January 5, 2012

Puzzle Gift Certificate

 One of Santa's gifts to our family this year was season passes to a local amusement park.  Although the passes took up a big chunk of the Christmas budget and will bring fun times all year long, there was really nothing to wrap or anything fun to present on Christmas morning.  Then Santa's elves had the idea for a puzzle.  It was a fun little activity to do in the midst of present opening, and it would work for any gift that is not wrap-able.

As you can see,the "gift certificate" was just printed on a blank puzzle.  

(The elves found these puzzles leftover from my teaching days, but you can often find them really inexpensively in teacher's stores, craft stores, or  HERE on Amazon )

Then the pieces were separated and put in a plastic bag.  

(Oops, somehow I missed grabbing a picture of this ~ but the bag just had a sticker on it that said "#1 SOLVE THIS"  and then there was a little token gift that was wrapped with a sticker that read "#2 OPEN THIS")

The kids truly LOVED putting the puzzle together and trying to figure out the message as the words were gradually revealed.

Of course, they also loved the big candy bar that they unwrapped after solving the puzzle.

I think this puzzle idea would be a great way to present any kind of gift certificate or announce some kind of special treat.  It definitely was a hit here.

Sharing our puzzle at:
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  1. This is the _best_ idea ever! Also, this would be such a great "ongoing reward program". For example, instead of an allowance, choose something to do or give that you know your child would really enjoy. Make the puzzle. Then, hand out pieces for jobs well done, above and beyond good behavior and conquering challenges. He or she might be driven on by the anticipation of what the puzzle ends up making...

    1. What a great idea! I lovvvvve it

  2. Oh my goodness. This is the best!

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  3. On a different note did those Jammie's come w a doll gown? My little ones that are the same :)
    Cute present

  4. so awesome! we did something similar for Christmas with our family cruise present.
    thanks for sharing!

  5. I love the DIY puzzles. But I never thought to make it as a gift certificate for something! Great idea!!

  6. What a fun blog! I love your ideas and how your blog is focused on the family. I am your newest follower and plan to return often!


  7. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!



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  8. GREAT idea!!! Love that! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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