Christmas Eve boxes are increasingly popular in the UK.
The concept is relatively new and started to gain traction in the mid-2010s.
Here’s everything you need to know about their origins and how to make your own.
What is a Christmas Eve box?
A Christmas Eve box is a box of gifts you can give on Christmas Eve to get everyone in the festive mood.
They are usually given to children, but can also be given to adults.
Gifts tend to be smaller, cheaper items, such as chocolates, snacks, socks, books, and things to leave out for Santa.
The origin of the tradition is not exactly clear, but consumer expert Professor Vince Mitchell said BBC News he had been “waiting to arrive”.
“There is no claim that this is an old tradition,” he said, but added that it helps create some excitement around Christmas Eve.
“It’s not a day we’re preparing well for. Boxes solve this problem with one click, ”he said.
What should I put in one?
You must first choose your box. Many people choose to make and decorate their boxes themselves, using something like an old shoebox as a base, but you can also buy them from websites like Etsy.
If you make your own, there are plenty of ideas on Pinterest and similar sites.
Now let’s move on to the content. If you’re making a box for the kids, chocolate coins, candies, pajamas, coloring books, crayons, Christmas decorations, fancy hats, and Santa Claus pies all make great gifts. Basically, think about stocking fillers.
You can also include a letter from Santa informing your child that he has been placed on the “good guys” list and will receive a stocking that evening.
For adults, socks, candles, mini liquor bottles such as Baileys, face masks (relaxer type or Covid type), bath salts and mugs can all make great gifts.