Do your kids always find their presents before Christmas? Keep scrolling to find out where to hide Christmas presents this year!
I hate paying full price for just about anything. I’m always on the hunt for deals and haven’t met a sale I didn’t like.
Because of this, I end up Christmas shopping all year long. And that means, I’m storing Christmas presents months before the big day.
It can be hard to keep my kids from finding them, especially in December.
Half the battle of gift-giving is trying to keep it a secret until Christmas morning. With young children, where to hide Christmas presents is a challenge.
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, presents can be safely hidden until it is time to put them under the Christmas tree.
These are some of my favorite places to hide Christmas presents. And yes, I do get some satisfaction knowing I’ve outsmarted them!
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 an MP3 player, 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 are old enough to not be playing hide and seek in the cabinets.
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.
In Plain Sight
Use creative wrappings such as plain brown paper or fabric remnants (also very eco-friendly), and wrap regularly shaped presents (such as books, CDs, and DVDs).
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 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 bed 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!
Hide your Christmas Presents at the Neighbor’s House
If all else fails, it’s at least safe to assume that children won’t be raiding the neighbor’s house looking for hidden presents.
Other away from home spots might be the workplace (assuming it is secure) or at grandma’s house.
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.