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Christmas Eve Box Ideas

Giving kids a lovely box of delights on Christmas Eve is widely being adopted as a new tradition. Here's our guide to what to put in yours and a selection of ready made boxes you can buy...

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19 Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Children

This recent addition to the Christmas line-up has become extremely popular. An excuse to open a tantalising present early, full of cosy Christmas essentials that make the build up to the big day even more fun and exciting.


While the grown-ups are busy cooking, wrapping and titivating the tinsel, the kids can open up their box of treasure. A pair of new PJ’s, some sweet treats, a book and a cuddly companion are what most people put in their Christmas Eve boxes and lots of families love this little moment for extending the magic and making Christmas Eve even more exciting.

Here are our suggestions of what to put in your Christmas Eve box for an extra special Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Box Goodies…

Scrum pum, pum, pum… Milk Chocolate Santa Lick, £2, Hotel Chocolat
Magical Woodland PJ’s for cosying up in! Classic Woodland Pyjamas, £39.95, Lola + Blake
The softest cosiest slippers for little feet Embroidered sheepskin slippers, £28, Sheepers
Christmas Eve is the night to believe! Milk Chocolate The Believe Bar, £3.75, Polar Post
Elf Club membership… Pure Cotton Elf Pyjamas (12 Mths – 7 Yrs) £12, M&S
The perfect blanket for sofa snuggles –  now what movie to watch? Recycled Wool Blanket in Buchanan Antique Tartan, £60, Tartan Blanket Co
The ultimate sticky concoction for eating by the fire. Giant Percy Pig Choc Corn £15, M&S
A cuddly friend to guide those fellow reindeer in! Jingles Reindeer Toy, £25, The White Company
A rosette to show which list they’re on. Mortimer the Elf Nice Rosette, £14.95, Polar Post
For that comforting hot cocoa or warm ‘sleep-inducing’ milk! Small Winter Penguins and Winter Polar Bears Mugs, £14.95 each  Emma Bridgewater
A funny read for Christmas Eve. How The Grinch Stole Christamas by Dr. Seuss, £4, Amazon
Whats a family movie without popcorn? We love this gourmet Popcorn in a fab reusable tin. Merry Christmas Popcorn Gift Tin, £25, Popcorn Shed
The ultimate cosy cover-up. This blanket jumper hybrid will be lived in all Winter. The Comfy Original, £34.99, Amazon
Something moving and bonding to read together just before Santa comes. The Christmas Eve Tree, £6.99, Liberty
A cute little activity with a dairy, gluten and plastic-free sweet treat that isn’t as sugar-laden as your average chocolate bar. Santa would be proud! Organic Chocolate + Suprise Toy, £2.50, PlayinChoc
These ginger iced biscuits can either be enjoyed together or left out for Father Christmas! The Night Before Christmas Gift Box, £18.50, Juliet Smallwood
Get Belle & Boo all tucked up and ready for Santa in this gorgeous paper cottage kit. Belle’s Cottage Kit, £14, Belle & Boo
The perfect setting for Santa’s cookies and his reindeer’s carrots when you leave them out on the night before Christmas. George & Viv The Night Before Cookie Platter £46.00, Anthtopologie
Build up the excitement further with this festive sign – perfect to hang on  their bedroom door before lights out! Santa Stop Here Door sign, £8.50, Postbox Party at notonthehighstreet

 And, the Perfect Christmas Eve Boxes to Keep …

Pick the right Christmas Eve box and you can refill it year after year which in itself become a little family holiday tradition.

North Pole Wicker Hamper, £30, Polar Post
Christmas Eve Box, £19.99, Mercury & Mars Shop
Christmas Trunks, £125 for set of 2, Cox & Cox
Christmas cardboard boxes from a selection at Paperchase
Loveabode Personalised Christmas Eve Box, £35, NEXT

And, here’s some they prepared earlier…

Elf Christmas Eve box, £80, Selfridges
Personalised Ultimate Christmas Eve Gift Set, £90, My 1st Years
Cadbury Christmas Eve Box, £12, Cadbury Gifts 

JUNIOR TIP: Try to time your Christmas Eve Box to suit your child especially if you don’t want them up all night!

Open in the morning: If you include chocolate and sweet treats, you may consider opening the Christmas Eve box together in the morning rather than saving it for just before bedtime. Helps to avoid those over excited sugar-highs too. 

Open in the afternoon: Encourage a calm and relaxed Christmas Eve afternoon considering what you place in them if you intend to open them after lunch. Ensure the contents are tailored around creating a peaceful but, exciting atmosphere think gentle crafts and games, settling down for movie with a cosy blanket or try making some popcorn and marshmallow topped hot chocolates.


Open in the evening: Create the ultimate calming box for the evening – especially if tensions are running high. Think cosy pyjamas, festive slippers, a relaxing bubble bath or bomb for older kids and a new story book (we have lots of suggestions here) that you can snuggle up and share together by the light of the Christmas tree or by the fire.