Today I’m going to show you how to put together a magical Xmas eve box for toddlers.
I was on the fence about creating a Christmas eve box to give my 18 month old at first. I’d read different people’s opinions about them online. But no one really shared what the point of them was or how to start making one.
So I did some research and wanted to share what I’d learnt.
In this no-nonsense guide, I’ll show you exactly how to create a personalised Christmas eve box for an 18 month old (or older). It’ll soon be a new festive family tradition your kids will adore.
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What Is It Exactly and Where Did the Christmas Eve Box Come From?
The Christmas eve box is a small box filled with goodies to help prepare your toddler for the big day. The excitement of Christmas can get too much for little ones. So a box of small treats can help calm them and help make bedtime a breeze.
It’s thought that this tradition comes from some European countries. Did you know that people living in Germany give their presents on the 24th of December, rather than the 25th?
So What’s the Point of a Christmas Eve Box?
Opinions about Christmas eve boxes are very divided. Some people love them. Some hate them.
This is the way I see it.
Christmas isn’t one day for us. I would normally buy and prepare activities for my toddler throughout December. For example, I’d buy Christmas board books and we’d make different festive crafts. It helps him enjoy the season and get excited for Christmas day.
But putting together a box gives us a chance to all sit down as a family on the night before Christmas. Whilst enjoying each other’s company and having fun together. We’re usually busy visiting family on Christmas day. So we don’t get to spend as much time together as I’d like!
Now that you know what a Xmas eve box for toddlers are and where they come from. It’s time for me to explain the best way to make your own.
How Do You Make An Xmas Eve Box For Toddlers?
First, think about why you’re creating it. Because the fact is, unless you think about why you’re making one, it’s going to be difficult to buy the right things. And you’ll end up wasting your money.
Do you want to have fun, spend quality family time together? Or settle your toddler before bed? Maybe you want to keep them busy throughout the whole day so you can prepare Christmas dinner?
Next, decide on what to put inside the box.
Arts and crafts activities are great for doing together. But there’s lots of mess and supervision involved.
Toys are a simple way to keep your toddler busy and encourage them to play on their own.
Games are so much fun and an easy way to spend time together. Especially if there are older siblings in the family.
Cozy pajamas and treats are a lovely way to prepare them before bed.
Feeling overwhelmed by all the things you can add? Check out Christmas Eve Box Fillers Kids Will Love and Use.
At this point, you’ll have your reason for making your own box and the things you want to add in. So now it’s time to decide on an actual box.
Pro tip: Buying the treats for the box first will help you work out which size box you need. There’s nothing worse than spending money on a great box to find that half of the goodies don’t fit!
Choosing a box is where you can get creative and save some money. You can use a shoebox or a recycled box. Or go all out and buy a personalised box to use year after year.
Here are some ideas to help you decide.
DIY Christmas eve box for an 18 month old using a shoe box
Use a gift bag
Don’t forget to make the inside of the box magical and appealing before adding the goodies! Simply line the bottom with tissue paper and add sequins to make it extra special for your toddler.
Finally, add all of the special items to the box.
Some people choose to wrap the goodies before adding them in. Others choose to wrap the box. But most people don’t wrap any of it because they’ve got a pretty box. (and because they’re fed up with wrapping by this point!)
So what are you waiting for?
Create a great Xmas eve box for your toddler and start a lovely new tradition. It’s something that they’ll look forward to year after year. They may even carry it on and put one together with their own kids one day!
Don’t forget to take a moment to watch your little one enjoying the magical box you put together!
Make sure you check out Christmas eve box fillers your 1 year old will use and love. The blog post includes free printables you can add to your toddler’s box too.
Leave me a quick comment to let me know why you’re making a DIY Christmas eve box for your toddler this year.