A few years ago I decided to start doing something different for Christmas Eve for my kids. Normally we would just let them open one gift each on Christmas Eve. I wanted to try something different so decided to do neat little boxes for them. There are so many different things you can do with these to tailor them to each child. My kids absolutely loved them and when I do them this year I will be taking better pictures which I will update this with later on. I plan to do some of the same things each year and add in a few new things as well. Now that we have 3 kids I know that sometimes I may have to get creative to make sure that its affordable for my family making 3 each year. I will include what I did with these boxes and some ideas for future boxes as well.
Here is what was included in my boxes:
Robes– I wont do this every year since they just wont need a new one each year. I think this year I might since its been a while and now my youngest is also old enough to wear one but the robes for us will be every few years as needed.
A pair of pajamas– I will do this every year. My kids love getting a new special pair of pajamas each year in their box so this will be one of the things that will stay consistent with my boxes.
Movies– I decided to do 2 movies each in this box but in the future I will probably do one each now that I will be doing 3 boxes. We had the extra that year to do 2 each for them but on times when you may need to cut down costs you can do it however works best for your budget. Even one to share would work!
Hot Chocolate packages– I will probably do this every year too but may change it up sometimes. They loved being able to make their hot chocolate to drink while they watched one of their movies while wearing their new pajamas and robes!
This year I plan to change things up and I also have ideas for future years as well which I will share. There are so many different things you can do. I am sure there are a ton I haven’t even thought of yet, so these boxes really are easy to throw together and can be customized to meet your budget as well.
Other Christmas Eve Box Ideas:
Popcorn– I plan to either do popcorn this year instead of the hot chocolate or both together.
Books– This year my kids will either get one movie each or I am thinking of doing one or two for them to share together and then each getting a new book. I may even skip the movie all together and just do books some years!
Snacks– My kids are huge on fruit snacks so sometimes I plan to replace the popcorn with fruit snacks or other things they are in love with at the time. Just throwing in a small item of their favorite snack will work.
Notes From Santa– I am playing with the idea of including a little note from Santa about how he is looking forward to stopping by to drop their presents off and for them to keep being good but haven’t quite decided on this one.
House Shoes– My kids love house shoes and of course as they grow they tend to need a new pair every so often so when they do these will go in the box as well.
Socks– Socks are pretty versatile as a gift option. You can put them in stockings or it can be something you include in your kids Christmas Eve box as well. You can find some pretty cute Christmas socks on Amazon!
Family Activity– This year I am thinking about doing a separate gift that would be wrapped for all of them to open and getting a new board game that we can all play on Christmas Eve. As they get older I will probably start doing card games or dice games but since they are younger board games work best for us. You can do any kind of game or family activity though.
Stuffed Animal– My kids love when they get little stuffed animals so I may include one at some point in their boxes.
Small Toys/Activities– If you are trying to stay on a tight budget you can always get smaller toys or activity books from the dollar store to put in the boxes. I know for some people out there the idea of shopping at the dollar store for gifts may make you feel like you are cheating them out of something but kids honestly do not care where their gifts come from, they just love the gift.
Coloring Books– My kids love to color and coloring books are a non expensive gift that I love being able to get them. You can buy them anywhere and throw in some crayons, it makes such a quick and easy gift idea for their Christmas Eve boxes that wont break the bank.
That is all of the ideas I have currently but will update if I come up with others! Just remember that even if you are on a tight budget you really can customize this with things that work within your budget and it will still be great! I love doing smaller dollar store items and honestly its where I get my stocking stuffers. I always hit up the dollar tree and dollar store in search of things I can get to help cut costs when it comes to buying for Christmas.
Do you do Christmas Eve boxes? What do you include in yours?