Things to put in a Christmas Eve Box

10 Ideas for a Christmas Eve Box

Thought I would ask my three older children (10, 7 and 5) what Phoenix Trading goodies they would like in a Christmas Eve Box and here’s what they suggested.

single stem willow wicker christmas eve boxOf course the first thing is the Box itself and this one is just a perfect size to fit a few activities. Add a few sweets and maybe some hot chocolate and you will keep the whole family entertained. Start the Christmas festivities off the night before.

1 Snow

magic snow hobbycraftEven if it’s a beautiful sunny day outside, you can still have snow inside with this safe, non toxic instant snow – just add water. For a couple of quid you can’t go wrong with this in a Christmas Eve box.

2 Doodling

With 6 sheets in this Christmas Holiday Fun pack there are oodles of doodles to keep the whole family scribbling if necessary.

3 Paperchains

Christmas Eve box paper chainsI didn’t see that one coming either but despite being used as my lick-machines over the years it appears they still enjoy making paperchains, either in the traditional way or to make decorations for the tree. These red, white and black nordic ones look really stylish as well as being fun to make.

4 Colour in Tablecloth

Christmas tableclothThis 1m by 1m paper tablecloth will keep everyone busy at Christmas. Either use it just as something to do or for maximum value put it on the table for Christmas dinner with a few pens, crayons or coloured pencils and watch all ages get stuck in.

5 Christmas Cracker

Christmas cracker cadbury chocolateIt’s Christmas after all, there probably need to be some sweets and what better way to add to a Christmas Eve box than in a cracker. Cadbury have lots of Christmas confectionary ideas as you would imagine but this one is a great box or stocking filler. If you don’t do chocolate, e.g. if you’re dairy free then Hampergifts have some fabulous retro sweet hampers and packs.

6 Craft Box



If your children love craft activities then why not get them a subscription to the Mister Maker Club? They send you a craft box every month or 2 weeks (you choose, there are 12 boxes in total so you won’t be subscribing for years and years, another bonus in my opinion!). Order your subscription in time for the first box to be part of your Christmas Eve activities.

7 Books

If you need some ideas of books for Christmas Eve then we traditionally read Twas the Night Before Christmas before they go to bed on Christmas Eve but they also love Christmas Stories for Little Children. A Christmas Carol is also a great read for older children. Christmas Day will be so busy that bedtime stories probably won’t happen. I believe no Christmas Eve Box is complete without a story. Settle them down for bed and take the chance to stop for a minute and remember what Christmas is all about amidst the preparations.

8 Jigsaws

All my family, from ages 1 to 80+ love jigsaws. So I always get a couple of Christmas jigsaws in for the holiday. It’s just perfect for those ‘I’m bored’ moments when the weather is too bad to send them outside. When I get a change to sit down for 5 minutes it’s great relaxation for me too.

Hogwarts Express jigsaw puzzleI also quite fancy this Hogwart’s Express puzzle and think it might be a hit as a model to display after completion.

9 Table Decorations

table decsAnother colour in idea and a great way to involve the whole family in preparing the table for Christmas dinner. These table decorations include settings for 6 people so you might need more than one pack depending how many are coming round. Includes menu holder, napkin rings, coasters and place names.

10 DVD

It's a wonderful life dvdOf course there is always the option of a DVD. Why not schedule in an hour or two to put your feet up, get out the popcorn and watch a DVD together. Our Christmas favourites are Muppet Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf. What’s your favourite? Share with us in the comments below, it might give someone else who’s stuck an idea for their Christmas Eve box.

You can see a video I did of a Christmas Eve Box full of activities  here.

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