This instructable will give you a few pointers on how to use goodwill toys to conceal other more expensive gifts. It'll only take a little bit of work and almost no money, but the look on their face will be priceless!
Step 1: Materials
Step 2 - Go to Goodwill or any other thrift store. They've got plenty of old toys that only cost a few bucks. You'd probably spend that much on a gift bag anyways! Choose one that is much bigger than your actual present. It should also be easy to disassemble - i.e. have clearly visible large screws somewhere.
Step 3 - Gather your tools! Most toys can be taken apart with the following:
- Chainsaw (optional)
Step 2: Rip It Up
Carefully remove the screws holding the toy together. Try not to strip them, since you'll have to put it back together soon.
Once you have it open, start removing "unnecessary parts". It is best if you can fit your gift in without removing anything, b/c then the toy will still be functional when they open it. But if you need more room, start unscrewing motors and snipping wires. Be careful not to remove any structurally important parts.
Note: These toys often have useful electronics in them that may be used for future projects. So if you're going to salvage parts, be careful with them!
Step 3: Insert Goodies!
Pack the present tightly so it doesn't move around if they shake it. I used duct tape, but if that isn't an option you could just stuff the toy with bubble wrap or paper.