Awesome Christmas Eve Gift Box Ideas
Simple and Fun Christmas Eve Gift Box Ideas that will Help Kick Off Your New Family Tradition!
It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the little ones in your life.
Christmas Eve is one of the most magical nights of the year, and many families are starting a new family tradition of celebrating by creating Christmas Eve boxes.
If you’re looking for some fun and unique Christmas Eve gifts for your little ones this year, we’ve got you covered so that when December 24th rolls around, you are ready!
What is a Christmas Eve Box?
A Christmas Eve box is a special box filled with fun holiday activities and treats to enjoy on Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve boxes are a fun and exciting new tradition that is becoming increasingly popular around the holiday season. This idea is believed to have originated in the UK, where families would pack Christmas-themed items into a special box to open on Christmas Eve.
This could include Christmas movies, hot chocolate, cozy pajamas, Christmas ornaments, or other small gifts you might enjoy as you snuggle down with loved ones on Christmas Eve.
Of course, what you put in your Christmas Eve box is entirely up to you – the possibilities are endless! Whether this is a new family tradition for your family, or whether you’re introducing it to your kids as a fun way to get excited about Christmas, there’s no doubt that Christmas Eve boxes are a great way to celebrate this wonderful time of year.
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How to make a Christmas Eve Box
The Christmas season is such a fun time, but it can also be incredibly stressful. If the kids Christmas Eve box is a tradition you haven’t started yet, but are thinking about, don’t be put off by the idea of having to think of more gift ideas.
This tradition is yours to create. This box is meant to be fun and to create anticipation for Christmas morning. So, have fun with it, but don’t go overboard and make more work and stress for yourself.
Remember, you are creating the expectations for this tradition. So, if you want to keep it simple, do just that. However, if you choose to “go big” keep in mind that your kids will be expecting that same level of awesomeness every year.
DIY Christmas Eve Boxes
Now that you’ve decided to go ahead with this box idea, how do you put it together? The best part of the DIY box is that you get to customize it however you like, making it a truly unique experience that can be shared with loved ones year after year. If you’re crafty this should be an easy project!
If you’re not crafty (like me) then the easiest way to make your own Christmas Eve box is to upcycle a cardboard box you have at home. The best type of box is a shoebox because it comes with a lid. To make it festive, wrap it up with your Christmas wrapping paper of choice…and you’re done!
If you don’t want to make your own box, there are several different boxes that you can have personalized and use every year and keep as a keepsake.
Engraved Christmas Eve Box for Kids: Made with pine, this beautiful box can be engraved with your child’s name and can be put under the Christmas tree every year.
Christmas Eve Crates: Easily fill up this crate with lots of Christmas goodies!
What to Put in Your Christmas Eve Box for Kids and Toddlers
Your box is ready to go, and you’re probably wondering what to put in the box. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Let’s start with the simplest ideas.
This is based on the tradition of giving four gifts in the categories of want, need, wear, and read. Those ideas would look something like this:
Want: toy or game
Wear: Christmas pajamas
Read: Christmas book or Chapter book depending on age
See? Very simple and easy. Now let’s take a look at the different types of Christmas Eve gifts to fill your box with.
Christmas Eve Gift Ideas
Christmas pjs: For many kids, receiving Christmas pajamas as a gift is one of the highlights of the holiday season. These soft and cozy jammies not only keep little ones warm at night, but they also help to create a fun family tradition of wearing matching pajamas during this special time of year.
If you really want to have some Christmas fun, try getting new pajamas for the whole family…matching jammies of course! Young children will love seeing you all dressed up the same. Older kids will probably be embarrassed, but I love embarrassing my kids so I’m all for it!
There are so many different options for cute Christmas slippers, but if your kids won’t wear them, you’re just throwing money down the drain. My kids will never keep slippers on but they will keep socks on.
That’s why I love these slipper socks! Besides being festive and cozy, they also have rubber grips on the soles so you don’t have to worry about your little ones slipping, sliding, and falling on your smooth floors.
Regular Christmas socks are also always a fun gift!
Christmas Bath Bombs: Made with organic shea butter and essential oils, these kids’ bath bombs contain no artificial flavors or colors and are safe and gentle for kids. This set comes with 12 bath bombs (and each has a small toy surprise inside), so it could easily be split between multiple kids if you wanted.
