How to make a Christmas Eve box your kids will love

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  • Christmas Eve Box traditions are simply lovely to start with your family, and children will adore getting a Christmas Eve box as an early festive gift.

    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 your kids find waiting until the big day arrives to get their hands on their Christmas toys just too tough, then a Christmas Eve box is the perfect treat for the night before the main event.

    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. You could even use smaller presents you’d bought for the big day to fill them, to continue the fun for even longer!

    What to put in a Christmas Eve box

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    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.

    • Festive pyjamas – Getting your family a new pair of Christmassy pajamas to wake up in on Christmas morning will look so sweet in any photos when you’re all opening your presents.
    • Reindeer food – Make a cute festive bag and pop in some little biscuits, carrots, hay or dog treats and pass them off as reindeer food. Your child will be so excited to put it out for Rudolph and his friends.
    • Christmas stocking – Whether it’s the same one every year or if you choose to do something a little different and buy a personalised one, if you put this in your Christmas Eve box your children can hang them up themselves.
    • Christmas film – Most Christmas films are relatively old and can be picked up on DVD for a few pounds, plus you can start a tradition of watching a new one every Christmas Eve.
    • Nice list certificate – This is a fun one – Congratulate your children for being good this year and make them a ‘nice list’ certificate.
    • Christmas story book – This is lovely if your children are younger, but even as they get older it will become a heart-warming tradition.
    • Christmas sweets or chocolate – There are lots of Christmas-themed goodies around, and this one is super easy to pick up from your local supermarket.
    • Festive mug, hot chocolate and mini marshmallows – Perfect for snuggling up and drinking while you watch your Christmas film.
    • Cosy Christmas socks – December is the perfect month to own some comfy bed socks to keep those little toes warm.
    • Christmas ornament – Getting each child their own individual Christmas ornament is a lovely tradition to start, they can hang their new one on the tree every Christmas Eve and keep them for their own tree one day.

    What to put in your teens’ Christmas Eve box

    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.

    • iTunes card – Many teens these days download music, so an iTunes card is a very welcome gift. You can get one for just £10, if you want.
    • Cinema tickets – Let the Christmas eve box spread the message of Christmas: spending time together as a family, and gift a family cinema voucher – they can even choose the film!
    • Christmas Bookmark – Winter is the perfect season to stay in and curl up with a good book.
    • Deck of cards – Challenge them to learn a magic trick or two.
    • Christmas giftcard – Nothing makes a kids feel more grown up than shopping on their own, with their own card. Plus, wait for the Jan sales and they can bag a bargain.
    • Giant chocolate bar – Curling up with a movie and bar of chocolate as big as your head is definitely a Christmas eve tradition any teen would be keen to be a part of.
    • Christmas bath bomb – Christmas is cinnamon, whether it’s in a cookie or in your bath. Some cost just £5 from Lush!
    • Christmas pillow case – As with Christmas pyjamas, a fun festive pillow case to change on Christmas eve really helps deliver the Christmas message!

    Where to buy a Christmas Eve box

    Christmas 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.

    Alternatively you can pick up a sweetly decorated or personalised box pretty cheaply online and keep them for years to come. Here’s a few adorable options…

    Dear Santa Christmas Eve Box, £10, Paperchase



    The Dear Santa Christmas Eve Box from Paperchase has got us counting down the days until we can construct a mega-festive ginger bread house with icing and candy, snuggle up by the fire and wait for Father Christmas. The fairytale-esque box screams Christmas Eve in every way and is a super sweet option for all ages and genders.

    VIEW: Dear Santa Christmas Eve Box, £10, Paperchase

    Ginger Ray Christmas Eve Box, £15, John Lewis

    The Ginger Ray Christmas Eve Box from John Lewis is the perfect way to make Christmas Eve memories that last for years to come.

    The sturdy wooden boxes have gorgeously rustic latch closures and are beautifully engraved on top. They’ll last for years so you can bring them out again and again for Christmas after Christmas and even pass them down when your little ones have their own.

    VIEW: Ginger Ray Christmas Eve Box, £15, John Lewis

    Large Christmas Eve Box, £2.50, Wilko

    Wilko’s super-affordable Christmas Eve Box option features an adorable little Santa illustration and is decorated with snowy polkadots and festive holly.

    There’s a space to personalise these ones too – we recommend spelling out your little ones name with stick-on lettering to make it look ultra professional.

    VIEW: Large Christmas Eve Box, £2.50, Wilko

    Wooden Christmas Eve Box Personalised Engraved Sleigh Crate, £23, Amazon

    This adorable Amazon offering can be personalised in the cutest way, with each made to order box arriving at your door with a name of your choice engraved into them.

    The Nordic style box is bound to look stunning by any fireplace or under any Christmas tree and will add a touch of festive joy to anyone’s night before Christmas.

    VIEW: Wooden Christmas Eve Box Personalised Engraved Sleigh Crate, £23, Amazon

    Christmas Eve Gift Box, £3.50, Hobbycraft

    Hobbycraft is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up everything you need for festive crafts and adorable Christmas decor.

    This £3.50 Christmas Eve Box features a lovely snowy night scene and is ideal to stuff full of treats, sweets and festive cheer for friends, family and special guests this Christmas Eve.

    VIEW: Christmas Eve Gift Box, £3.50, Hobbycraft

    George Home Babies 1st Christmas Eve Box, £2, ASDA

    George at ASDA’s Babies 1st Christmas Eve Box is a wonderful keepsake idea for a tiny tot’s first Christmas Eve experience.

    It’s red, starry and covered in sweet cartoon Christmas characters – and it’s so affordable at just £2 per box.

    VIEW: George Home Babies 1st Christmas Eve Box, £2, ASDA

    So many lovely boxes to choose from – now to countdown the days until Santa makes his appearance!

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