HARIBO launches festive game

The tree’s too big. Shopping was a nightmare. The turkey’s still pink. All we want is for Christmas to be perfect. Beautifully wrapped gifts. Matching plates. A golden turkey. But that’s all from a grown-up’s perspective. When a kid says it’s perfect, they mean something totally different. They won’t remember that you ran out of gift wrap, or that sprouts fell all over the floor. Because, perfect moments rarely are the most fun, and fun moments are rarely perfect. 

So, if someone’s forgotten what Christmas is really about, and tempers are fraying. Hand them a small package of something really special. Remind them Christmas is just meant to be fun. That’s why HARIBO has launched ‘Hand them HARIBO’ a campaign that helps diffuse Christmas mishaps and remind us all that they’re the moments that we remember best. 

HARIBO polled 2,000 people across the UK, and found 38% of us have one to three silly mishaps each year, with December 20th marked as the day it starts to go wrong. Top of the flops include tangling the fairy lights, running out of gift wrap and smashing beloved baubles by mistake. 17% of those asked, blame themselves most for causing the festive blunders. 

But if you ask a kid, Christmas isn’t about perfection. It’s about fun, friends, and family. The UK’s leading sweet maker’s research reveals that 27% say Christmas is their favourite time of year, and 64% of grownups want the Yuletide to be as perfect as possible.


 To help, this Christmas, HARIBO, is encouraging the nation to see those festive mishaps with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, and to turn mishaps into silly stories for the future by creating HARIBO Christmas Mishap Bingo. It’s a playful, festive game for the whole family that reminds us to see the funny side when things go wrong at Christmas.   

Just like an advent calendar, behind each of the 25 windows is a delicious mini bag of HARIBO sweets. When a mishap happens, simply match it to one of the windows on the box and shout BINGO and claim a bag of HARIBO diffusing the mishap with some sweet relief. Each of the windows opens with a fun phrase reminding you to have fun when things go wrong. To get your hands on this Christmas’ must have game, head to HARIBO.com and share your own personal Christmas mishap for a chance to have one sent to you. But hurry, when they’re gone, they’re gone!  

There is hope for fun this Christmas as nearly one in five (17%) say mishaps make it feel like a real Christmas, with a further 42% agreeing that they can’t remember a Christmas when they weren’t able to see the funny side to mishaps, and 41% believe that these mishaps can later become funny stories and memories to share. 



It’s okay that mishaps happen. These are the 20 most common mishaps from across the country. 

1.       Tangled fairy lights 

2.       Eating too much and feeling ill 

3.       Smashing a bauble by mistake 

4.       Running out of fridge/freezer space 

5.       Running out of gift wrap 

6.       Leaving a price tag on a present 

7.       Batteries not being included in a gift and not having any in the house 

8.       Not getting a present for someone who got one for you 

9.       Rubbish weather ruining a festive walk 

10.   Dropping food on the floor 

11.   Having to buy gifts last minute on Christmas Eve 

12.   Pets pulling down decorations 

13.   Christmas tree falling over 

14.   Forgetting to buy someone a present 

15.   Getting food stains on your favourite outfit 

16.   Leaving a gift at home 

17.   Hiding presents and finding them years later 

18.   Family arguments over board games 

19.   Not having enough space to sit down 

20.   Power cuts 


Head to www.haribo.com and share your best Christmas mishap story. If it makes the cut, HARIBO will send you a free HARIBO Christmas Mishap Bingo box. Boxes are limited edition – so when they’re gone, they’re gone. The nation has spoken. Because, when mishaps happen, hand them HARIBO. 


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