CHRISTMAS BOXES

Was the Christmas Box a good idea

  • Yes, spot on do it again.

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  • No, a waste of time.

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  • Couldn't give a t@ss I was at home for Christmas.

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#1
This post is blatant work and I am using ARRSE as a market research tool(ish).

Some of you will have received a Christmas Box on ops last year. We are looking at facilitating the same thing again this year, but with a bit more time to prepare it, it should be a little bit more up market (having said that there are several museums who are after one of last year's boxes).

I know the box went down well but I would be interested to know which items were popular and which ones were not. Suggestions for new items would be useful only if practical (and they have to last because boxes are shipped up to 3 months early), we can't include alcohol (but I suppose beer tokens redeemable on return to the UK would be alright) nor pornography or pseudo porn lad's mags (the days of Raymond's Revue Mag being sent to troops in NI are long gone).

I don't think I sound like a journo but if any of the mods have a worry they should PM me.

Ta
 
#2
MODBloke said:
This post is blatant work and I am using ARRSE as a market research tool(ish).

Some of you will have received a Christmas Box on ops last year. We are looking at facilitating the same thing again this year, but with a bit more time to prepare it, it should be a little bit more up market (having said that there are several museums who are after one of last year's boxes).

I know the box went down well but I would be interested to know which items were popular and which ones were not. Suggestions for new items would be useful only if practical (and they have to last because boxes are shipped up to 3 months early), we can't include alcohol (but I suppose beer tokens redeemable on return to the UK would be alright) nor pornography or pseudo porn lad's mags (the days of Raymond's Revue Mag being sent to troops in NI are long gone).

I don't think I sound like a journo but if any of the mods have a worry they should PM me.

Ta
Pushing this back up to the top. Hope it gets a useful response. Good to see ARRSE being used in this way.
 
#4
MODBloke, am sure it will get useable answers... takes time to write a long enough contents list!

I have no idea what was in last year's box, let me just say that I have been a recipient of a previous version long time ago (not Boer War) and it was really much appreciated.
 
#5
I was fortunate enough to be at home this Christmas, although I too have received something similar in the past. Personally I think its a fantastic idea and certainly raises morale when received.

An idea might be to vary the contents and then distribute a percentage of each type to units so as to enable 'swaps' amongst those who have loads of kit or dont like some of the contents they receive?
 
#6
hackle said:
MODBloke, am sure it will get useable answers... takes time to write a long enough contents list!

I have no idea what was in last year's box, let me just say that I have been a recipient of a previous version long time ago (not Boer War) and it was really much appreciated.
Last years version included: flashing red nose, small xmas cake, bottle opener guardsman, christmas hat (featured on Sky an awful lot), dried fruit, small games, novelty shower gel and I think some had powdered gluwein that snuck through the fun inspectors.
 
#7
You could put an extra 20 minute phone card in them, i'm sure that'd be appreciated at xmas.

The likes of the Sun etc like claim to be the forces favorite, maybe you could get them to offset the cost. Just a thought.

Boney
 
#8
boney_m said:
You could put an extra 20 minute phone card in them, i'm sure that'd be appreciated at xmas.

The likes of the Sun etc like claim to be the forces favorite, maybe you could get them to offset the cost. Just a thought.

Boney
An extra 20 minutes is already allocated in Christmas week. These boxes are also aimed at all ops not just OWP earning so someone in say Lithuania wouldn't get the benefit. Having said that it is worth pursuing but even big firms like the Sun might think twice about the cost.
 
#9
No problem here MODBloke, and welcome on board.

How about a 1 line ticket in the Lottery big christmas draw? I'm sure you can get Camelot to donate some.

Or name and shame them if they don't :twisted:
 
#10
PartTimePongo said:
No problem here MODBloke, and welcome on board.

How about a 1 line ticket in the Lottery big christmas draw? I'm sure you can get Camelot to donate some.

Or name and shame them if they don't :twisted:
Nice idea; I'll take it forward though there might be something in QRs about gambling.
 
#11
In fairness to the Currant Bun, they did donate phone cards during at least one operation before the days of welfare telephones, only lasted 4 mins per card but much appreciated, and collector's items now.

mrs hackle has suggested phone cards too, but I take MODBloke's point that they couldnt be used in some theatres.

another item we got in the past was a remaindered music cassette, pot luck but I was well pleased with mine, not sure if the CD equivalent would be as welcome.

