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Christmas Eve box ideas for kids

Perfect for kids who can’t wait for the big day

Hanging up stockings, leaving out a snack for Rudolph – excitement is in the air on Christmas Eve! But there’s no reason all the magic should be left for the day ahead. Christmas Eve boxes have boomed in popularity in recent years and are a great way to crank up the festivities while keeping the kids distracted and (hopefully) worn out. 

There are no particular rules on what should be in your Christmas Eve box – choose anything that will occupy their time as your prep the turkey or stop them sneakily opening a present early. Popular gifts ideas for kids Christmas Eve boxes can include festive pyjamas or a cosy throw, a Christmas film, games, personalised ornaments, sweet treats and bath-time bubbles. 

Here is our pick of presents for little ones to enjoy before Santa’s arrival.

Bear-ing gifts

Spend some koal-ity time with the little one on Christmas Eve and help them create their very own friend from down under. The kit includes everything you need, including dough, a sculpting tool and step-by-step instructions. Beary-cute! 

Winter warmer


If you think they’ll need a little help drifting off before the big day, this fully heatable soft toy should do the trick. Simply pop the penguin in the microwave to provide a comforting snuggle buddy scented with French lavender. They’ll be dreaming of reindeer in no time.

Roar-some fun

There’s nothing quite like playing dress-up to pass the time. Spend the afternoon getting lost in the jungle, crafting custom animal costumes and disguises. Why not put on a safari show afterwards? 

Bah hum-bug


Keep little minds from running wild with this creative critter craft kit, with everything you need to make 13 different, life-like creepy-crawlies. Just make sure they don’t leave them lying around under the tree, or else you’ll get the fright of your life come Christmas morning! 

Impawsible to resist


Forget the marmalade – hot chocolate is the perfect treat to keep under your hat (or in the box!). Little ones will love this Paddington mug as much as they love the sweet treat inside. 

Paddington Hot Chocolate Mug – Paddington is a registered trade mark of Paddington and Company Limited. 
Best washes


Settle their excitement for the day ahead with this trio of bathtime treats. These colour-changing bath fizzers™ come in the shape of a planet, rocket and space cadet for a soothing soak that’ll be out of this world!


NASA is a registered trade mark of THE US GOVERNMENT AND ITS GOVERNMENT FEDERAL AGENCY NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE ADMINISTRATION
BATH FIZZERS is a registered trade mark of Boots Company PLC.
Happy owl-idays


Keep their toes toasty with a set of these cute slipper socks featuring everyone’s favourite furry sidekick, Hedwig™. They’re sure to make cosy time a hoot. 

HEDWIG is a registered trade mark of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Think outside the fox


While they’re waiting for Santa, keep their minds (and fingers) busy with this felt woodland animal craft kit. Help them stitch and stick their very own furry fox and hedgehog friends. Once they’re finished, hang them from windows, bedposts, or even the Christmas tree! 

Ahead of the game


Number 2, say hello to Baloo! Compete to become the Disney™ bingo master, matching all the characters on your board to those called out. Who will be the first to win? 

Avengers™ Power Up Fizzer Set - Avengers is a registered trade mark of Marvel Characters, Inc.
Wonderful Christmas-slime


Christmas Eve is the perfect time for slime! Mix colours and confetti to create a gloopy slime that comes in handy at bath time. Massage it onto wet skin for a fresh, fruity wash or scoop under warm water to create bubbles. 

Sirius knowledge


Do they know their Fred from their George? Their Crabbe from their Goyle? Have some family fun with this Harry Potter™ guessing game. Take turns asking yes or no questions to figure out which beloved character your opponent has picked.


HARRY POTTER is a registered trade mark of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.