Christmas Eve boxes are one of those things that make Christmas extra special but they can be pricey. We’re all about making Christmas affordable, plus the DIY approach is not only more thoughtful, but can also save you a few pennies. Wrapping an old shoebox in some Christmassy paper (we’ve got a whole bunch in issue 97 and 98) has just the same effect as those fancy wooden crates we see on the high street. After all, the kids want what’s inside the box don’t they?
To help you fill your boxes with exciting goodies, we’ve collected together six of our favourite Christmas Eve box ideas below. Make, bake and craft away, then pop them inside the box, present to your kids, and be crowned the best parent in the universe.
1. Bedtime Story
A bedtime story is a Christmas Eve classic, but if you want an alternative to the traditional version, why not treat your kids to a personalised story? Sold by lots of brands, these ‘Letter to Santa’ stories includes your little un’s name and will make the visit from the big guy even more exciting.
2. Personalised ornaments
We love the idea of collecting ornaments for your tree, filling it with mismatched, beautiful decorations. Project Nursery has a super quick clay ornament DIY on their site which makes an ideal last minute gift or meaningful addition to your Christmas Eve box. Make your kids their own ornament for them to hang on the tree that they can treasure until they’ve got their very own homes, trees and family. Plus, if you make them they can at least be a bit matching.
Every Christmas Eve box needs a pair of comfy PJs. They’re essential for a good night’s sleep before the big day. Issue 98 included the lovely Phoebe Thorpe’s tutorial for this adorable kids PJ set. Make them in a cute Christmassy pattern using our templates and cuddle up with the little uns in front of a festive movie.
4. Fuzzy friend
This month’s issue of Mollie is our 100th (100?! Can you believe it’s already 100!?) has this little guy as the gift. Our party bear would make a fab addition to any Christmas Eve box, or tucked in a stocking waiting for the big day. Subscribe to get your pal through the post and let him celebrate Christmas with you and your family.
5. Sweet treats
These breadstick wands are a super easy recipe for you to whip up the night before as a tasty treat. They’ll add an extra bit of magic to Christmas Eve, especially if you decorate them with all the sparkles, sprinkles and stars you can find. Finish with a glass of milk, a carrot for Rudolph and a mince pie for Santa.
6. Christmas colouring
Colouring-in is the ideal way to relax and unwind. And, it’ll keep the kids distracted while you prepare the dinner or watch the Call the Midwife special. Pinterest has loads of free colouring papers for you to print and include in their Christmas Eve boxes. There are papers for every age group; we loved Eletszpitok’s more grown-up papers which will turn this idea into a wholesome family activity.
Eat your breadstick wands, hang your new decorations and get excited for the most wonderful time for the year. Don’t forget to tag us in your Christmas makes over on Instagram using #molliemakers – we love seeing what you create. Oh, and let us know what else you’d put in your Christmas Eve boxes in the comments.