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Christmas Scavenger Hunt | Make Opening Presents Last!

Updated on March 23, 2015

The rush of getting ready for Christmas is over, but don't you wish that all those presents you bought would have taken a little longer than just 10 minutes to rip open?

Well, this is why I'm writing about a Christmas scavenger hunt. These hunts can be amazing fun for the whole family. A scavenger hunt also means that the opening of presents can be an exciting morning event, instead of the typical 10 minute frenzy of flying paper.

There are two main ways to organize this event:

The first is to structure the event in the traditional scavenger hunt style.

This is when you have the big prize as the 'treasure' and each clue leads to another clue. For this, you hide the clues in the places where the last clue is directing the player to. So for instance, if your first clue is pointing to the TV, then you second clue should be near the TV and the second clue points to the third clue … etc.

This can have one main prize, or you could allow the players to open a gift at each stage. The child then follows the trail, like they work on a treasure hunt. This works really well, as if you have enough presents, you can allow the player[s] to open a present at each clue they find. If you can't actually hide the presents, then allow them to open a present at each clue. For this, consider picking out which presents relate to each clue first, saving the best for last of course!

The second way is to keep all of the clues and hide the presents near the 'answers' to each clue. For this, you may need to be inventive, or buy some small presents. Then, when the child finds the present, they can open it and you reward them with the next clue.

With both of these styles, you could also make them do a funny pose with the object and take a photo, or set a challenge. Making them sing, dance or complete puzzles could make the game even more challenging and expand it to a full morning event. However, I would only recommend the challenge idea if you have more than one child … as it can be a bit annoying for a single child. In the challenge scenario, maybe the winner can pick the presents that they open. Fancy dress for the even can also add a little extra Christmas cheer to your scavenger hunt.

However, there is a third way, but this doesn't involve hunting for presents. The third style involves photograph challenges! A Christmas themed photo scavenger hunt. These are fun and crazy. Each team races to try to find or create the fun photos on the list of challenges, the first to succeed if then the winner.

So, now you know how to create a good Christmas scavenger hunt, you need some scavenger hunt clues. If you are creative, you can make your own. Simple descriptions can work quite well, such as:

  • I've flat and thin,through me you can see the world and much more.

  • Answer = Flat screen TV

However, these aren't overly festive. When I run scavenger hunts, I generally find that rhyming riddles or photo challenges work the best.

If you aren't poetic in nature, then for this Christmas you can always download some ready-made Christmas scavenger hunt clues (just click the blue link). They can be downloaded cheaply and some are free. With your clues ready, you just need to print them and start hiding those presents.

It would probably be best if you get up early to do this, as kids will normally be searching the house for their gifts weeks in advance of Christmas … and they are quite ingenious at finding them!

I hope this idea will help to make this Christmas a little different and inject even more excitement into your Christmas morning present opening.

Thanks for reading.

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    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago

      This was a unique and fun idea. I remember doing a scavenger hunter for Easter as a young child and how much fun it was. Voted up and useful.

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 years ago from Brazil

      I think it is a good idea. We did this one year and it was a lot of fun. One year we also attached a long piece of string to each present. At the other end was the name tag. The strings wound around the room, and furniture. This was more time consuming but still a variation on opening presents.

      Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Oh wow. We did a scavenger hunt for my grandson 10th birthday. It was so much fun that everyone is asking for one now. Never, ever thought of doing it for Christmas....YEAH....a new tradition is about to begin. Thank you. Thank you. Voted up and awesome.

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      6 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Great idea!! I love your scavenger Hunt hubs, and this one is no exception! Great way of giving presents, and yes I do want then to spend some time in finding the presents then just ripping them off in 2 seconds, LOL.

      Voting up and awesome idea!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wish I had read this years ago when we had a large group of people opening presents. This would have made it much more fun. Up, useful and passing this on so that others may give this a try. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours! Cute photo at the top!

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      6 years ago from London

      What a great idea, and not just for the children, I may do an adult scavenger hunt this christmas morning as everyone is grown up in the family now

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Brett, your scavenger hunts always have some of the best and most fun ideas! Voted up and sharing.

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      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great idea! We do a similar thing on birthdays, but I had never thought to do it on Christmas!

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      What a great idea! I've always thought that scavenger hunts were fun.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      This is a great time for a scavenger hunt! A few years back my son's girlfriend (now wife) couldn't be here for Christmas so with the help of family she set up a scavenger hunt for him among the three houses of his siblings....everyone had a ball, not just him!

      I think kids and adults alike will enjoy this and I LOVE the picture of the dog!

      Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What fun! I wish I had done this a long time ago!

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      An interesting and fun way to spend Christmas morning! This would add a lot of fun to opening presents and prolong it. So often there is a let down after the gifts are opened because that seems to be the focal point. This could extend the excitement.

      Voted up and interesting. Will share!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      What a great idea! It sounds fun. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, shared, tweeted and pinned. Have a fun weekend.

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      6 years ago

      Some really good ideas here. And a lovely picture to go with the article :) Thanks for SHARING

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      Marie Hurt 

      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I love this idea because usually after ripping open all the presents there is nothing much left to do and it seems like you aren't taking advantage of the chance to bond with family. BTW, the picture of the dog is so cute!

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      6 years ago from USA

      Terrific ideas! I loved using this idea for Easter to get my children to find their Easter baskets. I never did do that for Christmas, but will keep this in mind for our next family get-together. Thanks for the helpful tips.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is a great idea. I especially like the idea of dressing up in festive attire to make it more fun. Sharing, for sure!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love this it is such a great idea ! Loved the photo of the little black dog !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Ms. Immortal 

      7 years ago from NJ

      Great idea, thanks! I will pas it on.

      Voted up!

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX

      OMG..picture grabbed me. I'm favoriiting this one. Thanks so much!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This will add a lot of interest to our normally boring gift-opening ritual. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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      Lucy Jones 

      7 years ago from Scandinavia

      Brilliant ideas. Gifts take ages to find and then buy and it's all over in a couple of minutes. Thanks so much for sharing. Voted up.


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