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8 Favorite Christmas Eve Box Ideas

Updated: Jan 18

Each year, my husband and I fill a big box for our children to open on Christmas Eve. It’s a nice way for them to get to open up presents on Christmas Eve night before Santa comes.

This box changes slightly every year so they never expect to receive the exact same items.

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What is a Christmas Eve Box?

A Christmas Eve Box is decorated box filled with gifts that your children can open up on Christmas Eve night. It can include items you want your children to wear on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and Christmas activities you want to do together. It can help distract your children from wanting to open up all of their presents the night before Christmas.

My house rule is that no unopened presents are allowed to be put underneath the Christmas tree until after the kids are in bed on Christmas Eve night. The Christmas Eve Box is the only present allowed under the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve while the kids are still awake. They love to see something under the tree before Santa comes.

Where do you get a Christmas Eve Box?

You can purchase the box or make it yourself and make it personalized for your family.

I use a large Christmas box I bought from one of the local craft stores a few years ago and then when Christmas is over, I can use the box to store Christmas ornaments in. They also have many different options to choose from on Amazon.

You could go with a simple Christmas Eve Box like the one below and it won’t break your Christmas budget.

If you want to make your Christmas Eve Box more personalized, you can order this Wooden Keepsake Christmas Eve Box with your Children’s names on it.

Many people like to use shipping crates for their Christmas Eve Box. These can be personalized as well and they look like they were sent here from Santa.

You can also get creative and make your own Christmas Eve Box and the ideas are endless.

I considered getting my children both their own boxes, which you can definitely do, but opted for putting all of their gifts in one large box instead. This may change in the future as they get older, but for now, this will work best for us.

What should I put in the Christmas Eve Box?

I have included a list of some of the best Christmas Eve Box Ideas so you can make your Christmas Eve Box special for your children.

1. Christmas Pajamas

This year, I decided to get our whole family matching Christmas Pajamas. My children don’t know that I did that this year since we never have before. I will be putting their Christmas Pajamas in the box for them to open and wear Christmas Eve night. This will make for fun pictures on Christmas morning as well. If you decide to do this, make sure to open and wash the pajamas first so they are ready for your child to put on.

2. Christmas Children’s Book

There are so many Christmas books out there that you could never run out of books. Our Christmas book collection is getting quite large, so we will be reading Christmas books for the month of December. The new Christmas book our children receive on Christmas Eve we will read that night to them.

3. Christmas Movie

It is rare for people to purchase DVD’s so if you only buy digital copies of movies, you could always put a card or note in the box that says what movie you purchased. Another suggestion is to print out a picture of the movie and put that in the box. We do still buy DVD’s and we have put a few Christmas movies in the box in past years. You can also get movies on Amazon Prime Video. Click the link below to start your free trial now.

4. Yearly Christmas Tree Ornament

My future goal is to have a small Christmas Tree with only special ornaments that we receive. This tree would be separate from our regular Christmas Tree that we put the presents under. My husband and I have been together for over 10 years and we have an ornament that goes with each year we have been together with the milestone from that year. Our children now have ornaments from when they were born to hang on the tree as their special ornaments.

5. Yearly Christmas Stuffed Animal

There is always a bear or some other stuffed animal with the year stamped on its foot in the Christmas Eve box. My daughter loves stuffed animals and these are a fun addition to her collection. This year is 2020 so maybe we will put a face mask on this year’s stuffed animal. You never know!

6. Snacks

I love to throw some of their favorite snacks in the Christmas Eve box to eat before bed while watching a Christmas Eve movie. These snacks could be popcorn, cookies, chocolate, or something healthy. You can choose whatever you want. I just recommend putting nonperishable snacks in there in case they get left in the Christmas Eve box overnight.

7. Fuzzy Socks

Get your children some nice warm fuzzy socks to wear Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning. They even make Christmas prints to keep it festive. My daughter loves my fuzzy sock collection and I’m constantly adding to it. She is always asking to wear my fuzzy socks so it’s fun to get her fuzzy socks she can call her own.

8. Christmas Coloring Book and Crayons

You could give your children their own Christmas coloring books and Crayons to go in their Christmas Eve box. I try to keep everything in the box Christmas themed to really get my kids excited for Santa to come. If you don’t want to get them a coloring book and crayons, you could look into other Christmas themed toys and activities instead.

Looking for even more ideas?

Head on over to my 50 Best Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Children to get some more great ideas.

What are you going to put in your children’s Christmas Eve Box this year?

Share your ideas below!

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