Reindeer Feed Gift Idea

Three years ago (THREE years ago…how has it been this long?) I shared with you a fun little Christmas gift idea with you…Magic Reindeer Feed.  This is not a new idea, but I have been wanting to update the packaging from my earlier version.

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I love to give this to my little nieces and nephews at our annual GingerBread House Making Party for them to sprinkle on their lawns or snow on Christmas Eve.  They love it!  My kids have even given this to their friends for a little Christmas present.  It is such a simple gift, but one that most kids love to get.

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If you are unfamiliar with Reindeer Feed…the premise is that you sprinkle it on your lawn on Christmas Eve night.  It guides Santa’s Reindeer to your home.

To make the Reindeer Feed for the sacks, simply fill with Rolled Oats and some colored sprinkles (do not use glitter as the wild life may eat it and it can do serious damage to them).

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I simply stenciled some small linen bags, which I purchased at Michael’s, with the image of a Reindeer on one side of the bag and the words “Reindeer Feed”.  I am sharing the files for both stencils if you would like them.

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rudolpfIf you don’t want to make the little bags for the Reindeer Feed, you can simply put the Reindeer Feed in a little plastic gift bag and attach the reindeer feed gift tag.

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Magic Reindeer Food

*Update 12.10.13–I have a newer version of the Magic Reindeer Feed with a printable if you are interested in seeing or using it.  To see the newer version click here: Magic Reindeer Feed

A few years ago my daughter came home from her Pre-school class with some magic reindeer food. She was instructed to sprinkle it on the front lawn on Christmas Eve so that Santa and his reindeer could find her home.  She was so excited and my other kids wished they had some reindeer food too.  It worked just like magic. Santa definitely came! We have continued the tradition every year since to ensure that Santa can find his way to our house.

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The food has special “glow in the dark” crystals that are illuminated by the moon and as my daughter pointed out today, Rudolph’s Red Nose! I wish she would have said that before I got them all printed out :). That is so much more fun than being illuminated by the moon. (I will have to change it for next year as I have already made ours up).

This would be so fun to make for your kids friends as a small, inexpensive gift, an elementary school party, your neighbor’s kids or your grandkids!  Be sure to make it edible so that the birds don’t eat something that is not good for them…like glitter.

Here is our simple recipe.

Reindeer Food

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals (for cake decorating)

**I have seen some recipes that call for glitter, but I have heard that it can be dangerous for any birds who might eat it, so we just use colored sugar. Colored sugar can be made so easily. Just take some sugar and drop a few drops of food coloring in the sugar. Then take a fork and stir it until the sugar is colored evenly and there are no lumps.

Here is a fun poem that you can give along with the reindeer food to let people know what it is and how to use it.

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon (Rudolph’s Nose) will make it sparkle bright
As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home.

I filled a cellophane treat bag (6 in. x 3.75 in.) with the reindeer food and attached a label by stapling it to the top. The writing on the label is upside down so when you fold it,the writing will be right side up.

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There are two different downloads if you are interested.  I would love to know if you end up making some!  I love to see the projects my readers are enjoying and making for themselves.

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