We thought it was just our unruly brood, but it seems even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are suffering with this parenting dilemma at the moment.
Prince William revealed in an interview this week with Kiss FM, that three-year-old Prince George has been trying to open his presents early this year, and mum and dad aren’t happy about it.
Siobhan Freegard, founder of ChannelMum told The Huffington Post UK that this behaviour is perfectly normal for toddlers.
“Who didn’t poke holes in the wrapping paper to peek at the pressies under the tree when they were little? The excitement of crawling round the back of the tree, checking the labels and seeing your name is part of the magic.”
Although this makes us feel a little better about the situation, we’d still rather that they left the gifts alone until the 25 December. So we’ve been the experts what we can do.
1. Choose strong tape.
This may seem like an obvious point, but there are some types of tape that make it too easy for a quick glimpse. Whereas others make it damn-near impossible to break-in and cover your tracks.
Freegard says: “Your choice of sticky tape is so important. The opaque tape that is easy to tear with your teeth is great for wrapping but can be easily opened and re-stuck. Go for heavy duty brand name tape and secure with ribbons to stop cheeky peeking.”
2. Don’t put them out till Christmas Eve.
This is the most obvious solution, but if you’re anything like us, you enjoy seeing the presents piling up around the tree in the week leading up to Christmas so tend to start putting them out as soon as they are wrapped.
Maybe consider putting half out and reserving half.
“For obvious gifts like Lego, don’t put them out until Christmas Eve once the kids are in bed,” says Freegard.
3. Put them in a box.
If you really don’t want to keep them hidden away till the big day (we can’t resist the excitement) then Freegard advises to put them in a box under the tree.
“Pop all wrapped…