If you're looking for a special Christmas tradition to make this year even more magical, why not surprise your little ones with an early present and make them an adorable Christmas Eve box?
These sweet boxes have been gaining popularity amongst parents, and this year there's even more ideas out there for how to make your own version truly special.
If, like ours, your kids find waiting until the big day arrives to get their hands on a pressie just too tough, then a Christmas Eve box is most definitely for you.
What is a Christmas Eve box?
Christmas Eve boxes are traditionally given on 24th December as a special treat to get kids feeling as festive as possible before Santa arrives. It's a lovely way to add another special memory to your Christmas period and can be a sweet tradition to keep for years to come, which your children will look back on when they have their own families.
But before you start worrying that you'll be expected to go out and buy another whole load of presents, on top of what we already know is a very expensive time of year, it's worth remembering that Christmas Eve boxes aren't about fancy gifts.
The idea is to fill it with things that get your child excited for Christmas, and things that they can use on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
What to put in your kids' Christmas Eve box
In your Christmas Eve box you can add festive trinkets that are typical of the season and can be used on Christmas Day. You can actually put things in here that you would have bought anyway, like a Christmas stocking, your kids will love opening and putting them up themselves.
What to put in your teens' Christmas Eve boxImage: Pinterest/
As your little ones grow you'll have to adapt the Christmas eve box contents to reflect their new taste. But, just because they're teenagers now doesn't mean they don't still (secretly) love the festive magic from a Christmas eve box. We've found some inspirational ideas for the teens in your life this Christmas.
Where to buy a Christmas Eve boxChristmas Eve boxes don't need to be anything extravagant, and if you fancy making one yourself all you need is a box big enough for the treats you've bought and a bit of imagination when it comes to decoration. You can keep it simple and write a Christmas message on the front, or you could wrap it in Christmas paper.
If you're not feeling super crafty or running a little low on time, here are some places you can buy a beautiful Christmas Eve box to present your little one with.
Not on The Highstreet has a whole section of Christmas Eve boxes, showing offerings from loads of independent sellers, each with its own unique touch.
If you're feeling a little creative, why not buy a slightly plainer box from Hobbycraft and add some decorations yourself? Hobbycraft's Christmas Eve boxes selection covers actual boxes to buy, any embellishments you may want to make and even fun activities that can go as presents inside.
Etsy has a great selection of both professional and more handmade Christmas Eve boxes for a range of prices, it's lovely to know that you're buying from a small business owner somewhere in the country.
When it comes to money and time efficiency, Matalan have come to the rescue! Their Christmas Eve boxes are festive, fuss free and come in some great deals as well as being teamed with snuggly pyjamas and socks to go inside.
Will you be making a Christmas Eve box for your child this year? Let us know in the comments below!