What to put in your kids’ Christmas Eve box

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In some European countries the tradition is to exchange and open presents on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day. The Christmas Eve box, a relatively recent part of UK celebrations, is thought to have derived from these alternative traditions. Before you panic about another load of presents to buy, a Christmas Eve box is intended to contain only small gifts for the evening itself, either to ramp up the excitement of Santa’s impending visit or – if your home’s excitement levels are already at maximum – to keep the little ones entertained until bedtime and to give them something to quell the desperation for the next morning. If you’ve been asking the question ‘what do you put in a Christmas Eve box’ then wonder no more – we’ve come up with some amazing gifts to include that won’t cost you the earth.
Christmas Eve Box

Family Christmas pyjamas

Special new pyjamas are a great way to begin the process of getting ready for bed whilst making it part of the fun – and they can also be worn on Christmas morning while you open your presents, giving some great family snaps and a feeling of togetherness. We love these personalised pyjamas from Sparks and Daughters; for each family member you choose face shape, hair and skin colour along with accessories and a name to personalise each pair for the wearer. What a great way to include the whole family and to put in a Christmas eve box what you do know you’ll use in future.


If you’re more of a onesie family or you want something cosy you can throw on over the top of your usual pjs instead of a dressing gown then a seasonal onesie has to be the way forward. This gorgeous reindeer onesie from JoJo Maman Bébé is available in sizes from 0 – 6 years and will be a guaranteed favourite for the rest of the season.

Cosy socks

Your Christmas eve outfit won’t be complete with some cosy socks to finish it off. We love these cute Totes monster slippers designed especially for kids who like to spend time on their feet. Our kid’s socks range has something for everyone, from Disney to space to farm vehicles – whatever you choose, make sure it’s something they’ll love! And don’t forget the big kids in the family – those who are reluctant to join in can get a pair of these Grinch socks to wear!

Hot chocolate

What better way to bring on a lovely sense of calm and fill your home with the contentment derived from hygge, than with a warming mug of hot chocolate? This special Christmas edition from Whittards contains hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and spiced plum – less intoxicating than mulled wine and more soothing than a cuppa, you’ll be ready to hit the hay in no time.


Why not choose a traditional family movie for Christmas eve to watch in your new pyjamas? Or, if you’re looking for something a little more hands-on, these Lego Santa Clause recruitment bags will be just enough to get the kids excited without keeping them busy too late into the evening.

Whatever your Christmas plans, you can create a wonderful new tradition for the night before the big day – and hopefully now with a clearer idea of what you do put in a Christmas eve box. Whatever you go for, don’t forget the Santa socks or he might just pass you by!


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