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Whether you hang stockings, drink hot chocolates or go carolling, there's no better time for family traditions than Christmas Eve.
These days there's a new Christmas tradition in town with Christmas Eve boxes getting more and more popular among families who want to give their children a taste of the excitement that awaits on Christmas Day. Your children will love adding Xmas Eve boxes to the list of Christmas Eve traditions.
A Christmas Eve box is a box filled with a few festive gifts to get the Christmas spirit in swing and is the perfect gift to get your kids excited for the day ahead. Some boxes come pre-packed with fun activities and treats that save you the stress of picking your brain for extra present ideas. If you're more of the DIY type and have loads of your own Christmas Eve box ideas, you can buy a box and fill it with goodies for your child yourself. Some awesome Christmas Eve box ideas include adding in Christmas themed slippers and socks, a Christmas pillow case, pyjamas, plush toys or your child's favourite snacks.
You might want to keep your kids busy while you finish the present wrapping, so for more hands on, activity based Christmas Eve box ideas, you could give your child festive colouring-in books, stencils or a letter writing set (so they can write a thank you note to Father Christmas). You could even include some novelty games and puzzles to really get the fun started. As an added bonus for busy parents, you don't have to wrap the presents inside the present boxes, as the gorgeous exteriors of Christmas boxes hide the surprises for you.
The Family Christmas eve box is a relatively new Christmas tradition. Some other great tried and tested traditions and things to do on Christmas Eve include throwing on a classic festive film to watch with the whole family, taking your kids to explore the incredible Christmas lights in your area and baking gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies.
With hundreds of options out there, we've picked out our favourites and we're sure the perfect Christmas Eve box for your child is on this list. If you need more ideas to help you get ready for this festive season, check out our recommendations on the best Christmas Eve box fillers and the best stocking fillers for kids.
Our Top Choice
Argos Home Wooden Christmas Eve Box
Whether you're on a budget or not, this super adorable Christmas Eve box from Argos will be the perfect starting point for your new Christmas Eve tradition. You wouldn't know this Christmas Eve crate was only £10 thanks to its stylish wooden design. Because it's not personalised, it can be used year after year and is sure to bring extra magic to your family's Christmas Eve.
- Price: £10
- H16, W30, D20cm
Best For Animal Lovers
The LetterRoom Personalised Festive Woodland Christmas Eve Box
Parents and children alike are sure to love this large and beautifully designed Christmas Eve box. The box features woodland animals and you can choose from red and green. The box can be personalised with your child's name so it can be used year after year to deliver your child loads of Christmas excitement.
- Price: £39.95
- H32, W32, D12
Best For Busy Families
TwinkleBoxCo Pre-Filled Christmas Eve Box
TwinkleBoxCo have made Christmas preparations easy for busy parents with this great pre-filled box. If you are struggling to come up with ideas for Christmas Eve box fillers this is your answer! This box will make Christmas extra special for little believers and includes a range of gifts to help spark your child's imagination for the exciting night ahead. The box opens up to a scene from the North Pole and some of the awesome inclusions are a parchment letter from Santa, hot chocolate spoon and marshmallows, reindeer food (oats) and a jingle bell. For an extra special touch, TwinkleBoxCo offers gift wrapping services for a small additional fee that include a personalised postal stamp and a wax seal from Santa Post.
- Price: £28
- H6, W20, D15
Best For Under 10s
Mirrorin Personalised Christmas Eve Box With Poem
Your child will feel like the star of the show on Christmas Eve with this personalised wooden box that features a cute poem to get them excited for Santa's arrival. The box comes in a range of sizes to ensure it perfectly fits all of your child's Christmas Eve gifts and we're sure they'll be thrilled to see their own name in the poem.
- Price: £30
- H11, W20, D14.5
Best For Extra Festive Magic
JoJo Maman Bebe Wooden Christmas Eve Box
This super simple white Christmas Eve box is perfect for families on a budget who want a personalised box for their child. The box features gorgeous Christmas designs and has space so you can write your child's name on the box, perfect for that extra bit of magic on Christmas Eve.
- Price: £16
- H13, W30, D20
Best For Vintage Lovers
The Handmade Christmas Co North Pole Mail Wooden Box
This Harry Potter-esque Xmas Eve box is perfect for vintage lovers and will have your child feeling like they're at Hogwarts when they open their first gifts on Christmas Eve while waiting for Father Christmas to arrive. The Christmas box is beautifully handmade from premium wood, includes a vintage latch and is printed with your child's name to make Christmas Eve all the more special.
- Price: £22
- H14, W28, D21
Best For Families On A Budget
Stanley's Large Christmas Eve Box
Add some colour to your Christmas tree with this super affordable Christmas Eve box from Stanleys. Keep your child's special gifts hidden away in this cute Christmas design that is sure to bring a magic touch to Christmas Eve. This Christmas Eve box for kids has a space that can be personalised with your child's name to make them feel extra important on Christmas Eve. We love that this Christmas Eve box makes the tradition accessible to families who might not be able to afford the more expensive wooden boxes and we're sure your kids will be filled with joy as they open this great box.
- Price: £3
- D25, L25
Best For Pre-Packaged Gifts
Card Factory Santa Claus Christmas Eve Surprise Box
If you are struggling with Christmas Eve boxes ideas, this great Christmas Eve box is full of fun inclusions to help keep your kids occupied and excited before Santa's big arrival. Some of the inclusions your child are sure to love are the plush reindeer, Santa socks and Christmas colouring book. Your child will have a ball drawing and colouring while they wait for Santa to bring them the rest of their holiday haul.
- Price: £5.99
- H18, L25, W8.5
Best For Toddlers
Funky Laser Personalised Children's Santa Christmas Eve Box
Early presents will be even more exciting for your child with this great Christmas Eve box for toddlers. The box is personalised with your child's name and the super cute designs on the front, including an elf inspected tick of approval, will have your child beyond excited for tomorrow has in store. This Christmas Eve box also comes with a wooden gift tag and a glass milk bottle to really get your child ready for Santa's arrival. For the gift tag, you can choose from the Nutcracker, ballerina or Santa tags and if you can't decide, there's always the option of ordering them all for your kids!
- Price: £38.99
- H13, W28, D28
Best For Hands On Fun
Zolex Penguin Pre-Filled Christmas Eve Box
The Christmas Eve box contains 15 items that will ensure your child has hours of fun on Christmas Eve while you're busy helping Santa get ready for the big day. Crayons, a jumbo colouring book, a colour-your-own Christmas mug and a jigsaw puzzle are just some of the awesome inclusions in this Christmas Eve hamper that is bound to make the night before Christmas magical. This box contains milk, nuts and wheat so if your child has allergies to any of these, then this box might not be the one for you.
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- Price: £29.99
- H16, W25, D25
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