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Cheap, but not nasty Father Christmas gifts for 30+ children

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mrsm43s Thu 10-Nov-16 18:19:42

For a Father Christmas appearance at a huge family/friends/neighbours Christmas party.

-Needs to suitable from ages 3-15 years.
-One thing that suits all, so no-one disappointed (and it's pretty chaotic, so things might get mixed up)
-Cheap! Less than £1 per child, preferably less.

Last year I did these selection packs from Wilko. Can anyone see anything to beat that? I'd like to do something different, but can't really see anything else in budget that works as well.

Any suggestions welcome.

NickyEds Thu 10-Nov-16 18:25:45

I think for that age range it has to be chocolate. You might get some 2 for £1 deal at Poundland or something similar from home bargains but I think the one you've linked is fine!

justaweeone Thu 10-Nov-16 18:27:11

I'd make snowman soup
Just google for loads of recipes and the printable poem
Mini candy canes are in Poundland at the moment

Sparlklesilverglitter Thu 10-Nov-16 18:27:44

I think it will have to be chocolate for each child at the price

Get the selection packs again OR maybe chocolate reindeeers/Santa from Aldi (there chcoclate is tasty)

Bobsmum02 Thu 10-Nov-16 18:28:02

I was going to say ththat packs of books that you can get from Costco or the book people, they are usually £10 per pack but have 10 books in but they would only suit your younger children!

What about the Aldi chocolate Santas/reindeers...the Lindt style ones?

justaweeone Thu 10-Nov-16 18:28:53

Or a bag of chocolate coins, aldi have them for only 49p

Lovewatchingrainfall Thu 10-Nov-16 18:33:47

Please remember tho that not all children can have chocolate. My DD is only 3 and does notice when kids get chocolate/cake and she doesn't. How about colouring books or grow your own snowman. eBay may be your friend here

mrsm43s Thu 10-Nov-16 18:36:57

I really like the idea of snowman soup (which I'd obviously make up myself rather than buying ready made), but the party is in my house, and I wonder if I might end up having to clean up lots of piles of hot choc powder? Really nice idea though, and I like the idea of something I make.

I think it probably will have to be chocolate. I did wonder about bags of chocolate coins (again Wilko, only 50p each), but for the extra 25p I think the selection packs look far better

mrsm43s Thu 10-Nov-16 18:38:19

Ah cross posted with a few others!

Yes, no-one has any issues with chocolate, no food allergies etc, so that shouldn't be a problem.

And I see someone else has suggested chocolate coins!

Shallishanti Thu 10-Nov-16 18:38:47

I think you will really struggle to find something that suits everyone in that age range
what about 3-7, 7-11, 11-15
then colour code by wrapping paper

inneedofchocolate Thu 10-Nov-16 18:48:24

Bath bomb?

justaweeone Thu 10-Nov-16 18:53:55

Lots of ideas here

CarrotVan Thu 10-Nov-16 19:06:58

Christmas themed mini rubber ducks

RealHouswifeofBury Thu 10-Nov-16 19:12:38


CarrotVan Thu 10-Nov-16 19:15:39

There are loads of different things on the Baker Ross website from snowman multi crayons to build a mini sailboat kit - all in budget

redexpat Thu 10-Nov-16 19:35:02

The works have 10 books for £10.

Howmanysleepstilchristmas Thu 10-Nov-16 19:46:48

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Howmanysleepstilchristmas Thu 10-Nov-16 19:51:17

Argh! How do I delete that post???

FreeButtonBee Thu 10-Nov-16 19:53:01

Slinky springs. My kids have had the same ones for over a year and they STILL haven't broken! Despite being 3 and having a 1yo mad baby brother!

Howmanysleepstilchristmas Thu 10-Nov-16 19:54:10

Ok, tried to post a link but linked to my eBay and Amazon accounts! Google "fuzzy worm".

XianLiax Thu 10-Nov-16 19:54:23

Santa pencil?

GeorgeTheThird Thu 10-Nov-16 19:59:21

If not chocolate I think the only other option is Christmas tat - Santa hats, antlers, elf socks and so on.

AmyAmoeba Thu 10-Nov-16 20:14:07

What about those light up bouncy balls that you can get in pound shops, or the squeezy ones in a net that bubble out when you squeeze them? Very compulsive for all ages.

Novelty glasses or headbands might go down well.

A chocolate Santa from aldi.

HighDataUsage Thu 10-Nov-16 21:06:43

Have a look at home bargains as they do bulk boxes of selection boxes to buy online

HamletsSister Thu 10-Nov-16 21:09:27

Fart cushions. Cheap mini ones are a 5 pack for £2.49 on Amazon. You could give them 1 each, plus chocolate.

Hours and hours of fun.

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