Bah humbug, they said. You’re a Scrooge, they said. OK, so my experiment on my TV show (watch it here) to see if the old adage "kids prefer the wrapping to the presents" didn’t go down brilliantly with everyone.
Thankfully, though, the kids did love it, and were completely mesmerised by the empty boxes. Ever since, I’ve been inundated with people tweeting and emailing to let me know they took up the idea. It’s official – kids love boxes.
Actually, I wasn’t genuinely suggesting you just give wee ones a box for Christmas. It was to prove a point that it’s us adults who judge things by cost. Young children only judge things on the fun factor. So why not keep spending down before youngsters get to an age where they demand high-cost goods?
The actual gift idea I champion on this theme is a balloon box. Basically, it’s a box filled with balloons, which can then be popped and played with afterwards.
However some did use the box idea. So now we’re in the January doldrums, to raise a smile, here’s my Christmas gift box gallery. Thanks to all who sent pictures.
First of all, some pics of kids in boxes
Now, some pics of kids who’s parents went creative crazy
Some took the box idea and made hugely creative parental contraptions – major plaudits to those who did.
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