Treasure Hunt Ideas and Treasure Hunt Clues

Christmas is on its way, and so we have created a ready-made Christmas treasure hunt which you can download for free to use this season! If you want more ready-made clues you can try these free treasure hunts. To help you build your own treasure hunt you can browse our free treasure hunt ideas. There are ideas for treasure hunt challenges, codes, searches and puzzle clues. 

Children love treasure hunts, especially on Christmas eve, but adults enjoy them too! Our Treasure Hunt Ideas for Adults page has some good clue ideas on how to make a treasure hunt for grown-ups!

You can also use our free treasure hunt idea tool to create a treasure hunt online. The tool has loads of clue ideas in different formats (alphabet substitution, flag signals, mirrored writing etc) and fifty locations you would find around the home that would be suitable for hiding clues. This gives our treasure hunt creator almost 400 clues to choose from! In addition, you can add your own clues to your treasure hunts; simply use the "Create your own clue" option.


Treasure hunt clues, maps and codes

Our Hints and tips page gives some advice on how to set up a treasure hunt, and things to look out for when making one.

Treasure hunt clue ideas

You can browse our idea categories or view all our clues for children and adults ideas in one list.

All our treasure hunt clues


The location of the next clue is encrypted with letter replacement.

Close-up Photos

The location of the next clue is shown by taking a close-up photo of its location.

Indoor Obstacle Course

Treasure hunters must complete an obstacle course to win the next clue.

The list of treasure hunt clues is expanding, and if you have your own ideas or clues and would like them listed on the site as inspiration for others please send them to us as Make sure you include your name so we can include you as the idea's creator!

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