Christmas is coming soon and there’s nothing better than opening presents under the tree on Christmas Eve.
Instead of letting your toddler open one gift, you can also create a fun Christmas eve box for them to open – a great way to get your child involved in the holiday season without having to spend a lot of money.
Here are some fun ideas for Christmas Eve boxes for toddlers.
You can also use these ideas for any type of gift – from stocking stuffers to birthday gifts. They’re simple, inexpensive, and fun.
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What is a Christmas eve box?
A Christmas eve box is a simple box or bag you fill with one or more small gifts for your child that they are allowed to open the night before Christmas.
It can be anything from a small gift or stocking stuffer to a series of small gifts that go together.
It is a fun way to include the whole family in a Christmas project and a really sweet Christmas tradition you can do year after year that your kids will love.
What do you put in a Christmas eve box?
The Christmas eve box for your toddler can include pretty much anything you can think of.
It doesn’t even have to be Christmas-specific.
From a simple coloring book with a few new crayons to a little ornament you can add whatever you can think of.
Scroll down for the whole list of great ideas that you can add to your box.
How to make a Christmas eve box for toddlers
You don’t need any special crafting skills or a lot of money to create a fun Christmas eve box for your toddler.
If you are one of the parents that like to keep and reuse gift bags (like me) then you already have what you need.
You can also use an old paper box from one of your amazon orders and wrap it in fun Christmas wrapping paper.
And if you want to get creative you can also start with a plain box and color it in Christmas colors or add stickers and their name in huge letters on the box.
The best Christmas eve box fillers for toddlers:
1. Christmas Pajamas
You can never have too many pajamas for your toddler if you ask me.
A new special Christmas pajama can make the whole holiday so much better.
You could already wash them before packing them up in the Christmas eve box so your toddler can put them on right away.
2. Christmas Socks
Just like pajamas you can never have too many socks.
My toddler seems to lose socks all the time.
She likes to take them off in random places all over the house and then usually one sock of the pair goes missing so I am always on a hunt for socks.
You could get their favorite cartoon character on socks or just some fun Christmas motives.
I got her a bunch of cute Christmas-themed socks as a stocking stuffer last year and she loved them.
Reading or having someone read a story is super beneficial for toddlers and their development.
So why not add a Christmas book?
No matter if you choose to include the original Christmas story about baby Jesus or a cute story with animals – books are always a great gift.
Does your toddler have a favorite movie?
You could add that to the Christmas eve box or go with a classic Christmas movie like the Grinch.
Every toddler loves snacks so it’s always a good idea to add a few snacks to the box.
7. Santa Hat
This is especially fun if the whole family is wearing Santa hats together.
8. Christmas Ornament
You can get a cute Christmas ornament with their favorite movie character or cartoon and let them add it to the Christmas tree.
Alternatively, you can add an Ornament kit and create a beautiful DIY Ornament together with your toddler or the whole family on Christmas eve.
9. Baking project for the family
Think of a cookie kit that has baked cookies in it already and you just add the Icing that comes with the Kit or a Gingerbread house the whole family assembles together.
And if you want to go all out you could also get Christmas-themed cupcake cups and make your favorite cupcake that the whole family can decorate with sprinkles and frosting.
10. Mug or Dinnerware Set
There are tons of super cute little mugs and dinnerware sets you can get for your toddler.
Depending on the age of the child it might be better to go with a plastic set instead of ceramic.
Just imagine how much your toddler will love to drink out of their own mug just like mom or dad.
11. A game for the family
It could be a new fun board game, a classic card game like UNO or something completely different.
Anything you think your toddler would enjoy playing.
Then you can get cozy and have a family game night on Christmas Eve.
12. A Letter from Santa
Include a handwritten Letter from Santa telling them he knows that they have been a good kid this year or that Santa is looking forward to the delicious cookies and milk you always leave him when he comes by to drop off the gifts (if that is something your family does).
13. Custom made puzzle, game or coloring book
There’s plenty of websites out there offering custom-made products these days so why not have a custom puzzle made with a family photo?
Your toddler will learn to use their skills to put the puzzle pieces together and see their family as the finished product.
You can also find plenty custom made products like that on Etsy.
14. Reindeer food
Reindeer food is another fun thing to add to the classic cookies and milk for Santa.
After all the reindeers must be super hungry after traveling so far from the north pole and all over the world to deliver the gifts for every kid right?
House slippers are another classic gift and just make the holiday extra cozy and comfortable.
My toddler absolutely loves wearing house slippers when the temperatures fall.
16. Christmas toy
This could be a small plush reindeer or Santa or any holiday-themed toy from the dollar store that is appropriate for your Child’s age.
17. Snowman soup
Snowman soup is basically just hot cocoa with marshmallows on top.
If you want the soup to look more like snow you could also use white chocolate cocoa or hot chocolate bomb or simply make it hot milk with some honey.
For a hot chocolate, you can add the powder and marshmallows in a little bag so your kid can just dump it in their mug and add the milk.
18. Christmas coloring book
Coloring books are always fun for kids of any age.
So why not add a Christmas coloring book into the Christmas eve box?
I hope you were able to find some great ideas to make a Christmas eve box for your toddler this year.
Do you have any additional ideas on what to include?
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