Black Friday – or is it Black Thursday now? – has come and gone again this year. With so many people already shopping for the holidays, one question that may come up is where exactly to store all the goodies until they are ready to be given away. Read on for some clever ideas on where to store those holiday goodies.
Renting a Self-Storage Unit
Some items just can’t be hidden at home. Large gifts such as ride-on toys – think jet skis, battery operated mini cars, bicycles, etc. – are especially hard to hide but can fit perfectly into a smaller sized self-storage unit. Several families can even share a storage space during the holidays in order to get the most out of the unit. Remember to think about insurance and double-check any promotional deals however. Some deals may require more than one month of renting the space to apply.
“Renting” a Friend’s Space
Some people chose to hide holiday gifts at a friend or family member’s home during the holiday. Depending on the situation, this can be an excellent way to ensure all gifts remain a surprise and even provide built in volunteers for wrapping the gifts. Always be courteous and let the person know beforehand when you’d like to drop gifts off and when you’ll be picking them up to avoid any “out of town” situations. Letting the friend or family member know what’s being stored is also a good idea.
Revamping the Classic Closet Hiding Spot
Nearly every child has wondered through their parent’s extra-large closet before the holidays, hoping to accidently discover their gifts hidden within. This year, if a closet is your destination of choice for hiding presents, take the extra sneaky step of putting items either inside a plain, unsuspecting cardboard box or – even better – a decoy box leftover from another product.
For those daring in nature, hiding gifts in a child’s closet rather than the master bedroom or hallway closet can be extra sneaky. Most children don’t rummage through the contents of their closets very often making it a great spot for hiding gifts.
Hide Small Gifts in Unusual Spots
Bookcases have theatrically been the hiding spot of choice but may not be the best for hiding his year’s holiday loot. Instead, look for more unusual spots to hide items that are small enough to fit anywhere. If the item isn’t moisture sensitive, try hiding it inside a plastic bag or box under the sink or behind rarely used items in a kitchen cabinet. Pockets of rarely used items such as light summer jackets hanging in a closet are another excellent spot to store gift cards or other small presents.
A master list should always be created that has all items and their whereabouts listed. The notepad app on most smartphones is a great place to store the list since it can’t be accidently left out and accessed only by those using the phone.
This list is obviously only the beginning of good places to hide gifts during the holidays. Feel free to post your own ideas when sharing this post!
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