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What to Put in a Christmas Eve Box: The Best Ideas

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Amazing Ideas To Fill Your Boxes on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Boxes are a relatively new tradition which takes place on Christmas Eve. The boxes create excitement for all ages whilst we wait for Santa to arrive and fill the stockings with toys and gifts.

But, knowing what to put in a Christmas Eve Box is another story. 

They’re spreading in popularity each year so you’ll be happy to know we’ve put together a list of ideas to fill a Christmas Eve Box for not only children but adults and babies too. Especially if you’re struggling for inspiration.

Before you know it, you’ll have the best-filled Christmas Eve Box in town. 

Make the night before Christmas extra special and start a new tradition the whole family can look forward to every year. Or, use it as a way to keep mischievous children at bay and prevent them from trying to begin the present opening saga early.

If you’re late to the party and wondering what on earth a box on Christmas Eve actually is, then keep reading as we’ve got you covered. 

So, let’s get to it.

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What is a Christmas Eve Box?

First of all, before we get started, let’s get to the bottom of what a Christmas Eve Box actually is. 

A Christmas Eve Box is the act of gifting someone, typically children, a box full of small gifts on Christmas Eve (24th of December).

This fast-growing trend is believed to have stemmed from the German festive tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve and have become a great reason to start celebrating one day earlier.

But, as with Black Friday or the Elf on the Shelf, this modern tradition is not everyone’s cup of tea. With some people believing that it is simply another way for retailers to encourage shoppers, and buy even more unnecessary gifts.

Whatever side of the debate you’re on, Christmas Eve boxes are a fun festive tradition. And, as with everything at Christmas, they don’t have to cost a fortune. Think homemade gifts, free printables and cheap items such as sweets or chocolates.

With all the presents sitting under the Christmas tree, the anticipation is a lot for children, and the build up to Christmas is like no other. A festive box gives them something to keep them entertained and look forward to prior to the big day (that you’ve no doubt spent weeks, if not months, planning for). 

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The best part is that there is no rule as to who Christmas Eve Boxes are for. Children are of course the obvious choice. However, you can make one for your partner and don’t forget about yourself.

So, think pyjamas, their favourite treats, a film to watch together, an activity book. And of course, it must all be festive-themed. 

Choose your favourite gift ideas and fill your box and much or as little as you wish.

Christmas Eve Box Ideas and Fillers

To give you some inspiration, we’ve listed our favourite festive goodies to fill your box up to the brim. 

You may also wish to give your Christmas Eve box some structure with a theme.

For example:

  • Items to try and encourage your children to go to bed early (pyjamas, a book)
  • Gifts for Santa and Rudolph’s visit (magic key, treats and a drink)
  • Everything they need for a cosy film night (movie, treats, film night ticket)
  • Exciting festive activities to create even more excitement prior to the big day (activities, treats, toy, treasure hunt)

Don’t go overboard with your spending and preparations. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and buy dozens of gifts but Christmas Eve boxes should be filled with small gifts, not extravagant items, such as stocking fillers.

Christmas can be a stressful affair so have a read of our article on how to have a stress free holiday for advice on how to plan and enjoy the holiday season.

See our list of ideas for babies, children and adults below. 

What to Put in a Baby’s Christmas Eve Box

  • Pajamas
  • First Christmas Ornament
  • A Book
  • Reindeer Food
  • Sentimental Items
  • Bath Toy
  • Soft Cuddly Toy

What to Put in a Child’s Christmas Eve Box

  • Pajamas
  • Magic Key for Santa
  • Letter from Santa
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • Favorite Treats
  • Fun Game
  • A Book
  • Socks
  • Craft Kit
  • Gingerbread Kit
  • Reindeer Food
  • Festive Activity Book
  • Bath Toy
  • Soft Cuddly Toy
  • A Film
  • Free Printables (subscribe to our resource library below)

What to Put in a Christmas Eve Box for Adults

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Mulled Wine or Bailey’s
  • Candle
  • Jewellery
  • Christmas Tree Ornament
  • Festive Chocolates
  • Toiletries
  • Pyjamas
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • A Mug
  • Christmas Family Game 

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Where to Buy a Christmas Eve Box

Finding Christmas Eve boxes is not a hard task. Whether you’re looking for personalized, pre-filled, wooden or paper boxes you can find an abundance of options online which will leave you spoilt for choice.

