Where To Hide Christmas Presents So You Can Find Them But No One Else Can


Want to start shopping for holiday gifts – but DON’T want your family to find out what you’ve bought them? Learn how to store gifts and where to keep presents to keep them secret until the big day!

Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it.

And while you could wait until the very last minute to shop for those Christmas gifts, I recommend trying to tackle the task earlier in the season.

By planning in advance, you can say goodbye to holiday stress and plan the best Christmas ever. And a big part of that process includes shopping for all of the presents on your list. 

Shopping early gives you time to look for the best deals and ensure you’re getting everyone on your list exactly what they want – instead of having to settle. And it’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about as you’re putting the finishing touches on your holiday plans.

The risk?

It can be hard to hide Christmas presents for weeks, if not months. And the last thing you want is for your kids – or your spouse – to snoop around and ruin the surprise. 

If you’re looking for ways to store those gifts to keep them a surprise until the big day, I’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn where you can hide gifts and keep presents until you’re ready to put them under the Christmas tree!

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The Obvious Spots: Where To Avoid Hiding Christmas Presents

There are definitely some spots to avoid when trying to keep those Christmas presents hidden. If you don’t want your kids to find their gifts, you should probably steer clear of keeping those presents in…

  • Your bedroom closet. This is the spot where most parents store holiday gifts, and the first place nosy kids are likely to look when trying to find their presents. A pile of shopping bags or boxes in the corner will quickly draw attention if your little ones come looking. 
  • Under the bed. You might think that tucking boxes and bags under the bed is a clever idea – but it’s still a pretty easy spot to investigate. If you’re determined to keep your holiday gifts a secret, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
  • Your gift wrapping room. If you like to set up a gift wrapping station in your craft room or elsewhere in your house, you might be tempted to keep your gifts there. But it’s a pretty obvious spot for little ones to check when snooping for holiday gifts.

How To Store Gifts: Where To Keep Presents You Don’t Want Family To Find

If you want to store gifts where family can’t find them, you’ll need to get a bit creative. Not sure where to start? Here are a few smart ways you can store those Christmas presents and keep them out of sight until the big day!

Keep Presents At A Friend’s House

One of the best ways to keep gifts hidden from family? Keep them out of your house! If you have a friend or neighbor who’s willing to let you borrow a bit of closet space, consider it an excellent option. You can even offer to let them hide their gifts in your house in exchange! As long as you can pick them up before the big day and have enough time to wrap them, this is a great, risk-free option that’ll keep your family from ruining the surprise.

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Hide Presents In Unused Luggage

Don’t have any big trips planned for the holiday season? Consider your luggage a great spot to store gifts! Suitcases and duffel bags can be zipped closed – and if you’re really determined to keep ‘em a secret, they can be locked, too. 

Just don’t pull your luggage out in the middle of the day, when everyone’s around, to hide those gifts. That’s a surefire way to raise suspicion. Instead, wait until the kids are at school – or ask your spouse to take them out for some ice cream – and tuck those presents away when you’re alone.

Hide Presents Inside Old Boxes

If you’re the type of person who refuses to get rid of the box your television came in, you’re in luck. Boxes for old electronics can be a great place to store presents you don’t want anyone to find. 

Just don’t raise suspicion by relocating them. If you’ve kept that box in the garage for the last two years, leave it there – don’t haul it to your bedroom. 

And you don’t have to limit yourself to old electronics boxes. If you still have some stuff boxed up in your basement from your last move, or you keep boxes of old stuff in your attic, chances are your kids won’t notice if a few more are added to the pile. Just make sure whatever boxes or bins you’re adding blend in – and consider adding some misleading labels for good measure!

Hide Presents In Your Car

Your kids might think to check your house for hidden presents – but will they look in the car?

This might not be a great option if you drive a SUV or minivan with a trunk that’s fully connected and accessible to the main car. But if you’ve got a separate trunk space, or a hidden compartment for a spare tire, it can be a great spot to store small gifts.

If you have a secondary vehicle that you don’t use often, that’s an even better option. And if you happen to have an RV or a boat? Consider those excellent storage spaces as well. Chances are, they’re reserved for summer activities and sit unused during the winter, so there’s no excuse for anyone to go snooping in there.

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Hide Presents In Your Garden Shed

If you have a shed in your backyard to keep garden tools and supplies organized, it can be a great space to hide Christmas gifts. Once winter rolls around, you probably aren’t spending much time mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges – so it won’t be suspicious if that shed remains locked up for a couple of months. And unless your little ones love to do yardwork, they probably won’t think to check it out. 

Hide Christmas Presents At A Storage Facility

Can’t find a good place at home to hide those gifts? Don’t have a neighbor or nearby family member who’s willing to let you store your stuff at their place? Consider a storage unit.

While a storage unit is definitely an added investment for the holiday season, it can be an effective way to hide presents – especially if you’re shopping for large items. Hiding a bike or a trampoline in your house might be tough. But if you splurge on a spot at a nearby storage facility, you can keep those things easily tucked away and totally inaccessible.

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