I figured out the trick to hiding Christmas gifts so my kids won’t find them AND I won’t forget where I hid them—a holiday hack made necessary due to my chronic history of misplacing things.
I tend to Christmas shop early, frugally snapping up stocking stuffers and gifts when I see them on sale. I sneak them into the house and hide them—usually hurriedly flung to the back of a closet.
But, when Christmas nears and I need to take stock, I can’t always remember where I hid everything or even recall what I bought in the first place.
One Christmas Eve a few years ago I found myself alone in the basement shouting, “Holy Christ!!” but not in a Christmassy way. No, it was decidedly more, “I bought our son a laptop in November and now I can’t remember where I hid the thing!!”
This year I finally came up with a gift hiding hack to:
a) Stop misplacing gifts
b) Alleviate the stress of misplacing gifts
c) Save time and energy by not misplacing or forgetting gifts
The Holiday Gift Hiding Hack To Save Our Seasonal Sanity:
Empty a storage bin (more if needed) and label with something boring. I used “Car Mats.” It sounds like something the kids would never look at and it’s a fitting label for a bin that will be stored in the garage until Christmas day.
Tape a sheet of paper to the inside of the bin lid. (Or make a note on your phone). Create a table with each family member’s name and the subcategories STOCKING and GIFTS. Make a note every time you add something to the bin—stocking stuffers, a gift (what and who it’s to and from) e.g. Avery/flannel sheet set/from her pets.
My friend Kyla suggested adding an envelope to stow gift receipts. This is a much better method than my current receipt management which is either crumpled up in a drawer, lost in the bottom of my purse, or accidentally recycled.
Stocking Stuffers: Designate a temporary stocking (plastic trash bag) for each family member (pets too if you’re into that) and label each by name. Keep the “stocking bags” in the bin and each time you buy a stocking stuffer, put it in the correct bag. Update the tracking sheet with each new item to save yourself the trouble of rummaging through the bags when you forget what you put in there. And you know you will.
Gifts: If possible, wrap it as soon as you bring home and label the gift (to and from). Have *wrapping paper, scissors, tape, pen, and gift tags set aside and ready in a designated area. Update the tracking sheet (for when you forget what the heck you wrapped) and keep to the bin.
This makes Christmas eve so fast and easy you won’t even believe it. More time for you to
get to bed early stay up way too late eating shortbread and binge watching The Crown.
Hide the bin(s) in plain sight—in the garage or anywhere it would make sense for your family to see a bin hanging around.
Christmas Eve transfer the plastic stocking bag contents into the real stockings, and put the presents under the tree. Then go to bed at a reasonable hour for once and rest easy knowing you haven’t misplaced a single gift this year—a true Christmas miracle.
Happy gifting everyone!
Christmas paper is not recyclable. Brown paper is a more eco-friendly option. You can make it festive by stamping or adding bows or greenery. Wrapping with reusable fabric is another great option. Or use holiday gift bags and reuse for years.