The annual parental struggle will be upon us soon, for those who like to get a head start on the season, it is already here. Where to hide the holiday presents! It’s easy enough when our children are babies. They can’t look and don’t know to search for them. As they get older though, it gets complicated and when things get complicated parents have to get creative. I recently asked my Facebook friends and family their favorite places to hide holiday presents and I’m happy to share them with you.
Amanda Stein 2011
in a box in the garage
at a friend’s or relative’s house
on a shelf in the basement
in stored suitcases
at the office
in the garage rafters/storage
in a giant cardboard box
in storage totes
in closet with a deadbolt
under the kitchen sink, behind the cleaning products
wrap them and put them under the tree but use mislabel tags: Grandma, Uncle Adam, Aunt Amelia
in the craft closet under the yarn
in plastic totes in your bedroom
trade with a friend so even if the kids snoop they’ll be super confused on Christmas morning
extra room with a lock
where ever the cleaning supplies are stored-they’ll never find them!
trunk of the car
in a canoe in the garage
in boxes labeled ‘old clothes’
in the empty holiday decoration storage boxes
don’t bother hiding them. Just threaten to return them if the kids are caught snooping
the laundry hamper/pile
in the attic under the Halloween decorations
top shelf in the closet under blankets
Where ever you choose to hid the presents, or however you celebrate the holidays, nothing beats the look on your child’s face that day.
Amanda Stein is a mother of three who has been married for over a decade. She earned her Masters of Social Work fand has worked as a clinical social worker in the past. Currently a stay-at-home-mom Amanda has a passion for writing, rediscovered a love of running, and loves cooking and baking.