A character obtains a wrapped present and shakes it in order to identify the contents. Sometimes said shaking breaks the gift inside, which was fragile. This might be spun as black humor if the gift was something alive, although sometimes this will be subverted by having the gift-giver stop the would-be shaker before the creature inside is harmed.
Raising pets is a big responsibility. Another big responsibility is trying to keep a secret, especially from the very people you live with. Combining those two things gets you this trope: A character, or multiple characters, secretly caring for a pet and dealing with the chaos that inevitably comes from it.
Common problems include trying to hide the pet, or alternatively, losing the pet and having to search for it while not being able to get help from anyone; trying to care for and feed the pet; and eventually, either having to let the pet go or managing to convince everyone else to let them keep it.
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