The Christmas Eve box ritual has swept across the nation, covering it in festive sparkle and magic, over the last few years.
Whether it’s for your little ones or a special box for all the family to enjoy, the chances are you’ll have already considered how to make your box extra special this year. As the excitement builds up to the big day, a Christmas Eve box is the perfect way to start the yuletide magic a night early. Watching your loved ones’ faces light up as they open the box and discover the gifts and treats inside is guaranteed to bring some festive cheer.
Although ready-made boxes are available on the market these days, we think the best way to create a unique Christmas Eve box is to spend some time getting creative and personalising a box with all your family’s favourites.
Here are our top tips on how to put together the perfect Christmas box this year.
Get crafty and creative
Embrace your creative side by choosing a plain wooden box to decorate yourself – you can pick one up from craft stores such as Hobby Craft. When it comes to personalising your box, choose a style that reflects your family’s interests and personalities such as their favourite TV show, film or their taste in music. You can then incorporate a favourite character or theme into your décor.
There are some great accessories and crafts available to help inspire you, such as stencils, paints, stickers and glitter. Remember to add your children’s names or family name to the box to give it an extra special touch.
Taking some time out for arts and crafts is a great way to take your mind off everything else during the busy festive period and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit too!
Packing the Christmas essentials
When it comes to choosing the items for your Christmas box, think festive treats, family fun and winter warmers. The goodies should be perfect for cosying up on Christmas Eve, enjoying family time and preparing for Santa’s arrival.
Start with special Christmas treats, such as a gourmet hot chocolate stirring spoon, gingerbread cookies and a home baked mince pie. Add a few thoughtful gifts that will make the night before Christmas even more magical. Festive pyjamas, a pair of fluffy socks, a Christmas mug to enjoy their hot chocolate in and a book to read before bed are all great additions.
For younger children, add a small soft toy and a bag of reindeer food to sprinkle across the garden to help guide Rudolph and his team.
Something for all the family
One of the best things about Christmas is being able to enjoy time with your loved ones so don’t forget to add items that you can enjoy with the whole family. A Christmas film, a board game or quiz or a group craft activity will provide great entertainment for Christmas Eve and the whole festive period too.
Make it extra special
Make your box truly unique with thoughtful finishing touches. If you’re creating a box for young children, add a special handwritten note from Santa to let your children know that he’s on his way. If they’re not already brimming with excitement, this final touch will really get them in the festive spirit!
As an extra gift for all the family, why not buy a new Christmas trinket that can be brought out for years to come, such as a bauble for the tree. You could make it a festive tradition to buy or make a new bauble each year.