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Christmas Eve box ideas for kids and adults this festive season

Make Christmas Eve even more magical...

christmas eve box
Hollie Brotherton
Lifestyle & Commerce Senior Writer
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas is on its way, and our attention is turning to all of our holiday traditions. Looking to make the festive season even more magical for your family? Try a Christmas Eve box to make the night before the big day extra special and exciting.

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What are Christmas Eve boxes?

Believed to have originated from the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, it's now become popular in the US and UK to get into the festive spirit early with a box of treats. Searches for Christmas Eve boxes increased by a huge 3000% last year, with families all over the country planning to take part and gift their own.

Often given in a personalised box or crate, you could make your own by upcycling something you already have, or alternatively you'll find lots of options from the likes of NotOnTheHighStreet and Etsy which can then be used year after year.

Christmas eve crate

Personalised Christmas Eve box, from £24.95/$30, Etsy

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Personalised Christmas Eve collaboration box, £39.95/$46.50, NotOnTheHighStreet

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Personalised Christmas Eve box, from £19.99/$24, Etsy

North pole Christmas box

North Pole personalised Christmas Eve box, £39.50/$45.97, NotOnTheHighStreet

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Personalised wooden Christmas Eve box, £35/$40.74, NotOnTheHighStreet

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Personalised Christmas Eve bags, £16/$18.62, NotOnTheHighStreet


Christmas Eve box ideas: What do you put in Christmas Eve boxes for kids?

White company reindeer pjs

Jingles-print pyjamas, from £26/$39, The White Company


These festive PJs from The White Company are made from super soft cotton. They're available for ages 1-12, so all the kids can match.

Gingerbread house

Biscuiteers DIY gingerbread house kit, £36.99/$48.50, Selfridges


This traditional gingerbread house kit includes pre-baked house pieces, royal icing sugar, piping bags and endless sugary decorations to make the most amazing centrepiece which will stay fresh all the way until 2023.

Personalised Christmas book

Personalised Christmas family storybook, £30, NotOnTheHighStreet


A personalised story, where your little ones are the main characters, will get them so excited for the big day. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Santa as he makes his way across the world delivering presents on Christmas Eve.

Christmas socks kids 2

Christmas socks (2 pack), £6/$10.99, M&S


We all love a pair of fluffy Christmas socks. This M&S set includes two festive designs.

Letter from Santa

Message from Santa, £12.50, NotOnTheHighStreet


What could be more exciting than reading a message from Father Christmas? The letters are designed to celebrate classic British telegrams using vintage 1960s postage stamps.

Magic reindeer food

Magic reindeer food, £2.50/$3 for one, Etsy


Kids will love leaving magic food out for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve.

Chocolate penguin

Jolly penguin, £8.50 each, Hotel Chocolat


A chocolate penguin from Hotel Chocolat is the perfect last sweet treat before Christmas morning.

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Christmas Eve box ideas: What do you put in Christmas Eve boxes for adults?

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Whittard of Chelsea luxury hot chocolate, £25/$31.93, Amazon


What could be better than snuggling down in front of the fire with a hot chocolate on Christmas Eve? These Whittard luxury hot chocolates create the most decadent drink.

Personalised mini moet

Moët & Chandon Personalised Impérial Brut NV Champagne 200ml, £20/$20, Selfridges


Or if Christmas Eve champagne is more their kind of thing, you can't go wrong with a mini bottle of Moët. This one can even be personalised with a photo.

Winter candle

Winter botanical candle, £32/$39, The White Company


The White Company's 'Winter' is Christmas in a scent. It's a magical combination of spicy cinnamon, rich warming clove and fresh zesty orange.

Anthropologie mug snow hat

Christmas stocking mug, £16/$14 each, Anthropologie


These monogrammed ceramic mugs from Anthropologie are suitably festive for Christmas Eve.

UGG slippers

UGG Scuffette Sheepskin and Suede Slippers, £85, John Lewis


Nothing beats a new pair of fluffy slippers. UGG's slipper mules are perfect for those days between Christmas Eve and New Year (and beyond).

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LUSH Cosy Christmas set, £16, ASOS


This festive bath bomb set from LUSH will make for a dreamy Christmas Eve soak.

MAC lipstick christmas

Lustreglass Sheer-Shine lipstick, £24/$24, MAC


Because who wouldn't want the gift of a MAC lipstick to wear on Christmas day? 

Snack pots

Personalised snack pot, £20/$23.28, NotOnTheHighStreet


Fill a personalised pot with chocolates, sweets or popcorn to snack from while you watch Christmas films.

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