3 tools to cure wrap rage...

...and get hard-to-open packages open with ease!


It's hard to have a holly jolly Christmas when you are forced to open a pile of clamshell- and blister-packaged gifts with tons of twisty ties while eager children await. In fact, more than 6,000 Americans visit the emergency room after attempts to open difficult product packaging-by tearing, biting, stabbing, and cutting-each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Ouch!

These tools (some of which are designed to exclusively open packaging and others you may already have that can be repurprosed for the task) will help you survive the gift-giving season with your presents-and your hands-in tact.

Please note: Despite their safety features, many of these package openers feature extremely sharp blades and are not intended for use by children; store these tools out of their reach.


All-in-One Opener
Alloy steel jaws cut away the toughest zip and twist ties and eat through product-hugging plastic with ease. One handle features a retractable utility knife with safety lock (for opening CDs, DVDs, and boxes), while the other features a fold-out mini screwdriver (for opening toy battery compartments). If there are parents with little ones on your gift list, give them this and tell them to open it before the kids get started on what Santa brought them. It's available in Berry Red, Fire Orange, Mocha, and Sky Blue. About $12; Zibra


Super-Sharp Blade
The surgical-grade blade on this package opener will never need sharpening. All you have to do is trace around hard-plastic encased items to free them from packaging. For those of you particularly wary of sharp tools, the long, ergonomic handle will put some distance between your hand and the blade. The auto-close safety cover opens only when making the first pierce, then falls back into place on its own to conceal the blade. About $9; Charles Leonard


Scissors With Extras
If you're not into fancy gadgetry, here's a familiar-looking tool. These new multifunction scissors by the makers of the Open-X Dual Blade Universal Package Opener feature adjustable tension to tackle troublesome materials. Let's see: What other pesky packages haven't we covered yet? Bottles without twist-off caps? Walnuts and other hard-shelled nuts? A nutcracker and bottle opener are built into this unit, and will come in handy for holiday entertaining. About $28; Open-X


For even more tools to combat wrap rage, see Tools to Cure Wrap Rage at thisoldhouse.com