You’ve tried the attic, a closet in your bedroom and even a creepy corner of the basement, but your kids have yet to be stumped on where to find their hidden holiday gifts. But not this year—surprises will be had, darn it! Instead of those classic spots, try these unexpected hiding places for holiday gifts:
An unused suitcase makes a great hiding place for holiday gifts because it’s large enough to hold big and small packages. Be sure to keep it in its normal storage area, so it doesn’t look fishy. This only works, of course, for those that don’t travel during the holidays.
Under a Trash Bag
We only recommend this one if you keep your trash bin clean as a whistle. But it’s great for kids that don’t like to help with the chore of taking out the garbage. They certainly won’t find gifts stashed between the bin and the bag.
Box with Decoy Label
Labeled boxes are great for hiding gifts. As long as the label doesn’t say “gifts,” you’re in good shape! Instead, label the box with a decoy word or phrase that your loved ones won’t ever reach for: “Taxes,” for example, or “Insurance.”
Behind Cleaning Supplies
Under the kitchen sink, behind some cleaning supplies isn’t necessarily a super-secret hiding place, but it’s perfect for messy family members that wouldn’t go near the stuff. Set up a wall of detergent boxes and tall spray bottles at the back of the cabinet, and the gifts will remain hidden even if someone opens the cabinet doors.
Do your kids hate doing laundry? Hide gifts under clothes in a laundry basket—preferably a load that doesn’t include any of their items. Better yet, hide them under dirty clothes in a hamper (wrapped in a clean bag first, of course).
Inside a Dutch Oven
Most kitchens have a few Dutch ovens in the cupboard, and if there’s one that you rarely reach for when cooking, put it to use as a hiding place for a holiday gift. Just be sure the pot and lid are opaque, and your kids won’t see a thing!
Tucked Into Socks
Your sock drawer is a great hiding place for small gifts such as jewelry. Take it a step further and tuck the box into a pair of fluffy slipper socks.
A note of caution: Kids may try to help out more around the house to get back on Santa’s good side, so keep an eye out for that strange behavior. You may need to switch up your gift hiding places on the fly. Also, make yourself an encrypted key to remember where all of the gifts are hidden!