Creating a Christmas Eve box is really easy and filling it with goodies is lots of fun. Last year I invested in a personalised wooden crate to put all our bits and bobs in, but you can easily cover a cardboard box with some Christmas wrapping paper or use something like a wicker basket.
I've filled our box this year with some help from the lovely team at Marks and Spencer and wanted to share everything that's in it in case you're in need of some inspiration, or would like to create one yourself.
The wonderful thing about a Christmas Eve box is that you can put whatever you like in it, a festive twist is lovely but you can be as creative as you want. Here are my five favourite things to include:
1. Sweet TreatsIf there is ever a time for treats its Christmas Eve and M&S have loads of them! I've chosen hot chocolate flakes to melt into creamy hot chocolate, with marshmallows, mini yule log bites and some really cute little tubs of chocolate buttons for extra decadence!
2. Tree decorationsThis year I've popped in a decoration each for the girls to add to the tree on Christmas Eve. I adore these felt carol singing mice and they look adorable peeking out of the box too.
3. A Cuddly ToyI think it's lovely for the girls to go to bed on Christmas eve with a new cuddly toy. In the past we have had penguins and reindeer but this year I've included these beautiful Angel Dolls which remind me of the fairy on the top of our tree and just add a bit of magic. I know the girls will absolutely love them and far beyond Christmas too.
4. PyjamasI always include some matching Christmas Pjs in our Christmas Eve box because I just think they are so fun to put on at bedtime before laying out Father Christmas's mince pie and putting up our stockings. I always take lots of photos on Christmas morning as I love looking back on ones from my own childhood and Christmas Pjs make them extra special. Finding matching pjs is getting harder as the girls get older but Marks and Spencer have them from 9 months - 8 years. I really like these Fairground Pyjamas because although they are festive the girls will be able to wear them for the rest of the winter.
5. A Christmas BookWe have a growing collection of Christmas books which we keep in the loft and bring down in December to read at bedtime and a Christmas Eve box is the perfect opportunity to add another to the library. Snuggling up with hot chocolate in our Christmas Pjs and reading a Christmas story is just so very lovely. We love Paddington and were delighted when M&S teamed up with him for Christmas this year and absolutely had to have Paddington and The Christmas Visitor to read this year.
There are so many other things you could include such as a Christmas Movie and some popcorn, slippers, festive colouring books and pens, stickers, a Christmas Jumper, games, puzzles or crafty activities - the possibilities are endless!
I hope that's given you some inspiration. If you've got any suggestions that I haven't mentioned please do pop them in the comments below as I'm always on the look out for new ideas.
*This is a collaborative post.
We were kindly sent the items above by Marks and Spencer to include in our box this year.
They are all things I chose and genuinely love.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.*