Christmas Gift Idea for Kids: The Christmas Grab Box, Great for Holiday or Birthday Parties!
Christmas Party Idea
Christmas Party Game Idea
Have a large family and many kids for which to buy Christmas presents? Going to or planning a kid’s Christmas party where party favors will be given? You might want to try a Christmas Grab Box!
A grab box is a fun way to give out many little gifts or party favors. It is simply a decorated box filled with little toys or goodies wrapped in tissue paper. Attached to each little item is a long string which is strung out of the box and covered with a layer of tissue paper.
Here you will find step-by-step instructions for how to make your own grab box!
History of the Christmas Grab Box
The Christmas Grab Box stems from a memory of my childhood. When I was a child, and even years before I was born, the Sunday School classes from my church would gather for a Christmas practice and party. During the party, the minister’s wife, who was my great-great-aunt, would sit in the middle of the group of children with a decorated box that had strings hanging out on all sides. After speaking to us about how she loved Christmas, she would tell each child to hold onto a string from the box. We each knew that after she counted down from ten, we could quickly pull on our string and a little present would pop out of the box and into our hands.
This is one of my most treasured memories, and I hope to pass along this fun little activity to my kids to carry on the tradition!
Do you have a holiday tradition like this that you continue with your family?
How to Make a Christmas Grab Box
The Christmas Grab Box is pretty easy to assemble, and depending on the presents or favors you choose to place inside, can be really affordable as well.
- Empty box (I’m using a diaper box)
- Wrapping paper
- Ribbon or string
- Tissue paper
- Small toys or favors
- Tape (packing tape may work best to keep paper on)
Five easy steps for assembling the box:
- Wrap the box in wrapping paper, keeping the top open. (Note: Use clear packing tape to secure the edges and sides of the paper.)
- Wrap toys or favors in the tissue paper.
- Tie a long piece (36 or more inches) of ribbon or string around each item.
- Place items in the box, making sure that strings hang over the side of the box. Spread out each item so that strings are available on every side of the box.
- Lightly tape a piece of tissue paper to the top of the box, allowing strings to hang loose.
Party Favor Bags
Instead of individual gifts, you can also fill small party favor bags with goodies and tie them to the strings. Each bag can be filled with the same or similar items so that the kids don't experience any gift jealousy after pulling their strings and seeing what everyone else has.
How to Use the Christmas Grab Box
Now, this is the fun part! Before using the box, keep it in a safe place—kids (and some adults) are very curious and might pull on a string or take a peek before you are ready. When it is time to use it, place the grab box in the center of the room, preferably on a small table, like a coffee table or an ottoman. Also, keep it away from anything breakable. If the kids pull too hard on the string, the items inside might fly out and smash your favorite crystal bowl…
Each child is given a string to hold. Make sure they are standing about a foot apart, again in case an item decides to fly. On your signal, each child will tug on the string and voila!—out pops a gift or favor for them to grab.
Christmas Grab Box
After the box is used, collect the discarded string and tissue paper. The string, if not broken, can be used again and the tissue paper can be used as stuffing for other gifts or when packing breakable items. The box can also be reused, even if the wrapping paper is torn.
This grab box can be used for a variety of occasions: birthday parties, holiday parties, makeup/Tupperware/Avon/etc., parties, and many more! It is a great idea for adults to use as well, and may be a fun thing to bring to your next event.
© 2011 Marissa