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Christmas Gift Idea for Kids: The Christmas Grab Box, Great for Holiday or Birthday Parties!

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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Christmas Party Idea

Make a  Christmas Grab Box for your next holiday party! Fun for kids and adults.

Make a Christmas Grab Box for your next holiday party! Fun for kids and adults.

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!

Holiday Traditions

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.

Items Needed:

  • 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)
  • Scissors

Five easy steps for assembling the box:

  1. Wrap the box in wrapping paper, keeping the top open. (Note: Use clear packing tape to secure the edges and sides of the paper.)
  2. Wrap toys or favors in the tissue paper.
  3. Tie a long piece (36 or more inches) of ribbon or string around each item.
  4. 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.
  5. Lightly tape a piece of tissue paper to the top of the box, allowing strings to hang loose.

Step-by-Step Photos

Step One Top view of opened box

Step One Top view of opened box

Step Two I used 36 inches of ribbon.

Step Two I used 36 inches of ribbon.

Step Three I tied the ribbon in a bow so it was easy to unwrap.

Step Three I tied the ribbon in a bow so it was easy to unwrap.

Step Four Place gifts near the edge of the box. For gifts in the middle, use a longer string.

Step Four Place gifts near the edge of the box. For gifts in the middle, use a longer string.

Step Five I tucked the edges of the tissue paper in the box and lightly taped them to the flap of the box.

Step Five I tucked the edges of the tissue paper in the box and lightly taped them to the flap of the box.

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

Finished Christmas Grab Box

Finished Christmas Grab Box

Reuse, Recycle

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

Comments

Marissa (author) from United States on March 25, 2012:

louromano, it's fun for any age group! It would be neat to try it as a parting gift after a party. Thanks for reading and commenting!

louromano on March 25, 2012:

I don't have little ones at home any more (or big ones for that matter!) but this looks like a lot of fun and a very clever idea for parties and holidays.

Marissa (author) from United States on October 29, 2011:

holyjeans30, I'm really glad you like the idea. It would be awesome to make one for a baby shower! You can reference to this hub as long as it's not copied I guess. ;)

Thanks so much!

Amy D. from Mostly in My Own Little World on October 28, 2011:

This was super duper great....I love this idea, and would love to reference back to this hub from my blog if you don't mind ( holyjeansnmyfavoritethings.blogspot.com ). I got to thinking, how awesome this would be too for a Baby shower game of some sort, and have little pacifiers tied on to the ends of the strings. Now what goes on the other end of the string I'd have to leave for someone more creative lol. I'm not so much. So excited to do one of these for the kids Christmas parties. Oh and congrats on Hub of the day, much deserved.

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on October 12, 2011:

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!!!

Marissa (author) from United States on October 12, 2011:

Thank you all so much for reading and leaving such kind comments and congratulations! I really appreciate all of the support from HubPages community. :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 11, 2011:

I definitely agree that this idea can be used any time in the classroom. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on October 11, 2011:

What an awesome idea! Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory. I am voting up and sharing!

JSMatthew~

Laura Blake on October 11, 2011:

Very cool idea. Like your personal testimony and story of your aunt sharing with children at Christmas time as a pastor's wife in her husband's church. I will be looking up more of your hub ideas!

Renee on October 11, 2011:

I love this idea and just so timely as Christmas is just around the corner. With individual gifts getting more expensive, this would not only give them gifts but have fun getting/receiving or grabbing it...lol, i think even adults would love to do this. Voted up and thanks for sharing how to make it, am not really that artistic and your instructions are easy to follow. Btw, congrats for being chosen Hub of the day.

jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on October 11, 2011:

Congratulations on being picked for Hub of the Day. This is a fantastic idea. I will try this out at the nursery that I work in. Such a great idea and I am sure that all the children will love it. Thank you so much for sharing. Voted up and awesome.

LABrashear from My Perfect Place, USA on October 11, 2011:

Congrats on Hub of the Day! Very cute idea! I might try it for the kids' class Halloween parties! Thanks again!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 11, 2011:

Oh, what a fun idea. Cheapie stuff from the dollar store would be perfect for this kind of thing. It's the mystery and fun of ripping the pull-cords that would excite the kids, and as we all know, kids often lose interest in that shiny expensive toy all too soon.

I'm passing this along to my daugher--great for the grandkids...and also a great idea for schoolteachers for seasonal days like Valentine's, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Voted up and awesome!

(Oh, and congrats on Hub of the Day!)

RTalloni on October 11, 2011:

Such a cute idea! Like you wrote--good for many occasions! I'm looking forward to using it--thanks!

Congrats on Hub of the Day, too! :)

marellen on October 11, 2011:

Really fun and creative idea. Thanks for sharing this and Congrats on being Hub of the Day.

OrlandoJohn1 from Orlando, FL on October 11, 2011:

Very interesting idea! And I like that you can tailor the gifts inside to fit a party theme. Thanks for the idea!

