Forget Christmas morning, Christmas Eve is where the magic begins! Everyone loves to receive a surprise gift, so start the excitement early with something to unwrap the night before. It’s all about creating a new family tradition, but whilst most parents may give something small, show some originality with a Christmas Eve box. They can be made to suit any child or budget and, let’s be honest, they’re WAY more exciting! Stuck for ideas? Here are a few family favorites…
For the Cozy Christmas
For classic Christmas Eve boxes, stick to the Christmas theme! Begin with a super soft pair of socks and some new pajamas or a Christmas jumper that they can wear for the next 24 hours. Fill the rest of the box with smaller items such as a Christmas themed mug, hot chocolate sachets, a new Christmas decoration, and a bag of “reindeer food” for the little ones to sprinkle outside before bed.
For the Little Baker
Got a keen baker in your midst? Stock them up on baking supplies, including cupcake cases, sprinkles, piping bags and nozzles. Alternatively, provide all of the equipment and ingredients they’ll need for one specific recipe. You could create a recipe in a jar, whether it be for cookies, brownies or something more Christmassy, like cute reindeer cupcakes!
For the Movie Buff
This one is an all-round winner – who doesn’t love a movie night? Whether you choose a new movie that they’ve been begging to see or a Christmas classic, make sure the box is full of snacks and supplies. Think candy, popcorn and a popcorn box for an authentic movie theatre experience. If you’re feeling creative, why not create a quiz about their favorite film that everyone can get involved in, such as this harry potter trivia?
For the Beauty Queen
If there’s nothing more she’d love to do than turn your lounge in to a beauty salon, at least make sure she’s fully equipped! Ideas include a manicure set, makeup organizer and bath bombs. For a teen daughter, make the gift a bot more “adult” by swapping the hair clips and glitter body spray for a gorgeous set of makeup brushes.
For the Budding Artist
Move over Picasso, there’s a new artist in town. Encourage their passion with craft supplies, such as sketch pads, pretty colored paper, or coloring books. Another idea is to line a shoe box with upward facing, cardboard toilet roll tubes, and fill each one with pens, pencils and crayons. It will act as a gift AND a desk organizer!
For the Whole Family
If it’s a big family Christmas and 12 different Christmas Eve boxes isn’t realistic, why not create a combined box? Fill it with things that everyone can enjoy, like a board game and marshmallows for all the hot chocolate you could dream of! Throw in some mini Baileys bottles for the adults to spice up their drinks. You could even add an extra nice chew or a toy for the dog!
Don’t forget to get creative! Kids love to receive something personal, so go to town decorating the box to match the theme. Do you have any more theme ideas we didn’t think of?