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Manchester Evening News
Emma Gill

Mum shares secret hiding place for kids' Christmas presents and parents can't get enough of it

It's that time of year when we all need a little extra space and, for once, we're not talking social distancing.

With presents to buy for family and friends, parents in particular can find themselves struggling to find hiding places away from prying eyes.

That's probably why one mum's idea of where to store Christmas presents is proving so popular. And you might not need any extra space at all.

Sadie Griffiths shared her idea of putting her sons' gifts inside suitcases.

Not only do you have all that empty space to fill, but you can even put a lock on them too.

It was actually Sadie's husband Brett, 34, who made the suggestion and she was so impressed she decided to share it on the popular Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas Facebook page, which has proved massively popular since launching during the first lockdown.

Sadie with husband Brett and their sons Reuben, Harlan and Lucian (Manchester Evening News)

Sharing a photo of one of their cases packed with gifts, mum-of-three Sadie, 31, said: "Hubs suggested storing the kids presents in a suitcase! Genius! No more hiding them in every cupboard I can think of, they hold loads and can get a little lock so can't be opened. Thought I'd share the tip!"

Do you have a tip to share to make Christmas easier for families? Do you have your own hiding place for presents? Let us know in the comments here or on our Manchester Family Facebook page.

And the 31-year-old wasn't the only one impressed with Brett's idea. Her post amassed 29k interactions and more than 4k comments in just one day.

"Oh my god! Genius!" said one. While another added: "Plus easier to bring downstairs!! Brilliant idea."

Sadie's post has been a viral hit (Manchester Evening News)

Sadie, mum to three boys, Reuben, six, five-year-old Harlan and Lucian, two, lives in Wales, but her idea has been praised by parents across the country.

She told the Manchester Evening News' Manchester Family: "We have three sons so there's quite a few presents to stash away.

"We had recently been away for a little break and when asking my husband to put the suitcases back up the attic and bring down some presents to start wrapping up, he suggested wrapping them and just hiding them in the cases.

"It's meant I can keep them altogether and not have little piles stashed around the place!

"The boys have one case filled each and the suitcases are hidden under the bed or on top of a wardrobe. Any bigger items are usually up the attic out of sight."

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