Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Label Idea - Keep them guessing!!

I don't know about you, but we wrap many of our gifts and put them under the tree before Christmas eve. Then we bring out the rest of them after the kids have gone to bed. How do you keep your kids from being able to figure out what certain give away shape and size gifts are? I have been using a plan that I heard years ago and it works great!
Make up fake names for your kids and label the gifts that way. You have to make a key for yourself (and don't lose it!!) ahead of time. If you have 4 kids I pick out 8 names. I give them each 2 names so they will have no chance on figuring out their gifts. It may look something like this:
1) Joe - Dasher / Mary Poppins
2) Drew - Batman / Spiderman
3) John - Snow White / Elf
4) Tim - Belle / Hulk

Don't make them gender basis either. Give the boys girl characters and the girls boy characters. That will throw them off even more!
My boys have been used to this since they were small. Dave's kids just started it 5 Christmas ago when we were first together. They think it's great and keep asking if we are going to do the "names" again on the presents.
That is my job today, to wrap gifts and come up with the code list. (That's the hardest part for me coming up with 16 fake names)
Happy Wrapping!


Jim Deitzel said...

What a fun game! I love the idea.

Right now my son is having a heck of a time guessing one of his gifts. I purchased a street hockey stick for him. The blade on the stick is attached by screws so I took the stick apart and wrapped it in a large cloth gift bag. He has NO idea what it is. It's driving him nuts.

Ali said...

LOVE this idea!

Anonymous said...

I've heard of people using a different wrapping paper for each person and not labeling at all...

If you like to use all one paper, you could use different colored bows for each person.

I've not done this, but I will next year. Gotta use up all my current paper this year and buy paper on sale after Christmas!

Since I haven't wrapped yet, I will use your great idea this year! My 6 yr old will LOVE this!!!