Christmas Stuffy: Rudolph is a classic!
This Antler Toss Game looks like a lot of fun for the whole family!
Christmas Books Kids Will Love
The Giving Snowman is a book about kindness and gratitude. Children can learn through the story that giving to others is a virtue that connects all of us and makes our lives more beautiful.
This is a wonderful and silly book series that has helped encourage my first grader to want to read. This fun rhyming story follows the inventive young hero as he dreams about dressing up his plain backside in something festive. Your kids will laugh all the way through this holiday story.
If you have little boys, I’m guessing you are probably already familiar with this series. If not, this Christmas tale starring Little Blue Truck will be a great introduction to a wonderful series. Follow the Little Blue Truck as he spreads cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends.
This story teaches kids that Christmas isn’t about the gifts they will receive, but about what you can give. This is a magical story that will help inspire you to give to those who are deserving and those who are in need.
Sweet Treats for your Christmas Eve Box
One of the best parts of Christmas is definitely all the delicious holiday treats that come along with it. Whether it’s hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas cake and pies, or just good old-fashioned candy, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some yummy sweets.
Hot Cocoa Set: The holiday cocoa set comes with 12 mixes in adorable winter character packaging. Flavors include French Toast, Cookies and Cream, French Vanilla, Maple Donut, Double Chocolate, Toasted Marshmallow, Caramelized Bacon, Cinnamon Bun, S’mores, Rocky Road, Peppermint, and Pumpkin Pie.
This set is perfect to give as a single present or to split up between multiple kids.
A word of advice: The directions say to use water but I recommend using milk.
Peppermint Spoons: These were a HUGE hit with my kids last Christmas! While you can find these on Amazon, I recommend looking somewhere local first. They do not ship well and often arrive with most of the spoons broken.
Items to leave for Santa
Part of the fun on Christmas Eve is preparing the milk and cookies for Santa Claus. Why not put a few extras in the Christmas Eve Box that kids can leave out for Santa?
Notes and Letters to Santa: Print out this free stationery (use cardstock for a higher-end look) and let your kids write letters to leave for Santa. Maybe add a festive pen in the mix for added fun while they are writing their Santa letter.
Reindeer Food Mix: A really fun idea for Christmas Eve is to have your kids put this Reindeer Food Mix on your front lawn. Besides adding to the magic of Christmas, it is also a fun tradition to continue yearly.
Santa’s Magic Key: No chimney for Santa? No problem! Leave out the antique brass key with the note from Santa so that Santa can magically open the door to your home. This is a great addition to your Christmas traditions.
Christmas Crafts for Young Kids
Every year around the holidays, it’s really fun to get your kids together and do some fun Christmas crafts. These crafts are a great way to keep the little ones occupied, while also letting you create fun decorations for your home.
I love using my kid’s projects as Christmas decor every year, plus I love looking back at them and remembering the memories of when it was made. Plus, it creates lasting family traditions that can be enjoyed for years to come.
A really popular holiday craft for Christmas is paper plate crafts. There are so many different possibilities and the best part is that you probably already have most of the supplies you’ll need. Many of these crafts can be used as special gifts for grandparents and other family members.
Let kids use their imaginations and DIY a Snow Globe Kit.
The Christmas Rock Painting Kit is simple and fun to use and even includes 6 glow in the dark rocks.
A Christmas Coloring Tablecloth is a great way to keep kids entertained during Christmas dinner.
Final Thoughts on The Christmas Eve Gift Box Tradition
Christmas is one of the most festive and exciting times of the year, and there’s no better way to prepare for Santa’s arrival the next day than with a festive Christmas Eve box. The coolest thing about the box is that it is filled with Christmas activities and little presents that will have your family spending quality time with each other.
In addition to festive knick-knacks like candy canes and gingerbread men, you can fill your DIY Christmas eve box with a holiday board game or even a Christmas movie the entire family can watch together.
Whatever goodies you decide to include, just be sure to make this DIY project as festive and relaxing as possible so that when the big day finally comes, you’re ready to enjoy every minute of it!