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10 Christmas Eve Box Ideas to Delight Toddlers and Kids!

Oh, Christmas Eve! It's that enchanting night when the magic of the season reaches its peak, especially for kids. The atmosphere is electric as they eagerly await the moment to stay up late, stuff themselves with scrumptious snacks, and joyfully unwrap presents from Santa Claus himself. But what if we could take this already extraordinary night and make it even more unforgettable? Picture this: surprising your little ones with a wondrous Christmas Eve box, brimming with delight and festive treasures!

What is a Christmas Eve Box?

A Christmas Eve Box is a wonderful tradition that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It's a beautifully adorned box filled with small gifts and treats, usually given to loved ones, especially children, on the evening of December 24th, Christmas Eve. Its purpose is to add an extra layer of excitement and anticipation to the Christmas, creating cherished memories and building
up the thrill for the arrival of Christmas Day.

Christmas Eve Box


What kind of box should you use?

If you're looking for a budget-friendly approach, repurposing an old cardboard box is a fantastic choice. We all tend to accumulate a lots of cardboard boxes from online shopping deliveries, so put them to good use! Simply cover the box with vibrant Christmas wrapping paper that captures the spirit of the season. Then, secure it with a lovely ribbon or some festive string for that perfect finishing touch.

On the other hand, if you're aiming for something a bit more elaborate and durable, you might want to explore the offerings at Hobbycraft. They have a great selection of both wooden and cardboard boxes that can be customized to your heart's content. These boxes can become cherished keepsakes, reused and cherished year after year, adding a touch of tradition and sentimentality to your Christmas celebrations.

Ultimately, the choice of box depends on your personal style and preferences. Whether you opt for a repurposed cardboard box or invest in a special box from a craft store, the important thing is to infuse it with your creativity and make it a thing of wonder to kids on that special evening.

Christmas Eve Box Ideas

    1. Cozy Pyjamas: What could be more delightful than slipping into a fresh pair of snug and cozy pyjamas? It's the perfect way to set the mood for a blissful bedtime experience on Christmas Eve.

      Christmas Pyjamas

    2. Christmas Onesie: These super comfy onesies are the perfect night attire for getting cozy by the fire on Christmas Eve. Plus they can be used even after Christmas has passed.

      Christmas Onesie for the Christmas Eve Box

    3. Socks or Slippers: Everyone wants to have warm and cozy feet on cold Christmas nights!

      Christmas Socks for Christmas Eve Box


    4. Christmas-Themed Books: As the evening winds down, let your children immerse themselves in the enchanting world of a Christmas-themed book. The Night Before Christmas is a classic. Or you could take it a step further and order a personalised Christmas book.

      Personalised Christmas Book
    5. Festive Snacks: No Christmas Eve box would be complete without an assortment of scrumptious treats. Fill it to the brim with mouthwatering gingerbread biscuits, delectable candy canes, and other festive delights that will ignite their taste buds with holiday cheer.

      Festive Snacks for their Christmas Eve Box
      Photo by Nikolett Emmert

    6. A Hot-Chocolate Mug: A mug is a must-have item for a cozy Christmas Eve filled with hot chocolate delights. You can make it extra special by finding a festive mug adorned with holiday designs, or go the extra mile and get a personalized mug with your child's name on it. Picture their face lighting up as they see their very own mug, exclusively reserved for sipping warm and delicious hot chocolate on this magical night. It's those little touches that make the holiday season truly memorable.

      Hot Chocolate Mug for Christmas Eve box
      Image by Hera Vibes from Pixabay

    7. Small Toys: How about making your child's Christmas Eve shine even brighter? Consider including a delightful, small toy that will bring an ear-to-ear smile to their face. Picture the sheer delight in their eyes, the moment their heart skips a beat, as they unwrap this unexpected treasure. It's those magical moments of pure joy that truly define the holiday season.

      Small Toys Perfect for Christmas Eve Boxes

    8. Reindeer Food and Carrots: Get the little ones to sprinkle some outside your house to help guide Santas sleigh later that night! You can make your own very cheaply, here's a link to a recipe. Put the carrot for Rudolph next to Santa's mince mince pie and glass of sherry!

      Reindeer Food for Kids Christmas Eve Box

    9. Games or Puzzles:  A board game or puzzle is a fantastic addition to your Christmas Eve box, especially for keeping those excited kids happily occupied while you tackle any last-minute preparations. It's a win-win situation! Not only will they have a blast playing a fun game or solving a delightful puzzle, but it also gives you the chance to focus on those final preparations without interruptions. With their minds engaged and their enthusiasm soaring, the board game or puzzle becomes a wonderful distraction that ensures a smooth and joyful Christmas Eve for everyone involved.

      Games or puzzles to put in your Christmas Eve Box

    10. Their Christmas Stocking:Why not give them their Christmas stocking in their Xmas Eve box. It'll be ready to hang by the fireplace ready for Santa to fill.

      Christmas Stockings


Other ideas to make their Christmas Eve super special

Santa Tracker: Google's Santa Tracker is a fantastic way to make kids' Christmas Eve extra special. It brings a world of magic to their fingertips, letting them follow Santa's journey as he delivers presents across the globe. With an interactive map, children can explore different places, learn about traditions, and even spot Santa's sleigh in the night sky. Real-time updates build excitement as Santa gets closer to their neighborhood. The tracker offers games, videos, and educational content to keep kids entertained. It's a wonderful way to add joy, imagination, and a sense of global togetherness to the holiday season. Here's a link to it.

Google Santa Tracker

Personalised Video Message from Santa: I did this for my kids last year and it really was amazing to see their faces! Just add your personal script, and the clever AI elves will work their magic and email you a wonderful video to show the kids on Christmas Eve. Here's a link.

Personalised Video From Santa

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