How to Make A Christmas Eve Box : A Guide to a Plastic Free Sustainable Box

Sustainable Ways to Make Memories This Christmas

It's that time of year again, and we know that you're looking for the perfect gift box. The one where it's just large enough to fit all your favourite goodies and still not take up too much space? The one with a little room left over so you can tuck in some treats for Santa Claus on Christmas morning? Well, look no further than this guide! We'll show you how to put together the perfect sustainable Christmas eve box without any plastic at all!

It’s official, boxes on Christmas Eve are now a thing. This modern tradition is spreading rapidly and we think it might just stick as it’s a lovely way to package up the things you would be giving or doing on Christmas eve anyway.

If you’ve not heard of a Christmas eve box before (they really have only appeared in the last few years) it’s basically a box of goodies that you give on Christmas eve to add to and perhaps temper the excitement. Find out more here.

For many parents it’s been adopted as a way to add a bit of wind downtime to the end of the day, give a pair of Christmas Pj’s so kids look cute for photo’s Christmas morning, and give a few things to keep them entertained.

So where do you start and how do you make a Christmas eve box?

Making your Christmas Eve Box

First things first you need to make (or buy) a box. Buying is easy and depending on your budget there are loads of options available, plenty of which are plastic-free. A simple wooden box or crate seems to be the most popular choice and you can either get them plain, with a Christmas message or personalised for your child or family.

orchard toys christmas eve box

There’s no need to spend heaps of money, or any money at all for that matter, and if you do buy something it’s worth choosing something you can put away and use again next year and for many years to come.The other option is to make your box. A shoe box is a great starting point as it has a lid. And you can decorate it any way you choose. Alternatively, you could repurpose any number of things. A pillowcase, a basket, a biscuit tin or a gift bag could all be used. Whilst Christmas eve boxes are usually boxes, there is no set rule and you can create your own family traditions! We've taken to using a hessian sack which I have sewn our family name on. I love this wooden biscuit box, it would make the perfect small box for years to come, and the best part.. you get to eat the christmas biscuits first!
christmas biscuits

If you are making a Christmas eve box for someone other than your immediate family, or they aren’t going to be with you Christmas eve you might not want to invest too much time or money in the box itself. Unless of course, you can ask for it back so you can do the same again next year.

Christmas Eve Boxes for Kids

Once you have your box, bag, basket or crate it’s just about filling it with nice things. We love the idea of keeping it plastic-free and there are plenty of great options that fit that criterion. A Christmas book or puzzle (that you can put in the box again in future years) is always a winner, and we love the idea of hot chocolate and a movie to wind down before bed. Maybe some colouring books and colouring pencils to keep children entertained?

You can put in some baking goodies so you can help your child bake some cookies for santa. A lovely set of childrens cooking utensils and a nice apron make a gorgeous treat that would last for ages, and is something children never get tired of!

childrens utensils

And if you like the idea but feel like your kids have enough sweet treats already why not mix it up a bit and have them make a Christmas eve box for someone else. This could be a lovely thing to do with Children in the run-up to Christmas but delivering a care package to someone on Christmas eve would be even more special. 

Little games to keep children amused are always a welcome break from the tv. We love the card games, I have the fondest of memories of Christmas eve family card games, playing for marbles or matches. We love this range of family card games for younger children.

happy families

A kids christmas eve box should be all about making memories, oh and keeping them entertained! To me, its about special family time. Whether it's making food for santa or reindeer food (please avoid the magic glitter reindeer food - its very bad, stick to the traditional carrot!). Or even just making some home made decorations for your christmas tree, the festive season should be about families and memories. 

Get some christmas mugs, make some hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, put on your festive pyjamas and snuggle in for some fun! We love the hot chocolate spoon from Gnaw which have all the mini marshmallows inside them, yummy! You can get a pack of three in mixed flavours which is perfect for a nice treat.

hot chocolate spoon


Whether its watching a christmas movie or starting your own lovely tradition like reading a Christmas book together, Christmas eve is such a special time. Try to get the whole family together and even if its just small gifts like a small pack of cards or a hot chocolate spoon, enjoy the time together.

Christmas Eve Boxes for Adults

Christmas eve box ideas for adults can be anything really, just think relaxing and pampering!

If you are putting together your Christmas eve box for yourself, or if it’s a gift to someone else then big soft throws and candles are ideal. And maybe some chocolates? I love the range of plastic free chocolate now available from Cocoa Loco and Gnaw.

stocking filler ideas

A massage voucher is always lovely but this year I’m going all out with the festive spirit so we have our own little family spa day. I’ve wrapped up a few Christmas goodies including some bath bombs and bubble bars, as well as some gorgeous lip balms. And of course, our new favourite thing – reusable makeup pads!

Everyone's idea of what is in their box will be different but there are certain things that everyone loves at this time of year which can go into any kind of Christmas eve box.

We love the idea of edible Christmas goodies like cookies and chocolate, as well as little sweet treats to share during the movie – we've been loving these vegan chocolates this year! We also think it’s a great time of year for gathering with family or friends over board games (we're totally obsessed with our new big jigs family card games).

Christmas Eve Boxes for Everyone!

We love putting together our Christmas eve boxes, so much so that we’ve decided to make it a tradition. In our first year of marriage, my husband and I put one together on December 23rd as our own little way of celebrating Christmas eve with some festive traditions of our own.

A nice bottle of wine (or drink of choice) and a glass to drink it from and Christmas candle (natural  scented candle of course) is perfect for adults and slippers or cosy socks are great for every age.

We’re not always the most organised and we've missed out on a few things but we still love it! So much so that I can't wait to start thinking about next year's box already. We're going to be putting together some ideas for you all though, which will hopefully give you some inspiration or ideas too.

Basically, the idea is don’t stress about it. Fill it with things that make Christmas eve great and add a bit of extra magic by putting it all in a special box.

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