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on October 11, 2011:

Congratulations on being selected as the Hub of the Day! This is a great idea, and really fun for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on October 11, 2011:

This is a really fun idea! This would be great for all sorts of Christmas parties - my kids would love this! Thanks for the idea (now I need to put it into practice - this one is simple enough for me to do)!

SJmorningsun25 on October 11, 2011:

Fun idea! Congrats on the Hub of the Day. Voted up and interesting!

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on October 11, 2011:

Congrats, your hub made the hub-of-the-day!

Like the idea of the grab box. Might try that for the kids in church for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

leann2800, I'm glad you find this clever. I credit my great-great aunt who introduced me to this so many years ago. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

Ratanak Ou, don't we wish we were all kids again? ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

DeborahNeyens, I'm glad that you too find it to be fun! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

ktrapp, I'm glad you think this hub is deserving of hub-of-the-day. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! :)

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

cardelean, it really is a simple idea, but as you said, it's so much fun! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

leann2800 on October 11, 2011:

That's a very clever idea. Thanks for sharing.

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

AnnaStephens, I'm glad you really like the idea. :) Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Marissa (author) from United States on October 11, 2011:

TattooKitty, thanks for reading and for your kind words! :)

Ratanak Ou on October 11, 2011:

I'm wanna back to be a kid! There are a lot of toys for play!, So great Hub.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 11, 2011:

Fun idea. Congratulations on making hub of the day!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 11, 2011:

This is a great hub, from the idea to the use of photographs to show how to make the grab box -- very deserving of hub of the day.

Amartya Gupta from India on October 11, 2011:

great

cardelean from Michigan on October 11, 2011:

Such a simple idea yet so much fun! I will definitely be keeping this one bookmarked for future parties. Congrats on being the hub of the day.

AnnaStephens on October 11, 2011:

Hi, I've never heard of this before and I have to say it's a brilliant idea. I really like it. I guess it could also be used on adults - maybe at Halloween, with scary things on the ends of the ribbons.

A very versatile idea. Voted up.

Anna

TattooKitty from Hawaii on October 11, 2011:

Awesome idea for gift-giving fun! Congratulations on being chosen as Hub of the Day...well-deserved!!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 20, 2011:

Movie Master, the grab box can be used for so many occasions. I use it for Christmas because of my childhood memories, but I will be using it for my daughter's first birthday party as well! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

Marissa (author) from United States on September 20, 2011:

Danette Watt, I'm glad you think this looks like fun! It would be fun even at adult gatherings. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 20, 2011:

I love the 'Grab Box' idea, it's nice and easy to make and can be used for lots of occasions.

Thank you for sharing.

Danette Watt from Illinois on September 19, 2011:

I don't have little ones at home any more (or big ones for that matter!) but this looks like a lot of fun and a very clever idea for parties and holidays.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 16, 2011:

Beez teez, it's so much fun to use the grab box for Christmas! I'm glad you use the the idea for birthday presents. Thanks for reading and commenting!:)

Beez teez on September 16, 2011:

great idea - I don't know why I haven't think of this for Christmas, when I do most birthday presents like that - it is usually a great success, everybody likes to get many presents, although it is just one it fact :o)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 16, 2011:

I've known other teachers who would use the grab bag for reward days and whatnot, too. Kids always seem to enjoy it.

Marissa (author) from United States on September 16, 2011:

Lyn.Stewart, so glad that you were able to finally read the article! You could certainly use the box for All Hallows Eve; I bet the kids would love it.

Thanks again for stopping by and commenting! :)

Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on September 16, 2011:

Yay I finally got to read this and it is one of the best ideas I have heard about ... I could use this at All Hallows Eve for prizes for the little ones as well.

Thank you ... voted up and useful

Marissa (author) from United States on September 16, 2011:

randomcreative, this is an awesome thing to use in a classroom. I'm glad you found it fun! It can be used for any reason, really. I brought one in for a homeroom one year with pencils, erasers, and little notebooks in the beginning of the year. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Marissa (author) from United States on September 16, 2011:

Lyn.Stewart, I hope your computer doesn't have a virus!! I appreciate that you tried to read this despite the computer issues. :)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 2011:

One of my elementary school classes did this when I was in grade school. It was a lot of fun. This would definitely work well for large Christmas get togethers, too!

Lyn.Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand on September 15, 2011:

every time I try to read this hub my comp freezes ~ sighs ~ I tried because it looks to be so very interesting. will try again tomorrow ... am checking my puter for viruses so lets hope I get to read this soon

Marissa (author) from United States on September 15, 2011:

ktrapp, it would be great for Christmas Eve gifts or anytime for anyone! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on September 14, 2011:

This is a great idea. It makes me wish my kids were younger again or I was a room mother again. I may try to find some "excuse" to do this - maybe some Christmas Eve gifts (gift cards & other small gifts) for everyone that comes by.