Introduction: How to Guess What Your Christmas Present Is...

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This instructable will tell you helpful ways to guess what your Christmas present is...In fact it doesn't even need to be a Christmas present. It could be a birthday present!
This instructable doesn't cost any money and only needs a person (you) and a wrapped present...

Step 1: What You'll Need


1. You...eyes, ears, maybe a nose (I don't think you'll need it that much...unless someone gave you some food), and hands.
(if you have a disability, I apologize)

2. A wrapped present...

Step 2: The Shake Method...

The shake method is very simple:
Pick up the box or whatever it is and shake carefully. The reason: The object might be fragile or, very rarely, might be a living thing (I think whoever gave you the present would tell you that is was something living and wouldn't wrap it up, but who knows what people do these days...)

While shaking the box press your ear to the object and listen for things sliding around in the box...If, when you listen you hear nothing...then this method will not help you...


Step 3: The Size Evaluation

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Looking at the size matters!!!

Well this is pretty obvious: If it is a large present, then it's probably not going to be jewelry...It might be a computer (the monitor will probably be in a seperate box), or something like that...

If it's a small present or medium sized present: It could be something electronic, PSP, Wii, or some LEGO-type thing.

If it's really small and a box shape: Something more expensive, like a necklace, a ring, ear rings, or a watch.

If the present is oddly shaped: It could be clothing, something that has been opened and wasn't put back in it's box, or just something REALLy oddly shaped like a toy ponie rocker.


Step 4: Sometimes...

Sometimes your parents will be really naughty and trick you by wrapping the present in multiple boxes, wrap a really small present in a really big present, or might send you on a treasure hunt through your house or neighborhood looking for the present.

One year my parents took a ball of red and green colored yarn and ran it around the house and tangled it up and ran it through small cracks in the wall. I had to follow the yarn through the house and at the end of the yarn was my present!

Step 5: The Questioning Method

When your parents aren't expecting it, ask your parents a question that might give you a hint of what your present might be, even before you've seen the wrapped present.

Here are some questions that might tell you something about your present:

1. Did you buy my present already? (your parents might tell you that they bought it last week) then you could think, where were they last week?

2. What's in that box? Only ask that when your parents are holding some sort of box that might have come in the mail or if they just got back from shopping. They might respond, It's something shiny for someone special, then you might think, OMG it's probably for me!



Step 6: How to Know If Your Present Was Re-gifted

Once you have opened your present, do this step.

Did you know?: 34% of all gifts are re-gifted. Or more simple: 1 out of every 3 presents is re-gifted

Here are some ways to tell if your present is re-gifted:

1. It's a Ipod mini.

2. It's only half wrapped (unless the present is some pointy object that is hard to wrap).

3. The gifter has never heard of a Christmas Carol (and is older than 7).

4. The box of chocolates is a Halloween or Thanksgiving theme.

5. When you register your electronic item online, it says it's already been registered. (Unless whoever gave you the present bought it on Ebay, then it's alright).



Andi ???? (author)2017-12-15

What that can i see it

bob31415 (author)2007-12-23

Hi I'm from Ecuador. Your instructable is very funny! LOL!!!!


Click that dudes name that you replied to. What do most of his comments say?

Sorry. Can't see. Can you tell me????

BeebBeebbop (author)2016-12-22

So guys guess what! My mom for some reason won't let me and my siblings go into the shed. Well... My brother and sister has already seen the surprise by accident.. so i'm the only one who doesn't know what it is. But i REALLY want to know whats in there!!!

Maybe a bike or quad bike... Something alone those lines? It could have something to do with a sport you play? Maybe a pair of skis or a snowboard,surfboard,knee board,body board and water biscuit???? Hope this helps.

BeebBeebbop (author)2016-12-22

My mom brought out a present (I hope i spelled that right) and it is REALLY tall. Not very wide though. My mom said i'm not putting a name on it. So when my mom was gone i knocked on the box and there was no plastic it was in a box. SOMEONE HELP ME I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS AND WHO'S IT FOR!!!

pokmon987 (author)2014-12-22

LOLZ. My Grandma was like "Uh... You know that game you wanted?"

Me: "Yeah?"

Her: "Well what is it for? I see XBox and 3DS and a bunch of other stuff..."

Me: "3DS."

Her: "Oh good... Okay well I had it shipped already and I was hoping I ordered the right one."

Me: "O.o *Cracking up on the inside*"

Moral: Listen closely to what people say.

JoyJayKai (author)pokmon9872016-12-20

That is awesome!

JonathanG8 (author)pokmon9872014-12-23

Here is my story. I was at home with my sister and my mother called and asked can you help me get (My name)'s phone case. For me that is awesome cause i don't have a phone. But what I heard was pun cake. So I have a present here it says my name from my mom and sister. How do I know what it is.

pokmon987 (author)JonathanG82014-12-24

Ha lol! A phone!

