Best Places to Store Christmas Gifts

‘Tis the season for giving so we’re gifting you with the best places to store Christmas gifts. With Christmas just around the corner, many of us are busy shopping for the perfect gifts to surprise our loved ones with. However, figuring out where to put those presents until the big day can be quite a challenge. From curious kids to nosy partners, it’s important to find clever hiding spots to store Christmas presents and keep them out of sight. So we’ve brainstormed some ideas for you and put together some tips on how to keep your gifts safe. 

Avoid the Obvious Places But Hide Right Under Their Nose!

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The closet or under your bed are likely the first places kids will look. So instead think of where they WON’T look.  Try labelling card board boxes with something to throw them off like “Financial Records”. City Storage sells boxes of all sizes if you need help pulling this trick off. Another great hiding spot for gifts can be inside empty suitcases. Some even lock!

Most kids will avoid chores as much as possible, so hide them with the cleaning supplies! If you want to get real tricky, hide them in their own bedrooms in the back of their closet or under their bed! 


Alternatively, you try tucking them in the linen closet behind sheets, blankets, and towels. The art of hiding gifts relies on thinking like a child. Consider places where they would be least interested in or excited about searching.

Keep Presents At the Office

If you work out of the home and have an office or extra file drawers near your cubicle, you’ve got one of the best places to store Christmas gifts. Even an employee locker may offer enough space to keep presents a secret this holiday season.

Store Gifts with Friends and Family

One of the more obvious places to store Christmas presents is with family or friends. Who hasn’t hidden a gift or two at Grandma’s house? Reciprocate by offering to store their gifts. Not only does this help keep gifts a secret from those you live with but creates shared excitement with others who can act as “Santa’s Elves.”

Make Use of Empty Storage Containers for Decorations

One clever way of hiding Christmas presents is putting them in empty tubs used for decorations. It is a subtle, yet ingenious method of concealing gifts in plain sight while preserving the festive cheer of the holiday season and saving storage space. 

Rent a Temporary Storage Unit

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If you find yourself still in need of extra space to store your Christmas presents, it might be time to consider renting a temporary storage unit. While this option may not be ideal for everyone, it can be a great solution for those with larger presents or for those who want to keep their gifts a surprise until Christmas day.

Storage facilities offer short-term rentals allowing you to safely store your presents until you’re ready to distribute them. These units come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose one that fits your specific needs. Whether you have a few extra large gifts or a multitude of smaller ones, there’s sure to be a storage unit that can accommodate your needs.

Renting a temporary storage unit not only frees up space in your home but also provides an added layer of security for your gifts. With the units being monitored and often equipped with security systems, you can have peace of mind knowing that your presents are safe. And choosing a climate-controlled unit also protects your gifts from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Tips For Keeping Gifts Safe

When it comes to storing Christmas presents, it’s not just about finding the best places to store Christmas gifts, but also taking protective measures to keep your gifts safe. After all, you don’t want any surprises ruined by accidental damage or prying eyes. Here are some tips on how to protect your gifts while they are in storage.

  • Firstly, consider the packaging. Be sure to wrap your presents securely to prevent any damage or tearing. You can also use additional layers of tissue paper or bubble wrap to add extra protection. City Storage’s Box and Bubble stores at all our self-storage locations carry boxes in various sizes and bubble wrap too!
  • Next, think about the storage containers you use. If you opt for storing your gifts in a Christmas storage box or bin, make sure it is sturdy and waterproof. This will help safeguard your presents from dust, moisture, and potential leaks.
  • If you choose to rent a storage unit, inquire about climate-controlled options. Extreme temperatures and humidity can damage delicate items, so having a controlled environment can provide peace of mind.
  • Lastly, consider keeping an inventory of your gifts. Make a list of what you’ve purchased and stored. Check it periodically to ensure nothing is missing or damaged. This can prevent any last-minute scrambling or forgotten presents.


By taking these protective measures, you can store your Christmas presents with confidence, knowing that they will be in pristine condition and ready to surprise your loved ones on the big day.

Do You Need Help?

City Storage Group not only has one of the best places to store Christmas gifts, but we sell boxes and bubble wrap too.  These items come in handy if you need to keep gifts secure when mailing or shipping packages to loved ones too.

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