5 Creative & Fun Ways to Surprise Kids When Wrapping Their Gifts

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gift wrapping surpriseHave your kids been extra good this year? If Junior and Juniorette are solidly on the "nice list" come gift-giving time, you may want to surprise them with some fun and creative additions to their presents. Including a few small, but unexpected, and oh yeah, cheap little attachments to the outside of one or two of their main presents is sure to bring an extra big smile to their faces. Who doesn't love two gifts in one? It's the ultimate twofer that even the Grinch would love.

Here are 5 ideas to surprise kids when wrapping their gifts.

Instead of using ribbon to tie their present, use a jump rope! It's a cute idea that's functional, too. Bonus points for using a jump rope to tie up a gift of new outdoor wear or sneakers.

Attach a cool hair accessory to the outside of the box. All major drug stores and big box stores sell adorable ponytail holders and the ilk that would look great affixed as a center bow on a wrapped gift.

Wrap their gift in white tissue paper and use a cool stamp to decorate the package, then place the (cleaned) stamp and ink pad on the outside of the box and tie it down with ribbon. Not so newsy-flash -- kids love stamps.

Personalized key chains can be found at almost any tourist trap or party favor store -- slip a key chain with your son's or daughter's name on it onto the ribbon of their present. Bonus points for you if you've named your kid Zebulon and were able to locate an eponymous key chain.

Candy, candy, and did I mention candy? Seriously -- my mom once put a Milky Way on the outside of one of my presents (I think it was a winter coat she wrapped, but that's neither here nor there), and it made my Christmas. Tape your kid's favorite candy to their present and be a hero, why dontcha.

Happy wrapping!

Do you like to add surprises to your kids' gifts?


Photo via meddygarnet/Flickr

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MamaB... MamaBear2cubs

I like to tape small stuffed animals on the front.

coppe... copperswifey

I love the jump rope idea. That is a really cute and good idea. I have done candy canes and little toys to the outside of the packages before. I will have to try the jump rope and hair accessory ones :)

dusky... dusky_rose

I have done candy canes before. Its also fun to do the box within a box within a box idea to watch them dying to know what is on the inside. LOL

Madel... Madelaine

We do candy canes too.

lalas... lalasmama2007

Sometimes I'll attach an ornament to the bow.

Bob192 Bob192

How fun!!  I never thought of doing that!  Maybe I'll try it this year!

Rushn311 Rushn311

I add ribbon and bows, but nothing more

MamaM... MamaMandee

I have done candy, little toys and hair stuff. I might do the jump rope one this year! 

4kidz916 4kidz916

I love wrapping gifts.  I have added a lot of different items over the years.  This year I'm adding a personalized ornament to their gift.

godde... goddess99

I've used candy canes.

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