Making a last-minute Christmas Eve box? Here's everything you'll need to buy

If you are making a last-minute Christmas Eve box this year, we can help. Buy the stuff online today and start building your box tomorrow...

JoJo Maman Bébé Wooden Christmas Eve Box
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Christmas Eve is one week away, which means Christmas Eve boxes are selling out FAST. Whether this a tradition in your household or it's new for 2020, it's worth spending good money initially – on the box – so that you can reuse it for years to come. We suggest buying a personalised box, actually, for that personal touch. What else will you need? Filling (moss or tissue paper) and obviously, gifts to pop inside. By gifts we really mean small buys from a Christmas bath bomb to a hot chocolate making set, a Christmas DVD and some festive pyjamas. 

Keep scrolling for everything you need to buy online to make them a Christmas Eve box this year. Don't hesitate – you've not got long to order to guarantee arrival before Christmas. Buying online also means you won't have to queue at the shops – just press pay and pop your feet up until the delivery man arrives.

Already sorted your Christmas Eve box? Head to our ultimate best Christmas gifts guide for more present ideas for each family member.

1. Buy the box

First of all, you'll need to choose a box depending on how much you'll be putting inside it. Some boxes are plain so that you can personalise them yourself, while others come personalised. Either way, you can re-use all of these Christmas Eve boxes below, every single year. 


Argos Home Wooden Christmas Eve Box | £10 at Argos
This lovely Christmas Eve box is a bargain, and it's sold at Argos so you can click and collect it from your local store – or a Sainsbury's. It's made from wood so it's durable, while it reads 'Happy Christmas to one and all' on the top and 'Do not open until 24th' on the side. Shoppers are going made for this, so get yours fast.

ukgiftstoreonline Personalised Large Wooden Christmas Eve Box | £21.99 at Amazon
This large box needs to be personalised with their name on it, and it reads 'not to be opened until the 24th December'. It's also hinged and it comes with a clip closure so that they're not tempted to peek.

Modo Creative Personalised Large Traditional Christmas Eve Box | £24.50 at Not on the High Street
Write their name on this personalised Christmas Eve box and fill it with their favourite things. We love!

Dust and Things Personalised Children's Christmas Eve Box | £34.99 at Not on the High Street
This personalised box comes in three styles – with or without a latch, one with a storage tray inside and another with carrying handles. Write their name and choose a symbol.

2. Fill the box

You're going to need something to fill your Christmas Eve box with, other than toys and treats of course. We suggest either tissue paper, curly moss or shredded paper. 

Red Tissue Paper 65cm x 50cm 10 Pack | £1 at Hobbycraft
Opt for some red tissue paper to stuff your Christmas Eve box with and you'll thank yourself later when it comes to the cleanup. Simply lightly scrunch and pop it in. Hide the treats and presents in between the layers.

Natural Curly Moss | £2.50 at Hobbycraft
We also love the look of this natural curly moss inside a Christmas Eve box. Buy a few bunches to make the filling substantial enough.

3. Find (and buy) the gifts

Scroll to find toys, treats and small presents to pop in their Christmas Eve boxes this year.

Magical Reindeer Food Bag | £3.29 at Amazon
Finally! Some reindeer food which is wildlife-friendly and it comes in a biodegradable bag. Pop a bag in their Christmas Eve box and take them into your front or back garden before bed so they can sprinkle it on your grass (or patio). To light the way for Santa and his reindeer, of course...

Big Little Toys Elf's First Adventure Magical Christmas Elf Story Book | £5.99 at Not on the High Street
Personalise them a Christmas book to read the night before the big day to up the excitement. This heart-warming tale is all about a Christmas Elf who is on a quest to find a family who’ll give him a loving home in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas Party Bingo Game | £7.99 £6.25 (save £1.74) at Amazon
One to play before bed, this Christmas bingo game can be enjoyed by all the family. You might even get more use out of it on the big day, and thereafter obviously...

Lego Brick Headz Nutcracker | £9.99 at LEGO
Why not include a Christmassy Lego set in their Christmas Eve box? It will give them something to do before bed, while it's super affordable and very small. 

Disney Pixar Toy Story Jessie Figure | £12.99 £9.99 (save £3) at Amazon
This Toy Story figure is posable and small enough for you to carry around in your handbag for entertainment when out of the house. It's also a bargain right now!

Katie Bakes Christmas Snowflake Cookie Mix Baking Kit | £9.50 at Not on the High Street
This lovely cookie kit includes shortbread baking mix, a star-shaped cookie cutter and a tube of white icing. It comes inside a party bag which can be personalised, too. A great gift to little ones you can't make Christmas cookies with this year so that they've got all of the things to make them at home. 

John Lewis & Partners Baby Santa Fleece Onesie Set | £20 £10 at John Lewis
This sweet onesie comes with a hat and a small reindeer toy, too. Perfect for a Christmas Eve box, they can wear it the night before while watching a Christmas movie or getting Santa's milk and mince pies ready.

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Noodle Party Playset | £17 £14 (save £3) at Amazon
This Play-Doh set looks super fun, and it's suitable for little ones aged three and over. This set comes with a range of non-toxic colours, as well as a grater, ravioli cutter, bowl, fork, a Play-Doh compound and much more.

EKA Personalised Crown For Babies, Kids And Adults | £30 at Not on the High Street
These super cute knitted crowns can be worn by them for the whole of Christmas Day, without the risk of them tearing or getting accidentally thrown in the bin. 10 times better looking than Christmas cracker hats, and 10 times comfier. You can personalise them, too.

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Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...