This Grandma Made A Homemade Adventure Gift Box With 12 Months Of Family Activities

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I am so stealing this idea! A grandma came up with an ‘Adventure Awaits’ box, and it’s brilliant.

Just imagine how fun it would be to wake up on Christmas morning and have this box sitting under the tree. How exciting! Just the name of the box is a thrilling surprise!

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

It started with this note from Nonna to her grandsons. She was giving these kids the “gift of time,” and “she can’t wait to spend time” with them. My kids would go CRAZY. Toys are fun, but spending time together, doing fun things is what they really love!

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

When the box was opened, the kids were greeted with TWELVE envelopes, one for each month.

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

Each envelope was creatively decorated, and gave a hint to what awaited them inside.

The envelopes included things like tickets to a baseball game, movie theater tickets, a trip to the horse stables, a trip to the bowling alley, and spending money for Disney World.

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

Some things were for Nonna and the boys to do together, some things were for the boys to do with their parents, and some of the envelopes were fun activities for everyone to do together!

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

There were twelve months worth of super-fun activities! Most Christmas toys are played with for a week-or-so, and by then the newness has worn off. This gift was going to last ALL YEAR LONG!

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook
Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

I could so pull this off! It would take some creativity, but it would be fun to put together, and TOTALLY fun to complete all the activities with the family.

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook
Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

Way to go, Nonna! What a fabulous idea. Twelve months of activities, twelve months of fun, and twelve months of memories!

Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook
Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook
Via Darlene Howell Waller on Facebook

See the original Facebook post from Darlene Howell Waller below.


Are you looking for creative things to put in YOUR activity box? Check out the Totally The Bomb blog for some fun ideas! There are SO many different things we have put together for tons of family fun.

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  1. I love this idea! I am currently making a time capsule for my grands. I bought each one a fireproof/waterproof safe box. Inside I will have a journal that I keep throughout their first 18 years. I will put some of their favorite things inside as they outgrow the items. In the journal I will a fix pictures with stories of their younger years. I will be adding money to a savings account and have all of the paperwork. Their Mom is providing birth keepsakes and school papers for each. They are not to know about this time capsule until their 18th birthday. On their birthday they will have a nice safe, savings account and a lot of forgotten memories ?

    1. @Joann, excuse me but where did you find the fireproof and waterproof box set

  2. All the respect to grandma at least she wasn’t that stupid to put gorilla glue on her actually she aint stupid at all

  3. I love the idea! I did something similar. My grandson likes to cook so each month we make a menu and cook or bake together. First I gave him a recipe box to fill with the recipes we would be doing and of course some fun kitchen gadget. My intention was to make a lot of the recipes I made for his mom and uncles growing up! However there is always something he wants to try! We have a great time together.

  4. very clever. i bet it was fun putting together.

  5. Where did you find the chest? Great idea, always valued time together.

  6. Love this! Just found my next Christmas gift for my 5 year old granddaughter! Awesome!

  7. I love this idea. I’m gonna try this for this years Christmas. My girls already have so many toys. I want and need to try something different. There are so many ideas that can be used with this that dont cost alot. It’s all about spending time together to create that memory that will last a lifetime.

  8. I love this idea and can’t wait for my Grand babies to get old enough to do things like this!

  9. I did the same thing with my grands last year and took photos of our adventures. This Christmas, they each received a printed book of all the adventures we had done.
    I can’t wait for our quality time this year.

    1. This is a great idea too! Especially when we do not print pictures as much anymore.

    2. @Kary,
      What a great ideal to document all the fun in a memory book! ?

  10. What a fantastic idea! My husband and I try to have regular dates, even mixed with errands and chores. As a disabled woman, I appreciate the effort!

  11. Sounds great! But do you have ideas for grandmas with less financial resources?

    1. I would say this gift can take a year to make. You can do what you afford each month to get something so it’s not such a financial hardship. Or something like this, you can do a picnic lunch, a day at the lake, day at the ocean, date night to look at Christmas lights, volunteering at a shelter, volunteering at a food kitchen, date night movie night at home, making pizza together, do bell ringing together, go on a walk/hike, board/card game night, go downtown and look around. Just different things that don’t cost a lot of money, yes gas and maybe groceries. But more heart felt time and things to help/support others.

      1. I absolutely love every minute of this blog! I’m going to be a grandparent for the first time in JULY and can’t wait to spend every minute w the new baby! I’m so happy I stumbled upon this PIN! Thanks

      2. Absolutely. Sometimes the best and most memorable things are not about how much money it costs…but how much thought and togetherness you put into it. Do what you can…it will mean so much.

      3. @Teriyaki, hope you have loving. In laws to spend granny time.

    2. Picnics,; tea party; craft time; science experiment; set up a gentle drape sheets to create an area, and decorate with Christmas lights, and whatever, then snuggle reading a book; volunteer at an animal shelter walking dogs or at a nursing home delivering cookies; or take cookies or brownies to the police department or fire station.

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