IT can be difficult to try and hide Christmas presents from children ahead of the big day.
At least, that's what one mum found out, when the gift her daughter was desperate for was delivered early – and her little girl saw it.
The mum took to TikTok to share her story, as she began: "I've ruined Christmas so there’s that.
"I have a three year old and all she wanted for Christmas is this Barbie camper Jeep extravaganza of a gift.
"So I search high and low for it and I can’t find it anywhere. I finally find it at Walmart."
She then bought the camper set, and arranged to have it delivered, without "really thinking" about it.
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"And yesterday, as we were driving home from school and pull into the driveway, there it is – right in the middle of the driveway," she said.
While she instantly tried to think about how to prevent her daughter from seeing the massive box, it was impossible to do so.
"The second we turned the corner, her Spidey senses say, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s my Jeep camper'," she said.
"She sees it. So I’m frantic, thinking, ‘What do I do?’"
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She then came up with the idea to pretend Santa had sent a letter, after grabbing a piece of blank paper from her car.
"I pull out this piece of paper that has no writing on it and it says, ‘Dear child, who’s been so good, I couldn’t fit this on my sleigh so I had to deliver it early.
"'However, it’s not going to work until Christmas so we’re going to have to save it and you can use it at Christmas.
"'Happy early Merry Christmas.’"
But there were several issues with her plan.
Firstly, "she’s three and she wants to play with it now".
And secondly, she explained: " I have now sent my child to school to tell every other child that she already got a gift from Santa, and ruined it for every other parent.
She added in the caption: "My heart is broken at the fact that the magic of the gift that we were going to give our daughter is gone because of the delivery in the middle of the driveway.
"Christmas is supposed to be this magical moment where they experience the magic and I feel like it’s gone now.
"This gift wasn’t cheap either so of course I had to be the gift that we really wanted to surprise her with now that surprise is gone.
"I hope she doesn’t remember this Christmas and it’s ruined for the future of the magic that I was hoping to experience with my daughter."
She also asked for any "tips or tricks" for hiding Christmas presents, as well as slamming Walmart for not putting the toy in a different box.
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"I’m really sad," she wrote.
"They could’ve at least covered the box up. I mean it is Christmas time. Thank you Walmart."
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