A lot of little things can get under your skin at Christmas time...and one of the most painful is the packaging that houses a lot of items as if they were made of solid gold. Try to wrestle an item out of one of those plastic clamshells and you are likely to get attacked by it and have scratches to show for it. Then there are the industrial-strength twist-ties and plastic and cardboard to cut through on some items. When I finally released a toy from its packaging, I find myself wanting to hurl it across the room rather than lovingly put it into the hands of one of the boys.
Enter this beauty: the Open-sezz-me Plastic Package Opener:
Last year during gift-opening I had the foresight to bring a Ziploc bag with screwdrivers, two pairs of scissors, and wire cutters. It came in quite handy and saved a lot of rummaging for the proper tool and then resorting to using my teeth.
But this little doo-dad looks like it might get through some tough packaging...hmmm. Maybe an early gift to myself is in order.
I might also add that yesterday I noticed an article on Amazon's front page about how they are packaging some toys in easier-to-open methods so as to avoid "wrap rage." For the life of me I can't locate the article on the site again, but it gives me comfort to know they feel my pain (and scratches).
I know it's early to be thinking about this kind of thing...would it surprise you to know we already have a babysitter for New Year's Eve?