I was going to suggest single-use camera but then again, maybe not! :wink:
 
#12
hackle said:
In fairness to the Currant Bun, they did donate phone cards during at least one operation before the days of welfare telephones, only lasted 4 mins per card but much appreciated, and collector's items now.

mrs hackle has suggested phone cards too, but I take MODBloke's point that they couldnt be used in some theatres.

another item we got in the past was a remaindered music cassette, pot luck but I was well pleased with mine, not sure if the CD equivalent would be as welcome.

I was going to suggest single-use camera but then again, maybe not! :wink:
Single use cameras, maybe the mirror group would sponsor them :wink:

I see MOD's point about the phone cards too, but i do like the CD idea. I'm sure everyone would appreciate a compilation CD. If there were different CD's in the boxes, everyone would be able to swap when they were bored. Most people take a CD player on ops or have access to one.

Boney
 
#13
hackle said:
another item we got in the past was a remaindered music cassette, pot luck but I was well pleased with mine, not sure if the CD equivalent would be as welcome.

I was going to suggest single-use camera but then again, maybe not! :wink:
CDs top idea, given the number of DVDs being thrown out by Sunday Papers cheaply this might be an idea.

The camera was nearly in last year's box; there aren't any problems with it per se; like all weapons it depends where you point it.
 
#14
Most people now use digital cameras, so instead of a disposable film camera, what about a voucher to use against prints from one of the self-service digital printers which are now in many high street shops? Kodak and Fuji provide most of them, and various multiple outlets like Boots, Happy Snaps, Klick and so on have them in shops. Who knows, in the fullness of time, even NAAFI might catch on!

On an entirely frivolous note, how about a pack of lavatory paper featuring pictures of Bliar, TCH et al?
 
#15
ViroBono said:
On an entirely frivolous note, how about a pack of lavatory paper featuring pictures of Bliar, TCH et al?
We will need to keep it apolitical but novelty lavatory paper could be worth following up.

Keep the ideas coming.
 
#16
I have spoken to the man behind this initiative today. He is appreciative of the ideas. The mix and match suggestion will definitely be followed through.

Obviously we cannot tell you exactly what will be in the boxes (it will be Christmas after all) but we are still after good ideas. So please keep them coming (it will make a change from the election if nothing else)!!
 
#17
MODBloke said:
I have spoken to the man behind this initiative today. He is appreciative of the ideas. The mix and match suggestion will definitely be followed through.

Obviously we cannot tell you exactly what will be in the boxes (it will be Christmas after all) but we are still after good ideas. So please keep them coming (it will make a change from the election if nothing else)!!
Thanks MODBloke. Your consulting the recipients is much appreciated. From personal experience I believe these boxes are a great thing to do at what can be secretly a rather miserable time.

We HAD thought of suggesting that you include a Forces Voter Information leaflet, to make sure it arrived in time for the NEXT election. :wink:

Thanks again, and if anyone has more good ideas I hope they will post them as soon as possible.
 
#18
These were great, they really were. It was a big thing to know that, despite the press coverage and discussion about whether we should be in the GIFA in any case, some people didn't forget the fact that, whatever the politics, there were troops out there who were real people and were looking out for us. Bloody well done, Tescos. We all wore our 'santa hats' on the day too. It helped make a shite time a little better.
 
#19
Don't put in anything that can be crushed - we got crisps and cakes in Kosovo years ago - wasn't really appreciated when opened box to find bag of crushed crisps.

CD/DVD would be good, voucher for printing digital photos is an excellent idea. What about Christmas decorations (streamers/hats/crackers) - ideal if you are away from normality.

Even an Army sponsored lucky leave pass - envelope in each box. Inside one per theatre is a voucher to be cashed in by lucky winner. Is do-able in the age of fast, modern tpt.
 
#20
Thanks for the ideas to date I've also had a few ideas from the Yellow Ribbon Foundation.

I have a meeting with the firm offering us the boxes next week. This is probably my last chance to influence what goes in; so if there are any more ideas about the sort of things you would like to see in Santa's boxes send them in.
 

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