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?

ChristmasCountdown Sat 24-Nov-12 22:27:00

Reindeer food, Christmas dvd, Christmas book?

New pjs, DVD, chocolate coins, new slippers, Christmas book in ours

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:29:33

Mine has:
Christmas dvd (Arthur Christmas)
Christmas mug
hot choc sachets and mini marshmallows
Christmas book (night before Christmas)
Reindeer food
Christmas plate (got it as it matched mug and thought could put santas mince pies /reindeer carrots on it)

ginmakesitallok Sat 24-Nov-12 22:34:28

Key for Santa if you don't have a Chimney

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:35:07

Oh fab ideas!
Got reindeer food so i'll pop that in.
Must look out for a Christmas plate, or maybe I could paint my own. Will Google in a mo'.
Is Arthur Christmas out now....def get that one.
Night before Christmas, sounds good...any chance of a link? Pls!

Do u buy new books/dvds etc each yr?
What time do u get the hamper out?
There's barely enough hrs in the day as it is!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:36:00

Oh didn't see mini marshmallows where can I find these?

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:38:18

Yep, Arthur Christmas just released on dvd/blu ray last week.
I got hardbacked version of night before Christmas with cd on Amazon for £3.73.
I got Christmas mug and plate in asda for £2 each.

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:42:35

Thanx cazza u have turned in to my Xmas advisor!

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:44:16

Mini marshmallows were asda too ( in baking aisle) think most big supermarkets should have them.

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:44:20

Got the Innotab now...on to the hamper!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:45:04

Oh i'm looking forward to this now!
What's your hamper made from?

Ds is havind new Pj's, Arthur christmas dvd, reindeer food, a gingerbread house kit and (his favourite) Lush bathbomb.

cazza2878 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:50:21

Oooo where's gingerbread house kit from? Sounds fun (although maybe needs to be done before Christmas eve timewise )

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:51:55

Oooo bath stuff, never thought of that. Could get a new bath toy and try them with a bathbomb, are they suitable for young ish DCs, mine r still on johnsons!

makemineapinot Sat 24-Nov-12 22:51:56

I succumbed to pressure today and gave them the Arthur Christmas DVD early!! Normally we go out for a walk/meal/visit someone - ie any pretence to get out the house and always make sure One f my dc is last out. Then my eight our pops over with 'the bag' with Xmas pjs/onesies last year, a DVD and popcorn. They like to make their own reindeer food and sort out snacks for Santa. Sad ow cos ds doesn't believe but still orders how the Xmas gift bag gets there!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:54:02

Ah so its not from u then make its part of the build up, like the elves have left it or something? (eight our)?!

Glitterkitten24 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:56:19

Mines has...
Christmas DVD x2
Christmas book for DS x2

Comfy Christmassy slipper socks for all of us
Reindeer food
Mulled wine spices
Gingerbread stars (the soft German stuff, can't remember the name of it)
A personalised stocking for DS

I had to wrap it all up in cellophane last weekend to
A) stop me eating the sweets and having to replace them
B) stop me buying more and more and more stuff!

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:56:39

So what is the actually hamper?
Some sort of Christmas sack?

We did our Gingerbread house last christmas eve afternoon whilst watching Polar express. Last years was from Ikea and was lovely. However, we now have a 4 month old puppy so engineering a long shopping trip just for that would not be on.

We are going to try the one in Aldi this year instead.

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:57:25

Do u wrap the items up? In Xmas paper?

makemineapinot Sat 24-Nov-12 22:58:16

The elves leave ours wrapped up in a Xmas gift bag x

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:58:39

What from Aldi? Ginger bread house?
Like hansel n gretel style?

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:59:29

Ah yes them big christmassy gift bags, must track one down

makemineapinot Sat 24-Nov-12 22:59:42

DC painted Xmas tree plates when they were 2&3 and we put hem out or Santa every year - they love seeing them when I get them out the high up cupboard!!

makemineapinot Sat 24-Nov-12 23:00:23

£1hops sell them x

And Lush do a bathbomb for children. Its called something along the lines of little robot. It didn't irritate ds (admit he only has them on rarely) and he has mild eczema.

Glitterkitten24 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:01:33

There is a wholesale florist suppliers shop near me, they sell wicker baskets and cellophane pretty cheaply so I use those.
You cdn often get baskets in places like dunnes or dunelm mill at reasonable prices too.

A Christmas sack would work just as well tho, might be more exciting for the DCs if they just put their hand in and pick something and can't see iyswim?

Yes the gingerbread house kit we are trying this year is in the Aldi. It is Hansel and gretl style. Think it's a fiver. The Ikea one was cheaper and worked well but Aldi is a 10 minute walk compared to a 35 mile drive.

Flojo1979 Sat 24-Nov-12 23:05:51

fan I don't have a Lush nr me. It'd be Boots.

Clothilde Sat 24-Nov-12 23:06:08

Pyjamas, stockings to be hung up, snowman soup, DVD, note from the elf, book, bath stuff, popcorn, biscuits, tea-lights, letter to Santa kit. Maybe slippers for the children and mulled wine for the grown ups.

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.

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

Snowman soup? Do tell!

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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 23:26:10

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

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!

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.

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

Exit there are hundreds of christmas books...

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 :-)

Er No, it is the Christmas Book.

<refuses to be budged>

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???

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

Making! Not asking! Stupid predictive text x

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)..

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

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

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

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