One of our family Christmas traditions is to give a Christmas Eve box to the boys on Christmas Eve. We started doing this back in 2013 when Olly was a baby and we bought him a personalised box as he was our only child. This year as there are two very special Shilton boys, we have a new Christmas Eve box for both our boys to share.
Our Christmas Eve box has been made and personalised by the fantastic team at Dust and Things. It’s a sturdy wooden box with a lid and is big enough to contain a few treats for my boys to open on Christmas Eve morning.
When we first started the Christmas tradition I wanted to make it affordable for us to recreate each year. I wanted to do something where there was no real pressure or any high expectations, it’s just a simple box of treats for Christmas Eve that contains goodies that we would usually gift to our children at Christmas anyway.
What’s in the Christmas Eve box?
This year our boys have matching Christmas pyjamas to wear. As Freddie is wearing aged 9-12m and Olly is wearing 5-6y the selection has been a bit limited (and I left it a bit late to find matching pjs in their sizes) I managed to find these beautiful matching pjs from The White Company. I managed to get them in the Black Friday sales and I think they are the most beautiful pjs. I can’t wait to see them wearing them.
The boys both love books. Olly can read and reads a book every night at bedtime. Freddie is showing an interest in board books and will happily sit for a couple of minutes looking at the pictures. This year I have bought some Christmas themed books to read on Christmas Eve and I’m sure the boys will love them.
Both my boys love their soft toys and whilst I was browsing the internet for ideas, I saw this little reindeer Christmas decoration which is perfect for Christmas. Again, it’s from The White Company and whilst it probably won’t end up on the tree, it’s adorable and I think Olly will love it. I’ve bought Freddie a ‘My First Christmas’ reindeer rattle from Next. He loves to hold things so I think this will go down really well and he’ll carry it everywhere.
I’ve also included in the box a new festive drinking cup and a Thorntons Cheeky Elf, this was kindly gifted to him from Thorntons and I know he’ll love it. Freddie is obviously too little for these but they’re something we’ll pop in the box in the future.
We also make some magic reindeer food a few days before Christmas so this will go in the box too. Check out my how to make reindeer food here with a free printable.
Do you make up Christmas Eve boxes for your children? What do you include in yours? Leave me a comment as I’d love to know.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent the Christmas Eve Box to feature in Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide and Thorntons gifted the Cheeky Elf to us. I haven’t been paid to feature anything I just wanted to show my readers what I was doing and for me to look back on in years to come.