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Every Christmas, it seems like it is getting harder and harder to figure out what our boys want as part of their wish list. They change their mind from day to day and my husband and I have to be careful not to question them too much since they both still believe in Santa Claus and they expect him to know exactly what they want to receive. Luckily, this year we will have the help of Jonna Mendez, a former CIA intelligence officer, to show us how to determine the gifts our kids want the most this holiday season. She has teamed up with Target to help moms who are struggling to figure out what their kids really want this year.
Jonna Mendez is a retired CIA intelligence officer with more than 25 years of service as well as being a mother and a grandmother. I would say that these qualifications make her an expert in the area of how to be a gift detective this holiday season! The Target Kids’ Gift Detective Technique that we will be using for the purposes of this covert Christmas Mission will be Covert Observation. This technique will include observing my boys’ in their natural habitat and, as we go about our normal routine, observing their faces and their posture when watching commercials.
When they are interested in something that they see on television, their eyes dilate, their faces light up, they naturally sit up straight and tall and their body language opens up. When they are not interested, they will sink down in their seats or even cross their arms. I also listen to changes in their speech pattern, specifically their tone and pitch – when they’re excited about something, their tone will becomes lighter, the pitch of their voice will be higher and they will talk faster. This is something I can do casually as we are all watching television as a family.
Additionally, I will be observing and mentally recording their reactions to the gifts featured in Target’s Kids’ Gift List. For the first time, electronics, video games and sporting goods join toys on Target’s top kids’ gift list which is right up my boys’ alleys because their top five presents to receive this Christmas seem to be in those three areas. I’m very excited about being able to get some gift-giving inspiration an using this resource to help me shop for my boys and my nephews this holiday season.
To further covert my mission, I’m going to find a unique way to wrap and give my boys their gifts this Christmas. I don’t want all of my hard spy work to go to waste when they see the gifts wrapped under the tree. Here are some Detective Tips that are going to help me pull this off:
- Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 1: If you are giving a smaller gift such as the Beats Solo On-Ear Headphones, try wrapping it in a large box to disguise it and with something heavy inside to weigh it down. Or wrap an obvious shaped item in the same package to really throw kids off the trail. Place a basketball on top of a boxed gift and wrap both together – the box will look like the basketball packaging until the wrapping comes off.
- Kids’ Gift Detective Tip 2: Often times on Christmas morning, there’s one big gift that kids are longing for. To build up the excitement for opening “the big gift,” give smaller accessory items that accompany the big gift, creating a scavenger hunt that leaves the presence of the big gift in doubt until the moment it comes into view. For example, if the big gift item you’re giving your daughter is a Barbie Dream House, give her a new Barbie, a couple of Barbie outfits and place a note within one of the smaller gifts that leads her to where the Barbie Dream House is hidden.
Make sure you check out Target’s tips to finding out what your kids really want this holiday to help you plan your own covert Christmas mission. They will help you figure out what your kids want and allow you to fulfill all of their wish lists!
Let’s Discuss: What are some of the creative ways that you find out what your kids want for Christmas?
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