Christmas is fast approaching and I just came up with an idea for our girls that I couldn’t wait to share. Last year my darling Faith guessed one of her gifts based on it’s shape. She has a gift with spatial recognition and knew the box that was wrapped was shaped just like a Lego Friends set she had been asking for. She’s also the first that will spot a newly wrapped gift under the tree and checks the tree every morning (I typically wrap at night). I could wait to set out the gifts until Christmas Eve, but I don’t want to do that. I love seeing them excited each day as a new gift appears. We’re planning to do a Christmas Scavenger Hunt, but I still wanted to do more!
So, I decided to brainstorm some Christmas wrapping ideas that would help keep the gifts a mystery. I follow Becky on instagram, and she recently posted a photo of a numbered gift. It sounds like they have a fun tradition with drawing numbers, but I knew I couldn’t risk the random method with our gifts this year. Some of the gifts are extras to a big gift, and I didn’t want the accessory to be opened before the main item. But it helped me with my Christmas wrapping ideas brainstorming and coming up with this idea:
I’ve created a free printable that I’m using to keep track of the gift numbers, and I’m sharing it with you. How I’m using it is to write down the name of the person in a number spot then grabbing the gift and writing that number on the gift tag. You can then keep the gifts being opened in a specific order, and vary the people opening gifts. On Christmas morning I’ll have the master list and as my girls grab a numbered gift (in numerical order) I’ll name who the gift is for. I’m actually including William and my mom in the game too. I even thought that if William wants to make me a part of the game, he could number his gifts with 1/2 numbers. That way he can help incorporate my gift(s) into the game as well.
I’ve created two columns on the sheet for two reasons. First, you could write what the gift is in the second column. You just want to make sure you don’t let that column be seen on Christmas morning. Or, you could use that column as a new set of numbers if you have a lot of gifts/people. So number 1 becomes 11, 2 is 12… I’m sharing three similar forms that have just have some different colors/borders in case you prefer one over the other.
Don’t forget to check out my other fun Christmas Scavenger Hunt ideas! Do you have any fun Christmas wrapping ideas?