Best ways to hide what you buy on Amazon so you don’t spoil the surprise

You might not know this yet, but Amazon keeps a record of your purchase history. Sure, it’s great for reviewing past orders and checking receipts. But there may be times when you want to hide the items you have purchased.

This can pose a problem for households where all family members share the same Amazon account. Hiding your history may be necessary for a number of reasons. It can be personal or downright weird. Tap or click through for the weirdest things you didn’t know you could buy on Amazon.

Most of the time, you don’t want to reveal spoilers for the gifts you bought to your loved ones. So here are some tips to help you hide your activity on Amazon and even have your goods delivered to an address other than your home.

stop alexa from spilling beans
If you have an Echo device, Alexa can automatically tell you delivery updates for the items you ordered. This could be a big problem. Alexa loudly announces the delivery, ruining the surprise. Now, your gift recipient will know what to expect.

To add an element of surprise to your gift orders, follow these steps to disable the feature in the Alexa app:

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Clever ways to hide purchases
If you’re sharing the same Amazon account with another family member, there are ways to hide purchases and searches to avoid potentially heartbreaking gift spoilers. Here are some options:

store an order

When you archive orders, this action hides gift purchases from your order history and can also hide items you no longer want to reference or are too embarrassed to reveal.

To archive an order, hover your cursor over Account and List > Your Account and click Order. Find the order you want to hide and click Archive Order. This will remove the item from immediate viewing in your order history.

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