It may seem a little odd to buy an outdoor toy as a Christmas present, but there are a few reasons why, for your family, this could be a really good idea.
A good quality trampoline is a significant investment, and will bring hours of pleasure, but deciding when to buy one can be difficult. You basically have three options: i) Just buy one for absolutely no reason because you are such an awesome parent. This will make the children happy, but the parents financially poor, and runs the risk of encouraging the children to expect such treats. ii) Blow the entire birthday budget for one child on a trampoline, and face years of 'he's not sharing the trampoline' / 'she won't get off MY trampoline' moaning. You will also have to match the spend on sibling's birthdays which could prove to be expensive. iii) Spend a good chunk of your Christmas budget on a trampolines as a joint present between your children.
For peace and harmony to rain supreme in your home, option iii) makes the most sense.
So now you're sold on the idea of investing in trampoline for Christmas, you'll need a plausible cover story for how Father Christmas is going to wrestle it into your back garden.
With careful planning you can deliver a magical present unveiling on Christmas morning, and preserve the magically plausibility of Father Christmas.
1. Straight Forward Box Wrapping The simplest way to present this gift on Christmas morning is by gift wrapping the box, but also the most boring. Besides the disappointing lack of creativity, there are a few other downsides to this method of gift-giving. It will be some time between receiving the gift and being able to use it, and when you are attempting to erect the trampoline, there will be a small person 'helping'. Also, it seems unlikely that Father Christmas will have been able to fit this huge box in his sleigh.
2. Gift Wrap The Erected Trampoline With a few rolls of bargain basement Christmas wrapping paper, you should be able to cover an erect trampoline. Of course, there's no way this will be arriving by sleigh. Tie the corners of an old bed sheet to the trampoline to look like a parachute, then Convince your little ones that the reindeer pulled the trampoline to your house, then gently dropped the trampoline to the ground. This is a lot of work, but is likely to produce the best Christmas Day reaction to capture on your home video, and leaves no question unanswered about how Mr Claus managed such a feat.
3. Gift Wrap The Door If the thought of wrapping an entire trampoline fills you with dread, wrap the back door instead. Cover whichever door you normally use to access the garden. This is an easier task than wrapping the whole trampoline, but still gives a great unveil moment. Plus the trampoline is ready for use as soon your little one has wrapped up warm enough to go outside.
So there you go, every question answered, every doubt quashed. You can buy a trampoline for Christmas, and Santa's reindeer are more than capable of delivering it.