The latest in kid fun revolves around leaving surprise gifts on their friends’ doorsteps. During Halloween, it’s called booing. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving it’s called gobbling. And, somewhat new-to-me is the winter practice of elfing.
Since it we’re in gobbling season and I’ve partnered with Cuties to celebrate their 100 Days of Sunshine (they are in stores now), my daughter eagerly accepted the challenge to create inexpensive gifts for her friends using fall colors and the easy-to-peel clementines.
(I had nothing to do with the design or planning of this project other than provide transportation to the stores and to her friends’ houses for gift drop-offs.)
Her stash of supplies looked like this but you really could use almost anything kid-friendly.
Most of it was inexpensively purchased at the local party store, from dollar bins, and from the grocery store. I think it could also be fun to have kids bake something to share as well.
She started by hot glue gunning cut pieces of a fall leaf garland to the plastic pail buckets. This would work also on a kraft bag or a basket. Pails were filled with gift bag filler and set aside.
Using food-safe markers, she decided leave clues and write little sayings for the girls on the Cuties. She says that she’s positive they’ll figure out who left the gift based on her simple hints. (When most people go gobbling, they do not leave clues but there are no hard and fast rules.)
The thing about Cuties is that kids ask for them by name. It is usually, “Oh great, I’ll eat a Cutie!” instead of, “Can I have a clementine?”
Ping pong balls and feathers I’d used for another project were glued together to create little turkeys to hold the “You’ve been gobbled” sign.
The little toys, pencils, candy and Cuties (a well-rounded selection) were placed into the buckets and arranged how she liked.
Projects like these are so much better than watching television or using an iPad. It’s fun to watch what kids can create.
How to Go Gobbling
How to go gobbling is really up to you. The idea is that the gifts are left without anyone noticing. I prefer, on a number of levels, to do this during daylight hours which can make anonymity a bit tricky but not impossible.
If driving, park a little bit away from the friend’s house. Let the kids get out, make their drop-off and leave (hopefully) without anyone noticing. We’ve had some people ring our doorbell and some simply leave the gift. Choose what you’re most comfortable with. Booing, gobbling and elfing are fun and seasonal traditions that are meant to brighten someone’s day.
And when you go gobbling, share the sweetness of the season during Cuties’ #100DaysofSunshine. They match fall decor perfectly and serve as an easy snack while out on delivery.
How do you eat or gift your Cuties?