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Out of the Box: Alternative Christmas Eve box ideas to try this year

Sarah Prestage

04 December 2017

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Christmas Eve boxes have become a tradition for many families over the last few years, typically filled with everything from pyjamas and snacks, to films and more. Designed to help make Christmas Eve more magical, and even get the kids excited about going to bed, don’t miss Kate’s guide to creating a classic Christmas Eve box for kids.

But if you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary this year, we’ve come up with seven alternative things you can add to your Christmas Eve box!

A child in striped pyjamas holding a Christmas Eve box

  1. Wellies

    Get the family all wrapped up in their wellies and hats and head out for a walk. Why not turn it into a game by getting the kids to count how many Christmas trees they can see? Plus, when it comes to walking off Christmas dinner the following day, your little ones will be raring to go in their brand new wellies.

    A kid wearing wellies and walking through a puddle

  1. Make your own Christmas bunting (Papers, pens/paints and string)

    If your kids love all things arts and crafts, why not let them make a new decoration? Everyone draws or paints some (small) Christmas pictures, then pop a little hole into each one with a pen, thread through some string and hang.
  1. Christmas Day prep chores chart – with festive stickers

    Get the kids involved with the preparation for Christmas day. Putting the X on the bottom of sprouts, peeling potatoes, washing up the best plates or wrapping the pigs in their blankets – add each one to their chart and reward with festive stickers for each complete task (or maybe reward with chocolate…it is Christmas after all!)
  1. A new toothbrush

    Christmas is an exciting and tiring time for the kids and it can be hard to get them to stick to their bedtime routine (especially when they have fallen asleep in the car) so make the mundane special too with a brand-new toothbrush in their favourite colour or character design! 

    A mum and daughter putting money into a piggy bank

  1. A money box

    If you have family members who pop some money in a card rather than a pressie, why not give the kids a special place to collect it all with a money box? Encourage them to save it for a rainy day or so that they can get themselves a present in the summer too! 
  1. A disposable camera

    We all take snaps on our phones these days, but how about letting the kids oversee the photography by picking up a cheap disposable camera to pop in their box. Not only can the kids take pics during the festivities but they can look forward to going to get them developed too, just like the good old days!

    A kid taking a photo with a camera

  1. A scrapbook

    Keep all the memories! Those photos will need a home, so get the kids to start a Christmas scrapbook. They can decorate the pages, add in their favourite Christmas cards and cracker jokes and then relive all the memories with family once it’s complete.

What will you be putting in your Christmas Eve boxes this year? Let us know in a comment below, or check out even more Christmas ideas for the kids on our blog!

 

 

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Sarah Prestage

04 December 2017

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Sarah is the Digital Campaign manager at Day Out With The Kids. She lives in Birmingham with her boyfriend and daughter Lara.

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