By Shannon Pulusan
As the countdown to Christmas begins, the game of hiding gifts has never been so challenging. The highest shelf may be as impossible as Mount Everest to the youngest of kids, but it’s the most obvious locale for presents. The closet and under the bed are close seconds and under the tree is the most expected.
No matter what holiday you’re celebrating—a December birthday, 8 days of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keeping gifts concealed is necessary for the big reveal on the special day. This game of hiding gifts requires creativity, camouflage and deception. To maintain the surprise factor for your family members’ holiday presents, consider these not-so-obvious spaces:
- The Trunk. Is there a designated family car and a personal car for work in the household? If so, store some gifts in the personal car so that family members don’t stumble upon them during grocery trips.
- The Safe. If you’ve got the best present in the world in your possession, don’t hesitate to make room for it in the safe. From jewelry to the latest toy, secure the gift with a tricky pass code that no one else could predict.
- The Shed. Why not lock up some presents in the storage? As long as you guard the key to the shed, no one will necessarily be looking for garden tools in the midst of winter.
- The Bookshelf. In lieu of a revolving bookshelf and a secret passage, hide small items behind a row of books, especially behind titles no one would be compelled to read (except you, of course).
- The Laundry. Not to say that dirty laundry is a bad idea. No one will dare rummage through smelly garments. But for something more sanitary, perhaps build a tower of folded laundry around a present. Towels and sheets are a much better choice of laundry than everyday clothes.
- The Shoebox. If an item is small enough, utilize the wall of abandoned shoeboxes taking space in the house.
Too stubborn to change your hiding places? Change up the packaging at the very least.
- Wrap gifts in wrapping paper instead of gift bags. If someone tries to sneak a peep, a slight rip or tear will give them away.
- Conceal shape. Hide the gift’s silhouette in a rectangular box to be less conspicuous.
- False tag. Label gifts with a codename or false name.
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