If you’ve not already heard of Christmas Eve boxes, where have you been all this time? It’s already become a firm and much-loved tradition for many families – but if you’re wondering what it’s all about and what you should be putting in these boxes, don’t worry, we’ve got loads of Christmas Eve box ideas to help you make it the most magical of all! And with Christmas set to look a little different this year, we’re loving the idea of staying indoors at home with your family on Christmas Eve and making it even more cosy and magical than ever before.

Traditionally, Christmas Eve was marked with a mince pie for Santa (and a drop of whisky, of course!) and a carrot for Rudolph, but now loads of us are making the night before Christmas even more special with family Christmas Eve boxes too. And we think it’s the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your loved ones, creating even more magical festive memories.

From hot chocolate to soft toys, here are some great Christmas Eve box ideas (along with some ideas for adults, too!). You will need:

The all-important box

No Christmas Eve box would be complete without the, well, box! So kit yourself out with a festive-inspired box that’s got plenty of room for your Christmas Eve box fillers. Or, for something a little different, you could use a hamper basket tied up with ribbon. How about filling the bottom with cotton wool to make it look like an extra-festive snowy scene! This will give your box a rustic feel – ideal for adult hamper-style boxes complete with food and drink.

Fun games and crafts

Once you’ve got your box or hamper sorted, it’s all about the Christmas Eve box fillers! For some fun family time, why not pop in a new board game or some crafts into the Christmas Eve box? Choose from traditional games or festive-themed craft kits that the whole family can get involved in.

A cosy blanket

For an extra-cosy addition in Christmas Eve boxes for little ones or adults, how about ‘throwing’ in a blanket! Any colour will work, but we think festive red is just perfect for snuggling up under on Christmas Eve, whether you’re playing games, watching a festive movie or reading your favourite book by the fire.

Hot chocolate

To add to the cosy atmosphere, there’s nothing better than a warm mug of hot chocolate. From white chocolate to dark chocolate, choose everyone’s favourite, perhaps even adding a cute twist with the gift sets that come complete with a mug and biscuits or marshmallows included! Got grown-ups that are more of a tea or coffee drinker? Or perhaps something a bit stronger? Have a look at all our Christmas drink gifts to keep everyone happy!

Soft toys

As a real pre-Christmas Day treat, why not include a cuddly soft toy? Perfect for snuggling up to while you read your favourite Christmas Eve bedtime story, these gifts are also a wonderful keepsake of a treasured Christmas Eve with loved ones.

Stocking fillers

Many stocking fillers also double up as great Christmas Eve box ideas for kids – think little make-up sets or fun gadgets for the bigger kids and small toys and treats for the little ones!

Extra special touches

For an added touch of personality, why not make your own personalised name tag for the box or hamper? You can go to town on this with all sorts of festive designs, or even just some simple craft materials will get you going, like black card with their name written in festive gold or silver writing.

Finally, don’t forget to add a magic key for Santa so he can leave everything you’ve asked for this year (if you’ve been good!). And, of course, you’ll need a Christmas Eve plate to leave Santa and Rudolph’s treats out on! We’ve even created a cute Christmas Eve letter for Santa that the kids can fill in before bedtime. Download it here.

What have you got planned this Christmas Eve? We’d love to hear. Let us know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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