How do you give a bike at Christmas?

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by EllenFrasier, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. EllenFrasier

    EllenFrasier DIS Veteran

    Mar 8, 2010
    My son is going to be 14 right before Christmas. I know he does not believe anymore, but I want to surprise him just the same. How does one go about putting a bike under the tree? We have given our kids bikes before, but never as a Christmas gift. We usually buy used bikes as they need them - but this one is brand new from the store. He's getting other gifts - this is not the only thing, but I still want to surprise him. :love:
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  3. hidmickey:myantidrug

    hidmickey:myantidrug DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2006
    I got a bike twice for Christmas, once from Santa when I was around seven or eight and once from 'Santa' when I was an older teen. For the younger one, it was left unwrapped and out together under the tree. When I was older, I got a small box with a hand-drawn picture of a bike that was so bad I had to ask what it was. :rotfl2: The actual bike was being held at my grandparents' house. If you're going for ease, the picture is definitely the way to do it. If you're looking for a dramatic Christmas moment, I'd try to get the bike under the tree. If you didn't want it exposed, you could try to wrap it somehow or toss a couple garbage bags around it, although the shape may still show through. :confused:

    Now if you're just asking logistically how to get it gracefully under the tree, I'd say to just wheel it in and pray you don't have a kayak situation a la The Santa Clause. ;)
  4. sookie

    sookie DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2010
    We are getting DD a new bike. It is paid for and the bike shop is holding it until Christmas eve.
  5. Tralliam

    Tralliam Mouseketeer

    Jan 4, 2012
    I Remember my sister getting a bike. Instead a of a picture of a bike in a box, she was sent on a scavenger hunt. This allowed my Dad to roll the bike from the porch under the tree while she was hunting from room to room for the next clue
  6. runsandjumps

    runsandjumps DIS Veteran

    Aug 31, 2012
    My mom took me outside in the morning and told Me to hop on
  7. mfd25wife

    mfd25wife DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2008
    We wrapped up a scrapbook sticker of a bike.

    For a phone, we programmed the ringtone tone to say her name, "you have a phone call. Name,"someone wants to talk to you" and hd the phone. We called it so it was start the ring tone.
  8. Nolcrest

    Nolcrest DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2000
    When I was at Walmart today I saw a bike bag for wrapping. It was big enough to fit a 26" bike.
  9. lovesmurfs

    lovesmurfs DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2006
    For our kids, we'd picked up the bike from the store on Christmas eve -- our next door neighbor let us put it on her porch. We brought it in after the kids had gone to bed. I just put a big red bow on it and left it unwrapped.
  10. horseshowmom

    horseshowmom DIS Veteran

    Jul 21, 2000
    I did that for my little brother when I was about 14. I wrapped a box with a clue in it which led to another clue, which led to another clue, etc. In a little while I heard him yelling and screaming, running down the hallway with his brand new metal detector!

    Unfortunately, I had put one of the clues under my parents' bed - which is where they had hidden one of his presents from Santa - a metal detector... :scared:
  11. kaligal

    kaligal DIS Veteran

    Sep 12, 2009
    We didn't give them bikes at Christmas. We got them new bikes as needed, in the Spring.

    I received a bike for Christmas twice as a kid. It was just set up in the family room, by the stockings, in front of the fireplace. Like most dads, mine spent Christmas Eve staying up until the wee hours, putting our crap together. To dads, being dead-tired on Christmas morning is just part of the deal.

    God bless the dads. :santa:
  12. BearcatsFan

    BearcatsFan <font color=green>we finally had a minute to breat

    Dec 30, 2011
    This is how my parents did it as well. One clue led to another, which led back to the livingroom where the bike was now waiting. ::yes:: Made for a very exciting Christmas morning! :yay:
  13. formill

    formill DIS Veteran

    Jul 28, 2009
    Our dollar store has these too and that is what we used. It was perfect.
  14. roliepolieoliefan

    roliepolieoliefan DIS Veteran

    Dec 4, 2000
    We all got new bikes last year for Christmas( kids and me) . My husband put the kids and my bike together on Christmas Eve after the kids went to bed (13 and 8) and they were under the tree with a big bow on them when the kids woke up.
  15. mjkacmom

    mjkacmom DIS Veteran

    Feb 20, 2006
    All of our gifts are from Santa, Santa doesn't wrap, so bikes just go by the tree with the rest of the presents. No bikes this year, but the electric scooter will just be with the rest of the gifts. We've done bikes many times. We only get bike store bikes (new for gifts, used when needed), so they're already put together.
  16. amid chaos

    amid chaos DIS Veteran

    Oct 23, 2000
    Oh, I'd have fun with this one.

    I'd individually wrap a pink plastic horn or bike bell, those streamers that go in the and glittery, of course. Maybe a cheap pink helmet...anything cheesy and girly. maybe the last one could be bike computer which measures speed and distance. See if he figures it out...if he does, then he can go find his bike somewhere in the house...maybe the bathtub or somewhere fun.
  17. pantherlj

    pantherlj DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2006
    Glad you posted this! 13 year old is getting a bike, 10 yr old is getting a small item for her big gift and I am not sure how to handle.

    I like the idea of wrapping a picture of the bike, adds to the suspense. If bike is out under tree, big gift moment is already over. And, lessens my overparenting concern of 10 yr old being disappointed about not seeing a big gift under the tree!
  18. luvmy3

    luvmy3 <font color=green>When I drink I find its easier t

    Feb 24, 2008
    I love the scavenger hunt idea, and at the end it can just be sitting there with a big red bow on it.

    I have seen those bike bags in stores too.
  19. tinkerbellandeeyor

    tinkerbellandeeyor DIS Veteran

    Aug 4, 2011
    What is the 10 year old getting
  20. scrapquitler

    scrapquitler DIS Veteran

    Aug 15, 2007
    When we gave bikes, Santa always built them and left them standing in front of the tree.
  21. Gumbo4x4

    Gumbo4x4 Note to the ladies who forgot to

    Jan 19, 2012
    I've done it once. Small wrapped box with a note inside saying the real present was in the garage :)

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