For children, getting a good gift for Mom and Dad at Christmas, never mind the grandparents, can be a daunting challenge — many adults are no less in the dark, though at least they have money.

Enter Candy Cane Capers, a bazaar held at the United Methodist Church in Belfast Dec. 11, where children could, for a few dollars, “shop” a massive spread of donated holiday gifts, have them gift-wrapped and walk out, Santa-style, with a garbage bag full of booty for all their family members.

The annual event drew around 200 children, aged 5 to 12, with a simple premise. None of the gifts cost more than $1 (though most were worth considerably more), children could buy presents for all of their immediate family members, and no parents were allowed in the shopping area.

Volunteers helped each child make a list of family members’ names. Others helped them navigate the tables, asking whether Grandma likes scented candles or Dad might need a pair of pliers, making suggestions and generally shepherding them through the process of picking out gifts for the adults in their lives.

In two adjoining rooms, a team of volunteers wrapped the gifts. Parents and other guardians, meanwhile, waited in the nave, where a band played Christmas carols (near the end of the event, the group dropped in a few bars of “Smoke on the Water”), and volunteers served refreshments.

Kendra Newcombe of UMC, who organized the event this year, said many of the hundreds of gifts were donated by parishioners.

The church also received monetary contributions, including $700 that Newcombe raised by hosting a dinner composed of traditional Maine dishes while in Florida visiting a friend. According to another volunteer at Saturday’s event, the meal ended with a call to “get out your checkbooks, ladies.”

Volunteers included parishioners from UMC and the First Congregational Church of Searsport, members of the Belfast Area High School National Honors Society and members of the Waldo County YMCA.