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...
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...
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Step 3: The Size Evaluation
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...
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
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!
I CANNOT THINK OF ANYMORE QUESTIONS THAT YOU COULD ASK YOUR PARENTS, SO PLEASE, IF YOU THINK OF ANY, LET ME KNOW
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Step 6: How to Know If Your Present Was Re-gifted
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).
HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS INSTRUCTABLE...HAPPY HOLIDAYS!