Do your kids always find their presents before Christmas? Keep scrolling to find out where to hide Christmas presents this year!
Marcie Cheung andwas written by family travel expert
Have you ever had a child find their Christmas presents before the big day?
It’s really disappointing when children snoop around and find their presents beforehand. However, with a little ingenuity, presents can be safely hidden until it is time to put them under the Christmas tree.
If you shop for Christmas presents year-round, you’ll definitely want to read this!
The surprise and delight of opening Christmas presents is something to look forward to, which is why it’s really disappointing when children snoop around and find their presents beforehand.
However, with a little ingenuity, they can be safely hidden until it’s time to put them under the Christmas tree.
If you shop for your kids’ gifts all year long as I do (I’m not judging), then keep reading!
We’ve got 10 great places where no one will think of looking for your kid’s present…until they open it on December 25th!
You won’t believe how easy these are – just follow our step-by-step instructions below!
Keep scrolling down because we have some amazing ideas that will make sure Santa comes through this holiday season…and every other holiday season from now on too!
These are truly genius hiding spots that even parents who don’t normally get crafty could pull off easily. Whether your kids are old or young we have a spot for you!
Scroll down right now for all 10 great ideas on where you should hide your present this year!
These are some of my favorite places to hide Christmas presents. And yes, I do get some satisfaction knowing I’ve outsmarted them!
Hiding Christmas Presents FAQs
One of the most popular places parents hide Christmas presents is in their closets. And it’s the first place kids usually look. That’s why parents need more creative ways to hide Christmas presents from their children!
If you are a kid who is trying to figure out a place to hide a present from your parents or siblings, you have to think about places they wouldn’t normally check. You can hide them behind books on your shelf, in the back of your closet, or in an empty duffel bag or backpack. Don’t put anything in your dresser or hamper if your parents do your laundry!
I think the smartest idea for nosy kids is to put presents in mislabeled boxes. It’s important that these boxes are with other boxes, or it will be too obvious. You can mark these boxes with something boring like 2000-2010 tax returns or old college textbooks.
Where to Hide Christmas Presents
Small Gifts are Perfectly Hidden in Socks
For smaller presents, Mom or Dad’s underwear or sock drawer can make a grand hiding place.
If the gifts are really tiny, like a gift card or jewelry, place the item right inside a sock.
Otherwise, take advantage of other drawers in your closet where your family members aren’t going to be rifling through.
Under the Sink
The underside of a bathroom or kitchen sink makes a nice place to hide presents. It’s perfect for families with young children who keep the cupboards locked.
Or whose kids are old enough not to be looking under the sink for cleaning supplies for fear of chores (namely teenagers!)
In the case of drips, it’s a good idea to wrap gifts in plastic before hiding them.
The Laundry Room is an Awesome Hiding Spot for your Christmas Presents
If you’ve got cupboards or shelves in your laundry room, you can totally use empty detergent and fabric softener boxes. Kids will never think to look there!
For parents who don’t do their shopping until a couple of days before Christmas but still need a good hiding spot, the inside of the dryer or washing machine is an excellent hiding spot.
Unless you have older children that do their own laundry.
Just make sure that all adults in the house are aware of the gifts in the appliances, or it could be disastrous!
Hiding Spots Outside the House
Children often tend to check only indoors and will not think to look in the garage or storage sheds/bins.
A cluttered garage or an overstuffed storage shed is a great place to hide Christmas presents, with a nondescript moving blanket or tarp thrown over them as a disguise.
It’s the one time when having a messy garage totally pays off!
Depending upon the weather, be sure to keep wrapped gifts up off damp floors and away from any moisture.
In the Master Bathroom
Parents’ bathrooms are often off-limits, so a bathtub (dry, of course) and under the vanity are good hiding places.
Presents may be removed and placed on the floor when it’s time for a shower. They may be replaced once the shower or bath floor is dry.
I’d still put all the gifts in a garbage bag or large, waterproof bag just to be sure.
This is really only an option for families with older kids, as parents of toddlers and preschoolers can’t guarantee their kids won’t come barging in their bathroom at any given time. Sigh.
In Plain Sight
Use creative wrappings such as plain brown paper or fabric remnants (also very eco-friendly), and wrap uniformly shaped presents (such as books, BluRays, and any items in boxes).
These become fairly unobtrusive and can be used as home decor accents.
For example, stack them as a resting place for items like lamps or place gifts among existing books on a shelf.
Smaller items can go on the table with candles placed on top or be used to create a festive fireplace mantel decor arrangement.
Trust me, you’ll feel pretty smug every time your kids enter the room!
In the Dirty Clothing Hamper
One of the all-time best places to hide a Christmas gift is at the bottom of the dirty clothes hamper.
Most children would never think to look there, and a laundry hamper can be a roomy choice for some of the larger gifts that need to be tucked away.
And if your laundry hamper is like mine, you’ll definitely want to put the gifts in a plastic bag first, or run the risk of them smelling like stinky socks!
Have Gifts, Will Travel
Minivans and trucks often have a space for extra cargo, which is not very easily accessible, especially to young children.
These areas make terrific and safe hiding places for Christmas gifts.
Just remember that if this area is used for groceries, kids’ hockey gear, etc. that the gifts are tucked away from unintentional prying eyes.
I only recommend this option for families who leave their vehicles in a garage and don’t venture out too much this holiday season.
Otherwise, you risk having someone spot the gifts and break into your car.
Hide your Presents in the Kid’s Rooms
Plenty of children throw stuff under their beds and in their messy closets and simply forget about it.
In many cases, the best place to hide gifts is right in the child’s bedroom, where they would never think of looking (or cleaning).
And if they do find them, it might motivate them to tidy up their rooms from time to time to see what else might be hiding in there! I’ve heard some families hide money in their kids’ rooms as motivation!
Hide your Christmas Presents at the Neighbor’s House
As an alternative to hiding Christmas presents in your own home, you can attempt placing them at the neighbor’s house.
This is a good tip because it’s unlikely that children will be raiding someone else’s property for gifts on Christmas Day.
Other safe spots include work and grandma’s house. However, these places may not always be accessible depending on what day of December 25th falls relative to workload or other commitments.
Now you know my 10 best secret places to hide Christmas presents right now.
The satisfaction of a surprise Christmas present is something to cherish, but such a thing is only possible if the present is indeed a surprise.
Hiding Christmas presents no longer has to be a brain bender; with ten ingenious ideas to choose from, there’s sure to be at least one perfect solution for anyone.