Christmas Eve hamper, please help!

(56 Posts)
Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:26:08

I loved the other MNers idea of doing a Christmas eve hamper, but what can I put in it? So far, got new pjs. What else?

clangermum Sun 25-Nov-12 11:27:41

I'm putting in some little Christmas hama bead pegboards with beads

I added a mini bottle of champagne last year for me and a chocolate milk for my little girl (3!)

buzzgirly Sun 25-Nov-12 08:06:27

I got a Toy Story and Princess cardboard box from Poundland. I am putting in new pjs, bubble bath, toothbrush, expanding face cloth, new book and a chocolate santa. Nothing too exciting, but I know dd will be thrilled, 10 month ds will enjoy the box I'm sure.

I'm also going to do one for DH. I am putting in silly boxers, toothbrush, edible massage bar from lush, Radox, a tube of Refresher sweets and a bottle of posh beer.

Boonyjinkies Sun 25-Nov-12 08:00:25

I've bought my girls some glow in the dark bracelets too from Poundland. Not particularly Christmassy but they love them (and they are cheap smile)

SilveryMoon Sun 25-Nov-12 07:56:28

I do this.
A few years ago I found a big shoe-box type box in one of those cheapy 99p shops. It's blue and white and has snowmen on the front and glitter, all that stuff.
I use this as the hamper box every year.
In the hamper is, dc's stockings, new pj's, xmas eve dvd (last year was mickey mouse christmas surprise), milkshakes, popcorn, small toy each and key for santa to get in.
The elves drop the box into the boys bedroom when they are in the bath. They get out of the bath and find it on the floor surrounded by 'snow'. It;s magic snow straight from poundlandthe north-pole, you can tell because there's glitter in it.

jabelle Sun 25-Nov-12 07:49:30

This year I have put in the hamper personalised pj's, slippers, 2 new Xmas books, Xmas plates (3 for £1 from the £shop) and a couple of Christmas activity/colouring books. Just need to get a christmassy DVD and reindeer food, oh and some sweeties. In the past I have put in Christmas craft, make your own crackers, paperchans etc but by the time they get the hamper, there was never enough time to do the craft bits and watch the DVD and have a bath and put on the new pjs as I always like to get the kids in bed early on Xmas eve so have cut back on those bits this year.

As for the books, I buy a new Christmas book every year, all the old ones are read throughout December. Would be read all year if my dd had her way but I put them at the top of the cupboard now. Might even put them away with the Xmas decs next year.

We used a Christmas gift bag last year but at the moment all the bits are in a pampers box so may just wrap that in Xmas paper and put a big bow on it.

iloveholidays Sun 25-Nov-12 07:05:22

I'm planning on doing a hamper gift bag for my DDs for Christmas Eve. I'm planning on putting in split between the 2 (hoping DD1 doesn't question why DD3 hasn't got one, as she'll only be 6 weeks old)..

PJs
Dressing gown for DD1
Slippers (if I can find a bargain)
Peppa bubble bath
Peppa foam soap
DVD (I've bought a couple of Christmas ones although may end up giving these during December, so maybe cinderella)
Book (again I've nought a few Xmas ones so depends what I've got left by Christmas Eve) or maybe a Christmas magazine
Personalised flannels
Chocolate or biscuits

Then I'll prepare a separate little box with DD1 for Santa, I.e. cookie, mince pie, drink, carrot, reindeer food, Santa key

Elf is arriving on1st December with an advent calendar, Xmas DVD, Xmas book (how Santa really works). I've also bought some art and craft sets (as I'm useless creating something from scratch)' cookie cutters, colouring books, other books, letter to Santa set which I'm planning to bring out (elf bring) during December. Reminds me... Want to buy some tissue paper to keep it separate to Christmas presents.

makemineapinot Sun 25-Nov-12 01:01:52

Making! Not asking! Stupid predictive text x

makemineapinot Sun 25-Nov-12 00:57:09

There are loads of Christmas books! The postman one was a firm favourite for years! Our secret elf bag seems a bit lame now but when a 10 year old ds is involved it has to be!! But don't underestimate how much fun and time kids get from asking their own reindeer food etc! My dd would have been upset to find it ready made! Another Xmas eve idea was the Santa/Santa/mrs Santa outfits for build abear for their fave teddies - obviously ds s so not into that now :-( gutted???

Er No, it is the Christmas Book.

<refuses to be budged>

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:38:19

Ill def read the night before Christmas to dd every Christmas eve but as well as a new book :-)

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:35:08

Exit there are hundreds of christmas books...

But there is no other Christmas Book.

Except my 55 year old copy of Rudolph with stand out pics, scribbled on by my childhood self, which I still insist on reading to DD every year, despite the fact that she is 13 and too cool for all that.

And then I read the Night Before Christmas to myself, and weep.

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:29:26

Exit - Im buying the book for the first time this year. If I carry on the hamper tradition, Id probably buy a different new Christmas book each year. If Im making out elves have delivered it, I don't want dd recognising a book she already has and questioning how it got there!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:26:10

Ah cazza I think u might be right, doubt its cheap tho...I guess it depends how big the hamper is.
With all these suggestions I think I'm going to need something quite large

gemz86 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:25:33

My ds will be 2.3 at Christmas and in his Christmas eve hamper we have put -

New red and blue striped onsie
Dinosaur teddy bear pj holder (bhs)
Igglepiggle fleece blanket
New Xmas book (father Xmas visits the north pole)
New DVD (Arthur Christmas)
Milky Stars & Buttons tubes

I used a basket and covered it in wrapping paper & tied with cellophane (you can get nice Xmas ones off eBay). I did see on google a pic where someone had packed it all Into a shoe box, wrapped it in Xmas paper & tied with a big bow. I loved it but can't fit all the items in there. I plan on leaving it under the tree for ds to find when we get back from visiting relatives about 4pm.

I've also done a 1st of December hamper for him to bring out all the Xmas bits we have. He has all of his Xmas books (a lovely collections that my mum bought him for his 1st xmas), his snowman and reindeer teddy from previous years, a thomas the tank advent calendet and some new Xmas pj's. I've also bought some art and craft bits from wilkinsons for us to do together and the happyland Xmas set.

I also wanted to get a gingerbread house set. I've seem some online from Lakeland and have also seem sets in Aldi and B&M bargains. Aldi's look really nice and are only £4.99. They also have ready made ones wrapped in cellophane.

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:24:47

Was wonder this Exit maybe it doesn't make the book shelf at all and gets read then put away til next yr, I quite like that idea. or maybe a different Christmas book each year?

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:23:31

Think (hope!) you can buy bags of ready shredded tissue paper quite cheaply in card shops.

So do you people buy The Night Before Christmas every year? Or just get it off the bookshelf and pop it in the hamper?

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:20:57

Shredded red tissue paper, this is going to keep me busy!

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:15:15

Feel a trip to Ikea coming on..... I need a gingerbread house!!

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:14:08

Yep exactly! Im planning toil put shredded red tissue paper in mine like a bran tub. I've borrowed an actual hamper from my mum but if not I would have just wrapped a cardboard one in paper.

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:09:09

Glitter I could do like a christmassy bran tub type thing!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:07:48

Snowman soup? Do tell!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:07:06

I'm nowhere nr IKEA either. I might make my own Christmas tree ginger breads and decorate them.

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