Need some ideas guys!!

@Humbug25 (12551)
August 31, 2009 9:44am CST
I bought some lovely animal mugs for my twin nephews and planned to fill them with chocolates as a Christmas present. It has since dawned on me that their parents are very particular about, sweets, candy, chocolates and junk food. Does anyone have any idea as to what I could fill the mugs with that would be a healthier alternative so as not to offend the parents?
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@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 09
What about stationery? That usually goes down well, inoffensive and very useful especially for children, pens, felt tips, that sort of thing. I know when I was a child I used to love getting pencils etc, as I was always drawing and stationery is very useful for school and homework etc... Hope that is helpful my friend, just send the sweets to Wolfie instead LOL!
@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Aug 09
Hi wolfie34 Cheeky wolfie!! Hahaha Just one question for you, how am I going to wrap them with pencils poking out of the top? Will send them off to Wolfie's Christmas Wrapping Service!! LOL Cheers
@wolfie34 (26816)
• United Kingdom
31 Aug 09
I'd get the house elves to do it, simples ;0) They are pretty ingenious! They are partial to chocolate too!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
I AM THE HOUSE ELF!!!!! lol
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
1 Sep 09
hello Humbug25, I think you can put some little toys in it or maybe cookies. Cookies are much better than candies and chocolates. Mini toys is just fine too for as long as they are not one year old or younger for they might swallow it. You can fold also a t-shirt there if you like. T-shirt with there favorite cartoon charcater like sponge bob, heroes and the likes.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Hi robert19ph Hmm a t-shirt, I don't think that would fit in but I might think about wrapping the mugs in a t-shirt. Thanks for your response
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• Philippines
14 Sep 09
^^^^^^
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
1 Sep 09
A rice crispies treat? Hmm... I don't know if that is better or not. Maybe you should consult with the parents, their rules may be a bit lienant at Christmas... what about just mini candy canes, or chewing gum? idk... Change? You could always fill it with change!
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Hi there SomeCowgirl Ahh money now there's a good idea! Thanks for the idea
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
1 Sep 09
No problem! I'm sure that's a gift the parents will love too, it's savings for the kids... and it can teach them how to save and spend wisely!
@jziakhan (702)
• Pakistan
1 Sep 09
hmmm,..... thats kind of hard, christmas is all about chocolates and sugary stuff, how about something other than chocolates? like cocoa with some cookies or biscuits or a ginger cake, or nutmeg, or something related to christmas? im sorry i cant be of much help,
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Hi ya jziakhan No you have been of help because cocoa and cookies would be a great idea as they are mugs just might have to find a low sugar alternative. Thanks
@ypyanyan (956)
• China
1 Sep 09
I think that you give a present to you nephews and you don't give their parents .Moreover your present are suitable for your nephews .it makes them happy.it is the most important .you don't worry about the problem which is came up with .
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Hi ypyanyan Thanks for your time and response
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
1 Sep 09
There are quite a few little toys that they make such as tiny cars, action figures etc. that would fit in a mug. U could always put a candy cane in to make it look like christamas. How old are they?
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@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Sep 09
Hello ANTIQUELADY Yes I guess I could find some small toys to put in there instead and the candy cane would be a nice touch. They will be 4 by the time Christmas arrives. Thanks for your help
@p1kef1sh (45642)
31 Aug 09
Apple slices? Fruit? Tickets to DisneyLand? Frankly I think that on birthdays and Christmas a little chocolate etc is OK. It's up to the parents to ensure that it isn't all consumed in a second. I think that it is a lovely thought and any parent that takes offence is a very sad person indeed.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Aug 09
Hi ya p1key Apple slices? Wouldn't they go brown before Christmas LOL I know you mean the dried type right? Crikey I hope you meant the dried ones haha . Yeah a bit of chocolate isn't gonna do any harm. Cheers p1kef1sh
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
31 Aug 09
You cold always fill it with some kind of trail mix. You could add nuts, M&M's, raisins, cranberries. Or you could put chocolate covered raisins or even yogurt covered raisins in there. Another idea could be a mix of cereals with some mini pretzels, mini marshmallows and some peanuts.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Aug 09
Hi Shar19 Hmm the mother is a bit funny about nuts but the yoghurt covered raisins are a really good idea thanks
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
31 Aug 09
Pencils....erasers.....other craft supplies...you can get a ton of them depending on the age of the twins.....or sports cards....transformer cards....
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Aug 09
Hi ya jillhill They are not very big mugs though haha Thanks
• United States
31 Aug 09
Hi! Well, I have a couple of ideas as to what you could put into the mugs for your nephews. I would hope that if you threw a few chocolates in each mug that the parents would be ok with that. I don't think there is anything wrong with a few chocolates or candies here and there, especially at Christmas! But, besides a few chocolates for each, maybe a packet of apple cider, and hot chocolate to actually drink out of their mugs. Also, you could include a sort of trail mix in a small bag, assuming that neither are allergic to nuts. A small bag of air popped pop corn or something of that nature would be fairly healthy also. Then the mugs could have an assortment of different things, some healthier than others, but then it does tell the parents that you did in fact try to keep some of the gift healthy.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
31 Aug 09
Hi there coach7172 The mother is a bit funny about nuts so I would have to avoid a trail mix I think. They are only 4 years old so I have to be a bit careful but no I don't see any harm in a bit of chocolate especially around Christmas time. Thanks
@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
13 Sep 09
You could fill them with colorful stickers, colorful erasers, colorful miniature pencil sharpeners, little buttons, a small box of crayons, miniature cars! Just let your imagination run away with you! Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@Humbug25 (12551)
14 Sep 09
Hi ya kellyjeanne Thanks for the ideas!! Thanks for responding