Christmas day is right around the corner, and I know many families are scrambling to finish up last minute tasks before Santa squeezes down the chimney on Christmas Eve. Last year, we hosted Christmas at our house with my side of the family. I wanted to do something fun and a little different, so I created a Christmas scavenger hunt. I purchased inexpensive socks for each member of the family and created a clue for each one based on a movie or TV show they loved. Each person read their clue out loud so the whole family could enjoy guessing and then they could retrieve their wrapped socks from the location on the clue. You could buy an inexpensive gift item like I did last year, or simply hide one of the gifts you already planned to give to your family member.
Below are the clues I used last year that could easily be adapted for your own home, plus a few more that I came up with later on for the kids. Keep in mind, my family is all ages (aunt, uncle, my mom, cousins, etc.) so some of these clues may not suit your family. Feel free to pick and choose which clues work best for you or come up with new ones! I promise your family is going to love this.
Here’s what you need to do to prep:
1.) Buy and wrap the item(s).
2.) Copy and paste the clues into a Word or Google doc (or write down on a piece of paper). Don’t forget to delete the answers in bold. The bold answers are just for you if you are not familiar with the movie in case they get stumped.
4.) Cut out each clue and write a name on the back of them.
5.) Hide the gifts according to the answers for each.
6.) Play with the family!
In 1990 Julia Roberts became a household name by starring in this film. There is a famous scene in the movie where Julia Roberts is singing. Your gift is located in a similar space where Julia belted out lyrics to that famous Prince song. Answer: bathtub (Pretty Woman)
In 1995 Thora Birch starred as Teeny in the movie Now and Then. Your gift is located in the part of the house where we store the items that were used to fill the balloons that Teeny stuffed her bra with. Answer: pudding, which I keep in my pantry, but might also be a cupboard for your own home
Your gift is located under the object that Ross, Chandler and Rachel were trying to PIVOT up the staircase. Answer: couch
“Merry Christmas! _______ was full!” Your gift is located in the same room as the word that belongs in the blank space. Answer: bathroom (sh*tter)
In 1998 Meg Ryan played Kathleen Kelly in a famous film. In this movie, Kathleen sold something. What did she sell? Your gift is located in a place where Kathleen Kelly might display the items that she sold if she lived in this house. Answer: where ever you keep books in your home
There’s a famous line from the movie Jaws: “We’re gonna need a bigger ______.” Your gift is located in the area of the house where you will find a lot of something that rhymes with the word in the blank space. Answer: tote (we keep a lot of totes in our basement storage area, but adjust for your home) “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
In 1988 Tom Cruise starred in a huge box office hit playing the character Brian Flanagan. What was the name of the movie? Your gift is located in the part of the house that very closely coincides with the name of that movie. Answer: bar (we have a bar in our basement)
Jurassic Park was released in 1993. There is a famous scene in the movie where the T-Rex flips over something and traps the kids inside. This is also a very iconic item to the original film. Your gift is located in the space where one might store this. Answer: on top of my husband’s Jeep in the garage (you could just put your item in the garage if you don’t have a Jeep)
All of the blank spaces in the following sentences are the same word. Now, fill in the blanks! Larry, Moe and _______. What is something _______ that people eat? Your gift is located in the part of the house where we would keep this ________ food item. Hint: it’s generally served fried. Answer: curly as in curly fries (in the freezer)
In 1995 Alicia Silverstone starred as Cher in the movie Clueless. Cher had a big one of these and this location was in a well-known scene in the beginning of the movie. Your gift is located in a similar space. Answer: closet
Riddle me this, riddle me that. Who’s afraid of the ______ ______ ______? Your gift is located in something in our house that is [insert the word of the second blank space]. Answer: big black bat (I put this in the microwave because our microwave is black, but use whatever black object you have)
Here are some more clues that would be great for kiddos!
The very first in this series of movies was released in 1995 and starred Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear. In the movie, what were all the characters? Where in the house are you supposed to keep these? Answer: toys [Hide the item in that space where you keep toys – toy chest, toy box, room, etc.]
Willy Wonky and the ______ Factory. Where does Mom hide/keep the _______? Answer: chocolate
DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy all star together in what show? Answer: Full House/Fuller House In this show, where did the boys find their presents that the dad hid for Christmas? Answer: laundry room
Sing with me! “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty. I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore. You want thingamabobs? I got twenty. But who cares? No big deal. I want more!” Where in this house would we store a dinglehopper? Answer: silverware drawer (fork)
What movie was released in 1990 with the main character named Kevin McCallister? Answer: Home Alone What did Kevin splash on his face right before he screamed: “AHHHH!”? Answer: aftershave Where in the house do we keep this item? Answer: bathroom cabinet or cupboard/closet
In Monster’s Inc, what caused the code 2319? Answer: white sock Where do you keep this item in the house? Answer: dresser drawer
There is an iconic scene in the movie Lady and the Tramp involving food. What are they doing in this scene? Answer: eating spaghetti Where do we keep this food item? Answer: where ever you keep boxes of spaghetti. You could even put the item in the box if small enough.
Mrs. Potts was the mother of ______? Answer chip If _______ lived in this house, where would he sleep? Answer: where ever you keep the cups in the house
Wreck-It Ralph was a movie based on what? Answer: a video game Where in the house do we keep these? Answer: where ever you keep the video games
Spongebob was very attached to the item he used to flip his crabby patties. Where in the house do we keep that item? Answer: where ever you keep the spatulas
Fill in the blank. “_______ have layers! Ogres have layers! _______ have layers. You get it. We both have layers.” Answer: onions Where do we keep this item? Answer: veggie drawer (this may vary based on your home)
The Grinch stole these items from homes. What did he steal? Answer: Christmas stuff (so wherever in your home you store the Christmas stuff)[Hum the wicked witch song] The wicked witch of the west rode around on this. Answer: bicycle Where do we keep these? Answer: garage or wherever you keep the bikes
Mary Poppins can fly with the help of this. Answer: umbrella Where do we keep these in the house?
What movie is this quote from? “Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty bitty living space!” Answer: Aladdin The genie in the movie lives in this. Answer: lamp
I hope this scavenger hunt helps bring a little Christmas magic to your home this holiday season. My family loved it and I just know yours will too!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our home to yours!
See ya on the next post.
-The Chic(ish) Chick