Putting together a Christmas Eve box full of goodies has become a popular festive tradition in many households. As if the night before Christmas wasn’t exciting enough, now kids and grownups alike can look forward to opening a box packed with little treats.
If you’re planning on making a Christmas Eve box this year, we’ve come up with a list of items that will bring a touch of extra magic to your family’s evening.
The Special Box
Your Christmas Eve Box can be as luxurious as a hand-carved wooden chest or as simple as a recycled cardboard box from your local supermarket. Here are three fantastic examples that kids love:
From left to right: JoJo Maman Bébé Christmas Eve Box (£12.00), Tesco Personalised Christmas Eve Box, £4, Born Gifted Personalised Christmas Eve Box (£27.99). Born Gifted currently have 17 different patterns on the site that are available in different colours.
Everyone deserves a new cuddly friend to take to bed on Christmas Eve. Enter Hallmark’s Itty Bittys, the mini plush soft toys suitable for age 1 month +. They retail at £6 each and are available from hundreds of independent stockists, through Hallmark’s Amazon shop, and in selected Morrisons stores. There are so many to choose from, there has to be a Bitty for everyone! We love this cute Harry Potter range.
Wrap them up warm with some new pyjamas. Just looking at this Tartan PJs from John Lewis makes us feel all snuggly and traditional.
JoJo Maman Bébé has created some fantastic wooden toys that would be a great Christmas Eve treat for toddlers and preschool children. We love the toddler-proof Racing Car and the Pocket Woodland Figures that come individually wrapped in a pretty carry-box, so opening each figure is like a little present on its own!
Baabuk‘s natural wool Gus Kids slippers (€44.90 EUR) are the perfect accessory for a picture-perfect Christmas Eve. Based on ancestral footwear and made using traditional methods, the shoes and slippers feature artisan details you can see and construction that lasts and lasts. Baabuk’s slippers are handcrafted in Nepal with felted wool from New Zealand and natural latex soles. The slippers are seamless, proving less is more when it comes to comfort, design and warmth. The matching adult slippers are a great option to get the whole family in a cosy, festive spirit.
Just like the PJs, it’s a great idea to include some practical items in your Christmas Eve box. Reusable stainless steel drinking bottles are growing in popularity because they are robust and aren’t made with potentially harmful chemical such as BPA. Klean Kanteen offers a bottle range for both adults and kids, which come with sports caps, sippy lids and baby bottle teats. They also have insulated bottles to keep hot drinks hot for 8 hours and cold nice and chilly for 24 hours. From bedtime drinks to hot chocolate during an evening carol concert, these bottles make a great gift for those who are looking to get something different this year.
Little ones love leaving a snack out for Santa. A special plate reserved especially for the big man himself will make the tradition even more special. We love this personalised plate from Born Gifted.
Bedtime Bath Products
Get cosy for Christmas Eve with JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Baby Bath and JOHNSON’S® Bedtime Baby Oil. Bedtime baths are a key element of many children’s routine and a calming soak in the tub is even more important when it’s the most exciting night of the year! Both products contain the brand’s special relaxing NaturalCalm™ aroma loved by parents.
Christmas Activity Book
An activity or colouring book will help pass those long hours until the Christmas Day – and hopefully a few hours after! This one is Christmas Sticker Activity Book is aimed at children age 0-5 years.
Thorntons Chocolate Figures
Thorntons’ beautiful models are made with smooth milk and white chocolate and are finished off with intricate details which are guaranteed to bring a smile to little faces! New this year, is the Cheeky Elf figure – could he be your new favourite? The 200g models are RRP £5.00 and the 60g models are RRP £2.00 from Thorntons Stores and Online.
A new pack of crayons is a low-cost option for your Christmas Eve box. Alternatively, you can splash out a little more on this assortment of shaped crayons from pickle.co.uk.
Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows
Warm their cockles with a delicious cup of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows (and whipped cream, if you’re feeling really indulgent). You could present it as ‘Snowman Soup” like these bags made by Etsy seller MakeItSweetUK.
Cosy Socks / Slippers
Another practical addition to a Christmas Eve box is a pair of cosy socks or slippers. These grip-sole owl socks from sockshop.co.uk are suitable for babies and toddlers up to 18 months.
Letter from Father Christmas
Everyone loves getting a special letter from Father Christmas! This one was delivered by classicsanta.co.uk.
Add a copy of Santa’s Magic Key as a lovely keepsake gift. Here’s an example from thechristmasshop.co.uk.
Made popular by the bell featured in Polar Express, a large Christmas jingle bell could be a lovely addition to your Christmas Eve box. This one is from gettingpersonal.co.uk.
Teresa Mill Mosaic Kits
Teresa Mill’s offers a cute collection of pixelated mosaic kits, that can be enjoyed by all ages! Handmade in the UK from high-quality materials, each kit comes in its own beautiful cotton bag with the design printed on the front. Available in a variety of designs from a cute unicorn to a snazzy space rocket, the kits are ideal for rainy days or for keeping kids’ brains ticking over! Teresa’s kits are suitable for all ages but recommended for 5 years +.
Reindeer Magic Dust
Fill an organza bag with sparkly magical reindeer dust that can be sprinkled before bedtime. It may look like oats and glitter to the untrained eye, but your little one will know better. You can also pick some up online, like this one from B Line Bespoke.
Cosy Christmas Blanket
Cuddle up under the Christmas lights with a cosy blanket, such as this red penguin blanket from Peacocks.