12 of the best things to put in a Christmas Eve box for children - from pyjamas, to books and games

These are the best things to put in a Christmas Eve box for childrenThese are the best things to put in a Christmas Eve box for children
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Giving a Christmas Eve box to children has become an important part of festive traditions for families in recent times

These boxes of fun are just as fun to put together as they are to give, and so we’ve rounded up some of the best items to include in this joyful things.

What is a Christmas Eve box?

A Christmas Eve box does what it says on the tin. It’s full of lots of Christmas-themed goodies for children to keep them entertained on the night before Christmas .

It can be brought out at any time of the day or evening on December 24. For children, it’s a welcome distraction for the never ending wait for Santa to arrive and for parents it provides lots of family fun and helps to create precious memories to be treasured forever.

What to put in a Christmas Eve box?

What you choose to put in it is entirely up to you, and you can make it as personal as you like to your family and any Christmas Eve traditions you may have, but the purpose of the box is to give the little ones things they can use specifically on December 24 to build even more excitement for the big day.

Some people choose to add different things to their child’s Christmas Eve box every year, but others keep the same things to give again year after year. No matter what you choose to do, all of the items we’ve chosen are sure to bring festive delight.

What other Christmas gifts can I buy for children?

We’ve rounded up some of the top presents to buy for children which are sure to make them extremely happy when they’re unwrapped on December 25.

Check out our guides below:


You can’t create a good Christmas Eve box without the box itself.

This one has been created specifically for that purpose.

It is designed with adorable Christmas prints, traditional festive colours and is completed with an eye-catching ‘Christmas Eve Treats!’ slogan.

The recipient won’t be able to wait to get the box open and see what goodies are inside.


There is no better way to get in the festive spirit than getting cosy in a festive themed pyjama set - and they don’t get cosier than these unisex red pyjamas.

Decorated with lots of different Christmas motif’s including stags and snowflakes, these pyjamas are prefect for the whole family. They feature full length trousers, long sleeves and a crew neckline.

Available in sizes 1 to 12 years, and matching family sets are also available so everyone can get comfy together during the season.

Marks and Spencer

Percy pig is beloved by so many - so your child is sure to love this hot water bottle.

The fluffy Percy Pig hot water bottle cover contains a small hot water bottle, with a cheerful smiling face and a cute tail.

This will become a new friend for your little one.

You can give it to them to keep warm during the evening, and then tuck them up in bed with it too to help them drift off in to a peaceful - and excitable - sleep.

Disney Store

Whatever you decide to do with them on Christmas Eve, make sure they are wrapped up and warm with this festive fleecy blanket.

Classic characters Mickey, Minnie and Pluto feature and it’s super fluffy and lovely.

Your children may very well fall asleep under the blanket, just like Minnie in the scene depicted.

JoJo Maman Bebe

Keep tiny toes toasty with these reindeer themed slippers, complete with adorable ears and antlers that little ones will love.

Made from soft wool mix that won’t scratch, and beautifully lined with fleece, little ones won’t want to take them off, not just on Christmas Eve but throughout the whole season..

The anti-slip sole means these slippers are safe for new walkers and bigger kids alike.

#Available in ages 0 to 6 years.


This super-soft star print dressing gown will be adored by boys and girls all throughout the festive season and beyond.

You can’t beat the cosiness of a brand new fluffy dressing gown, so they’ll only want to take this off when it’s time to go to sleep and wait for Santa.

Available in ages 1 to 10 years.

The Works

Children can join Peppa Pig, George, Susie Sheep and Pedro the Pony as they try to make their way to school, but they need to watch out - the paths can change direction at any time and make you late.

This is a fun and straight-forward game that the whole family can get involved with to help pass the time with a fun activity until it’s time to go to bed so Father Christmas can visit.


The classic Christmas story tells the tale of Mog, everyone’s favourite family cat.

This funny and warm-hearted escapade comes as a beautiful paperback and CD edition complete with a stunning foiled cover for extra Christmas sparkle.

It’s the perfect story to read to your little ones before you put them to bed on Christmas Eve, or if they prefer you can cuddle up together and listen to the audio version.

Happy Linen Company

Santa is coming to town or in this case, the village, in this Christmas duvet cover and pillow case set.

Little ones always struggle to sleep on Christmas Eve, thanks to the anticipation of what’s to come on Christmas morning, but they will be excited to get in to bed thanks to this festive bedding set.

Available in toddler, single and double bedding sizes.


This festive themed notepad is the perfect thing to give them on Christmas Eve because it can keep them entertained in so many ways.

They could use it to draw wintry scenes or even write a note to leave for Father Christmas and his reindeer.

The Entertainer

Get them ready for Christmas Day with this amazingly soft Reindeer toy.

Made from super-soft fabric and with an adorable design, little ones will love cuddling up with their new friend when they go to bed on Christmas Eve. He even has a bright red nose, just like Rudolph.

There are plenty of other Christmas-inspired plush toys to choose from too. You can ddd Santa, a Snowman and an Elf to their collection for even more festive fun.


Combining a chocolate treat and a fun activity, this is a perfect thing to add to a Christmas Eve box - and all the family can get involved with the creating - and eating - of the house.

Each Chocolate house kit includes two Cadbury Dairy Milk bars, two Cadbury Winter Wonderland bars, two Cadbury Gingerbread bars,two Cadbury White buttons bags and one Cadbury Flake bar.

There’s plenty so that you can give them one (or maybe two) treats on Christmas Eve, and then save the rest for the remainder of the festive season.