Hide presents inside your luggage
And I thought I was the only one who leaves my suitcase on the bedroom floor for weeks after a trip. Tracy's hack makes such laziness worthwhile! Right?
Last year, my kids reached an age where I could no longer go shopping for gifts and just leave the bags in the floor of my closet without any worries that they might peek inside. For the longest time, the jungle of shoes and dangly clothes was just enough to direct the eye away from the store bag with the faintest bit of a Dora doll showing through. But no more.
So when I finished my day of shopping (I take a day off from work and do most of my holiday shopping on that one day - I don't care if things are on sale that day or not - I just can't stand shopping so I'll pay extra to do it when the crowds aren't there), I came home with a gazillion bags of gifts for all the family. And wondered where on earth I could hide all these goodies. Then I spied the gi-normous suitcases my husband and I had used recently on some trips and were too lazy to put away. I filled them up with gifts for the kids!
I couldn't help but giggle to myself every time the kids were goofing around in the bedroom right next to those suitcases and had absolutely no idea their Christmas gifts were in there. My kids are 5 years and 3 years, so they're not at the stage of searching every nook and cranny for gifts. Older kids might not fall for it but I think I'll probably get a few more years out of this hack before I'll have to think of something better.
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