It's not all about presents: Mum's inexpensive balloon hack for making Christmas memorable goes viral

Picture: Facebook
Picture: Facebook 

Christmas may look a little different for some families this year, with the fallout from the pandemic leaving many having to tighten their budget.

But a mum in the UK may have found a genius solution for those whose stockings may be a little lighter. 

Hannah Stocker took to Facebook to share how last year she had felt guilty at not being able to give her two sons as many presents as she wanted. 

Worried the empty space where the presents normally sat would look sparse, the clever mum grabbed some (eco-friendly) balloons and spare change and set to work creating an impromptu balloon party for the pair. 

"I decided to cover the floor with balloons to hide the lack of presents, which worked a treat. Some of the balloons had the boys names on them and when they found their balloons they popped them and inside were coins ranging from 20p to £1 and a surprise £5 note," she wrote.

Stocker also gave the boys a money box each that they could save the money in and said the inexpensive hack had been a hit.

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"You know what my kids have asked for this year? You guessed it, balloons with money in. It doesn't have to break the bank!"

She also pointed out that she does this separately to 'Santa's presents', saying otherwise 'the questions and explanations can get a bit complicated.' 

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The post has since gone viral and has been shared close to 6,000 times, with many praising the mum for creating memories without going overboard. . 

"It's a brilliant idea, and it also restores a bit of what Christmas is actually about, and not the over priced commercial event it has become," wrote one.

"What a fantastic idea. Its sometime obscene seeing photos of piles and piles of presents waiting to be opened and not used. Can just imagine kids laughing and so happy when they find something in a balloon," added another.

"Fantastic idea especially in these uncertain times regarding employment."

Another mum also shared her own trick for making it memorable for one-child households. 

"...If you just change it slightly ... some balloons have money, some have nothing, some could have sweets, some could have an instruction inside e.g. sing jingle bells, hug Mummy etc," they shared.