AD – We were gifted the Christmas Eve Boxes featured in this post in return for our review, all words and opinions are my own.

26 Ideas to put in your Christmas Eve Box: For the last few years we have had the tradition of putting together a Christmas Eve box for the boys. It is a trend that seems to be growing in popularity with many pictures appearing over social media on the run up to Christmas. Each year our Elf on the Shelf delivers Monkey’s and Kipper’s as a goodbye before going back to Father Christmas to help him get ready.

The year the boys are in for a special treat as we have been sent some personalised wooden boxed from Norma & Dorothy.  They have a wide range of designs to choose from. I decided I wanted different ones for each of the boys so opted for the Flying Reindeer and Rabbit Trees.

The ordering process is very simple, just add the name you wanted included on the box before checkout. They arrived quickly and I really liked the way the boxes were packaged. Wrapped in bubble wrap and tissue paper, showing thought had been given to the gifting process. Our Christmas Eve boxes are made from natural pine and have a lovely smell. The pale wood means that the designs really stand out. Substantially made with good hinges the boxes are a great size measuring 30cm x 20cm x 14cm. Big enough to pop in some treats but not huge that you are struggling to fill it. The boxes are priced at £34 each and postage is an extremely reasonable 95p.

26 Ideas to put in your Christmas Eve Box

Of course once you have your box, what do you put in it? I am sharing twenty six ideas below, ,any of these items you may have around the house. I try not to buy anything new other than the Pjs and the annual Christmas decoration.

  • Colouring books and pens or pencils
  • Christmas books – Night before Christmas is the one we include
  • Festive DVD
  • Munchies and snacks for watching the film, I opted for popcorn as its one of Monkey’s favourites
  • New Christmas PJs
  • Christmas decoration – I have a wooden bauble made each year which lists five things on Monkey’s wish lift from Father Christmas
  • Candy cane
  • Chocolate  of some description – coins are a favourite in our household
  • Hot Chocolate – I include a sachet but have seen a cool reindeer made out of hot chocolate with marshmallows on Pinterest.
  • Festive Mug
  • Elf outfit
  • Reindeer ears
  • Soft plush or similar – Olaf has been particularly popular this year
  • Craft kit – we have a nativity one I picked up from Early Learning
  • Cracker
  • Letter from Father Christmas – or you could include a goodbye letter from your elf
  • Christmas cookie cutters or a pre measured DIY biscuits in a jar kit
  • Father Christmas plate to leave the mince pie and carrot on this evening
  • Santa Key if you don’t have a fireplace
  • Gingerbread decorating kit
  • New slippers
  • Christmas stickers or notebook
  • Paper chains to make
  • DIY reindeer food
  • Festive socks

Neither of the boys boxes will contain all of these things after all they will be spoilt on Christmas Day. But it should give you plenty of ideas for your own.  I would love to hear of anything I’ve missed in the comments below.



  1. Gorgeous. I did a box last year but didn’t bother with it this year. Hmmm… Maybe I’ll be more organised next year!

  2. Firstly let me say, Merry Christmas to you too! I have seen these Christmas Eve baskets popping up in several blogs and social media and I think it is such a brilliant idea! I do not have children yet but think I might try to do one to start the tradition when they are old enough to get excited about Christmas! I love your basket and the idea of your Elf on the Shelf delivering your basket before heading back to the North Pole. 🙂

  3. adventureswithmonster Reply

    Merry Christmas! lovely post, I especially like the wooden bauble idea that’s beautiful 🙂 x

  4. I like your Christmas eve box ideas they are pretty neat, who gave you the idea to create a Christmas Eve box? I have only heard about people doing them this year!

  5. I think it is such a beautiful tradition to start, I hope to be able to do with when I have kids of my own. Thanks for sharing your child’s christmas eve box

  6. I started one last year too. Not as impressive as yours but I’m hoping to up my game this year. I’ve ordered beautiful engraved wooden boxes which will hopefully last a lifetime! Can’t wait to see what you do this Christmas Eve! X

    • Hayley Colburn Reply

      We’ve only recently over the past few years started Christmas Eve boxes for the kids but they absolutely adore them, we out in many of the same items as suggested here, PJ’s and slippers, a couple of sweet treats and usually a dvd to get them sleepy before bed that night

  7. Christine Van Patten Reply

    Lots of cute ideas here! We do a whole family box which usually has a movie and treats but this year I was thinking of other family activities to do together so we’re getting a new board game but I could see a lot of variations there. Maybe a mini golf night or bowling etc.

  8. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    What a great idea. I’m sure it will catch on. Christmas morning can be a bit overwhelming for little ones and this spreads the presents out nicely. Arlo, my great grandson, is nearly three and he’ll be the first in the family to have one.