Many stores sell out of these boxes in the run up to Christmas so it pays to be prepared and buy yours in advance.

Our favourite retailers are Amazon, and Etsy.

We’ve rounded up our favorite pre-filled and personalised boxes below.

Pre-Filled Box’s

Take the stress away with a pre-filled Christmas Eve box.

If you simply don’t have time to buy additional gifts to fill a box, don’t fret, as you can now buy ready-made boxes online. 

This is also a wonderful gift idea if your loved ones don’t live close by.

We’ve listed our favourites below:

Pre Filled Christmas Eve Box Personalized

Make the night before Christmas extra special with this personalised wooden box. This box really stands out against the rest.

A great affordable prefilled option online.

Inside the box you’ll get:

– Personalized Nice list Certificate 5×7
– 1 Santa Key
– 1 Magic Santa Bell
– Snowball hot chocolate bomb
– Magical reindeer food
– Paint your own plaster ornament
– Bendable Christmas toy
– Santa popcorn

Red and Black Plaid Christmas Eve Pre Filled Box

For a festive, upgraded box option, the contents inside are designed to enhance the magic of Christmas and looks just like it’s been delivered from the North Pole!

Personalized Santa Christmas Eve Box

This personalized Santa box is the cutest! It has everything they need for the perfect Christmas Eve. 

The Box Includes:
– Letter to Santa Pack
– Christmas Play Pack
– Cookie for Santa
– Magical Reindeer Dust
– Snowman Soup (hot chocolate, mini marshmallows & candy cane)
– Christmas Chocolate Balls
– Cosy Christmas Gloves
– Santa Chocolate
– Christmas Table Games
– Popcorn
– Christmas Eve Poem

Personalized Box’s

If you wanted to buy a personalized box for your children or family to enhance the occasion, there are plenty of options available online.

We’ve picked out our favourites below.

Personalized Christmas Eve Crate

Who said it had to be a box? An alternative is this crate with personalized message complete with North Pole Certification. You can use this box for many years to come!

Personalized Large Wooden Christmas Eve Box

Engraved with a bunny and snowman along with your child’s name, this is a lasting keepsake.

Personalised Engraved Christmas Eve Box Chest

Designed as a treasure chest, this box is different and will delight any kids or family. With a clasp to close and beautiful corner detail, the wooden chest can be personalized with a name of your choice. The reindeer and stars come on everybox for a magical Christmas feel. You can even have a secrect message engraved on the inside.

How to Make a Christmas Eve Box

If you’re crafty and want to have a go at making your own box, any box can be used for a Christmas Eve Box. 

It doesn’t need to be a box with a lid either. Try a basket, wooden box, a plastic container, a hamper or wicker basket or even a stocking. 

Gifts do not need to be wrapped up. To make things easier for yourself, just present them well within the box and decorate with ribbon, tissue paper and bows to add a special festive touch.

For a visual tutorial on how to make homemade Christmas Eve boxes, have a watch of this video below.

Final Thoughts About What to Put in a Christmas Eve Box

Whatever your thoughts are on this additional present-giving trend, they’re a wonderful modern tradition to create excitement and start the festive spirit a day early.

Knowing what to put in a Christmas Eve Box is fairly simple and the same ideas can be used year after year. And, we hope this article from Open for Christmas has given you some food for thought on how to fill your box. 

Dressing your family in matching pajamas, putting a holiday movie on whilst eating your favorite festive treats is a wonderful way to enjoy Christmas Eve. Before the anticipation of Santa’s famous visit, of course.

Take a look at our article 60+ Best DIY Christmas Eve Box Gift Ideas for Adults for an idea of what to fill the boxes with this Christmas!

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