Post # 1
I’m at a loss what to do with our early Christmas present – my aunt gave us a huge non-fireproof, non-waterproof lock box. If it were fireproof, I’d be all over it; but, being that it’s just a lock box I have no clue what to put in it. We already have two fireproof lock boxes one of which is also water proof and access to a safety deposit box in a bank. Between them, the basics (insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, tax and bank papers, social security card, wills, titles, jewelry, etc.) are already covered. So, we have no idea what to put in the lock box she gave us.
I’ve been googling and most people use this type of safe for holding guns (pistols) and ammunition, which I have neither. I thought about making it an um “fun toy box” for my fiancé and I; but it seems like a real waste since any potential snoopers have been warned to not open bedroom drawers lest be traumatized with mental images, and remembering the combination in the heat of passion can kill the mood. I thought about returning it, but without a gift receipt it’s an uphill battle and I still would need to tactfully figure out where she got it.
Post # 3
I cracked up because this sounds exactly like something my FI’s family would do. My family used to store cat food in a gun safe. Our cat was really good at knocking over boxes/bags of food and eating it while we weren’t looking. So, they just bought a gun safe and poured cat food into it. Problem solved.
Other than that, I got nothing…especially if you already have better safes to store your documents and jewelry.
Post # 4
@gemchick82: Do you do any craft stuff like knitting, or painting? You might consider using the box to store craft supplies in, or add some foam in it and put delicate breakable stuff in it. How big is it? Do you have a picture of it next to something else for reference?
Post # 5
Thanks ladies for all the ideas. We decided to keep it and put our electronics (laptops, tablets) in it when we’re gone for long weekends. Hopefully we’ll get some solid use out of it.
Post # 6
That’s kind of an odd gift, esp with it not being fire or waterproof.
The electronic thing is a good idea. Maybe if you keep cash around the house?
Does your aunt come over often? Is she the type to notice or ask about it?
You could always google the item and find out who sells it. Some retailers will give you in store credit for items without a receipt for the amount it is currently selling for.