T'was the night before Christmas and Santa has sent an early present to get the whole family in the festive mood. Great for little and big kids alike, make the most of the festive season by filling a Christmas Eve box for your tot.
Christmas Eve boxes have become a big new tradition in family households. They're so easy to put together, and you can also buy ready-made ones.
Fill a special box of goodies with cute things like Christmas pyjamas, books to read, a family film to watch, and sweet treats to nibble on. Pop it under your tree and you're all set to kick off the Christmas celebrations early and make the most of the whole festive season.
What should go in a Christmas Eve box?
It's completely up to you – the world is your oyster. Try to think of things you know your children would like, that will distract them from the excitement of Christmas Day just a little (or not).
PJs are a good idea (you could even get some matching pyjamas), something new and cosy to wear when they go to bed on Christmas Eve – and probably most of Christmas Day, too! You could add a mug, some marshmallows, and hot chocolate as a sleepy treat. Or include a board game, so that you can all play it together as a family.
How to make a Christmas Eve box
There's no secret to making a Christmas Eve box, you just need a box. Simply wrap it up in seasonal wrapping paper and add tinsel or a ribbon to make it extra festive.
If you're not the most creative and don't fancy making something from scratch, you can get some gorgeous pre-made boxes from stationery shops, and also some beautiful wooden ones that you can reuse every year.
Here are some fun Christmassy boxes that we've found online, and inspiration for what to put inside:
The best Christmas Eve boxes
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Christmas Eve Box
Personalise this adorable Christmas Eve Box from JoJo Maman Bébé, which features a new pair of jammies, a book and a cuddly toy. Re-use this keepsake box year after year.
Personalised Little Forest Friends Christmas Eve Box
Another wooden version, this one looks beautiful with the engraved Christmas woodland animal illustration. This box can also be personalised with your child's name for a little extra Christmas magic.
Size: 29 x 29 x 13cm
Personalised Children's Christmas Eve Box
These beautiful, personalised wooden boxes are really something special, and there are three different sizes to choose from - your ordinary box, one with a tray, and a large box with handles perfect for families with larger households. You can personalise everything from the writing, top and bottom, symbol, and even a secret message!
Size: 28 x 21 x 14cm or 35 x 25 x 18cm
Personalised Traditional Christmas Eve Box
This box printed with a beautiful traditional design is available with a choice of different colourways, between red and green or blue and purple. There are two sizes available, mini or large, and you can personalise with your little one's name up to 15 characters.
Size: 24 x 18 x 7cm or 32 x 32 x 11cm
Snow White Special Delivery Christmas Eve Box
If you're looking for a budget Christmas Eve box, well, then this option is ideal for you. It's not the biggest option on this list, but it does the job.
Size: 17 x 26.5 x 8.5cm
Selfridges Tartan Christmas Eve box
If you're happy to splash out on a Christmas Eve box, the Selfridges option will bring a whole host of magic for the holidays. It features the Jellycat Teddy bear soft toy, The Jolly Christmas Postman paperback book and Mini Lunn pyjamas in red tartan.
Large Wooden Box
Spend an afternoon with your toddler creating your own Christmas Eve boxes thanks to this large wooden box from The Works. Simply grab a set of paints and get to work.
Night Before Christmas Treat Box
Treat your kids to this festive box filled with cookies, mini mallows and hot chocolate. All you need to do is pop on a Christmas film and enjoy these goodies.
Best Christmas Eve box fillers
Cadbury Drinking Chocolate
No Christmas Eve would be complete without a mug of hot chocolate. Add some marshmallows for an extra special treat.
Candy canes are a classic Christmas treat - perfect for Christmas Eve boxes or hanging on the tree.
These sweet jelly lollipops will be a real treat - just make sure they don't have them too late in the day otherwise they'll never sleep!
Miracle On 34th Street DVD
Best Christmas movie ever? We think so! A magical classic that little ones are sure to enjoy.
Or maybe this is the best Christmas movie ever! A firm, funny favourite for all the family.
Arthur Christmas DVD
Although this is a pretty good Christmas movie, too - we can't decide! A newer classic that's become a must-watch for families across the UK.
Personalised Children's Bear Christmas Pyjamas
These cute Christmas PJs are the perfect way to welcome in Christmas morning. The festive bear pyjamas are available to be printed with your choice of personalisation, making them a fantastically festive and personal set that little ones are sure to love.
Size: Newborn to 5 years
The Elf Who Saved Christmas
This is a beautiful personalised children's book where your child will become the hero of the hour as the Elf who saves Christmas! Underneath the adventure story, there’s an important message about encouraging a child’s creativity and determination which will stay with little ones long after the festive season is over.
Full of festive fun, this lovely book will magically transform your child into an Elf for the story to embark on an adventure. You can personalise their full name and adventurer avatar, with the chance to preview all 36 pages before you buy.
Personalised Christmas Reindeer Soft Toy
Give your child a small cuddly companion to cosy up with for film-time! This adorable, soft reindeer can be personalised with a name or message, and a choice of Christmassy t-shirt colours.
Chad Valley Wooden Dinosaur Shape Sorter
Christmas Eve boxes don't have to be filled with Christmas themed products, you can also fill your child's box with all kinds of gifts just like this Chad Valley Wooden Dinosaur Shape Sorter.