Christmas Eve box ideas – the festive tradition making the night before magical

With the countdown well under way, it's time to start thinking about the goodies to fill these popular gift boxes
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  • Christmas Eve boxes are the latest craze to find their way to our shores in recent years. With everyone from the big supermarkets to independent retailers stocking Christmas Eve gifts boxes, it’s never been easier to embrace this growing trend.

    With online searches more than tripling since 2014, this year is expected to be the year we all think outside (or should that be inside) the box for Christmas Eve.

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    We all have our own little family traditions on Christmas Eve. From watching festive movies and hanging the stockings to leaving out mince pies, carrots and a tipple of sherry for Santa. Adding to that are the joy of Christmas Eve boxes.

    It’s these traditions that add a touch of extra magic to Christmas.

    New traditions: Christmas Eve boxes

    Christmas eve boxes

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    The idea behind the Christmas Eve box is to create a gift set of all the things required to ensure the perfect family night before Christmas. You simply buy one of the specially design boxes and fill them with treats – from matching pyjamas sets, drinking chocolate, a festive DVD and seasonal crockery for Santa’s treats.

    Buy now: George Home The Night Before Christmas box, £2, Asda

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    Buy now: Christmas Eve Box, £2.50, Wilko

    Top 5 Christmas Eve box ideas

    1. Christmas Pyjamas

    A set of pyjamas for the Christmas Eve box is a classic choice, to ensure the last sleep in done in style. With matching sets there’s a festive PJ for the whole family – to make it all the more magical!
    Buy now: Matching Family Sequin Slogan Pyjamas, from £16, Next

    Related: Family Christmas pyjamas – will you be wearing matching PJs this year?

    2. Festive movies

    Sit as a family and enjoy a feel-good Christmas movie. Whether you’re watching the most loveable Elf of all time find his way around New York city or Kevin causing chaos in Home Alone, laughter and feel-good vibes are guaranteed in equal measure with a much-loved movie.

    3. Hot chocolate making kit


    Image credit: Polly Eltes

    Warm your cockles and get cosy with a steaming hot mug of drinking chocolate. Buy them a new mug, then pick up a sachet or a jar of Hot Chocolate and some mini marshmallows. Add them to the box for an easy way to make everyone’s favourite bedtime drink.

    The latest trend is to make adorable hot chocolate reindeer cones…

    Fill a food bag with hot chocolate mix, topped with chocolate sprinkles and mini marshmallows. Tie them up with a pretty ribbon, add a pipe cleaner as antlers and some eyes and you’ve got yourself a reindeer hot chocolate treat.

    4. Magical snow globe

    Christmas Eve boxes with snowgloves inside

    The mesmerising snow globe is a Christmas favourite. Shake things up this year with a wonder Christmas scene to capture little imaginations.

    Buy now: Festive Llama Snowglobe, £6, Wilko

    5. A cake kit

    Enjoy some family bonding time over an afternoon of baking festive tasty treats, with a simple cake kit. You can pick up easy-to-make kits that you simply add eggs and water and then bake – quite literally a piece of cake!

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    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas already.

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