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#1 Cat12

Posted 18 October 2019 - 09:43 PM

Two of our DS’s are getting bikes for Christmas this year. We will be away for a week, coming home on Boxing Day.

Anyone have any interesting ways we can tell them on Christmas Day what is waiting for them at home? I’ll have to have something wrapped under the tree that we then take to our holiday destination to keep them off the scent.


#2 rosie28

Posted 18 October 2019 - 09:47 PM

A puzzle of a bike? Some sort of clue and they have to guess?

#3 wannabe30

Posted 18 October 2019 - 09:53 PM

Accessories to go with a bike: a bell, a basket, streamers for the handlebars, spokie dokies ...

#4 ~J_F~

Posted 18 October 2019 - 09:59 PM

We take pictures of the item and wrap the pics up for christmas morning when we are away from home.

#5 CallMeFeral

Posted 18 October 2019 - 10:02 PM

New bike helmets? Bit bulky I guess, but light if you're going to have a dummy thing to take anyway.
And then you could print out a picture of the bikes to go inside, so they have that moment of going "oh ok, a bike helmet, thanks" before they notice...

#6 laridae

Posted 18 October 2019 - 10:20 PM

Given that it's only one day, I'd probably just tell them there is something else at home and make them wait!
But you could be more cryptic and give hints with bike accessories. Headlight, pump, spare inner tube.

#7 Cat12

Posted 18 October 2019 - 11:55 PM

Sorry, I should have clarified. They are motorbikes so bells, baskets etc won’t look too great (visions of spokey dokes on a farm bike!).

I’ve done the photo thing before as we are often away for Christmas, and was just looking for something a bit different.

#8 Ellie bean

Posted 18 October 2019 - 11:58 PM

Can you give them the keys?

#9 Cat12

Posted 19 October 2019 - 12:31 AM

Good idea Ellie Bean, but electric start - no keys.

#10 Ellie bean

Posted 19 October 2019 - 12:34 AM

Fair enough! Tiny toy motorbikes maybe?

#11 ~J_F~

Posted 19 October 2019 - 12:34 AM

Do they have goggles, riding boots, pants and shirts?

You could get them new ones add a voucher for the new bike.

#12 ~J_F~

Posted 19 October 2019 - 12:36 AM

View PostEllie bean, on 19 October 2019 - 12:34 AM, said:

Fair enough! Tiny toy motorbikes maybe?

Ohhh I like this... with full size gear. Really ruin their day :lol:

#13 Cat12

Posted 19 October 2019 - 12:42 AM

The toy bike is a good idea. Maybe I’ll freeze it in a tub of water and give them a little hammer too .

They have all the safety gear and TBH it’s all too expensive to buy new ones just to be able to give them the gift.

#14 Paddlepop

Posted 19 October 2019 - 12:44 AM

What about the operating manuals? Might be the only time they read them!

#15 BornToLove

Posted 19 October 2019 - 04:32 AM

We did this, we were away Christmas Day the year DD got a bike. She was 5 at the time.

I got her a cute bell to go with the bike and a note from Santa that said the bike the bell attaches to is waiting for her at home. DD accepted that and for the rest of the trip, she was excited to go home so she could ride the bike.

Edited by BornToLove, 19 October 2019 - 04:32 AM.

#16 eigne

Posted 19 October 2019 - 05:41 AM

Print out a photo and cut it into pieces - make a puzzle.

Make a word search with random words where the leftover letters spell out the name of the gift.

Write out half a dozen clues and hide them around wherever you are and get them to find the clues and come back to solve them together.

#17 laridae

Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:14 AM

View PostPaddlepop, on 19 October 2019 - 12:44 AM, said:

What about the operating manuals? Might be the only time they read them!
That's a good idea. Wrap up the manuals and give them to them.

#18 Gudrun

Posted 19 October 2019 - 06:55 AM

Tiny toy bike with mocked-up voucher inc when and where it can be redeemed. All in a wrapped up box.

#19 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 19 October 2019 - 08:10 AM

Take a sneaky photo of them sitting under your Christmas tree, then give them that.

#20 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 19 October 2019 - 01:36 PM

I wouldn't give them anything.  I would wait the extra day and it be a massive surprise to them when you get home.

#21 sahmie

Posted 19 October 2019 - 02:28 PM

Off the back of another posters idea, if the bikes are from Santa, use the app that imposes Santa into a photo, and take the pic with bikes in front of Christmas tree, and Santa sneaking away. Have it printed, or if they have phones, have it texted from a private number on Christmas morning.

#22 Treasure Island

Posted 20 October 2019 - 04:27 PM


Tiny toy motorbikes maybe?

Yep, Matchbox motor bikes with a card going "just kidding! The real ones are at home".

#23 Dirty Cat

Posted 20 October 2019 - 04:47 PM

How old are the kids

#24 Cat12

Posted 20 October 2019 - 07:36 PM

The kids are 9 and 13. Thanks for the hints. Some ideas to work with.

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