The Night Before Christmas Box

Need an EASY meaningful family tradition for Christmas Eve? One that BRINGS your loved ones together?

Look no further! The Christmas eve box for kids can do just that!

But first…

What is a Christmas Eve Box?

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This special present is a gift that kids open the night before Christmas, and centers around family items that can be shared. It’s a fun little tradition that adds magic to the holiday without necessarily adding stuff.

Also, there are two ways to do the box. Make a small box for everyone separately, or one large Christmas Eve box for the entire family. At my home, I choose one family box because it’s simply easier.

Either way, surprise your kids and keep the whole family busy Christmas Eve while they impatiently wait for Santa!

What Can I Put in My Night Before Christmas Box?

I’ll give you TONS of Xmas eve box fillers for every age, so make your box as simple or elaborate as you’d like. If you need guidance, follow a rule, such as the four gift rule: something they need, want, wear, or read. Or the eight gift rule, adding something used, made, to do, and played.

Now, what you put into the box is up to you!

In this post you’ll find:

  • What’s in our Christmas Eve box for kids
  • Xmas Eve box fillers for any age
  • Box ideas for babies
  • FIllers for toddlers
  • Night Before Christmas boxes for teenagers
  • Christmas eve box Ideas for adults
  • Beautiful gift boxes

Let’s get to it!

Our Christmas Eve Box

Our Christmas eve box for kids in 2020

First, I always include the same things in our Christmas Eve box for kids. Staying consistent every year makes things easy. Plus, the kids look forward to the contents inside and know what to expect. Here’s what goes into our box:

New winter pajamas

Hot chocolate and marshmallows

The Night Before Christmas Book (the last book on our countdown!)

Fruit snacks or another fun small treat

A new family game – read here for family game ideas!

An updated family photo (they keep a picture on their nightstands)

Often, I’ll also add slippers, more food, or another small surprise (see below!) to mix it up just a little bit.

Other Awesome Ideas for Any Age:

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The following box fillers work for ALL kids, and can even be things you already own (like the legos).

Christmas socks

Candy canes

A small nativity set

Reindeer food to leave Santa

Cookies to leave Santa (or a cookie mix to make)

Christmas mugs

A Christmas ornament

Fun toothbrush and toothpaste (to make bedtime more fun!)

Christmas activity books

A handmade gift

A movie to watch together

Playing cards

Legos (so the family can build a Santa or Christmas tree together)

Coupons (one family trip to the ice cream shop, one day out of chores, etc.)

Now, younger and older kids can be a bit tricky, so here are some ideas for them:

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Babies

These are all sweet ways to introduce your baby to the holidays!

Christmas eve box ideas for babies

Baby’s first toothbrush

Baby snacks

A personalized baby book with your child’s name

Baby’s 1st Christmas ornament

A Rudolph stuffed animal

Cozy booties for the cold winter

A warm sleeper sack

A Christmas stocking

A special Christmas outfit or bib

Night Before Christmas Box Ideas for Toddlers

Anything that keeps these kids BUSY will work beautifully for your toddler box!

Christmas eve box ideas for toddlers

Christmas coloring pages or books

Water Wow Activity Book

A personalized book with your child’s name

Christmas craft kit (pictured above)

Snowman soup (find how to put it together HERE)

A Christmas stuffed animal

A simple Christmas puzzle

A snow globe

A seek and find Christmas book

Bath toys and other fun bedtime routine items

Christmas or winter stickers

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Teenagers

Next, young adults are HARD! But these ideas should put a smile on their faces!

Cookie decorating kit and cookie mix (spend the night making creative treats!)

A personalized mug with their name or zodiac sign

A sarcastic/funny ornament

New pajamas

Winter undies or socks

Crossword puzzles and mind challenges

Supplies to make photo booth props (spend the night taking fun Christmas selfies!)

A movie theater gift card (go as a family, but your teen gets to choose the movie)

1,000 piece Christmas puzzle – see if the family can get it all done on Christmas eve!

Music gift card

Need even more ideas? Check out this GIANT list of non-toy Christmas gifts for all kids

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Adults

Finally, if you’re doing separate Christmas Eve boxes, then you’ll need some ideas for adults in the home. Here are a few:

Night before Christmas box ideas for adults

Specialty chocolates

A Bad Moms Christmas Blu-ray

An alcoholic drink mix

Socks, slippers, or a robe

A Christmas mug (picture above!)

New loungewear

A Christmas classic movie (Christmas Vacation, the Elf, or the Jim Carrey Grinch)

A new cozy blanket for the living room


Gourmet sauces and jams

Fancy eggnog glasses

A winter candle

Bag of coffee and syrups (great for Christmas morning!)

Crossword puzzles and mind challenges

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Beautiful Gift Boxes

Next, the presentation. There are two options: give your gift in a crate or an actual present for the family to open. They are both beautiful! Also, try to get this gift under the tree early to heighten the anticipation, as they will get excited when they spot it!

And if you want a unique Christmas Eve box that’s super cute, but without the work, then check out these package ideas:

Personalised Children’s Christmas Eve Crate

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First, this beautiful crate is super durable and the perfect item to use year after year for your special tradition.

Christmas Eve Box – Special Delivery

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This creative red box is a great size to hold lots of goodies, and has a fun decorative stamp.

Christmas Eve Box Parcel

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And finally, these fun Christmas Eve boxes are both low-cost and unique. They are sure to brighten your kids’ faces when they see them!

You can find TONS more creative box ideas on Etsy HERE. There are so many cute options!

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Something to Consider With the Xmas Eve Box

There you have it! Tons of ideas to start your special Christmas Eve tradition this year!

Have you ever done the Christmas eve box for kids? What do you put in it? And what are other favorite Christmas Eve traditions? I’d love to know!

Before you go, print the free Christmas gift tags and Shopping list tracker to help with all of your gifts this year!

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