Last weekend Gabriel pranced into the living room with a huge box in his hands and his eyes as big as saucers (he may or may not have even been licking his lips).
The box, which had previously been so brilliantly stuffed underneath my bed, contained what was supposed to be one of his Christmas gifts. Supposed to.
What!? You try telling a happy 3 year old it’s his toy but he can’t have it! You’d give it too him too!
Fortunately, he only discovered the one toy (a fun set of felt sandwich stuff), so while he preoccupied himself with it, I all but ran to my bedroom find a new place to hide all the other things I had hidden under the bed.
So what brilliant thing did I do next, you ask? Tied the toys in a bag and tossed the bag at the top of my closet. #toolegit #toolegittoquit
Believe it or not, that is my first suggestion… but if your child has mastered the art of climbing, here are four alternatives that may or may not work just as well:
If you have a relative that lives near you who you can trust (grandma/grandpa, aunts/uncles), you could also leave the gifts with them and pick them up once it gets closer to Christmas.
If you have the luxury of owning a garage or if you have an attic/basement you could also store the gifts in plastic bins. You’ll definitely want to keep in mind temperature though and how it may affect the toys you’re storing.
But my favorite idea is the most obvious… consider wrapping the gifts as SOON as you bring them home. Then it wouldn’t matter where you put them!
Fun Fact: I never once in my childhood attempted to peak inside one of my Christmas gifts. I sure shook them though!
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