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Christmas Scavenger Hunt

One of my favorite childhood traditions was the scavenger hunt for gifts. Sometimes for birthdays and often for Christmas, my parents would create clues that would lead me to my gift. My husband knew this and began the tradition amongst ourselves early in our marriage. Now that our kids are older we’re planning to begin the tradition with them. I’m so excited to share these Christmas Scavenger Hunt clues so you can start your own tradition at your home!

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues for hiding Christmas Gifts - great for kids! Free Printable

Most of these clues were created for me, so some might be a little tough for kids. However you can either help them or come up with your own. The trick is finding some rhyming words for where you want to hide the clue, then go from there.

We like to buy some cute Christmas envelopes to hold the clues. If you have more than one child, you could pick an envelope style for each kid. You can either place clue #1 on the tree, or wrap it in a gift as we do. That’s my favorite way to start a Christmas Scavenger Hunt because it’s unexpected!

You have to walk through the clue placement carefully. As you start with clue #1, that clue directs you to one room/area, then the clue you place in that room directs you to another room/area. You can choose to use as many clues as you want, but don’t forget to put the gift wherever your last clue is directing them. This always takes a bit of juggling in the morning because you have to make sure the person/kid won’t see the clue before the gift opening begins!

A sample Christmas Scavenger Hunt would be:

Wrapped Gift = Clue #1 — directs them to bedroom
Bedroom = Clue #2 — directs them to piano
Piano = Clue #3 — directs them to Bathroom
Bathroom = Clue #4 — directs them to kitchen
Kitchen = Clue #5 — directs them to Closet
Closet = GIFT!

I’ve included 9 premade rhyming Christmas Scavenger Hunt clues and 3 blank clues for you to create your own. I’d love to know if you plan to do a Christmas Scavenger Hunt this year! Let me know if you have any questions about the clues. I’d love if you like my Facebook page (quick click below) as a Thank You if you plan to use the clues! Thanks!

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues Free Printable

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues


And now even more Christmas Scavenger Hunt clues for family fun!

Ready for fun on Christmas morning? Start a new family tradition by hiding a gift and giving your kids a Christmas Scavenger hunt clues! Fun for all!   Have a bit of fun this Christmas and create these DIY Flashlight Projection crafts for your kids to play around with. Great for late nights waiting for Santa!
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Christmas Scavenger Hunt Riddles

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Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

[…] Oh I love this idea, and it would make a wonderful Christmas tradition. Create a scavenger hunt so you kids have to actually work to get their gifts on Christmas morning! (via Stuffed Suitcase) […]


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Trying this for the first time this year for my family, Hoping it becomes a tradition!!! Added a few extras!! Thanks for a great start


Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Great to hear Sarah! I have a fun new one that I'm working on for posting this year, it's just taking me forever to get around to doing it! HA! Hope your kid(s) enjoy the hunt and that it does become a fun tradition!

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Monday 23rd of October 2017

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Shuga McCain

Wednesday 19th of April 2017

Dear Kim, What a wonderful idea! Anxious to start my own family tradition for Christmas, especially with our only grandchild (she's 7). Only 8 more months to go, which will give me PLENTY of time to organize and write my clues...I can't wait! Will pass on your ideas to my girlfriends, which they will love, and start their own traditions. Thank you very much!


Thursday 20th of April 2017

Thank you - scavenger hunts are great family fun traditions!

Dana McGuffee

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Hi there, I just love your page. Would you mind if I feature some of your DIY's on my blog? I will of course link your site and attribute you for the assistance.


Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Hi Dana - thanks so much! I love for people to share my projects with their readers, I only ask that they not use more than a 50 word synopsis (you cannot republish the post) and that you only use one image giving credit to my site on the image caption and with project information. Happy to have you following along!