Considering making the kids a Christmas Eve box this year? Lovely idea. If you are on a budget or want to save a few ££s (who doesn't, really?) then see below as we've been shopping the Black Friday sales, searching for Christmas Eve boxes and stuff to fill them with. There are a few bits on sale right now, but they may end soon.
How to make a Christmas Eve box? This personalised box is super easy to make, in fact, sourcing the materials and toys is the difficult part. All you need is a box – whether that's a plain wooden one or a personalized one – some filling such as faux moss or shredded paper, as well as a few small gifts to put inside. As for where to find this stuff, we've got you covered. Keep scrolling for some inspo. Don't leave it until the last minute...
Already sorted your Christmas Eve box? Head to our ultimate best Christmas gifts guide for more present ideas for each family member.
What is a Christmas Eve box?
The clue is in the name – a Christmas Eve box is a box you fill with treats, toys and other small presents, for children (or adults) to open on Christmas Eve, before the big day. Things like Christmas pyjamas, reindeer food and even a bedtime story. Or, a hot chocolate kit (or the equivalent for adults) and more. How to make one? Follow our three easy steps below.
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.
Dust and Things Personalised Children's Christmas Eve Box |
£34.99 £17.50 (save £17.49) at Not on the High Street
With 35 per cent off for Black Friday, this personalised box is a bargain. It 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.View Deal
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.View Deal
Christmas Eve Box | £10 at Hobby Craft
This lovely wooden box takes all of the hard work out of decorating a Christmas Eve box, and it looks good. It's spacious, too, and you can re-use it every year.View Deal
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!View Deal
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.View Deal
Green Curly Moss | £2.50 at Hobbycraft
We also love the look of this green curly moss inside a Christmas Eve box – especially if said box is white. Buy a few bunches to make the filling substantial enough.View Deal
3. Find (and buy) the gifts
Scroll to find toys, treats and small presents to pop in their Christmas Eve boxes this year.
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.View Deal
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. View Deal
Mattel Games Uno Showdown |
£19.99 £14.99 (save £5) at Amazon
Buy Uno for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas Eve for some after dinner entertainment before bed. Warning: things will get competitive. Great for two to 10 players, for those over seven years old.
John Lewis & Partners Children's Reindeer Onesie | From £22
This super cute reindeer onesie should definitely make an appearance in their Christmas Eve box this year. It comes in sizes from three to 11 years, and it's super soft. With a 3D reindeer face on its hood, they'll love it.View Deal
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.View Deal