Last Christmas, a friend posted a funny story on his Facebook page about turning on his oven to preheat it for the family Christmas Even dinner, then smelling something odd and realizing that the kids plastic toys had melted all over the oven because his wife, who rarely uses the oven for cooking, had decided to use the oven to hide the children’s Christmas gifts. The joke was, of course, about the wife’s viewing the oven as more of a cabinet and less of an appliance, and the unexpected thrills and spills of the holiday season. Don’t forget, within your household you’re all family, but not everyone is thinking alike, and sometimes a ‘good’ idea can turn into a ‘bad’ disaster — that’s no joke. Watch out for one another this holiday season.
So, you’ve spent weeks shopping for the perfect gifts for every member of your family. You can understand why it seems reasonable to hide the items in a place where no one would think of looking… like, in the oven, if you never use it! Since we are insurance agents, and see the various ways that damaging incidents can occur in people’s homes, we’ll recommend some much safer tips for storing and hiding your family’s Christmas gifts. Here are our 5 top ideas for hiding Christmas gifts:
1. If you have a storage shed, use it!
Since it’s cold outside, the kids won’t be snooping around so much. If you have a sealed shed or garage outside of the home, use it to store those presents. While you’re out in the shed, check around for potential hazards like leaky gas cans and buildup of fumes around your lawn mower or gas can. To be extra safe, put a new lock on the shed door. You should have that anyway, to keep your yard equipment from being stolen. If your shed is not climate controlled, consider storing just the gifts that can tolerate the temperature changes.
2. Carefully hide Christmas gifts behind your cleaning products.
You know the kids are not going to be getting into the cleaning supply closet unless you order them to do so. Why not hide smaller gifts in and among the mop bucket and clorox? But, be careful and don’t let the products spill onto your valuables. A large cleaning bucket placed on a high shelf can conceal an entire Christmas stocking worth of trinkets! Consider the hiding spots where kids steer clear.
3. In the kitchen – but, not the oven.
You could use a big kitchen stock pot up on the high shelf to hide gifts. How about that really high cabinet over the refrigerator, or inside a pasta box?
4. Just a box.
Speaking of pasta boxes, try a larger box, a storage container, or an empty shoe box sitting on a closet shelf isn’t apt to draw suspicion. You could mark the box ‘stuff for Goodwill’ or ‘old magazines’ and put it into plain sight, sitting in the guest bedroom just out of reach. Do this based on the curiosity level of your children, of course!
5. Catch ‘peekers’ red-handed with your home security cameras.
Do you have a home security system? If so, you’re in luck. Remind the kids that Santa, and YOU are watching. Use your smartphone, tablet or desktop to watch real-time video of what those sneaky kids are up to when you’re not home. Having a home security system is one thing our agency always recommends to keep your home and its contents safe and secure. You can also use a security sensor purchased from a home improvement store to place on your storage closet door. This will deter the snoopers as they approach.
Don’t let your family’s sneakiness spoil the surprises you have prepared for Christmas morning! When hiding the gifts, don’t cook up a disaster, be smart, safe, and creative.