How To Make a Christmas Eve Box – and What To Put In It!

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Are you looking for ideas to make up a Christmas Eve Box for your child? I’ve been researching them to make my own this year, so here’s how to make a Christmas Eve box and, most importantly, what to put in it!

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In our house we have always had a bit of a Christmas Eve tradition, where our daughters were allowed to choose one present on Christmas Eve from under the tree and open it before they went to bed.


Recently I came across the idea of a Christmas Eve box and I thought what a nice idea. So I’ve been thinking of and looking for ideas for my boxes, so I thought I’d share some of those with you.

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What is a Christmas Eve Box?

A Christmas Eve box is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a gift box that you give your child on Christmas Eve to open to enjoy.

The origins are apparently from continental European countries, many of whom celebrate the main event on Christmas Eve itself rather than Christmas Day.

The box itself can be something simple and homemade, or there are plenty of Christmassy versions of them from cardboard to personalised wooden ones (you’ll find lots on and The nice thing about investing in a proper Christmas or personalised one is that you can reuse it for many years and cut down on waste.

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Christmas Eve Box Ideas

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Here are some suggestions for filling your Christmas Eve box:

  • New pyjamas. It’s a tradition in our house to get new jammies for Christmas Eve so I like the idea of slipping a pair into the box. If your child is a Frozen fan, check out the M&S Frozen 2 collection here.
  • Slippers or cosy fluffy socks. My eldest is a slipper wearer whilst my youngest prefers a cosy pair of fluffy socks to pad around the house in. Get something soft and snuggly!
  • A new book for bedtime. This could be a Christmas story or the latest of their favourite author’s books.
  • A Christmas movie on dvd. While there are lots of fun Christmas movies on Netflix including their new Christmas movie Klaus, nothing beats a classic Christmas movie as part of the Christmas Eve bedtime routine. Elf and Miracle on 34th Street are a couple of popular choices. If you need more inspiration read Mykidstime parents’ recommendations for the best Christmas movies.
  • Hot chocolate sachet or hot chocolate stirrer. A mug of hot chocolate on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning is a nice idea, and you can pick up hot chocolate stirrers now where you just stir in them into the warm milk. Or you could put in some Snowman Soup!
  • Magic Reindeer Food. Every child should sprinkle some reindeer food in the garden to make sure the reindeer know the way and have a nibble!
  • A sweet treat. Something Christmassy like mini chocolate Santas go down well. Alternatively marshmallows to go on the hot chocolate or a seasonal candy cane are nice.
  • A personalised tree decoration. They can hang it on the tree and it will join your collection for future years.
  • Playing cards. Have a fun game of cards together on Christmas Eve.
  • A cookie decorating kit. You can buy some really nice cookie decorating kits where your child gets to ice the cookie…and then gobble it up!
  • A letter from Santa. You could write a letter from the big man himself to remind them to be good for one more night!
  • A Christmas colouring book. Or print off a selection of Christmas colouring pages.
  • Popcorn. Tuck in a sachet of microwavable popcorn for a nice snack to go with your Christmas movie.
  • A bedtime pass. If you are not saving them for the stockings, then we have free printable bedtime passes you can tuck into their Christmas Eve box.

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For older kids you might like to add in some

  • lip balm
  • hand cream
  • nail polish
  • bath bomb or new shower gel for a bit of pampering before bedtime
  • new mug
  • new phone case

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Have you ever made a Christmas Eve box for your child? What do you like to put in yours? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

How To Make A Christmas Eve Box And What To Put In It

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