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Top Christmas Eve boxes to brighten everyone’s holiday

See pre-made options, ideas for kids and adults and more.

Christmas Eve boxes bring the thrill of holiday gifting to December 24th, giving kids a happy surprise before it’s time to open presents beneath the tree.

We especially love the idea of Christmas Eve boxes this year, since families may be celebrating from a distance. If you won’t be seeing family in person, you could send a Christmas Eve box through the mail and make arrangements to chat via video call while the kids open it.

Top 8 pre-made Christmas Eve boxes

Here’s a roundup of our favorite ready-made Christmas Eve boxes from around the web:

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What is a Christmas Eve box and who is it for?

Christmas Eve boxes are meant to help break up the anticipation of Christmas morning by providing kiddos with small presents the night before. The box, which can be made of simple cardboard or something more elaborate with personalized decorations, is typically filled with candy, pajamas, little toys and other seasonal stocking stuffers. You can make one Christmas Eve box for the whole family or give one to each kid individually.

If your family goes to church on Christmas Eve, you can reward children for sitting through a long service with this box of treats.

How to make your own Christmas Eve box

Here’s what you’ll need to create a Christmas Eve box from scratch:

  • Wooden or cardboard box. If you’re using a cardboard box, wrap it in butcher paper or recycled brown grocery bags inside out to create a blank canvas.
  • Paint and paintbrushes or markers
  • Other decorations like stickers and glitter
  • Red and green confetti
  • Gifts for inside the box

Once you have your supplies, it’s time to create:

  1. Browse the Internet for ideas. Choose a couple of your favorites to use as inspiration.
  2. Customize the box for your recipient using markers or paint.
  3. Add stickers and glitter to make it more festive.
  4. Wait for paint to dry, then fill it with confetti.
  5. Add gifts.

Items to include in a Christmas Eve box

Fill your Christmas Eve box with Hot Wheels, pretty pink pail polish, candy canes or whatever you think would delight your recipient. Just keep in mind that space is limited — so you’ll want to pick items that will actually fit.

Consider the interests and hobbies of the recipient. For example, a kiddo that loves playing outside might like some snow toys, while a creative homebody will go wild over a DIY ornament kit.

Some possible ideas to inspire you:

  • Slippers
  • Hot cocoa mix and mini marshmallows
  • Letter from Santa
  • Fun patterned socks
  • Christmas books, movies and games
  • Mini remote-controlled car
  • Pajamas
  • Cookie decorating kit
  • Tree ornaments
  • Popcorn
  • Christmas-themed cup
  • Easy-to-follow Christmas recipe
  • Nail polish or stickers
  • Chapstick
  • Stuffed animal
  • Christmas crafts
  • Lego sets
  • Religious verse or passage
  • Treats for Santa

Christmas Eve boxes for adults

While Christmas Eve boxes are typically for children, it’s totally possible to make them for adults. After all, the adults in your life probably deserve some TLC too. Here’s what we’re putting in Christmas Eve boxes for our grown-up friends and adult relatives:

  • Mini bottles of booze
  • Holiday cocktail recipe book
  • Fancy chocolates — Trader Joe’s has a great selection.
  • Seasonal coffee beans
  • Super soft socks
  • Christmas-themed mug
  • Caramel corn
  • Evergreen-scented candle
  • Chapstick or lotion

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