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    • toomuchmess
    • By toomuchmess 10th Dec 09, 10:21 PM
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    What to put in homemade christmas crackers
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    • 10th Dec 09, 10:21 PM
    What to put in homemade christmas crackers 10th Dec 09 at 10:21 PM
    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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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 13-12-2017 at 9:55 AM.
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    • Ziggy Stardust
    • By Ziggy Stardust 5th Dec 17, 3:02 PM
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    We're seeing a lot of traffic to this discussion so I'm bumping it up.

    Does anyone have any fresh ideas?

    Originally posted by MSE Andrea
    Nail polish, lotto ticket, key rings, chocolate coins, lip gloss.

    I really am stuck this year for ideas for my husband, I always seem to get him a lottery ticket or a key ring. He's not into aftershave or stuff like that.
    • savingmonkey
    • By savingmonkey 6th Dec 17, 1:39 PM
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    Charity pin badges. I put these from CLIC Sargent in one year
    https://shop.clicsargent.org.uk/products/christmas-pins
    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 10th Dec 17, 9:19 AM
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    I love the charity pin badges idea. It!!!8217;s for a good cause too.

    I!!!8217;ve bought a selection of different birds form the rspb collection for different people and even a bee for my mother as her name means bee.

    My nephew has a train badge - although to be fair I!!!8217;m not sure of the chastity it!!!8217;s for as I didn!!!8217;t but this one my partner did.

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    • franklee
    • By franklee 11th Dec 17, 11:48 PM
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    Small screwdriver with various detachable screwheads in the handle, small torch, small personal fan, jewellery, light summer scarf that can be rolled up, small spectacle/screen cleaning cloth.

    Wonder if you could fit a packet of seeds in for the gardeners. Pack of finger type plant labels Wilko has several types some you write on and some you scratch with the scribe provided.

    For the crafters a clear stamp (of the kind that you use with an acrylic block the crafter will already own). The stamps themselves are bendy so should easily fit provided the aren't the bigger ones.

    Some nice ribbon that could be used for, hair, doll's hair, or for crafting.

    Needlework mending kit or embroidery thread.
    Last edited by franklee; 12-12-2017 at 12:06 AM.
    • musikate
    • By musikate 13th Dec 17, 7:07 AM
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    Freebies
    I'm interested in whether you can get freebies or sample perfumes and things which could go into crackers
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 13th Dec 17, 10:01 AM
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    Fabulous ideas everyone!

    I'm interested in whether you can get freebies or sample perfumes and things which could go into crackers
    Originally posted by musikate
    That makes sense. It's probably too late for this year but for next year the Freebies board could be a good source.
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    • princess_fiona
    • By princess_fiona 13th Dec 17, 12:08 PM
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    My family does this each year with cheap crackers and adding a personal item. It does get difficult over the years but adds to the fun of buying. Flavoured Lipsyl, lipstick, nail polish etc. Book of postage stamps, tree ornament. We add scratch cards but bend so the foil is to the cracker so the foil doesn't rub off if stuffing a gift inside. I once put a lacy pair of pants in for daughter but there was a burning smell and and a burn hole in them from the snap that went bang!
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    • Ziggy Stardust
    • By Ziggy Stardust 13th Dec 17, 12:17 PM
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    My family does this each year with cheap crackers and adding a personal item. It does get difficult over the years but adds to the fun of buying. Flavoured Lipsyl, lipstick, nail polish etc. Book of postage stamps, tree ornament. We add scratch cards but bend so the foil is to the cracker so the foil doesn't rub off if stuffing a gift inside. I once put a lacy pair of pants in for daughter but there was a burning smell and and a burn hole in them from the snap that went bang!
    Originally posted by princess_fiona
    Thanks for the tip about the foil on the scratch cards, I'm sorry but the burnt frillies gave me a giggle .
    • bloomfelt
    • By bloomfelt 13th Dec 17, 12:22 PM
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    My local poundland have packs of 6 bubbles but they are thinner tubes so would go great in a cracker
    £10 a day February £7060.40/£280
    £10 a day Jan £1758.04
    • anitaS
    • By anitaS 13th Dec 17, 12:24 PM
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    mini post-it notes,emery board,shopping trolley token,magic flannel;face-mask sachet; lip-balm; mixed spices with recipe; eyedrops; temporary tattoos;
    • Dirty Bubble
    • By Dirty Bubble 14th Dec 17, 3:58 PM
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    I've been buying M&S make your own crackers for several years now . I put in scratch card, chocolate sprout & depending who it's for candle votive , spirit miniature bottle , lip balm . I also go to Debenhams & ask for freebies on the beauty counters , this year I've had perfume , aftershave , mascara, lipstick & eye pencils
    • franklee
    • By franklee 14th Dec 17, 11:28 PM
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    One year I purchased a large bag of modelling balloons, split them up and put some in each cracker. I took along a balloon pump too and we each made our own balloon hats to wear.
    • hansaplatz
    • By hansaplatz 17th Dec 17, 4:17 PM
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    I made some homemade crackers last year for a meal with friends. It was quite tricky to find things that fit inside crackers with looking online since not everywhere has dimensions listed or can tell you if you ask. Even so I did fairly well looking for cheap items on ebay (I think a lot were from China, took many weeks to arrive, so worth bearing in mind to plan ahead if you do the same) and also searching pound shops for multipack items I could split up.

    The kind of items I got were:
    - little eggs you water that hatch into dinosaurs (but they did take about half a day or more to hatch, not instant like some expected).
    - paracord bracelet
    - foldable bag. Got a nice one that folded into a cute Nemo like fish, but that only just squeezed into a cracker
    - cute silicone cords with wire inside to wrap up power/usb cables
    - silicone stretchy things for fixing mobile phone/bottle/torch to bikes
    - reusable silicone teabag
    - mini facepaint kits
    - mini harmonica
    - badges
    - stamp pens (felt pen one end and stamp on other)
    • Autumnella
    • By Autumnella 17th Dec 17, 4:29 PM
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    I get a pack of shopkins and put them into crackers for the kids x
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 17th Dec 17, 8:53 PM
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    I bought several trolley coins from a charity one year and put those in for each adult
    • qwiksave
    • By qwiksave 30th Dec 17, 4:15 PM
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    Bit late as I've only just seen this thread, but I would like to add what I did this past Christmas. I put in scratchcards and small fun character (The Simpsons) memory sticks that I got from Office Outlet (formerly Staples). If I'd had more time I'd have made my own paper hats too.
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