It’s a simple fact: the best part of Christmas for kids is the presents. What’s not so simple, however, it’s keeping said presents hidden in the house throughout December.
Whether they are gifts from you or from Santa himself, it’s a yearly challenge to find new and even more discreet hiding places for all those stocking-fillers.
And when you’ve got kids who go on an annual treasure hunt around the house for them, things get even trickier. Here are 18 tweets proving just how hard this festive challenge can be.
Sometimes they’re obviously not very well hidden
— Allison (@Allie_PBaxter) December 14, 2014
It’s not so bad when you’ve got toddlers
My child just got in my closet and found his Christmas presents....good thing he's only 3 and won't remember by December. I started early
— Kadie (@kadielynn83) September 20, 2011
Blame the babysitter if all else fails
Babysitter was playing hide & seek with the kids. 4yo found all his Christmas presents hidden in my closet. Every. Single. One. #FAIL 🎅🎄😩
— tara (@taradleto) December 16, 2013
Does it make me a bad babysitter if the kids found there unwrapped Christmas presents...whoops
— Chloe (@ChloeHoltz) December 23, 2016
It was a bad idea playing hide and seek with the kids I babysit for considering they just found all of their Christmas presents 🙈
— ally washkau (@ally_wash) December 24, 2014
Probably because the hiding places are few and far between
Actually running out of room to hide Christmas presents😟 never mind my child has already located 4 of them🤦🏼♀️
— 🐘𝓜𝔂 𝓜𝓲𝓼𝓼 𝓜𝓪𝓬𝓲𝓮 𝓑𝓾𝓷𝓷𝔂🐘 (@EBMacie) October 4, 2018
Trying to decide where to hide Leah's Christmas presents, this child is hella nosey
— Ryan Davis (@RyanSHUTup) December 5, 2013
All the Christmas presents are completely wrapped. I am running out of room to hide these things.
— Olivia J. Cheslock (@LiviMichelle94) November 18, 2018
It’s going to be so hard to hide Marqs Christmas presents 😩
— Stoney ✨ (@WaskwaneS) November 19, 2018
Especially when the presents are basically life-size
There are some Christmas presents that are just too big to wrap...on my way to hide these ready for the big day! ❤️🎄❤️ pic.twitter.com/DAZyFPxRRn
— 🏙🥂Carol "Carrie" Bell 🥂🌃 (@Carrie_cot) December 24, 2018
Sometimes even parents can’t keep a secret
I can't keep presents a secret. I just want to see the joy in my kids eyes. I'm all for instant gratification!!!
— Mariah Rose Anderson (@mrosebud94) November 26, 2018
Or they completely forget where they’ve put them
I felt so organised that I’ve already bought quite a lot of Christmas presents and I decided to hide them so no one would find them, however I’ve hidden them so well I can’t remember where I’ve put them 🤦🏻♀️
— Becky Archer (@becky_archer) November 26, 2018
It's almost that time of year where I hide presents for this Christmas and find ones that I forgot about from last Christmas.
— Cathryn (@AngryRaccoon2) November 24, 2018
"Alexa, where did I hide those Christmas presents?"
— Rιleγ J. Dαvιs (@RealRileyDavis) November 26, 2018
But here’s a place kids don’t seem to look...
so funny to me that I can hide Elliot’s Christmas presents in his own closet and he has no idea 😂
— Cassidy Owens (@ccaassiiddyy_) November 24, 2018
I'm wondering why I hide DD's Christmas presents in the wardrobe when as a child I always knew that's where my parents hid mine...
— Emma (@onatrainagain) December 14, 2013
Ahh, the joys.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.