The Full Suburban: Apple Watch box contains the greatest gift of all

This week we will see the end of the birthday season around our house, which – I’m not going to lie – makes me very happy. For the first semester, we’re pretty hard hit in the birthday department, with one in January, one in March, one in April, and two in May. The next upcoming birthday is mine, but it’s not until the fall, so I’m going to use my break to make signs, inflate balloons, wrap presents and throw birthday parties.

We have a tradition back home that started by accident but has since become an absolutely essential part of every birthday (and Christmas). It started years ago when Logan bought himself an Apple Watch, and I just couldn’t bear to throw away the sturdy, beautiful packaging. If you’ve ever opened an Apple product, you know what I’m talking about.

“I’m sure I’ll find a use for this finely crafted box,” I thought to myself. “Maybe it could be a drawer organizer or something.” I patted it one last time, then placed it among the pile of old boxes I use to wrap presents, send parcels, etc.

A while later, I got up late one night to wrap presents for Henry’s birthday and didn’t know how to unveil his biggest present: a new scooter. I couldn’t exactly wrap it up and put it on the kitchen counter for him to find with his other gifts in the morning. My eyes landed on the Apple Watch box: sturdy as ever and just the right size for a small piece of paper to fit inside. I wrote a note, wrapped the box and put it on the counter with the other gifts.

Henry was ecstatic the next morning when he woke up and saw what he assumed was an Apple Watch sitting among his gifts. He was practically foaming in his mouth by the time his party rolled around that night, and he was finally able to tear up his presents.

Imagine his shock when he opened the box and found not an Apple Watch but rather a note that read, “No, not an Apple Watch!” But go to the garage for your real gift! “Oh, man! he said, a little disappointed but nonetheless intrigued by the idea of ​​the garage. He ran to the garage with his siblings right behind him and of course was thrilled with his new scooter.

Since then, the Apple Watch box has appeared on every birthday and Christmas. No longer just for things that are just too big to pack, we now include it just for tradition. Everyone knows to open the Apple Watch box last, as it usually leads to the final and most extravagant gift of the day.

Friends and grandparents who visit for birthdays are usually speechless at the sight of, say, our 7-year-old unboxing what appears to be an Apple Watch. “Oh my God,” I can imagine them thinking. “The Dittos are certainly free footing and fancy with their money this year!”

But they are beginning to understand the concept of the Apple Watch box. Even Grandma Gloria got in on the action one year, packing her own Apple Watch box and hiding five go-kart race track tickets inside for one of our boys.

We celebrated George’s 17th birthday last week, and his “big” birthday present was a pair of Apple AirPods. I felt a bit silly to wrap the Apple Watch box when the gift it would lead to was also an Apple product in a similarly sized box.

Julia Ditto shares her life with her husband, six children, and a random menagerie of farm animals in the Spokane Valley. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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