Oh good I was begining to think I was very strange (or stingy haha)
Definitely not the only one peanutmonkey and not stingy either, but smart!
We do secondhand presents too however if we do new things I leave them in the packaging so that they can be returned if necessary.
Big stuff like bikes we would put together because we know that no one else will get that for our kids without asking.
No I have never done this. And I think if a child can't wait for a couple of minutes while some wrapping is unwrapped and ties broken , that's really unfortunate.
I always think of the many children who won't get anything this Xmas.
I do a lot of second hand items for the wii or ds consoles from eb games or similar. So much cheaper.
As for getting rid of the packaging first, I have to agree with those who have already stated reasons above as to why they don't. And to throw my own main reason out there: I hate wrapping. Anything that will make it more difficult (ie removing item from box to make weird shape) or prolongs the experience is out.
I dint think it has to be such a negative thing against the child, they're little and still learning patience. I also have 3 small kids and only 2 of us - with toys that need to be taken out of packets, small ties removed, then be put together, I think its reasonable to expect they may get a bit impatient (im talking about small children here, i cannot reason with my 18 month old that he is lucky to get presents at all etc. )
It is actually safer and easier for myself, those small bits of plastic and ties arent exactly safe to have laying around and trying to keep out of a toddlers mouth and the mouth of a 4yr old who puts absolutely everything in his mouth.
Builds anticipation. It's character building for them to wait some.
I have done it for some things in the past. Just depends ...
And I also do second hand things, as well as occasionally wrap up her current things (she loves opening presents .. Doesn't matter if it's hers already lol)
This year she is getting what is currently the family iPad ... So something that we have already but will be 'hers' - and she is thrilled. (I have to wrap it up though :P )
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