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How to Keep Your Kids from Guessing Their Christmas Gifts


The Christmas decorations are out and the tree is up. It’s definitely time to start wrapping those gifts and putting them under the Christmas tree! By wrapping gifts early and putting them under the Christmas tree, you’ll save yourself a lot of stress during the days leading up to Christmas. Although there’s something special about seeing a Christmas tree with gifts stacked around it, this can pose a problem if you have older children. As kids get older, their anticipation for Christmas can cause them to start guessing their Christmas gifts. Of course, you want these gifts to be a surprise, making these tips essential during the holiday season. One of our tradition is to hide a few of our gifts and have a scavenger hunt the day before Christmas. It's not only fun but it can also become one of your tradition as well. So here are a few ways you can do it.


Use Boxes

Unfortunately, the shape of some gifts tends to give away what’s under the wrapping paper. To help prevent your kids from guessing their gifts, wrap all of their gifts in boxes. The uniformity will prevent them from using the shape or size to match their gifts to the toys on their wish lists.

Get Sneaky

It’s ok to be a little sneaky during the holiday season. A great way to keep your kids from guessing their gifts is to add things to the box to make them feel differently. Add some rocks or weights inside the box for a light toy, making it feel heavy instead. You can even roll gifts in towels before wrapping them so they feel more like clothes instead of toys.

Wrap a Picture

Let’s face it. There’s really no way to wrap a bike so that it looks like something else. There are just some gifts that are impossible to hide what they really are. If you have an obvious gift like this, you might want to consider wrapping a picture of this item. Instead of wrapping the bike, take a photo and put it in a picture frame, when your child unwraps the picture, you can roll the item out from a hidden place.

Number Gifts

If you have multiple children, you can keep your kids from guessing their Christmas gifts by numbering them instead of writing their names on them. Give each of your kids a secret number that will be revealed only on Christmas morning. Write this number on the gift tag instead of their names so that they don’t even know which gifts will be theirs! This allows you to put all of their gifts under the tree without worrying that they’ll know what they’re getting.

These are all great tips you can use to help keep your kids from guessing their Christmas gifts.

What are some strategies you use to keep gifts a secret?

Annmarie John
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  1. I love the idea of wrapping a picture that's tricky! I also like giving each of your kids a number so they have to try and guess which gifts are theirs great ideas!

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  2. To keep our gifts a secret we have tried hiding them at grans until the big day, wrapping gag gifts, scavenger hunts you name it so these ideas are very handy!

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  3. I still remember the year that my mom got me a Cabbage Patch Kid and left it under the tree. I knew exactly what it was because of the shape of the box.

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  4. Right now I just put their gifts in our closet but we are getting our oldest a desk and computer this year so the picture frame idea will work perfect!

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  5. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt for gifts. For fun, we save pasta and cereal boxes and put gifts inside to fool people when they try to guess gifts.

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  6. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt for gifts. For fun, we save pasta and cereal boxes and put gifts inside to fool people when they try to guess gifts.

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  7. I still remember my parents hiding things in much bigger boxes so we couldn't tell the shape. Otherwise it was so obvious when you were getting a Barbie doll (long, rectangular box) or a book, or anything really.
    I love wrapping things to trick people.

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  8. I'm also very creative when it comes to disguising gifts, especially since both of my teenagers usually have numerous video games on their lists. I wish I had thought of the numbering idea, though, because that is pretty darn genius!

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  9. I'm definitely going to have to get tricky this year now that my son is 3.5!

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  10. My kids are the worse when it comes to this. Thanks for the great tips.

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  11. I totally used to trick them with different sized boxes. It worked every time.

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  12. Honestly, I think I am wrapping my kids gifts in newspaper this year. It will make things easier for clean up, and maybe it will help mask the gifts too!

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  13. With 5 kids secrets are super hard. What great tips!

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  14. Ha! This is funny and clever. I haven't had to do this at all, but I think my mom didn't even think to do anything like this back when we celebrated Christmas in my childhood.

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  15. I did that once... Wrapped a pic. Great ideas

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  16. I was a MASTER at guessing gifts as a kid! I remember being disappointed a lot because I snooped or guessed. I wish my parents had used some of these tips!

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  17. Great ideas! We always tried to put gifts in boxes of totally different shapes and sizes to throw the kids off.

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  18. These are all fantastic ideas! I really love the idea of wrapping up a photo for those "too large" items :)

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  19. It's so fun using a different box to surprise them, like they'll try so hard to guess but will never be close!

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  20. We have been known to wrap odd shaped presents in a larger box just so the kids won't be able to guess them, but you really do have to get sneaky. lol I love these ideas especially the one about wrapping a picture.

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  21. That's smart to put the gifts in a box so they don't instantly guess what it is... I did that with my 2nd oldest and his gaming console...the only thing he really wanted that year. ;)

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  22. I love these ideas. My kids will never be able to guess though because I only put the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve after they are in bed.

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  23. My mom totally wrapped a picture for my birthday this year!

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  24. I love the wrap a picture idea. I use to be one of those sneaky kids who would do the guessing.. LOL

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  25. I really like the number and the wrapping the picture ideas. I would have never thought of that. I too wrap my presents early and put them under the tree.

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  26. Wrapping a picture is a really smart idea for oddly-shaped items! I usually assign a specific wrapping paper to each kiddos' gifts (then a different one to their stocking stuffers) and then only add the tags on Christmas morning. Keeps them on their toes!

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  27. Great tips. My little one is not that curious yet, but I'm sure I'll need this tips one day.

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  28. LMAO! So funny story, my mom wraps our gifts in cereal Boxes, soup boxes, cans, and random other stuff. We never knew what we were getting. Great post! I'm going to wrap a picture of a shoe and put it in the shoebox with one shoe. The trick is to find the other shoe. Lol (we are a comedic holiday bunch)

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  29. I wrap my kids gifts in their own wrapping paper then make them go on a scavenger hunt Christmas morning for a piece of their wrapping paper.

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