Anyone got any good hiding spots?
Where do you hide gifts and how do you keep track of everything bought?
Posted Nov 9, 2017 - 7:15 pm
When they were little I kept it in my closet or in the spare bedroom downstairs.
I have a spiral notebook that I write down every thing I get my kids, even for stockings.
For other people, I kinda go by memory, which sometimes is scary!!
Posted Nov 9, 2017 - 8:07 pm
I keep most stuff at my office as long as I can. Stuff that does get brought home is in a box in the closet.
I keep track of everything in an Excel spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is password protected, and I keep it in my Dropbox so I have access to it everywhere. I keep different pages for what I have, and what the lists would look like if I had everything I plan to get. That way I keep it all as even as I can. The cells are color coded based on what's ordered and what's received. There's a separate sheet just for what I plan to buy on Black Friday, with all the stores that have each item I want so I can see at a glance who has the best deal and what my options are if I miss my first choice. I have my lists back to 2003. It's amazing (and a little nauseating) the difference in my budget from then to now. LOL
Posted Nov 9, 2017 - 8:54 pm
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Posted Nov 9, 2017 - 9:39 pm
one year i actually did all the wrapping and left them at a friends house, in spare room.
i have hidden things many places. bikes/tools/large items in shed/ rv, ect.
my closets a drawer that i empty(summer clothes.) now that they are older,i can leave things in a pile of boxes as santa does not have to bring them, and i lock the rear part of the house whenever i am not home.
Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 4:33 am
As for keeping track, I keep my list in my OneNote Christmas notebook. Password protected, always available.
Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 6:24 am
I have hidden larger gifts in my office at work. We have a good size walk in clothes and I keep totes in there labeled seasonal clothes. Kids gifts get hidden in the bottom of those with seasonal clothes layered on top. Attic is another good spot.
Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 6:47 am
Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 9:02 am
Most of them are in the attic. My kids are young enough that they don't go up there. Keeping them at work is a good idea too.
Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 12:08 pm
I keep a small spiral-bound notebook in my purse that I write down everything I buy for everyone. Most of my gifts I keep in my closet or in an empty dresser drawer. Once I start wrapping and run out of room, I might put some of the smaller stuff for my husband and kids under the tree & keep the bigger stuff hidden till Christmas morning. For extended family (sisters & their families), I wrap everything and take to my dad's, where we have Christmas with them.
Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 6:19 pm
I have things shipped to my job and I keep them there until the week of Christmas to keep the kids from being noisy. I also put things in brown boxes and tape them up and put them with the other boxes that I have never opened in the garage or closet. I usually us an app or keep a log on what I bought and for who. It is the stuff I buy for me that I have the hardest time keeping up with.
Posted Nov 12, 2017 - 5:06 pm
Edited by jakesmommy403, Nov 12, 2017 - 5:08 pm.
Posted Nov 12, 2017 - 6:58 pm
I keep the kids’ stuff in boxes under a blanket in our laundry room in the basement. I keep a note on my phone with my lists for each kid, then it gets a credit card emoji next to it once I’ve ordered it, and a check mark once it’s arrived and is hidden in the box/blanket area. When it gets wrapped, you guessed it, gift box emoji.
I like the emoji mix.
Posted Nov 14, 2017 - 10:46 am
Hmmm wonder if my wife would be ok if I got a boat and used that as one of the reasons.
Worth a shot. You do live around lots of lakes!
For those curious: Kitty in my pic is current furbaby, Mew, curled up in a box far too small for her. Ha! "If I fits, I sleeps!"
NASCAR fan (particularly JGR pit crews - many friends there), diehard UM Wolverine fan, animal lover, car girl, cookie baker, singer, bargain hunter. Yep. That about covers it. lol
Posted Nov 14, 2017 - 12:25 pm
When the kids were little, I would keep most stuff at my mom's house. I would put it all in big trash bags and put it in the shed in the backyard on Christmas Eve and then move it all in from there. One year my mom bought me a box of chocolate and without telling me she put it in with my stuff so I could open it on Christmas Eve with my kids. When I went out to get the bag that night, I couldn't figure out why there was wrapping paper and a chewed up box in the yard. The dog had gotten in the shed and got my box of chocolate out! She didn't mess up any of the kids' stuff though.
I keep a small notebook with a list of everything I buy and check it when it is wrapped.
Posted Nov 16, 2017 - 5:50 am
After they're wrapped I have also put stuff back into any large boxes and tape them shut.
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Posted Nov 16, 2017 - 9:27 am
This may be the first year that I don't have a bunch of stuff to hide. But, if I do have anything to hide, I have a big box in my closet. Everything will go in there. I usually wrap as I go. When my kids were younger, we wrapped all of the gifts and then put most of them under the tree. We always saved one or two gifts to put under the tree Christmas Eve from "Santa". Now everything goes under the tree (unless it is too big to wrap, then I hide it and put it out Christmas morning.
Posted Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 pm
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