How to Carefully Open Presents Before Christmas

Want to look at your Christmas presents ahead of time to see if you got what you wanted? If you do than follow these steps to open them and put them back.


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    Make sure you choose to do this when no one is around. Such as when they are at work, at school, sleeping, or gone out. If not possible, simply go into a room with a lock and hide under a blanket.
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    Go to where the presents are and choose a present you want to see. Make sure it is yours because you don't want to mess up someone else's present by accident.
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    Observe how the gift is wrapped. This will help when you put it back together. If possible, take a photo of the present pre-unwrapping.
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    If you don't want to mess up the gift wrapping, take a peek where there is a hole. Most wraps are translucent, so you have a hint of what you got for Christmas. Also, if you already have a prediction of what you might be getting, feel around the package for any textures that might give it away. Take care not to feel around too hard or you might rip the wrapping paper.
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    Get a knife or scissors and cut through the tape on the edge of the gift wrap. Don't completely sever the tape; use the knife or scissors to lift the edge of the tape away from the paper. Only do this on one side. Or simply use your fingers to carefully remove the tape. Replace the tape after you have seen the present. If you cut the tape, put another piece over the cut to make it less obvious.
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    Slide out the gift. If you are lucky, you can see the present from one side. If not, carefully slide it out, don't rip the gift wrap. If you are having trouble don't unwrap it. Only because it may be obvious that you opened it.
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    Clean up the dirty work. After you have seen the gift, put it back exactly how it was. Wrap the gift and tape it back up. Try not to leave any signs of tampering, and make sure to be very quiet.
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    When you're done, put it back where it was before and make sure it looks like no one has even touched it.
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    Make sure you act surprised on Christmas day.


  • If the rip is too obvious to tape, try putting it towards the wall or the tree where it is unnoticeable; make sure you get to this first on Christmas and quickly rip it open so no one else notices the rip.
  • Do this when you are alone.
  • Also do not tell anyone such as a brother, sister or friend because they may rat you out.
  • When it's time to unwrap them, Act surprised and thankful even though you already saw it.
  • If the ripping is far too obvious for either of the above methods and you have the same or nearly the same wrapping paper, try re-wrapping the gift as close to the original as possible.
  • Try using small amounts of tape to fix the rip without making it obvious.
  • You can do this with as many presents you like. Just don't get caught.
  • If you get caught, make up an excuse, like "I forgot which present was yours, so I had to look around for it." Act innocent.
  • This also works with Birthday presents of course!
  • If you end up ripping the paper, here are a few tips to hiding it:
  • If it's an unwrapped box from Amazon or something with the tape on it, do this: step one: get some clear duct tape and scissors .step two: wait until your parents/siblings are asleep and go downstairs or wherever there hiding your presents and pick up the one you want to see. Step three: carefully cut the tape on the edges of the box .step four: open.step five: use the clear tape and put a small piece on the insides of the cut tape.


  • Don't leave any signs of tampering or unwrapping.
  • Don't let anyone see you unwrap.
  • Doing this may make Christmas a bit boring, because you wouldn't have any surprises.
  • If you plan on using the gift before Christmas; be careful. If a gift is broken when you unwrap it, it will take some good lying to work your way out of it.
  • If your parents use newspaper to wrap your gifts, if they notice one day it was wrapped with the comics and the next it was wrapped with the front page of the paper they may be on to you. Carefully rewrap it with another day's comics, it's less noticeable.
  • If the above occurs, try acting surprised and let down when you unwrap it on Christmas morning, not dismissing it and making sure not to make a bigger deal out of it than necessary.
  • You may feel guilty if your parents find out that you ruined your surprises.
  • If caught, you could get in big trouble.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors or your fingers
  • Tape to replace with the old piece (make sure it's the same kind and length)
  • A knife
  • A quiet room/privacy!
  • A lookout (not necessary if nobody is home)
  • A person who can wrap gifts

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