Hiding Christmas gifts is nothing new. Our parents did it, their parents did it, and their parents-parents did it. Hiding presents can be an art form. Or it can be a cause for serious mental anguish. Depending on how good you are at remembering where your clever hiding spots are.
Most of us are aware of the usual standby hidey holes for hiding Christmas presents. We’ve all resorted to hiding gifts in luggage, on the top shelf in the closet behind the assorted junk we “might need someday,” and the “random trash bag in the basement” ploy. But what about the car?
A new survey from Harris Poll, commissioned by Buick, asked Americans where they are hiding gifts this year. A not-surprising 82 percent of parents said they were trying to find new hiding spots this year and a very surprising 80 percent said that they’re using their vehicle for hiding Christmas gifts.
Most of those surveyed (79 percent) think that a storage compartment in the car for hiding presents is a genius idea. Buick, of course, used this to tout the available underfloor storage bin in the cargo area of the company’s crossovers. Which in itself is brilliant. Did you think of that? I didn’t.
A full 60 percent of the 1,000 people Harris surveyed have had a surprise ruined when the hiding spot for their gifts was discovered.
In our house, hiding in plain sight is a popular ruse. We blatantly tell the kids that the box from Amazon “contains presents” and then leave it unopened until they’re off to bed. Opening and then re-sealing boxes after checking contents works well when attention spans are short. As the kids get older? Maybe not so much.
Grandparents and surrogate grandparents are also great stash brokers. Big gifts, the kind that can’t be easily hidden at home, can go directly to grandma’s or grandpa’s house for safekeeping. Assuming the kiddos aren’t going there to visit and get snoopy. Then maybe grandad can resort to stashing it in his car for a while.
Whatever your plans, think outside of the box when you stash that gift box from Amazon to keep it away from the kids.