A Christmas tree decorated with silver and white baubles next to a fireplace with a silver sequin stocking and a pale pink armchair with a grey fluffy cushion.

Christmas Eve Box Ideas Made Easy

Add some extra magic to the night before Christmas with a Christmas Eve box! With goodies to surprise both kids and adults alike, discover how to make this seasonal trend your new favourite family tradition.

What Is A Christmas Eve Box?

Inspired by the German practice of opening presents on 24th December, a Christmas Eve box contains festive treats and small presents to gift the night before Christmas. Fast becoming a popular choice for many families, the trend fits perfectly with classic Christmas Eve traditions such as hanging up Christmas stockings.

This year, alongside laying out mince pies and carrots for Father Christmas and co, try something a little different by gifting loved ones a Christmas Eve box. Guaranteed to put a smile on their faces, they’re a special way to build excitement before the big day.

What To Put In A Christmas Eve Box?

Whether you surprise family members or post them to friends, Christmas Eve boxes don’t need to be big or expensive to show that you care. The best thing about the gifts is that you can tailor them to suit any budget and fill them with all manner of presents, from homemade biscuits and festive socks to Christmas pyjamas and board games. It’s the thought that counts!

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Kids

Unwrap our top Christmas gifts for kids below, including budget-friendly present ideas for Christmas Eve boxes. Think soft toys, festive PJs and seasonal games to make this Christmas Eve one to remember.

1. Cosy Christmas Pyjamas

From watching festive films to baking the last batch of mince pies, Christmas Eve is all about getting cosy. To help kids look the part, pop a pair of Christmas pyjamas in their gift box.

This year, we can’t get enough of designs with cute Christmas motifs and charming Fair Isle prints. Any PJs with a seasonal slogan get a yes from us!

Remember, the right pyjamas can encourage even the most excited kids to get ready for bed. Need we say more?

Navy and grey reindeer pyjama set.
Monopoly Voice Banking Electronic Family Board Game.

2. Classic Board Games

With so much anticipation before the big day, Christmas Eve can sometimes feel like a waiting game. Luckily, all it takes is a board game in their Christmas Eve box to keep kids occupied for the countdown to Christmas.

Whether you choose favourites such as Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit or try out your operating skills with Operation Pet Scan, a board game tournament is a wonderful way to bring the whole family together for some friendly (or not so friendly!) competition.

3. Snuggly Soft Toys

Little ones wanting to stay up late will have an extra reason to stick to their bedtimes when they discover a soft toy in their Christmas Eve box. Thankfully, there’s no need to buy additional toys on top of their stocking presents. Instead, keep costs low by gifting one of their Christmas toys a day early – easy!

Light-up Talking Bing with Hoppity Soft Toy.
Multi Yeti Shaped Mug.

4. Novelty Christmas Cups

Christmas Eve wouldn’t be complete without a warming cup of hot chocolate. To give their treat a seasonal touch, place a novelty Christmas mug in their Christmas Eve box. Don’t forget to include a couple of biscuits or marshmallows for dunking!

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Adults

Christmas Eve boxes aren’t just for kids! From Christmas gifts for him to Christmas gifts for her, discover our Christmas Eve box ideas for adults to surprise your nearest and dearest.

1. Relaxing Christmas Candles

During the festivities parents often find little time to relax and unwind, but if there’s one gift that will encourage a laid-back atmosphere, it’s a Christmas candle.

Filling your home with soothing seasonal scents, a Christmas candle is the perfect gift to help you kick back and relax after a long night of wrapping presents.

Yankee Candle Home Inspiration Luminary.
Reindeer Hiball Glass 6-Pack.

2. Festive Glassware

Raise a glass this Christmas Eve with themed glassware! From reindeer hiball glasses to snowy gin glasses and penguin prints, you and your family can share a toast to the season with matching Christmas tableware.

3. Seasonal Accessories

Help your partner wrap up warm for winter walks with seasonal accessories, including knitted hats, scarves and cosy gloves. You can also keep toes toasty on Christmas Eve by gifting a pair of fluffy socks or slippers.

Navy Blue Speckled Chunky Knit Bobble Hat.

For more Christmas gifting inspiration, don’t miss our Christmas gifts for pets, as well as our Christmas gifts for under £10 and Christmas Gifts for £30 and over.