I really try to be a minimalist. I feel overwhelmed by the amount of kids' stuff crowding my house and honestly do not think my kids need anything. But, my husband tells me I'm being a Scrooge and I should allow our offspring to enjoy the excitement of the holiday, like we did when we were little. Per his request, I am trying to get in the holiday spirit and figured Costco would be the cheapest place to start shopping.
The magic of Costco lured me in and I bought a baby doll that comes with a bed, rocking horse and bottles for $19.99. Although, my daughter owns many varieties of this, I know it will provide her hours of pretending to be the Mommy while talking on her pretend iPhone. Feeling good about my decision, I realize the box is huge and we have no good hiding places in our house.
I tried the basement closet route when I bought a Harry Potter Lego set from, once again, Costco months before my boy's birthday. He stumbled upon it and begged and begged and begged until I broke down and let him open it, leaving me without a birthday gift. Currently the holiday present is in my car covered by an old picnic blanket. I don't trust she won't discover it in the next few weeks.
Maybe I need to make more spots in our home off limits. Where do you hide stuff you don't want your kids to find? I'm out of ideas, besides purchasing a large lock box.