Christmastime was always fun for me as a kid because my mom put so much thought and effort into not only the gifts she bought, but also into how she wrapped and distributed them. Over the years she’s come up with several awesome ideas, because it’s her love language to give gifts to others. So I am thrilled to welcome her on my blog today to give a super simple Christmas gift wrapping hack that’s especially awesome for big families.
It’s a great way to build anticipation about what gifts are under the tree, who they’re for, and what they are, while also allowing for some organization to sometimes an overwhelming situation at unwrapping time!
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The easy and fun way to organize & wraps gifts for big families
It has taken me a couple of years to figure out but after adding five grandchildren to our family in a short time span, I soon discovered the need to organize my Christmas wrapping more systematic manner.
One of our family traditions at Christmas is to go around the room one at a time when unwrapping gifts. This not only gives each of us the opportunity to share in the experience, rather than everyone opening at the same time and no one knowing exactly what the other person received but also allows for acknowledgement of who the gift was from.
In addition to this idea I have tried to insure that each person has the same number of gifts to unwrap. This can be a challenge if one gift is more expensive than others but there are solutions.
- A quick trip to the Dollar Store can still make this an enjoyable experience
- I have been known to make adjustments by grouping items together to equal out the number of gifts.
I simply bring all the gifts into the living and spread them out, making one line for each grandchild and then group accordingly to ensure that they each get to unwrap the same number of presents.
As our family has grown so have the number of gifts.
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This can present a challenge when trying to pass out gifts especially if tags have fallen off and I am left frantically trying to recall what that particular item was and for whom it was intended. And that’s when I figured out a great idea for a gift wrapping hack that would not only be a life-saver come Christmas day, but it was also FUN!
I now wrap each person’s gifts in their own wrapping paper and no tags are needed.
By making this simply adjustment I no longer have the need for name tags that get misplaced and it can even add to the suspense during the approaching days or weeks as family members try to determine which gifts might be theirs.
They can shake and guess all they want but no one will know for certain until the night we exchange gifts!
My family has also spread out over a number of miles this year and as an added bonus this simple adjustment has made it much easier to prepare for traveling.
Since most people wrap gifts with multiple styles of paper anyway, this is just a way to mix up how it looks under your tree while still having a system & organization. So scramble them up, don’t tell the kids which wrapping roll is theirs, and make it a fun guessing game all the way to Christmas day.
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Teresa is Kara’s own mother! Professionally, she is a retired National Board Certified Elementary Physical Education Teacher. She is now the grandma to 5 beautiful babies and is the planner and coordinator of games and activities for the toddlers, preschoolers, and young kids at her church.