AKA 'how to pull the wool over the eyes of your loved ones'. Merry Christmas.
The Post Office has (potentially) ruined every gift giver’s surprise this year by revealing the top 10 hiding places Brits use to keep their presents a secret before the big reveal at Christmas. Number one being the wardrobe, natch.
With 23% of people surveyed admitted that they become detectives-in-training when it comes to seeking out their Christmas prezzies. And with Black Friday being all but a memory, it looks like the element of surprise has also died out online too with over half of the UK admitting to checking the browser history of loved ones to see what might be in their stockings.
Shame on you.
And the reason for all this snooping won’t surprise you. One in eight of the study’s participants said they’d prefer to know what their presents are in advance, so they can ask for something better if they don’t like it.
Truly, it’s the Christmas spirit.
So to make sure your Christmas present remains a surprise – and no one asks for a do-over – here’s our top 10 tips to keeping them stowed away safely and in secret.
1. Use Multiple Passwords
No more password123 for all your online shopping, thank you.
2. Un-tick The ‘Remember Me’ Box When Shopping
Source: Paramount Pictures via glee.wikia.com
3. Close The Browser
Source: 20th Century Fox via Giphy.com
I mean, c’mon… Standard practise, non?
4. Use A Click and Collect Service
Source: Warner Bros Pictures via Imgur.com
There’s nothing worse than having your partner’s present be signed by them. Yikes.
5. Clear Your Search History
Source: Walt Disney via Imgur.com
Appropriate for avoiding many-an-embarrassing situation.
6. Set Up A Personal Log In For Shared Computers
Privacy 101, peeps.
7. Disable Text Messages On Your Phone From Your Tablet
‘Package delivered’ might as well say ‘Open me now.’
8. Set Up A Dedicated Email Address For Gifts
We suggest firstname.lastname@example.org…
9. Ensure You Check The Delivery Address For Each Order
i.e. Send it to a friend’s house and chill.
10. Don’t Store Items In An Online Cart For Long Periods Of Time
Cut out the middle-man and just put a ‘LOOK AT ME’ tag on a present, why don’t you?
Have you had anyone snoop around for your Christmas presents, yet? Let us know @marieclaireuk