We have recently started the tradition of putting together a Christmas Eve box for the children & it is something I can see us doing for the long run! They absolutely love it & it seriously ramps up the excitement for the big day.
There are loads of options out there when it comes to choosing a Christmas Eve Box. We love the wooden personalised ones, but you can also get fancy cardboard ones, crates or even boxes in different shapes such as a Christmas house or Santa’s sleigh!
Once you have your box, the next question is what to put in it? We try & mix it up each year so the children can’t guess what will be inside.
Here are some of our favourite ideas for things you could use in your Christmas Eve box:
- Festive mug
- Chocolate – Cadbury selection packs, chocolate coins, Santa lollies… whatever takes your fancy!
- Hot chocolate – you could put in a sachet or go for one of those hot chocolate bombs that look amazing
- Marshmallows – to go with your hot chocolate
- Christmas pyjamas – get everyone their own individual style or go for a matching set!
- Christmas books
- Colouring & activity books with some colouring pencils & pens
- A set of pencils with Christmas themed rubbers
- Festive DVD
- Popcorn or snacks – eat these whilst watching the film
- Candy canes
- Cuddly toy – a plush Elf, Santa or reindeer etc.
- Festive socks
- Gingerbread men or gingerbread house decorating set
- Christmas cookie cutters – great if you fancy some festive baking
- Santa’s front door key – he will need this if you don’t have a chimney!
- Christmas stickers
- Santa’s plate – for his mince pie/cookie/milk & Rudolph’s carrot
- Craft kit – there are tons to choose from, maybe have a go at a paper Nativity scene or a felt Christmas tree
- Headbands – go for some cute Reindeer antlers or Elf ears
- DIY reindeer food – make sure it’s safe for the animals (don’t put glitter in it)!
- Dressing up outfits – treat the kids to an Elf costume or Santa hat
- Christmas decoration – a new ornament for the Christmas tree such as a personalised bauble
- A letter from Santa – if your children have written to Santa, this could be his reply
- A cosy blanket – use this to wrap up in whilst watching a film or opening the presents in the morning
- Christmas bedding – if you have the energy, change the bedsheets so they become Christmas themed for the most magical night of the year!
- A board game – something for everyone to do over the Christmas period!
This is a long list & I would not put ALL of these things in the children’s boxes. However, it should give you plenty of ideas for what you could put in yours!
Guest Post written by Lauren at Sophie’s Nursery