By now you have bought all the presents for the kids this year. You are getting ready to wrap them up and lay them under the tree. Not so fast there! If your kids are anything like my kids they have become masters of 20 Questions. They are also great at shaking, squeezing, poking and prodding to guess what’s in the box.
Let me give you some ideas on creative ways to hide that present based on my own experience. This is how to keep those kids guessing about their Christmas Presents.
You can play word games.
The best fake my husband, RestaurantMan, and I did was when the boys wanted a Wii. Then there were the incessant questions started about what they were getting for Christmas halfway through Thanksgiving dinner!
All my husband and I would answer was, “Weeeee don’t know what weeeeee are going to get you yet.”
Oh, we worked that last vowel with all our might every chance we got.
- “Weeeee would like you to not go in the laundry room because weeeee don’t want you to mess up the storage in there.”
- “Weeeeee would like you to play nicely because Christmas is coming soon.”
- “Weeee have looked at the Wiiiii and still think it’s too expensive but weeeeee do know what we are going to get and weeee can’t wait for you to seeeee.”
RestaurantMan had gotten a very large refrigerator box from a friend. Buried deep, deep down in the newspaper were two Wii game controllers.
The boys could not imagine why such a large box had both of their names on it. It took them a few minutes to dig through all the paper and find the two boxes. It took another minute to figure out why we had gotten them two game controllers. OH, the look of joy on their faces!
What’s even funnier is that after about five minutes of playing with the thing they both stopped, turned and looked at us, then both of them were hit with the realization of what weeee had been doing this whole time.
It. Was. Magical. Mwahaha!
You can ask your friends for ideas.
My friends told me about silly things their parents did to throw them off the scent.
- My dad was always putting in baby food bottles of screws or nails to throw off the weight and noise.~ Liz S.
- One year my mom got smart and mixed up the presents for my brother and I so that I was able to look at all the gifts for weeks and guess what they were, but nothing looked like the right shape for what I had asked for. ~ Mary D.
- My mom used weird sort of riddles and jokes to keep stuff under wraps. One year she wrapped an old jewelry box. I thought, “Oh, she bought me a necklace!” When I opened it there was a quarter inside with a note. My face fell. Then I read the note. “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares….on your new cell phone!” ~ Lauren S.
- My parenting coup was the year I emptied the boxes of the tell-tale ‘happiest noise on earth’ LEGO bricks and wrapped the newspaper-filled boxes for the kids. ~ Liz S.
- The very last present my parents had given me was my very own phone. Then my mom told me that the phone number was on the wrapping of one of my presents. I had to clean up the entire mess from my entire family while they all had snacks and played games. She wanted to make sure I “worked” for it. ~ Venessa P.
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