What to put in a Christmas Eve Box?

We have been giving a Christmas Eve box for five years now since Sebastian was one. That first year we just kept it simple with some new pyjamas and a book, and as our family has grown we have added to those basic items. I see lots of people asking what to put in a Christmas Eve box so I thought I would share what I put into ours.
Christmas Eve is probably my favourite day of the festive period. I love the build up and excitement to Christmas, it is so magical. In the evening our Christmas Eve Box arrives. I keep our box pretty basic, some of the items are the same each year.

What to put in a Christmas eve box


New pyjamas I try to get the boys matching Christmas pyjamas each year and this year I managed to get some of the Matalan striped pyjamas for the big two plus a matching sleepsuit for Barney. I am so excited for them to wear these!

Hot chocolate and treats We like to watch something festive on Christmas Eve (usually The Snowman) with some hot chocolate and Christmas chocolate or biscuits all snuggled up underneath a cosy blanket. 

Christmas book A new Christmas book to read before bed along with the traditional The Night Before Christmas story which we read every year. This year Penwizard have sent us a gorgeous personalised copy of The Snowman and the Snowdog* to read. You can add your child's name, hair colour and style and even choose the colour of pyjamas.  This is a perfect addition to any Christmas Eve Box and you can receive 20% off all personalised books with the discount code SOQUICK20 until 18th December. There is a great range available including some well loved childrens characters including Peppa Pig.

Personalised Snowman and Snowdog book, Penwizard

What to put in a Christmas eve box

I picked up this Santa treat plate from Wilkinsons a couple of years ago and it now goes into our box each Christmas Eve ready to leave out with a mince pie, carrots and a glass of milk for the big man.

Reindeer food and Santa's key, each year I mix a bag of oats and glitter to sprinkle outside on Christmas Eve and as we have no chimney we leave Santa a special key so he can get in. The boys absolutely love sprinkling the food before they head up to bed.

I also include the boys Christmas Stockings in the box each year so they can hang them up when they go to bed.

Of course everybody does their Christmas Eve Box differently, here are some more ideas that you could include.

  • Bath Bomb
  • Christmas Game
  • Christmas Fuzzy Felt
  • Nativity puzzle
  • Christmas DVD
  • Christmas craft kits 
  • Sticker or activity book
  • Gold coins
  • Letter from Father Christmas
  • Cosy socks
  • Special tree decorations
  • Selection boxes
  • New toothbrush
  • Gingerbread house kit
  • Some salt dough and cutters to make decorations
  • Christmas Lego
  • Santa stop here sign
  • Colouring sheets and crayon
Do you make a Christmas Eve Box? What do you put into yours?

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