Every year at Christmas I open all of the boys electronics & put the batteries in the toys that need them. Any of the toys that have 5,000 of those stronger-than-steel twist ties get those removed & plastic things holding them to the package get cut off. Then I put the toys back in the packaging and wrap.
This made Christmas morning much easier in Mimi-land because the boys could access their toys immediately without me having to find something like the jaws of life to get the toy out. It also saves on the box getting torn to shreds in case someone wants to return something.
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