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Old 10-12-2009, 10:21 PM
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Default What to put in homemade christmas crackers

I said to my sister my girls and me would make some christmas cracker kits in tescos,but what to put in them!
my mind has gone blank :confused:

we will have kids, boy/girl mix average age 10
and half a dozen adults,mixed
suggestions gratefully received
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:35 PM
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Hi toomuchness,

These threads on the Christmas MoneySaving board have lots of ideas.

What to put in home made crackers

HM Crackers

What to put in crackers?

Anyone making crackers? What are you putting in them?

I'll move your thread to that board later to see if you can get more suggestions.

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my wife puts scratch cards in them, and buys them cheap ones like primark opens the end and put nicer things in.
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Old 07-12-2012, 6:51 PM
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We did badges one year using a badge kit and printing out the graphics.
Another year we did keyrings and badges and magnets using a harry potter theme and resin. (I still have my hogwarts keyring).
One year we did pencil toppers all made from fimo. They were animals and birds.
One year we did decorated pens and pencils which we painted in sports team colours.
We used to hunt for jokes too online and print them out ,roll them up and poke them in.
Everyone had a sweet in their cracker (from the tin).
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:18 AM
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I have some to make, I am going to put people's names on them so the gift inside suits them.

Some ideas:
lego minifigures
small pencils, rubbers, pencil sharpeners
sweets
lottery ticket
mini toiletries/samples
hair bobbles/slides or kids bracelet/necklace (primark have cheap ones)

keyrings is also a nice idea
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:15 PM
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Nail varnish? Primark/Poundland do packs you could split up. Lego minifigures are a great idea savingmonkey, they are 1.40 in Asda cheaper than the 1.99 they usually are.
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Old 09-12-2012, 12:25 PM
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In the cheapie shops I have seen fluffy gloves (one size fits all) for 1. Think they would roll tightly to fit a cracker!

Our Scope shop has amazing jewellery- 3 for 1. Maybe only our local shop?
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Old 11-12-2012, 2:06 PM
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Last year I put a little tipple for the adults - mini whisky/baileys etc others years earrings, trial size bubble bath etc (nice bottles) plus look on the internet for your own jokes/puzzles to add, pls a chocolate for after dinner (maybe mint or quality street).
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we make crackers to and usually put in things like mini tourches, jewellery, hair stuff, cars, we always name them so we can buy boy or girl
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Old 16-12-2012, 3:40 PM
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We always do personalised crackers, this year they have in them:-

Mum - Mini bottle of Perfume
Sis in Law - Mini bottle of Perfume (different brand)
Brother - Bottle Stopper with Santa on it
Dad - Vintage badge
Nephew - Keyring with squishy toy on it
Me - I don't know as my Dad bought my gift so it would be a surprise!
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I've just bought a set of moustaches to put in my homemade crackers - should create some fun for my family of boys. I will probably wear one too though
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Old 17-12-2012, 12:25 PM
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We bought some WOW toys figures (2 in a pack) for 79p from home bargains. Suitable for younger kids. My MIL has bought a large table cracker and is filling it with nail varnish, lipstick etc.
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Scratch cards are a great idea, as are small cosmetics! I also think sweets are a simple but good idea obviously funky keyrings and stuff too! As long as it's something simple and fun then you can't really go wrong!
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Loving the scratch card idea!
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Depending how many adults you have can get 6-12 personalised wine charm for a couple of pounds on ebay x
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I hope this link works.... Apologies if not!

I got this little moose from ikea for crackers. Very cute!

http://picturekit.files.wordpress.co...6/img_6717.jpg

picture is from google, by the way... Not mine... Nor is the hair!
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We do homemade Christmas crackers each year and everyone gets a scratchcard and then an item which is relevant to the person, have put in small hair bands, slides for my dd, small puzzles for adults, small handmade soaps, a few chocs. My daughters even insisted that our cat had a cracker last year and she had a Webbox cat treat inside hers

The scratch cards are great as everyone gets quite competitive to see if they have won anything.
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I've always bought cheap crackers and then added nicer gifts to them, but I'm now fed up with being constrained by having to find such tiny things.

This year I will be putting a slip of paper inside each cracker with a number printed on it, and a pile of wrapped gifts in the centre of the table with the corresponding numbers sellotaped into them.
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I have just finished my first home filled crackers, and although I really enjoyed doing them I found it really time consuming! It was much more difficult than I expected to find items that are small enough to fit, and I'm not sure I'll be able to come up with more new ideas for next year. Anyway, I'm pleased with the results and here's what I chose:

FIL: pair of christmas socks (had to reinforce the cracker with sellotape - very tight squeeze!)
MIL: nail varnish
mum: eye cream
DH: had planned on a miniature bottle of Bacardi, his favourite tipple, but couldn't find anywhere that sells them, then I thought about a mini bottle of aftershave but couldn't find one of those either, so got him a set of golf tees, divot tool, ball markers and pencil (had to take them out of the plastic blister packaging to get them to fit)
DS1: Manchester City keyring (his fave team)
DS2: Pack of Lego miniature figures
Me: Hair bun holder ring (been after one for ages, but not sure whether it will still be ring shaped by christmas, it may have taken on the shape of a sausage).

I also put in a christmas themed quiz question, joke (found some really good ones on the internet rather than the rubbish ones that came with the cracker set), and I pinched the scratch card idea from this thread!

I didn't use the paper hats that came with the set either, I have bought some reusable christmas hats instead a la the Royle Family christmas specials, which I will just place on the table. (although I will be wearing mine from 8am, I love it!)

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