    • Jeanette Leighton Reply

      Some good ideas I My children would definitely appreciate all of the above

  9. Margaret Gallagher Reply

    Magic my neice will be starting this tradition – love yiur suggestions

    • Tee Simpson Reply

      Some really good ideas here and some I didn’t even consider. Great useful post.

  10. Great ideas here, I can remember making paper chains in prepartion for Christmas when I was a child!

  11. Great ideas to try, I can remember making paper chains in prepartion for Christmas when I was a child!

  12. Laura Norcop Reply

    Our second baby is due on Christmas day so I’m trying to get all my Christmas things for my daughter sorted asap just in case of an early arrival so this is great. Stickers is going to be her fave from this list and something I hadn’t thought of so thank you 🙂

  13. Love these! I think I might include a “Santa’s favourite Cookie” recipe and either the ingredients premixed in a pretty jar (just add the egg) or a box kit.

  14. paula cheadle Reply

    I love the idea of the Christmas eve box, didn’t have them when I was younger

  15. Miss Tracy Hanson Reply

    What great ideas. We seem to run out of things to put in when we’ve done the new pj’s, dressing gown, small present, letter to Santa. So this will definitely help this year. Merry Christmas( know it’s a bit early).

  16. What a clever idea I will definitely be doing this with my kids this year if I can get organised xx

  17. Nadia Josephine Reply

    Merry Christmas! i Have been doing Christmas eve boxes for years and I am so happy it has become more popular as I think it just adds to the magic! I never spend lots of money, just have things in there that will make Christmas eve more fun like choccies, popcorn a facemask, maybe socks or pjs and a game

  18. Sean Eccles Reply

    Some great ideas here definitely going to have to pinch some of these

  19. ClaireLinda Reply

    Aww I love this new tradition I always put a book and new pjs in 🙂

  20. Shelley Jessup Reply

    Brilliant ideas. My mum & I do a little box for my niece but she’s only 18 months so she doesn’t get excited about it just yet.

  21. Gemma Hendry Reply

    We have never tried christmas eve boxes before but we are going to do them this year

  22. Debbie Skerten Reply

    I love this idea. It all adds to the magic of Christmas for the children. I shall make up a Christmas Eve box for my Granddaughter, Olivia. Many thanks.

  23. Margaret Smith Reply

    What a great idea. Christmas can get very overwhelming. I love the idea of a Christmas Eve box.

  24. catherine santiago jose Reply

    I do really loved this Christmas Eve Box ideas, kids already know that you already have a gift/s for them but the exciting part are they really don’t know what it is. Thanks for sharing this with us will def making one for my kids.

  25. First of all these boxes look so beautiful and festive. These are great things to put in it x

  26. Carly Belsey Reply

    Ive been doing my children a Christmas Eve box for the last couple of years and it’s great – there are some lovely ideas here. I even do my partner one lol

  27. Rebecca Sutton Reply

    I love doing the xmas eve box, I order off this site that delivers packages from China and get some itty bitty things like santa hat, xmas glasses and pencils etc.. then cant go wrong with hot chocolate and a mug and then some xmas activities

  28. I love these personalized Christmas Eve box. When I have my own family I want to do this traditions.

  29. Awesome idea! Kids love to receive a lot of little gifts such as stickers, coloring books, and crayons. They would definitely love a Christmas Eve box.

  30. Debbie Hawkins Reply

    Thanks for this. I bought my youngest a Christmas eve box last year and was a bit stuck for ideas on what to put in it this year other than new pj’s and slippers.

  31. Tracey Whysaall Reply

    Loved reading this thank you, plenty of very useful suggestions I will be using.

  32. I have never heard of a Christmas Eve Box before! However, we celebrate Saint Nichols Birthday on December 6th. The girls place their shoes at the door, and the next morning receive goodies in their shoes!

  33. I would definitely love to jave a new Christmas PJ for Christmas eve or coloring books. It sounds great too.

  34. Celebrate Woman Today Reply

    This is a unique celebration of the holiday season. Unique gifts make good memories.

  35. These are all great ideas to put in a Christmas Eve box. Every year I always put some new pajamas, hot cocoa, and a movie in to open that evening to wear and watch. I’ll have to add some of your ideas this year though. Thanks for sharing!

  36. I love this idea so much, as well as all of your suggestions of what to put in the box. We are heading to Australia this year so it will be a little difficult and my daughter is only 2, but I think we might start the tradition next year. Merry Christmas! #BloggerClubUK

  37. I’ve not done a Christmas Eve Box before so I am determined to get organised this year. Love the personalised boxes, Merry Christmas to you and your family! #BloggerClubUK

  38. Lauren Renee Sparks Reply

    Beautiful boxes. Visiting from the blogger club uk.

  39. Nigel Soper Reply

    A Christmas eve box seems a lovely idea; I wonder how long it will before it is spoiled by retail companies thinking it is another opportunity to sell us all manner of stuff and make us feel guilty if we don’t buy from them?

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