Christmas Eve Box Ideas

If you have never heard of the Christmas Eve box tradition but want to enjoy the fun, let’s start from where it all started. The Christmas Eve box tradition is believed to have started in Europe as a start the festive holiday with something small to break the anticipation of all the comes on Christmas day.   It is thought to have started in Germany and then began to be widely enjoyed in the UK as well.  In recent years, the United States has enjoyed this tradition as well.  

When I was growing up we were always allowed to open one present from under the treat on Christmas Eve night.  We got to pick which one and I remember shaking and looking over everyone to make my decision carefully.  My brother often knew which ones were Lego bricks since the sound was clear what they were when shaken so many a years that was his go-to for Christmas Eve. I often opted for clothes, maybe something new to wear on Christmas Day.  Whatever you receive or give on Christmas Eve it is all about tradition and memories.   To help you start off, I have shared some of my favorite Christmas Eve box ideas. 

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What to put in a Christmas Eve Box?

Fillers for a Christmas Eve box traditionally are small gifts and pajamas.  Think of candy, small toys, cosmetics, books, stationery, ornaments, or handwritten notes. This should not be the time and place to give extravagant items like jewelry.  The Christmas Eve box gifts can be budget-friendly, handmade, or whatever you want them to be. Again, think small, personalized, and get creative.   Here are all you need to know for the best DIY Christmas Eve box gifts.  If you want to learn more, read here for those CURIOUS ABOUT CHRISTMAS EVE BOX TRADITION. 

Where to buy a Christmas Eve Box?

You can purchase Christmas Eve boxes from many places.  They can be personalized and reused over the years, making the boxes themselves a lovely present themselves. You can also use cardboard boxes or gift boxes each year making them different to play with fun themes for kids and then give more mature boxes as they grow up and become adults. Whichever style or tradition you wish to start with your family, here are some great Christmas Eve boxes or bags to purchase and fill with gifts. 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Adults

For special Christmas Eve box fillers for adults, here are some of my favorite gifts.  They work for all the adults in your life that may be part of the tradition; husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, grandparents, & more. Many of these gifts are unisex and are great for women & men so make sure you check them all out and see if anything matches your loved one’s personality. There are sweets, kitchen gadgets, tiny cocktails, pajamas, and more to fill those special boxes to open on Christmas Eve.  

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Women 

All of these gift ideas will be great fillers for a Christmas Eve box for women. 

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Men 

All of these gift ideas will be great fillers for a Christmas Eve box for men. 

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Teens & Tweens (11-18)

For some fun and tasty Christmas Eve box filler ideas for kids, check out these great presents.  There are snacks, candies, books, toys, pajamas, and more to fill those special boxes to open on Christmas Eve. 

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Kids (5-10)

For some of the best Christmas Eve box ideas for kids, check out these tasty & fun presents.  There are snacks, books, toys, pajamas, and more to fill those special boxes to open on Christmas Eve. 

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Toddlers & Babies (0-4)

For some of the best Christmas Eve box filler ideas for toddlers & babies, check out these cute and fun presents.  There are snacks, stuffed animals, books, toys, pajamas, and more to fill those special boxes to open on Christmas Eve. 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for 1- year olds

Here are some special ideas just for newborns & 1- year olds on what may be their first Christmas  Eve box that they try to open on their own.  Keep it simple and with bright, colorful, and fun ideas that they will “oooh and awwee” over. 

 

 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Pets

Do not leave those furry or feathered children off the present list.  If you want to include your pet in the Christmas Eve box tradition, here are some fun little gift ideas for dogs, cats, and birds. 

 

Budget-Friendly Christmas Box Ideas 

All of these gift ideas will be great fillers for a Christmas Eve box for anyone on a holiday budget. All these Christmas Eve box ideas are gifts under $10 each.  

 

 

Themed Christmas Eve Box Ideas

Here are great ideas for someone that is really into something specific and a themed Christmas Eve box would be a wonderful gift idea.  These are mostly geared towards ideas for children or those that are a kid at heart.  But a few are great for adults like those that love to cook or travel, here are the best Christmas eve box ideas to be the ultimate gift giver this holiday. 

 

Disney/Pixar Themed Christmas Box Ideas

 

Star Wars/Marvel Superhero Themed Christmas Box Ideas

 

Lego Themed Christmas Box Ideas

 

Foodie or Home Cook Kitchen Themed Christmas Box Ideas

 

Travel Christmas Box Ideas 

 

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