gift ideas that will fit in a match box

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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jane130jane130 Forumite
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My family always seem to try and out do each other on the size of the boxes the christmas gifts come in so I have the idea of totally going against the trend and decorating matchboxes and giving gifts that will fit in them - I don't have a huge budget so jewellery is a no no.

any ideas?
jane - happily moneysaving so I can stay home and raise my 4 babies - very proud retired surromum to Max born feb 08 for S&E and Zoe born June 2009 for L&S
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  • nightsky224nightsky224 Forumite
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    what sort of budget per box do you think?
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  • SugarSpunSugarSpun Forumite
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    If your budget's quite big you could fit vouchers for experience days in matchboxes.
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  • SDHSDH Forumite
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    jewellery i.e. earings or necklaces

    edited to say: oh sorry, obvioulsy didnt read your post very well, you said no jewellery. Sorry!
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  • RikkiRikki Forumite
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    Is it a cooks size matchbox or smokers matchbox? :confused:

    You can get more in a cooks one. ;)
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  • mary43mary43 Forumite
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    I think thats a lovely idea.............you can get some cheap jewellry that would fit into a matchbox, depending on your budget,
    necklace or brooch
    a memory stick for the computer might fit,
    voucher for a meal cooked by yourself at a later date (maybe new year?)
    beads (if you have a 'crafty' relative)
    little pebble with a message on it (I've seen them on craft stalls)

    All I can think of at the minute............I wish I'd thought of that
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  • boiler_manboiler_man Forumite
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    jane130 wrote: »
    I don't have a huge budget so jewellery is a no no.

    any ideas?

    Costume jewellery is not so expensive. Earrings would fit in a matchbox. You could even make some (see jewellery making thread). Or if the receipient is crafty, you could enclose beads etc to make their own jewellery.

    Mobile phone charms

    Box of promises (write promises on slips of paper e.g I promise to baby sit for 1 night, I promise to do the washing up etc)

    Clue for the beginning of a treasure hunt to find real present.

    Seeds to grow, maybe with a suitable rhyme or poem enclosed

    I'm sure others on here will come up with plenty of ideas for you
  • SurfbabeSurfbabe Forumite
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    What a brillinat idea - have to put my thinking cap on now !!!!
  • donna8721donna8721 Forumite
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    A rolo sprung to mind at 1st......though it might be funny to see their reaction when they open it and find melted chocolate everywhere!

    Hows about an SD memory card with family photos on it? That'd fit in quite nicely and also be sentimental too, Plus they're pretty cheap these days too.

    Good luck!
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  • mary43mary43 Forumite
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    I'm loving this idea...................:j
    My teenage grandchildren have birthday at christmas and I was going to do them a basket/box (boy and girl)..............maybe I could do one of them full of matchboxes with different goodies in. I've already got some really tiny nailvarnishes for grandaughter and a thing that lights up when mobile phone rings for grandson................oh lor.......got me going on this one now..............lol Have to start buying matches..................lol
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  • jane130jane130 Forumite
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    well budget is around £10 per person ( less if i can manage it) only becasue i am starting early - I could do a cooks matchbox but was thinking smokers matchbox - but I've also thought( getting more costly) about making them all a advent calendar out of matchboxes instead of a gift with the best gift left for christmas day .
    jane - happily moneysaving so I can stay home and raise my 4 babies - very proud retired surromum to Max born feb 08 for S&E and Zoe born June 2009 for L&S
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