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Start a New Christmas Tradition with Your Children This Year

Updated on November 10, 2012

So you, your friends, family and children are gathered around the Christmas tree ready to open presents. Who should hand out all the gifts? Your children, of course. But if your kids are too little to read the names on the gift tags, no problem. I will tell you the perfect way to have your children participate in this great tradition.

Instead of putting name tags on all the presents, you can put a photo of the person that the gift will be given to. That way, your child can easily know who the present will go to.

Since little kids love to be the center of attention and they love to feel special, this will make them an important part of the Christmas festivities and they will feel so proud of themselves. Whether you open presents on Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa your children can be part of this wonderful tradition. There are two easy ways to make these photo gift tags.

Method 1

  1. Collect photos of all your guests that will be attending and receiving gifts
  2. If your photos are not digital, scan them
  3. Open Microsoft Word or Publisher and find the label template that you will be using
  4. Place the photos of each guest on each label and crop and size them accordingly
  5. Print the labels on pre-cut label paper (my recommendations are below)
  6. Peel the label and apply the picture label to the wrapped gift

Method 2

  1. Collect photos of all your guests that will be attending and receiving gifts
  2. Arrange photos on copy machine or scanner to fit on a space of 8.5" x 11" paper
  3. Insert a sheet of 8.5" x 11" label paper into the printer or copy machine (my recommendations below)
  4. Make a copy of the photos and enlarge them as needed
  5. Take a 1" to 2" hole puncher, preferably one that you can see what exactly you will punch out (my recommendations below)
  6. Remove the label backing and apply the picture label to the wrapped gift

It's as easy as that! Your gifts will be kid friendly and look great. When you and your guests are ready to open presents, just have your little children give the gift to the friendly face they see on the gift tag, make a pile for their own gifts and everyone opens the gifts at the same time.

You can start this new tradition with children of any age, but its best to start them out young. Your children will have so much fun and they will have years of wonderful memories and really feel like a special part of Christmas.

Personal note: I did this with my niece and nephew when they were about 3 to 5 years old and they absolutely loved it and all our guests did too!


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