Christmas Morning Emergency Kit

Remove the stress of Christmas morning and keep it all about the fun and season with these tools in your emergency Christmas Kit. Santa approved! 

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You know that feeling you get on December 25. You are often woken up in the early morning with your excited kids wanting to open all the gifts under the trees. It’s one day that you are happy to be exhausted, right? 

But then you have that “toy emergency”. This toy needs batteries, that toy has packaging that would require 17 steps to remove. And to avoid the possible meltdown that can come with these issues, have your Christmas emergency kit ready to go!

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Here is the mini arsenal of essentials you will want ready to go for Christmas.


There is no way to get through the overly-secure packaging of toys without a few key tools on hand. A pair of scissors, a small screwdriver and a pocket knife are our tools of choice!

Even better, use these tools to unwrap a few select gifts in advance. In our house, Santa brings one unwrapped gift for each child. It adds a little magic, but it gives us the added benefit of not having to fumble with unpacking and assembling these toys.

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This is a biggie. I’ve seen one too many sad faces when we didn’t have the right batteries for new toys.

There is nothing worse than a sad face when your child gets that new favorite toy that requires batteries and you have no batteries on hand. 

For most toys, AA and AAA are a must.

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Energizer MAX® AA batteries are our choice for their long lasting power for our toys, digital cameras…and any other battery-powered device we may open.

Also consider adding Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries to your Christmas kit. They have a safety-conscious, leak-proof design that means our most-loved toys will be protected against leaks and corrosion. And don’t forget an Energizer®Headlight for all those  tasks that require two hands (like contending with those teeny screws the night before Christmas!).

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I’m obsessed with capturing the everyday moments of my family.

Stay more in the moment with your family by capturing those smiles with your phone camera instead of a DSLR. Don’t miss any due to phones not being charged, too, when you add extra charger and a power bank to your kit. 

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Last-Minute Gifts

It never fails. Just when I think my shopping is complete, I remember that one person for whom I forgot to shop. Just when you think your shopping is complete, you remember that one person that you forgot to pick up a present for. Or, you need a thoughtful hostess gift to avoid an awkward situation. 

For this reason,  you will love to have a few spare gift cards in your holiday emergency kit. We love to keep Walmart gift cards on hand for that reason. They can be used for so many things for the receiver, or you can use them for groceries for yourself if you don’t need to give them as a gift.

Gift Trimmings

Don’t forget last minute gift trimmings! Keeping an extra box of holiday cards, some gift card boxes and ribbon are always handy to have on hand. 

Make sure to also add some tissue paper, gift bags, and bows as well to your emergency Christmas box for that last minute gift you found, too!

What are your Christmas day must-have items? I’d love to hear your mom-hacks in the comments below!

To make your own emergency kit, you can find everything you need at Walmart.

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