to turn the house inside out.
We have put together a dozen tips to keep your Christmas gifts a secret from your loved ones.
- Hide big Christmas gifts in the shed
If you have a shed that you can lock then it would be perfect for large gifts. The only thing you will need to make sure of is that you are the only one with access to keys. You will need to consider weather conditions and how they will affect the stored item though.
- Nosy kids won’t get to the cleaning supply closet
Use the cleaning supply closet to your advantage. Children seldom expect to find anything but cleaning products, buckets and mops in the cleaning shed. It is also one area that is prone to clutter so you won’t find your little ones trying to navigate through all that clutter to get something they don’t even know it’s there.
- Hide them somewhere in the kitchen
Like Cleaning supply closets, some areas in the house are a hassle to go through especially the kitchen. If you are the only person who ever uses pots in the house to cook then, choose a pot that you seldom use. Other novel spaces in the kitchen include unused food processors, microwave oven etc. Better yet, if it’s small enough put it in cereal, pasta or rice box.
- Use a good old shoe box or a storage box to tuck Gifts
Shoeboxes make a great hiding place. As simple as that! Put your Christmas presents in empty shoeboxes to avoid suspicion.
Storage boxes are great for hiding things just be sure of how the box is labeled and how easily it can be tracked.
Not impressed? Umm, how about a Sock Drawer?
Choose the least favorite part in your closet like the underwear drawer or your sock drawer. Socks make great hiding places for small gifts.
- Stow gifts in creepy places
Most people, especially children are afraid of dark creepy places like basements, attics and crawl spaces so they are most likely to search everywhere but there.
- Hide your Christmas presents in a suitcase
Suitcases are useful to store clothing when we travel or just to store stuff we want out of the way. The great thing about most modern suitcases is that they can be locked.
- Keep them safe at a friend’s or neighbor’s house
Ask neighbors and friends to keep your Christmas gifts until the day arrives. If you make online purchases to avoid questions, explanations and having to lie, have them shipped to a friend or neighbor’s house. Consider shelling out few more bucks to gift-wrap the item and keep it a secret until Xmas.
- Got state of the art home security? Keep an eye on the prying eyes
Use home security Cameras to catch inpatient peepers. Some home systems can be linked to phones allowing you to keep an eye on your home when you are not at home. Add a sensor to your closet door if you are really that serious about hiding your gifts. Then find a way to get the sensor to alert you if there is a breach.
- Buy stuff with a prepaid card
Online shopping is great. It is convenient, fast and easy but it generally leaves a money trail your dad can investigate. If you have figured what to buy dad for Christmas, use a prepaid card to complete your purchase. Dad will have a tough time tracing it.
- Use social media to keep last minute gift ideas a secret
Stop making a list on a piece of paper. Inquisitive kids can spot the written list. Use social media platforms for making a list of gift ideas. Hey, don’t forget to set your security settings to keep curious eyes away.