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How to make a Christmas Eve box for kids

Christmas Eve boxes are now one of the most magical trends for Christmas 2023.  From festive PJs to holiday DVDs, we’ve put together tips and gift ideas for making your very own box of goodies.

The stocking is up, carrots are out, now let’s open our Christmas Eve box!

Image of santa carrying Christmas presents

Christmas Eve is without a doubt the most magical evening of the year. The night is packed full of special traditions families take to every December, from leaving Santa a mince pie to carrots for the reindeer however a new lovely tradition will sweep its way into UK homes this festive season.

The Christmas Eve box is becoming all the rage and although you can buy pre-made ones making your own is so easy to do.

Christmas Eve boxes are usually filled with goodies perfect for a child on Christmas Eve; from holiday DVDs to festive Pyjamas and a book to read before bed, perfect after all the excitement of the day. The trend is possibly inspired by the German tradition of opening gifts on December 24th rather than Christmas Day.

If you’re thinking of making a children’s Christmas Eve box this year, here are some tips and ideas to help you start.

1. Begin with a box to hold all the presents

This gorgeous standout gift box, for £6 from Matalan has a fun Santa, Elf, Snowman and Penguin design – sure to put a smile on your little ones’ faces,

How to make a Christmas Eve box for kids - Christmas Eve Paper Gift Box

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2. Novelty knitwear to spend the day in

The most magical day of the year should be spent in cosy knitwear and this pure cotton novelty  Christmas jumper is adorned with festive figures of puds and stockings. Available for £18 at M&S the jumper is also available in adult sizes too!

How to make a Christmas Eve box for kids - M&S Collection Mini Me Novelty Christmas Jumper £18

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3. Christmas Eve PJs and slippers

Slippers (£15) and new pyjamas (Primark) are a crucial addition to a Christmas Eve box and only the best will do the night before the big day.

How to make a Christmas Eve box for kids - M&S Collection Spencer Bear™ Slipper Socks £15

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How to make a Christmas Eve box for kids - PRIMARK, THE GRINCH Kids Pyjamas £12

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4. Christmas entertainment and books are the perfect treat to snuggle up with at bedtime

DVDs including The Santa Clause box set (8.99, The Hut) and festive books such as The Robin Who Stole Christmas (£6.49, Amazon) will do the trick.

Best Christmas Books for Children 2023 - The Robin Who Stole Christmas

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5. Sweet treats and indulgence for the ultimate night’s sleep.
Hot chocolate such as Tesco drinking chocolate (2.50 for 500g Tesco) just before bed will calm your little one down after a day filled with excitement.

Tesco Drinking Chocolate
Image credit: Tesco

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6. A cuddly friend for that extra treat.
If you want to give your child that extra treat inside their special box then these soft toys from Living Nature for £14.99 at Living Nature are ideal.

Living Nature Plush Toys

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The special festive tradition will add extra magic to an already special day plus it means you don’t have to wait as long to open presents…

Next up, Christmas Eve boxes for adults! and Christmas Eve box for pets

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