As the kids get older, the gifts seem to get smaller and more expensive. I’ve always been terrible about wanting to make sure under the tree looked like it was nice and full. When the kids were younger, it was easy. Boxes of diapers and wipes, big toy boxes, and outdoor toys made the tree look nice and full. Now that it’s video games and gift cards, I’ve found myself struggling with not busting my budget and overbuying to make it look like there are lots of gifts under the tree. I’ve also learned that these gifts that seem like great ideas in the moment wind up getting donated or sold in a garage sale a few months later. The kids are excited about them for a few weeks, then they move on to what they really wanted for Christmas.
One way to spice up Christmas morning is to add a scavenger hunt to the morning. You can leave a few gifts under the tree to unwrap if you’d like to. If there’s only one big gift, or a family gift, the scavenger hunt might be the perfect idea to make Christmas morning.
A Christmas morning scavenger hunt is also lots of fun if you’re traveling for the holidays. Maybe you don’t have the big Christmas tree you’d have at home but still want to exchange gifts with your family. Doing it this way still adds a little bit of magic to Christmas morning without all the comforts of home.
These ornaments already have clues written on them to make putting together the scavenger hunt together for you. They’re filled in with common places in your home and can be hidden in any order you’d like.
There are also blank ornaments that you can customize to fit your own scavenger hunt needs. You could write your own Christmas morning scavenger hunt clues on these blank ornaments or write clues to the overall gift everyone is hunting for.
Have you done a Christmas morning scavenger hunt with your family?