If you’re planning on buying a kids bike from Halfords, good choice. Not only are they the perfect present that keeps on giving year in and year out, but they also help your little one stay active.
However, keeping them ‘under wraps’ is a whole different story altogether – especially when you have a sneaky present hunter on your hands.
To help keep their prying eyes guessing, we’ve put together a super handy guide on how to wrap a kids bike.
One of the best ways to throw your little one off the scent is to cleverly disguise a kids bike.
For instance, REI Co-Op’s ingenious reindeer wrapping is fun, creative and misleading all in one. Simply get some brown wrapping paper, red/white tape, a red bike light, keep the cardboard box that your kid’s bike comes in and follow their step-by-step instructions.
And hey presto, you’ll have a cool Rudolph present waiting next to the Christmas tree.
If it’s a birthday present, you could make it look like a horse, unicorn, spaceship or rocket instead. Just collect leftover cardboard from other presents and food packaging to turn it into these shapes.
Wrap parts individually
Luckily, your kid’s bike doesn’t usually come assembled. With this in mind, you could individually wrap each element to keep them guessing in the build-up to the special occasion.
However, you should only choose this option if you don’t mind a bit of moaning while you put it together on the day!
Do a bike hunt
If you reckon you can safely keep your kid’s bike a secret for long enough, setting up a bike hunt is a novelty alternative.
Leave a series of clues around the house and lead them to the treasure.
Just make sure you have a camera ready to capture the joyous moment they first see their amazing present!
Embrace the season
If you’re getting a kids bike for Christmas, you could just have some fun with your wrapping and accept that your child will automatically know what their present is.
In this case, wrapping Christmas lights around the bike and attaching a wreath is a fun way to say that you’ve made an effort.
If you choose to simply wrap the bike up, make sure you find the jazziest wrapping paper available and attach homemade paper snowflakes for a festive way to bring the outside inside too.
Alternatively, a giant Christmas ribbon, bow or pom poms can have the same impact as well. To help you with the latter, Hobbycraft have a handy guide on how to make your own!
Build a Snowman or Marshmallow Man
Bubble wrap is another sneaky way to disguise a kids bike. Simply go around it multiple times and seal it with tape.
For extra brownie points, attach a carrot and scarf to make a Christmas snowman. Or for a nostalgic nod, add a sailors hat and neckerchief to make it look like the Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!
Use a bike bag
On a tight schedule? Then pick up one of our bike bags to pop over it.
If you need a hand picking the ideal kids bike, you might find our previous blog useful: ‘The best kids bikes for Christmas’.