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Looking for some inspiration for this year’s Christmas Eve box? Look no further! If you’re new to this Christmas tradition, then our Christmas Eve box ideas are certain to kickstart the festivities.

In our guide to Christmas Eve box ideas, we have included fun-filled treats for the little ones, keepsakes for the families and extra special gifts for the adults!

Continuing to impress, our ideas are all sourced from small businesses and eco-conscious brands, so you can be a force for good this Christmas! 

What is a Christmas Eve Box?

A Christmas Eve box is the tradition of giving your loved ones a box filled with festive surprises to start the magic of Christmas early. On the eve of December 24th, you could be given a box full of meaningful surprises to enjoy as you count down the final hours until the big day!

It is entirely up to you what you include, from tasty snacks to fun-filled games! Budgets for Christmas Eve boxes can vary; they can be filled with store-bought or homemade gifts.

But, regardless of how you choose to spend your early festivities, spending quality time with your nearest and dearest is what truly matters!

Wondering what to put in a Christmas Eve box? Continue reading our guide to Christmas Eve Box Ideas

1. Create a personalised box

a personalised christmas eve box

You can purchase a personalised Christmas Eve crate from the No Ordinary Gift company to enclose all of your festive gifts!

This special stamped Christmas Eve box is designed to fit perfectly under your tree, certain to spark Christmas excitement. The large crate is large enough to give you a hint of the goodies inside and the personalisation makes it that more exciting!

2. Include family-matching pyjamas

Festive PJs

Next on our guide to Christmas Eve box ideas is the ever-growing trend of matching family pyjamas!

Including festive family pyjamas in your box is a fun and festive way to lounge around as a family ahead of the big day. Perfect for a cosy evening watching your favourite Christmas films and a relaxed clothing option for opening the presents the next morning.

Whilst many Christmas sets are available from your favourite high street brands, we recommend purchasing from a small business such as Etsy’s HolmesMadeCreations.

3. Pack something for your pets too!


Our next Christmas Eve box idea allows your furry friend to be involved in the magic of this Christmas!

Green and Wilds offer a selection of natural, healthy and delicious treats for dogs and cats. So this Christmas, be sure to include a treat or two for your canine companion!

They offer a Santa Sack for Dogs, which is a natural hessian sack filled with superb treats and an Exo toy. Included are; 1 x 50g of Andy Bag of Anchovies, 1 x 130g of Eco-Insect Bakes, 1 x 100g of Luv Hearts and The Holly and the Ivy, Christmas Eco Toy. The latter promises to bring hours of festive fun on Christmas Eve.

For an extra treat, be sure to include Rudy the Reindeer in your Christmas Eve box!

4. Enjoy a Personalised Bauble


Complete your Christmas tree with a personalised bauble from the No Ordinary Gift Company!

This charming 3D wooden penguin family bauble will be the perfect addition to your family tree, featuring a contemporary illustrated family of adult and child penguins! There is even the option to personalise the decoration with a message of your choice, and a selection of ribbon colours.

Alternatively, give a loved one the keepsake gift of a signpost foiled bauble as an early Christmas present to kickstart the festivities.

5. Include your favourite drink


A Christmas Eve box wouldn’t be complete without a dreamy mug of hot chocolate, perfect for that cosy film before bed!

Gnaw Chocolate also offer a superb Vegan Hot Chocolate Gift Set, which promises joy on a winter’s eve!

6. Enjoy a family board game

Playing Board Games At Christmas

Christmas is all about spending quality time with loved ones and what better way to kickstart the festivities than with a board game?

If like us you love the Christmas classics like Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit but need something that is unique, then take a look at Good Thing’s Sproutword Game. This game is perfect for those who are good with words and is described as one of the UK’s most eco-friendly games.

The challenging game is a clever mixture of Scrabble and Bananagrams, where you win the game by taking control of the Sproutword by adding letters and changing existing ones!

7. A gift for children

christmas eve box gift for her

Purchase a small Christmas Eve gift from Good Things, a company that supports charities, empowers people and protects the planet.

They have a varied selection of Christmas gifts for children, including eco toys and games! From the Hedgeways Strategy Game to the charming Buddy the Festive Dog, a handmade felt decoration!

8. Include something for self-care

christmas eve self care

The lead up to Christmas can be overwhelming and even the big day is exhausting! So, this Christmas Eve carve out time to take care of yourself!

Sneak away to run yourself a bath and make use of the beautiful gift set from Life Before Plastik. Within the Botanical Bloom Gift Box, you will find x 1 Bath Tea, x 1 Soap Bar and x 1 Bath Fizzy, designed to aid muscle relaxation and soften your skin.

Afterwards, leave your skin feeling soft and smooth with the body lotion from Protect The Planet!

9. Include a nostalgic scented candle

Christmas decoration with burning candle

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a scented candle, right?!

So for your Christmas Eve box, be sure to include a Nana’s Apple Pie candle from Life Before Plastik! This candle is scented with candied apples, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla pastry!

Continuing to impress, the candle is made from 100% natural soy wax and burns longer and cleaner without paraffin or dyes.

10. Add a bottle of fizz or two!

Christmas Social Supermarket_Christmas table must haves

Enjoy a glass of something special this Christmas Eve whilst knowing that you’ve purchased from brands that have a positive impact on the world.

The Social Supermarket is a platform that connects you with high-quality brands that have a great environmental and social impact. Select the delicious Malbec 2020 to complement your Christmas Eve box or choose the refreshing and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc 2020.

Accompany your Christmas tipple with an Oak Leaf Brass Bottle Stopper and add elegance to the table!

Alternatively, wind down your evening with a spicy chai tea from Nemi Teas, boasting aromatic cardamom, sweet cinnamon, pungent peppercorn, fragrant cloves and hot ginger.

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11. Get creative with baking!

Christmas jumper baking

Bring the scent of Christmas into your kitchen this Christmas Eve by including Craft & Crumb‘s Jumper biscuit baking kit in your Christmas Eve box.

Pulling on your Christmas jumper is a festive favourite tradition, so why not make them into a delicious treat too? Our next Christmas Eve box idea is a family-friendly activity and ensures that you have tasty snacks whilst you wait for Santa!

12. Unwind with a Christmas story

Winston Came Home For Christmas

Christmas Eve wouldn’t be Christmas Eve without festive stories, right?

So, be sure to include a book or two in your Christmas Eve box from Wordery, an online bookshop! Recommended festive stories include; How Winston Came Home for Christmas, Kipper’s Christmas Eve, Finger Printing Christmas and Letters From Father Christmas.

If our Christmas Eve box idea has sparked your festive spirit, be sure to browse our fun facts about Christmas. Alternatively, secure your next Christmas UK getaway with a stay at one of these cottages for Christmas!

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