DIY gift numbering

I wasn’t an overly sneaky kid, never once did I secretly unwrap gifts for a peek! Promise. I was however an eager gift-shaker. And a great guesser. By Christmas morning I had a pretty good idea of what treasures were coming my way. So my clever Mom came up with a plan: she numbered all the gifts and kept a master list of the numbers, who it belonged to and what the gift was. Smarty pants!

Not only did it work like a charm (I had no clue which gift was mine, no matter how hard I shook!) but it created such an eventful Christmas morning for our little family. Opening gifts with the number system is quite the process! I would call out “Number 7! Who gets number seven?!”. We then opened gifts — one gift, one number at a time. No ripping into a pile of presents in matter of minutes leaving everyone a bit bewildered.


Now that I am a mom of three curious kids of my own, I gave my mom’s “Numbering System” a spin last Christmas. It was better than I remembered! My kids appreciated the time and attention they got in opening each gift, a moment in the spotlight! I appreciated all those little moments & bright smiles as my kids slowly opened their gifts. Mom’s numbering system is a hit and has now become a new tradition for my own little family.


Here’s the scoop:

1. Start a master list & keep it in a secret spot. If your kids  find it, it’s a major fail.

2. As you wrap gifts assign each gift a number. My mom used to write  the number on the giftwrap of the wrapped gift with a sharpie. You could print out numbers, write on gift tags or use white office sticker dots as I did.

3. Correspond the number on the gift with the same number on your list, making note of the recipient and the contents if you wish.

4. Since I do the majority of the gift shopping, I am master of the master list – Don’t loose it! You’ll need it on Christmas morning to answer “Eliot! Gift number 7 is for Eliot!”

What fun ways do you keep gifts a surprise on Christmas morning?

Join the Conversation

DIY balloon chandelier

Balloons are absolutely the cheeriest part of a birthday. So it’s no surprise that it has become my birthday tradition to create a balloon “chandelier” (no helium required!) for every birthday in our family. I hang the chandelier above the coffee table in front of the mantle in the living room – the perfect spot (read more…)

Join the Conversation

DIY party garlands

Making party garlands & buntings is a simple pleasure of mine. Such an easy, crafty project with instant gratification (yay!) and can easily be added to your party kit for years of use. I usually have a dozen different garlands in my party kit made in a variety of colors, sizes and materials. I add a (read more…)

Join the Conversation

DIY birthday banner

I‘m sure you’ve seen the super cool (and very hip!) black lettered celebration banners around Pinterest & such. I am much too last minute to order one (they are customizable, spelling out all sorts of fun things) but had an a-ha! moment a few months ago: I can totally make my own! Simply take a (read more…)

Join the Conversation

DIY 5 minute birthday party kit

I love birthdays. I love birthday weeks. I love to go all out & throw birthday morning parties, making my family feel extra special. But? I honestly don’t like to spend a lot of time (or money) and always seem to run last minute. A few years ago I had accumulated quite a stash of (read more…)

Join the Conversation
supplement for aging the best skin vitamins phytoceramides with lipowheat vitamins for glowing skin anti aging cream reviews 2012