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What to Put in Baby and Kids Christmas Eve Boxes

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.

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 sneak in 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 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!

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 gorgeous options from Mamas and Papas.*

Check out this adorable first Christmas set from Not On The Highstreet*.

Christmas Eve Box for baby

Pyjamas – why not get a matching set for the whole family to enjoy? We love this set* as you can personalise them with a portrait of each family member!


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? We love this Christmas Eve treat box* – perfect for a Christmas eve feast! It can also be personalised.


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 at Christmas time. 

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 more modern tale. We love Cutie Sue and The Christmas Miracle* – it’s a magical read with lots of giggles and good vibes.


A Christmas Activity Pack – Want to keep them calm and busy? An activity pack, colouring or sticker book is the way to go. We love this personalised colouring set*.

A Craft, Make or Bake – For older children a craft activity can be a great way to break up the evening between Christmas TV. These paint your own Christmas figures* are a cute idea.

A Baby Rattle, Teether or Comforter – Include the smallest members of the family in the magic with a festive toy. This Rattle* 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. These personalised baubles* are adorable, or how about this ‘First Christmas as Mummy & Daddy’ bauble*?


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 one yourself as 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 personalised Santa treat board* gets our vote!


What do you think? Is there anything we’ve missed off our baby and kids Christmas Eve box filler list? 

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