Is it really that time of year again? Yes! Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to figure out where to shop and what gifts to give. As the bags and boxes start piling up, you might start wondering how and where to hide them from prying eyes and fingers. The answer? A storage unit! You can rent one for cheaper than you might imagine.
Thanks to Black Friday, shoppers can get a head start on the Christmas holiday rush—if they are willing to give up Thanksgiving. Not me. I am taking a page from REI’s playbook and opting out of Black Friday this year. I may not climb a mountain, but I will enjoy not leaving the house at 10 PM, or later, which is when retail stores typically open on Thanksgiving night.
Thankfully, there is Cyber Monday, and every other day and night, to shop online when it is convenient. And, with Amazon Prime, many gifts qualify for free shipping! Why not have those gifts shipped directly to a self storage facility? Most storage managers are happy to accept packages on behalf of their customers and will call you when a shipment arrives.
Still up ahead is the smell of pine needles, cinnamon, gingerbread, and peppermint eggnog. If you plan to get your Christmas shopping done early but your home is already tight on space, and you want to maintain the mystery and surprise of Christmas, a self storage unit is an ideal place to hide Christmas gifts from your loved ones.
Another way to lighten the load this holiday season is to share a storage space with a group of friends. If you get a large enough unit, you can set up a wrapping paper station for everyone to share. Here is what you will need:
- A folding table
- Several tape dspensers
- Wrapping paper
- Gift bags, and an
- Ice chest for peppermint eggnog
Okay, the last two items are definitely optional.
Ask each friend to print out his or her name on several sheets of paper and leave a pile next to the stapler on the table. As people drop off gifts to the storage unit, they can staple or tape their names to their bags and boxes or take the time to wrap and label their presents. You can also plan a Christmas gift wrapping paper party inside a 5X10 or 10X10 storage unit. For once, those of us who shop ‘til we drop won’t come home to wrap alone.
Storage lockers are the ideal storage solution for holiday gift hiding too, and are less expensive than larger storage units. Moreover, after the holidays you can stash your partner’s bowling ball and fly fishing gear that hasn’t been used since you moved in together.
Make sure the storage facility you choose features electronic gate access and security cameras. Keeping your valuables safe is first and foremost any time of the year.
Choose a storage facility that is in between your favorite places to shop or run errands and home so you won’t have to drive out of your way to drop off and pick up gifts. Some storage facilities offer 24-hour access, which is ideal for Secret Santas to get things assembled and under the tree at any time.
If you live in a region of the country where it is snowy and icy during Christmas, opting for a climate-controlled storage unit will be a more pleasurable experience, especially, if you plan to share self storage with a group of friends and set up a wrapping paper station inside your storage unit.
Unless you plan to surprise your family with a new puppy or kitten this holiday season, using self storage to hide Christmas gifts is a great option. Think of all the carefree evenings and weekend afternoons you’ll have not worrying about who might be looking for hidden gifts.