Christmas shoppers should avoid hiding gifts outside as many insurers don't cover contents that aren't stored inside the house.
Research from insurer LV= has found that two in five (37%) Brits admit to stashing their Christmas gifts in an outdoor area such as a shed or garage.
Of those hiding gifts outside, on average they were found to be putting £190 worth of goods in outdoor spots on their property. The most popular items include bikes, jewellery and televisions.
The insurer is warning that if gifts get damaged or stolen, many insurers won't cover the loss as it will be deemed as outside of the home.
LV= says as many as half of UK households could have insufficient cover to protect valuable gifts stashed outside.
Criminal activity peaks around Christmas according to UKCrimeStats, with more than 35,000 burglaries reported in December 2017.
Heather Smith, managing director of LV= Direct Business comments: “The festive season is unfortunately the most profitable time of the year for burglars, so it’s worrying that so many people are leaving their precious Christmas gifts at risk.
Ms Smith also says leaving Christmas gifts in plain sight of a window is a bad idea.
"Don’t let burglars use your front window as their shop window by leaving presents on show - keep them well out of sight" she warns.
"Outbuildings can be a great place to store a bike or toy car, but they can be a soft target for thieves – so keep garages and sheds securely locked and avoid storing valuables in them. Also, check your policy to ensure you’ve got the right cover.”