LilyRose14 (author)2016-12-06

Mine is flat and bendy and hard. No idea what it is!

mmy mom told me just a few minutes ago that i was getting something fun and challenging i love rubiks cubes so maybe it could be something similar

Bella_23481 (author)LilyRose142016-12-10

I had one like that once. It was a book. And another time it was concert tickets in a huge envelope.

Yoshibean (author)2016-12-11

Mine has a texture of soft at the bottom almost as a pillow or a blanket yet hard on the surface my mother is very proud of this presant but i have no clue on what it could be when i ask her what it is she says "what would you like it to be?" i imply i would like a computer but ..... it cant be a computer can it she knows i would not like a laptop knowing i already have one could someone help me my curiousity is killing me

Bella_23481 (author)2016-12-10

I have this box. It's about, 12" long, 2" tall and 6" wide. My brother says it uses electricity and you plug it into a socket to use it. My mom is also very proud of what she got me but I have no clue what it could be? I ahven't had a change to feel/shake it yet and it probably costs between $20 and $100.

LilyRose14 (author)2016-12-06

Also FudgeFuzz16o7 your user pic is adorable!

FudgeFuzz16o7 (author)2015-12-25

I have this giant box about 50 inches what could it be?

AdamK61 (author)2015-12-23

My gift is about 14" by 9" by 2.5"-3.5"

I was thinking it was an iPad pro... any ideas?

EmmanuelO16 (author)AdamK612015-12-24

yh man

AdamK61 (author)AdamK612015-12-23

that's length by width by depth

EvanWolf155 (author)2015-12-23

The only thing I asked for was a Samsung Galaxy S5 and none of the presents are shaped like the packing but my mom said one present has two things in it. Any advice?

Your parents may have put it in a box so you won't guess what it is right off the bat :)

EliteC1 (author)2015-12-22

all I asked for is a ps4 and my mom is completely denying that im getting it my cousin says that his dad is doing the same any help

Mushroomkitty (author)2015-12-19

I want one thing this year and when my mom told my grandma want I got and she craked The ONE thing wasn't on there Lol

jayne15 (author)2015-12-16

Kids have it easier than before. Use app like What's My Gift and then look at a few websites to narrow down the search (maybe eBay, Amazon, and Target?) and they know all about their presentst and probably their siblings too! Saying to clear browser and re-box things is easier than done.

the guesser (author)2012-12-21

this is a good way. say what did you get me? 1000 times. they might crack. if they dont, when they are gone open it a little then tape it back. glad this might help.

i did that last year but it was double wrapped and now this year my mom never said where she got it so i have no clue at all. i am trying to crack the code though. (sarcastically) :-)

his_stepmom (author)2007-12-23

p.s. You did a good job, this was funny. Betcha don't know what your presents are this year, though. Love you.

StuNutt (author)his_stepmom2010-05-02

KIds can be real monsters, can't they!

Cherry gun girl (author)StuNutt2015-08-08

I'm not a monster but my mom also says that

craollsonc (author)StuNutt2014-12-24

true that

YoutubePrincess1 (author)StuNutt2014-11-12

kids not KIds

Are u his step mom?? I'm wondering

I think I do...?

wow, a conversation on instructables. . . thats like when im in my bedroom, and my mom is in the kitchen and she calls me on her cell. . . O.o

TheBestPrankster (author)2012-12-08

I know a Christmas present prank, okay 1. fill a tub with water 2. wrap it to make it look like a present 3. Put a bow under It so it looks like its upside down 4. watch your vicim turn it over and you know the rest (: This is a funny prank

What do u wrap?

Cherry gun girl (author)2015-08-08

If your parents got it on eBay check the my eBay thing and look at stuff if they bought it then it will say you bought this item

Niccolo Gray (author)2014-12-23

I just ask if whatever they have is for me. I'm only asking for 4 things this year. :\

pokmon987 (author)Niccolo Gray2014-12-24

Yeah so is my sister though my mom got her a lot of other things as well... So which one's which?

DemetriusS (author)2014-12-17


DemetriusS (author)2014-12-17

What is this

DemetriusS (author)2014-12-17

What is this

YoutubePrincess1 (author)2014-11-12

Another Method (If your parents ordered it off of the computer) : you could wait until they leave, then look in the search history.

danceworkshop_3 (author)2013-11-30

You could randomly walk up to them when they least expect it and ask "what did you get me for christmas?" If u catch them really off guard they will most likely say :)

watevs (author)2011-12-22

wat i do is read there txts cause my aunt ask wat she should get me and my mom said that i like girl stuff hair clothes stuff like that for a xbox and i saw that she got me a ipod touch 4

jgreen35 (author)2011-12-06

tells you nothing at all

jreyes19 (author)2011-11-18

It's kinda helps but i do that some times i agree with ^^ 2 ups or Tammy93

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