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Keeping Christmas Gifts a Secret

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It is an annual event, hiding the Christmas presents from curious children and other family members. Each year you need to get more creative, or so it seems. This is a guide about keeping Christmas gifts a secret.
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September 16, 2009

If you have little impatient gift-peepers at your house who can't stay away from their gift under the tree, here's what I do:

Pick a number you associate with each particular child: how many home runs he hit in Little league, how many months old she was when she said "Mama", etc. Then instead of writing their names,write : TO:#3, FROM: (Mom,Dad,Aunt Susie,Grandma. whoever sent the gift). If you have to,make yourself a reminder note and tuck it away somewhere.

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They won't know which gift to peep at, and after opening Uncle George's new pipe and Grandpa's foot massager, etc., and down the line, they will give up. Even if they get to theirs, they won't know for sure if it is theirs or someone else's!

Then Christmas morning, tell everyone their number and let them dig in and pass the numbered gifts around to each other. There is always confusion at some point, like when Great Aunt Nellie opens the newlywed wife's frilly nightie, thinking it was for her. The expressions are priceless, and the day starts of with the whole family roaring with laughter!

Next year, assign each one a new number.

Merry Christmas, and may God richly Bless You!

Source: I am a mother of six and grandmother of more

By dollyslaffn from Darien, GA

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December 8, 20051 found this helpful

Holiday Tradition: To keep the children out of the presents under the tree, my mother would make up a code for each person. She would put the code on the package instead of the name on the tag. Right after Thanksgiving we would be given the code. The first person to break the code would be allowed to open their presents first on Christmas Day. We had so much fun trying to break the code that we were never under the tree shaking presents.

By BarwickJ from Ottumwa, IA

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October 3, 2006

Around October, I start buying gifts to avoid the December price crunch. It is difficult to hide presents from snooping children. I wrap each child's present in a particular wrapping paper, a type of secret code known only to me. I still hide them, but since they don't have names tags on them they're not as interesting.

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By Carole from Clay City, IN

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December 6, 2005

If you have snoopy kids (or husband) who search and find the Christmas presents you've bought, wrap and code them i.e. a number, letter, color or symbol for each family member. Then store the whole lot over at a neighbor's house. You do the same for her!

By Linda from Vista, CA

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November 13, 20040 found this helpful

If your kids peek at gifts under the tree or search throughout the house for presents, wrap them immediately upon bringing them in. Mark them with a code only YOU know!

Or trade wrapped gifts with a neighbor.

By Linda

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By 0 found this helpful
November 19, 2008

How do you tell someone not to buy something because you already bought it for them without them knowing that you bought it for them? This is for a Christmas present for my sister and I don't want her know what it is. It is a movie by the way in case you ask.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 20, 20080 found this helpful

Tell her they are coming out with an enhanced version in February and she should wait because it will be better.

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

We had a family rule that you couldn't buy anything for yourself before the holidays after one year where practically every present given was something the other person ended up buying for themselves before gift giving time. This was when we were all living together though so it made it easier to uphold.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 20, 20080 found this helpful

Awesome idea Jen! Keep the ideas coming though.

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

In our family when someone is wanting to buy something we have bought them for Christmas, we would say "Better wait, you might be getting it for Christmas." But then I guess they would probably figure it out. Then we would say " Maybe just have to wait and see."

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 21, 20080 found this helpful

My sister is 17 and is sneaky about finding a way to find out what she is getting for Christmas or birthdays or what ever. It is easier to hide gifts from her now because I don't live at home anymore but I also can watch what she buys anymore. :(

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November 29, 20080 found this helpful

Jen's idea sounds good, I also would mention to hold up on buying for self until AFTER holiday so you can get best deals and more for your $$$.

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December 23, 20040 found this helpful

Tips for hiding gifts from pesky and curious family members. Post your ideas.

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December 23, 20040 found this helpful

I keep all of my bought gifts (Christmas & other) in the attic. The problem is, every time I pull down the attic stairs, it's like a magnet for my daughter to follow me up there. To be sure that she doesn't accidentally see any gifts, I hide them in suitcases, until they're ready for wrapping and giving.

By S. Dixon

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December 23, 20040 found this helpful

Car trunk. The only problem is when it is time for "Santa" to leave these, it is usually very cold outside and you have to go out to get them!

I also hide some in my closet which is pretty inaccessible.

I think disguising them until wrapping time is a good idea.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 23, 20040 found this helpful

My all time hit was the box the artificial Christmas tree came in. Of course, it also helped that the box was over the washer and dryer... like anyone would go near there. hee hee!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 19, 20050 found this helpful

I have found that stashing things in our coolers that we use during the summer for camping is a great place. They are on a shelf in the garage that the kids can't easily get to and there is quite a lot of room in each of them, as long as you aren't trying to hide a bike or something.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 30, 20080 found this helpful

The rolling laundry sorter works incredibly well. I use the laundry sorter for matching socks and sorting seasonal clothes. To make things neater, around Halloween, I move the sorter to my room. As ordered gifts arrive, they go into a bin designated for each person. I cover the top with unfinished sorting, folded sheet, etc to create a total lack of curiosity.

This works very well for wrapping presents as well. It is easy to see if one person needs more attention. The cart minimizes lifting and falling items and keeps everything together.

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November 29, 20160 found this helpful

When our children were small, we would hide all their Santa gifts in our travel trailer we would have them in the compartments inside the trailer where if the children went into the trailer they would not see anything. I would make a list of the Santa gifts that were stored in the travel trailer so when my husband and I would retrieve them on Christmas Eve to put them under the tree Kama I would know that I had all the gifts that were stored in the trailer. My husband and I played Santa Claus in which we left the on opened unwrapped gifts which were mainly toys under the Christmas tree as if Santa has come and left them under the tree and sometimes played with them, we also have gifts wrapped up that were from us as their parents.

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