A while back on Facebook, I mentioned how I had wanted to make a surprise gift for my boss and his family (also dear friends of ours) who are going to Disney World for the FIRST TIME with their 5 kids, ages 8-15. I wanted to make it FABULOUS but also, in keeping in line with my philosophy, do the Magic on the Budget, and I think it worked out really, really great!
Since they are driving, and space is at a premium, (plus, they drive through the night) I tried to include things the whole family would like, and would be fun on the trip, but also not take up much space, so this is what I settled on:
A huge bag of glowsticks -- this bad has glow everything! Sticks, bracelets, rings, etc. It's only $5 at Target, and it's an awesome buy. There's 50 different glowsticks if I remember right! We've used this brand several times and one pack lasts us a while, I figure this will last them the week!
Trail Mix (From an Amazon promo)
Popcorn Mix -- Cheddar and caramel (To me, that sounds odd, but I am assured it's very popular right now. Also from an Amazon promo)
Japanese Jelly Bars (I love those things! Like jello in a tube!)
An activity book (Christmas themed) for each kid, including a good pen bundled into a bad with each kid's name on it, as well as a few treats
Disney themed card game
Mad Libs Book
I had really wanted to get them a Disney DVD, but I wasn't sure if they had a DVD player in their car, plus, I didn't want to ask, because I didn't want to give away what I was doing.
From the start I knew I wanted it wrapped in red and white polka dot paper. They might not get the Minnie Mouse reference, but once they get down there I bet they will!! It was harder than I imagined to find a box I could wrap entirely, with a huge white bow, so I wrapped the side of the box, folded in the flaps, and went with tissue paper for the top. It actually turned out really well and there's no accidentally opening it upside down.
Here's an inside shot!
It is a little more foody that I might usually do, but since they are starting out after a full day's work, snacks would be good I thought, plus, consumables don't take up much space for long!
Hopefully they enjoy the surprise, but I'm also hoping they fall in love with Disney as much as so many of us have!
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