Hands up who’s getting excited about giving their little ones their first Christmas Eve boxes this year? We recently asked the Bump, Baby and You community whether you’re on board with giving boxes of treats and goodies on December 24th and 50% of you told us you fill Christmas Eve boxes. You also said that 28% of you will be giving these gifts for the first time this year.
So, now onto the big question: What should you put in Christmas Eve Boxes for babies, toddlers or older kids? We’ve gathered lots of info and options together for you here to give you some creative ideas for filling Christmas Eve boxes. Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing? Let’s go-ho-ho!
What to Put in Christmas Eve Boxes
The good news is there are no fixed rules when it comes to what you put in your Christmas Eve boxes and you can put together a box that suits your budget and Christmas traditions too. Some parents like to use the boxes to spread the excitement of gifts they’d usually give anyway – such as new pyjamas and a Christmassy story book. There are also lots of fun yet inexpensive things you could include that will help keep the kids entertained in the run up to Santa’s arrival.
Or, if they have a particular interest or hobby, you could theme the box around that. For example, these matching family Peppa Pig PJs and Peppa’s Fun Christmas Fun Activity Sticker Book are great finds for a Peppa fan’s Christmas Eve box.
Christmas Eve Box Filler Ideas for Baby Boys and Girls, Toddlers and kids
If you’re keen to start Christmas traditions with your baby or toddler, you can put a box of age appropriate items together that they’ll love exploring or treasure as keepsakes in future years. You could also in sneak some things you know they’ll look super cute wearing or playing with in all those festive photographs! Here are some ideas and suggestions for kids of all ages, we’ve included some example items to make your shopping even easier.
Christmas Eve Box Fillers to Wear
Christmas Pyjamas or Festive Baby Sleepsuit or Bodysuit – Nothing says Christmas like a new set of Christmas jammies and there are some fabulous options for all the family out there! This Festive Mickey Bodysuit comes with plenty of Disney magic for younger kids or how about this adorable personalised Baby Bear’s First Christmas bodysuit? Or go all out with matching reindeer pyjamas, dressing gown and toy. Looking for matching pyjamas for all the family? How about these Mummy and Me pyjamas from Matalan?
A Baby Santa Hat or Bib – Another cute choice for newborns and babies, a baby Santa hat or festive bib is the perfect finish to their little Christmas outfits. Check out these affordable options from Matalan, a Santa hat in sizes 0-4 years and My First Christmas musical bib.
Slippers – One for larger or family sized Christmas Eve boxes, a pair of festive slippers will keep them extra cosy. Take a peek at these Elf slipper boots in infant sizes 4-9.
Christmas Eve Box Fillers to Eat/Drink
A Hot Chocolate Mug Set with Christmas mug, we love this family of penguin mugs – they’re perfect for putting in individual or family Christmas Eve boxes or wrapping as stocking! Soooo cute.
Chocolate coins, chocs, popcorns and sweeties – If you’re walking a careful line between festive feasting and sugar overload, you may want to sprinkle a few sweets in the box rather than filling it to the brim with treats. Or how about making a small snack pack with popcorn and a bag of sweets for watching their Christmas Eve film with?
Christmas Eve Box Fillers to ‘Do’ and Keep
A Christmas DVD – From Arthur Christmas to the Santa Clause there are so many films to snuggle up in front of. Check out our Christmas Film suggestions.
A Christmas Story Book – There’s nothing quite like Christmas Eve story time. Keep it traditional with something like the Night Before Christmas or choose a Christmassy version of their favourites. My 2-year-old little girl loves the Pip and Posy books by Alex Sheffler so we’ll be reading The Christmas Tree which you can get here.
A Christmas Activity Pack – Want to keep them calm and busy? An activity pack, colouring or sticker book is the way to go. How about this Christmas Stained Glass Colouring Book or this bumper 10 Sticker and Activity Book collection is great if you have a few kids to buy for.
A Craft, Make or Bake – For older children a craft activity can be a great way to break up the evening between Christmas TV. We’ve got some Christmas treat suggestions you can make together or how about this make your own decorations kit for kids aged 3+?
A Baby Rattle, Teether or Comforter – Include the smallest members of the family in the magic with a festive toy. This Jingle Reindeer Comforter is adorable.
A Bauble for the Tree – A personalised 1st Christmas bauble makes a lovely keepsake for a newborn or you could opt for a family bauble marked with the year and start a Christmas tradition. This 1st Christmas embroidered gingerbread man decoration is cute or how about a set of Mama, Dada and Baby Polar Bear baubles?
Christmas Eve Box Additions For or From Santa
Reindeer Food – Follow this wildlife safe Reindeer food recipe and pop into a pretty bag or tin to sprinkle on the lawn or at the front door for Rudolph and friends.
A Christmas Eve Checklist of things they need to do – e.g. put out milk and cookie for Santa. Find some great downloadable options on Etsy or craft your own.
A Letter or Christmas Card from Santa – Kids love hearing from Santa and whether you order a personalised letter or create on yourself this can make for a cute and inexpensive item.
A Santa Key – Do you live somewhere there’s no chimney? Don’t forget to leave out a magic key for Santa. They make a great Christmas Eve Box filler and there are some really decorative pretty options they’ll treasure like this Magic Santa Key you can personalise with their name(s).
A Plate, Mug or Glass for Santa – They’ll love setting up Santa and the reindeer’s snacks year after year with the same snack plate, mug or personalised Santa glass. This cute and colourful personalised Santa Plate gets our vote.
What do you think? Is there anything we’ve missed off our baby and kids Christmas Eve box filler list? Let us know what your kids love to find in their boxes.