Christmas Morning Emergency Kit

santa claus tool kit for tackling christmas emergencies

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We’ve all been there. The last-minute dash to wrap gifts, stuff stockings, and assemble alll the things. Inevitably, we find we’re one critical thingamajig away from ripping through the brick fortress of toy packaging. One set of batteries away from creating Christmas magic. One gift away from checking everyone off your list.

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Since our family often travels around the holidays, we’ve learned to become efficient over the years. Traveling means we have to be ready in advance for any potential Christmas-day gift crisis. Not because we’ve got it all together. But, because we’ve learned the hard way.

Today, I’m going to share my list for creating a Christmas emergency kit. Plus, to build your own, you can click  batteries to receive a $5 Walmart eGift card with your $15 Energizer® battery or lights purchase .*

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Here is the mini arsenal of essentials that we have 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 unpackaging 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.

Like the year my daughter got this cute doll that sings Ring Around the Rosies when you hold its hands. When it has batteries, of course. Oops!

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Both AA and AAA batteries are a must. I’m packing Energizer MAX® AA batteries for their long lasting power for our toys, digital cameras…and any other battery-powered device we may open. I’m also packing Energizer® Ultimate Lithium™ batteries. They have a safety-conscious, leak-proof design that means our most-loved toys will be protected against leaks and corrosion. I’m also packing 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, As much as I like using my DSLR, I prefer to use my phone on Christmas so I can be more fully present. That’s why it’s critical to have a charging cord or a power bank in your emergency 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. Or, I end up in an awkward social situation I didn’t expect, which demands a thoughtful gift.

For this reason, I always carry a few spare gift cards around the holidays. I purchase cards that I know I’ll be able to use if they go un-gifted. I like to keep a small stash of small Walmart gift cards for that reason. If by some miracle I actually have my act together on my shopping, I’ll just use them for groceries.

For the same reason, I keep a small stash of gift trimmings. Gift card boxes, ribbon, a spare gift bag and tissue are always handy for last-minute gifting situations.

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

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

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