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    Default Removing packaging before wrapping Christmas gifts - would you?

    I read a magazine yesterday that suggested removing the packaging from gifts - particularly toys - BEFORE you wrap them. The idea was that you'd have less rubbish to dispose of on Christmas Day, kids could play with the toys immediately (without having to wait for you to remove 3,000 wire ties and impossible plastic) and you could put the batteries in.

    Would you do that?

    Personally, I don't think I would. I reckon it might look like I was re-gifting!! And I can handle a bit of rubbish on Christmas Day.

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    I do it for my own kids presents every year, I also put any toys together first (like car tracks etc)

    I dont generally do it for gifts other than my own children's though.

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    Whist I can see it has some merit, as in, not having the gazillion wire ties and plastic things to undo, which often leaves me I don't think it hurts kids to have some patience and not always have instant gratification, and I would also feel like I looked like I was re-gifting without all the packaging etc, so no, I wouldn't be doing it myself.

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    I rather keep them in the box adds to the excitement and I don't mind spending my morning unboxing things for dd.

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    I'd probably do it for my own child but not for gifts I was giving to other people's kids. I'd be worried about whether they would think I regifted. Also, what if they already have the toy I've bought them? In that situation I'd like to be able to exchange it for them and that's not an option if I've removed the packaging.

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    Default Removing packaging before wrapping Christmas gifts - would you?

    I unpack, undo all the annoying ties and plastic wraps, then repack in the box that way they get to play straight away but still get the excitement of unwrapping the box/packaging. Only for my kids though.

    I won't lie, I started doing it after DD1 had a meltdown because she couldn't get something out of a box straight away haha
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    I would do it for my own children but as op said I'd be worried it would look like I was regifting. Also I would worry that it couldn't be returned if the recipient already had it.

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    Hadn't even thought about the returning/exchanging - that too

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    Am I the only one who buys second hand toys as xmas gifts? I dont see the point in spending so much when I can get it so much cheaper and not add the the excessive waste etc.
    DS3's 2 main presents are second hand, DS2's bike is DS1's old bike repainted and DS1's getting a pre-owned copy of Disney Infinity 2.0. My kids have never commented on no packaging before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anjalee View Post
    I unpack, undo all the annoying ties and plastic wraps, then repack in the box that way they get to play straight away but still get the excitement of unwrapping the box/packaging. Only for my kids though.
    I do this too.


 

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