10 Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

If you want to plan a fun way to have your kids find their gifts this festive season, here are 10 Christmas scavenger hunt clues for you to use.

These rhyming clues will lead your kids to different places around the house, helping create even more excitement before they get to open their presents.

We’ve also provided a free printable sheet to make it even easier to organize – keep reading to get your copy.

Here’s how to plan it:


  • Scavenger hunt clues (see below)
  • Sticky tape
  • 10 Christmas gifts for your kids
  • Scissors


Print off the sheet of clues below and cut them into 10 pieces. Alternatively, you could write them out on post-it notes which will make it easier to stick to the gifts.

Next, decide which presents you want to hide in each of the locations listed below, particularly taking into account the size of them. It’s also best if the main gift (if there is one) is placed under the Christmas tree for the final clue.

When you’re hiding the gifts, stick the clues to them – the second clue should be attached to the first gift, the third clue to the second gift, etc. That way, once you’ve given your kids the first clue, they can find their way around the house to all of the hidden presents.

If you’re not planning on giving your children 10 gifts, use candy for the rest of the clues so that they still have 10 things to find.


Explain to your kids that this year, you’ve hidden (or Santa’s hidden) their gifts around the house.

You have some good news for them though – there are some rhyming clues to help them find all the gifts.

Give them the first clue and have them work out where the first item has been placed. This item will then have the clue for the second item attached.

Their challenge is to find all of their presents.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Here’s the list of 10 clues for you to use – they also state where you should hide each item.

Beneath this list is a link for the free printable sheet containing these same clues.

1. Under Pillow

Your first item
That you get to keep
Is under where
Your head rests to sleep

2. Fridge

You need to read this clue
If you want to be told
Where your next item is
It’s where food is kept cold

3. Behind The TV

The next hiding place
You need to know
Is behind what plays
Your favorite show

4. Oven

If you can find your next gift
You’ll be in a good mood
So go and take a good look
Somewhere that you can cook food

5. Washing Machine

For your fifth of your Christmas clues
And to make your gift pile grow
This scavenger hunt’s taking you
Where clothes are washed as white as snow

6. Sink

The last hiding place fills with water
And this next one can do so too
There are several around the house
Where washing hands is what you do

7. Closet

You’re doing really well at this
You’re giving it a good try
The next thing that you’re looking for
Is where clothes get hung when dry

8. Behind Curtains / Blinds

This is the eighth of your clues
So the end is in sight
Now go look behind some things
That help keep out the light

9. Dining Chair

Are you feeling tired?
Do you need to take a seat?
Check the place where you sit
When you have something to eat

10. Christmas Tree

For your tenth and final Christmas clue
The place that you need to go
Is beneath something that has needles
Even though it doesn’t sew

Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues

Even More Clues

If you liked these ideas, check out this idea from last Christmas that has similar rhyming clues for even more places around the house to hide your gifts.

10 Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Clues

If you want to plan a fun indoor activity on Thanksgiving Day – or in the week leading up to it – here are 10 Thanksgiving scavenger hunt clues you can use.

These rhyming clues will lead your kids to different places around the house. We’ve also provided a free printable worksheet below with these clues on.

Here’s how to organize it:


  • Scavenger hunt clues (see below)
  • 10 Thanksgiving-themed items (or pictures of the items)
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape


Hide all 10 of the items in the locations listed below.

On each of the items, stick the clue for the next thing that your kids will need to find. i.e. attach the 2nd clue for the sweet potato to the turkey, the 3rd clue for the pumpkin to the sweet potato, etc.


Explain to your kids that they’re going to be playing a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt. Give them the first clue and have them go find the turkey.

When they’ve found that, they’ll have the second clue – get them to keep going until they’ve found all 10 Thanksgiving items.


  • You don’t have to be too literal with the items. For example, you don’t have to hide a frozen turkey – a turkey plush toy is fine. Otherwise, print off images of all the items and stick those up instead.
  • Some items might be hidden in similar places, such as the pumpkin in the bath / cornucopia in the bathroom. In those instances, try to use different rooms (although it might not be possible if you only have one bathroom)


If you want to offer a prize, why not give them a bag of candy corn seeing as that’s the final clue’s item.


Here is the list of 10 Thanksgiving scavenger hunt clues for kids. It lists all 10 items that you need, as well as where they should be hidden / placed.

Beneath this is a free printable scavenger hunt sheet with all these same clues on.

1. Turkey – Oven

You’re looking for a turkey
A gobble is its sound
The place where it will get cooked
Is where it can be found

2. Sweet potato – Top shelf of a book case

Next up is a sweet potato
That’s sometimes made into a pie
You will be able to find this
Where our books are stored way up high

3. Pumpkin – In the bath

A pumpkin is your third item
This famous orange squash
And it is currently hidden
The place where you go wash

4. Football – Dishwasher

A football is what’s up next
Which is an item that gets kicked
It is sitting on a rack
Where you put things that have been licked

5. Scarecrow – Closet / wardrobe

Next up is a scarecrow
The friend of Tinman and Lion
He’s been put in the place
Shirts go once pressed by an iron

6. Corn – Curtains / blinds

Your sixth Thanksgiving clue
Will help you find some corn
So look on the items
That at night will get drawn

7. Cranberry – In or under a pillow

A cranberry’s what you need now
A fruit that is small and red
Hopefully it isn’t squished
As it’s where you lay your head

8. Cornucopia – Bathroom

Where is the cornucopia?
Well, here is your clue
It’s in the room that contains what
The British call a loo!

9. Pine cone – Front door

A pine cone is an item
In the fall you will often see
This one has been attached to
What is opened with a key

10. Candy corn – Sofa or another chair

Your tenth and final Thanksgiving clue
Is really kind of sweet
As you’re looking for some candy corn
Where you might take a seat

Printable Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Clues