Christmas Survival Gift Basket

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Christmas morning is chaos in my house. On a normal morning, all I want is coffee and quiet. On Christmas morning, what I get is kids, family, noise, chaos and mess. Most of this before I have managed to drink more than half a cup of coffee. That leaves me slightly less than happy and cheerful. Over the years, I have come to realize exactly what I need to have on hand to make it through the morning. This year, I decided to keep all the things I need within reach and easy to find in a Christmas Survival Gift Basket.

Christmas Survival Gift Basket

Christmas Survival Gift Basket

I’m generally the first person out of bed in the morning. So, I decided to leave this basket near the Christmas tree so it catches my eye first thing in the morning. If you’re giving it as a gift, drop it off the night before just to be on the safe side.  This is what I have in mine. Your items may differ slightly depending on the age of your kids.

  • Coffee. For me, it’s K-Cups for my Keurig. For you it may be coffee beans or ground coffee. Just make sure it’s strong and heavily caffeinated. Include a Christmas mug too for fun.
  • Warm socks. I hate walking around in the living room on our hard wood floors first thing in the morning. The floors are cold which means my feet are cold. Bonus points for fun, warm socks.
  • Candy canes. If kids come downstairs while I am trying to enjoy my coffee, I reserve the right to bribe them to silence with candy canes.
  • Chocolate. If the candy canes don’t work or I’m having a particularly tough morning, an organic chocolate bar will definitely help. Or, grate some and sprinkle it on your coffee so it’s all yours.
  • A trash bag. You know there will be wrapping paper, ribbons and packaging materials everywhere when the present opening begins. Make sure you tuck an extra trash bag aside.
  • Scissors.  There will be dozens of gifts that are attached to packaging that needs to be cut before the item can be removed.

Christmas Survival Gift Basket

  • Duracell batteries. I never understood people who gave gifts that needed batteries without including them but you know it’s going to happen. Prevent meltdowns and stock up today.
  • A scented candle. No one wants to smell the bacon you fried or any lingering dinner odors when it’s time to open the presents.
  • Camera or video camera. Make sure it’s fully charged and ready to capture your special memories.

My Christmas Survival Gift Basket wouldn’t be complete without Duracell batteries. I trust Duracell to be my #1 long lasting battery all year long. I don’t even want to think about the year that I didn’t stock up on Duracell batteries and the kids couldn’t play their new video game because the controller didn’t work. Not a fun time, believe me. Duracell batteries have a 10-year guarantee in storage with Duralock Power Preserve Technology so I know they’ll work when I need them to. CopperTop batteries are available in AA, AAA, C, D and 9V.

Stock up now and create your own Christmas Survival Gift Basket to make sure you have everything you need on Christmas morning.

Christmas Survival Gift Basket

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Duracell.




  1. heather @french press says
    this is brilliant! pinning
  2. This is an excellent idea! We've started to switch over to rechargeable batteries, which has saved us a significant amount of money - but it's important to charge them up the night before so they're ready to go in the morning.... Thanks for sharing!
  3. What an adorable idea, I just love this! I would also add in a notepad and pencil to keep track of what gifts are from who! I'm always afraid I'll forget who a present is from in the excitement of opening :)
  4. Very nice idea, thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop

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