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Christmas Eve Boxes are a comparatively new part of the Christmas celebrations here in the UK, although the fun idea for Christmas Eve has been well established in the US for a decade or so.
A Christmas Eve Box is a place to gather together a few things to make your Christmas Eve a special family occasion – sort of extending Christmas Day by adding a cosy, friendly and relaxing lead up to it.
It’s a great way to wind down so that you get a good night sleep to make sure that Santa Claus visits in the night!
These are your Christmas Eve Box essentials! The things that you choose to go into your Christmas Eve Box will depend on how you like to spend your Christmas Eve, but there are a few items that it is traditional to put into your box.
A pair of Christmas pyjamas is an absolute must, and they are available at many places on the High Street and online. Here are our favourite Children’s Christmas Pyjamas for this year.
You could include a sachet of a favourite flavour of hot chocolate, or a tin or jar. For a more luxurious drink include a pack of mini marshmallows in the box or a hot chocolate stirrer.
Only a few years ago this movie would be included in the form of a DVD or Blu-ray. You can still do that, but if you use Netflix, Amazon Prime or another streaming service, you could include an envelope with the name of this year’s movie choice, or maybe a couple of options, if you think that the family will be able to agree!
Here are a few ideas for the most loved family Christmas movies of all time.
You’ll need something to go with that hot chocolate, so maybe some cookies, gingerbread men, lebkuchen, chocolate coins or perhaps some popcorn to eat with the movie.
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Here are our choices of best Christmas books for Children.
This is absolutely crucial, so that Santa can get in the house if you don’t have a chimney of course!
Any old or decorative key can be used for this, or they can be purchased very cheaply from Amazon, Etsy or eBay.
Its very important that you don't forget Rudolph and his friends of course! Magic Reindeer Food is something that you can make yourself - it is usually just plain porridge oats or bird seed which has been packaged nicely or pre-packed versions are available.
Sprinkle outside for the reindeer to eat. (Birds will probably really appreciate your gift, especially if it is very cold). Make sure that your reindeer food is good for your animal friends with these wildlife-friendly reindeer food ideas from the RSPCA.
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There are lots of other things that can be included in your box; all of them are fun things for Christmas Eve.
All the gifts should be small and inexpensive – the idea is not to make Christmas a lot more expensive, and they can be items that you might have given as stocking fillers.
Any small gift item would be a lovely thing to put into your Christmas Eve Box, the choice is yours.
A festive mug would be lovely to to drink that hot chocolate out of.
Any game that everyone can join in such as card games or board games. As it is Christmas, a traditional game seems appropriate, but maybe don't go for Monopoly - you don't want to still be awake when Santa comes around.
Add a brand new jolly Christmas Jumper for the little ones to wear on Christmas Day. Here are our favourite kids Christmas jumpers this year.
A beautiful new decoration to hang on the Christmas tree just before bedtime makes a lovely keepsake to remember this Christmas. Here are some of the best personalised Christmas tree decorations.
These will always go down well. You could add anything, even something that the kids need such as bubble bath or toothpaste. Other ideas include a festive lip gloss or hand cream.
This should be book of relaxing and fun puzzles or colouring to help everyone wind down - nothing that boggles the brain too much.
Could we suggest our very own eParenting Book of Wordsearches, which has 100 brand new themed wordsearches, suitable for kids or adults?
A Christmas teddy would go down a treat in a Christmas Eve Box. This is Marks & Spencer's collectable Spencer Bear for 2023, and you can find all sorts of festive plush toys everywhere.
Slippers are always a cosy idea, whether you give themed Christmas slippers or some nice fluffy ones!
Get the whole family together to put together a Christmas jigsaw puzzle. Again they are available all over but we love this affordable selection from The Works.
Or why not make a special personalised family jigsaw from one of your own photos at The Happy Puzzle Company.
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Give them a lovely Christmas Stocking to hang up over the fire place or put at the end of the bed. Once they (eventually) get to sleep, fill with traditonal gifts like an orange, nuts (if age and allergy appropriate) and Christmas candies such as minty candy canes or sugar mice.
Pop a letter from Santa into your Christmas Eve box so that the kids know that he is thinking about them as he makes his deliveries.
You can use this free letter from Santa editable template to make a letter that is personlised for your child.
A pack of thank-you cards will encourage your children to write a quick note to thank people for their presents.
These could be anything from jewellery making kits to special kits for making Christmas decorations.
You can never have too many socks in the cold weather, so Christmas socks will keep little feet warm all through the festive season.
There are two options when it comes to the actual box that you put your items into.
The first is to make your own box. You can use any cardboard box that you have at home and decorate it as you please; cover it in Christmas wrapping paper, paint it with a festive design or stick pictures onto it.
You can do the same with an old wooden box or crate, or you can buy a plain wooden box to decorate from your favourite craft shop or Amazon. We love this Large Wooden Treasure Box from Baker Ross, which is ready to decorate and keep for years.
Of course there are some beautiful ready-made Christmas Eve Boxes that you can find online.
This cute and affordable cardboard Santa, Penguin & Elf Christmas Eve Box by Snow White at Amazon is ready to filled with gifts. Sent flat packed it measures 21cm x 32cm x 11cm.
A classic design suitable for a boy, girl or adult, the Christmas Eve Box With Festive Pattern from Funky Hampers is wooden and comes in a choice of three different colourways, red, green or blue and two sizes, large or mini.
This Personalised Wooden Christmas Eve Box by Bespoke at Amazon, is professionally laser engraved with a bespoke design onto the wooden box.
For a beautiful keepsake which you will enjoy bringing out year after year, the Personalised Little Forest Friends Christmas Eve Box from Oli & Zo is just perfect.
You can personalise it with your child's name, or the family if you want to make the Christmas Eve Box into a family tradition.
For more fun Christmas ideas of things to do can you do everything on the Christmas Bucket List 2023
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