The 10 Best Items to Put In a Christmas Eve Box for Toddlers
Hey Mama! Ever heard of a Christmas Eve Box? I love the idea of gifts leading up to Christmas (like these Advent Calendars), but this will be the first time I try out the box idea.
Any box can be used. Some people go all out with the tradition and have custom made boxes they can reuse each year. Etsy has a wide selection to choose from. Others just use the leftover Amazon box that half the things came in (’cause let’s face it, your know you ordered from there!).
So what do you put in the box?
Well, it depends on the age of the child, likes of the child, amount you want to spend, and Christmas Eve activities you have planned. If you have teens, check out my top 10 items to put in a Christmas Eve Box for Teenagers.
Below, I’m going to share with you 10 of the most popular items to put in a Christmas Eve Box for Toddlers.
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1. Pajamas Add Cozy Comfort to Your Christmas Eve Box
A lot of families traditionally get new Christmas pajamas each year. So, they are a great item to put in a Christmas Eve Box.
These Fleece Footed Pajamas from Carter’s are perfect for keeping your toddler’s toes warm while they tiptoe to the Christmas tree.
- Wash them ahead of time, so they can be worn when opened 🙂
- Buy them ahead of time, like way ahead of time. The best time to get great deals on Christmas stuff is right after Christmas. Watch for those after-Christmas sales, buy the next size up, and have one less thing to buy next year. Or, shop for some barely worn PJs on Mercari. If you have some you need to get rid of, check out my post on how to sell on Mercari.
2. Snacks to add to Your Toddler’s Christmas Eve Box
Consider what time of day you are planning to give your toddler the box. You probably don’t want to jack your kid up on sugar before you try to get them to go to sleep on the most exciting night of the year…just sayin’.
Here are some good ideas for snacks for toddler Christmas Eve Boxes:
2. This Saves Lives Granola Bars for Kids
3. Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
4. Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies and Bunny Grahams
3. Add a small toy to the Christmas Eve Box
Yes, they will probably get a ton from Santa in the morning, but a small toy may be just the treat that gives you a little “free time” to finish wrapping those last minute gifts. Verywell Family has made choosing a toy a lot easier in their 31 Best Toys for Toddlers in 2021 article.
4. Games are fun for the whole family
Games can be added your toddler’s Christmas Eve box for them to play alone or for whole-family fun! CountryLiving.com has 37 suggestions for Games and Activities that will keep everyone entertained.
5. Something Festive to Watch
I know screentime is a highly debated topic (just look at how I handled it over the summer), but it is Christmas Eve! There are a BAZILLION Christmas movies and even more Christmas/Winter themed episodes of almost any show.
Buy the DVD or just put a picture of the show/movie in the box if you’re going to stream it. So, you don’t even have to spend money on this gift 🙂
Need some ideas? Here is a massive list of 55 Best Christmas Movies for Kids from Good Housekeeping. Some may be for older kids, but you can’t go wrong with #27!
6. Books are perfect for a Christmas Eve Box
We LOVE books in our house. Some of our favorite Christmas/Winter themed books are from our Advent Calendar a few years ago. (Read about our favorite Advent Calendars here).
If you are looking for a great place to get books at a discounted price, check out BookOutlet.com. Use my referral link and you’ll get $5 off your first order of $25 (oh, and I’ll get $5 credit, too). Seriously, you can get a ton of books for that small amount of money.
Everybody loves the Little Golden Books. This set of 5 Christmas Little Golden Books can be separated and given at different times or to different kids.
7. A Meaningful Ornament will make a great keepsake
Ah…ornaments. My Mama was the ornament giver in our family. Every year, she would pick out an ornament for me and my brothers and all of her nieces and nephews. After she passed away, those ornaments became even more cherished.
So, when I became a Mama, I made sure to start that tradition with my own kids. I love picking out just the right ornament that captures the interests of my kids from each year. It is fun to see how they change as they get older.
Some of my favorites our Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, like this “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” muscial ornament. Yes, it actually plays music! How cute is this thing?!
8. Ticket for “Polar Express”
You may not be able to ride on the real “Polar Express” but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own magical traveling machine!
Give your child a ticket to ride, snuggle them in their new pajamas, hand them their special snack, and take off to look at Christmas lights. Throw in a bit more fun with a scavenger hunt. When it’s time for the fun to end, don’t forget to see “Santa’s Sleigh” flying through the air. Cell Towers make great Rudolph noses 😉
If you want to go all out, get this Polar Express Bell and Ticket.
Or you can find a freebie printable online, like this Polar Express Tickets Coloring Sheet from Coloring4free.com.
9. Stick some Christmas Stickers in your Christmas Eve Box
Who doesn’t like stickers? Get this pack of 200 Christmas Stickers and divide them up as needed, or save some for next year!
10. Craft Materials can be bundled up and included in your Christmas Eve Box
There are so many crafts you can make with your toddler. Find one that you already have the materials for. Let them get creative. Better yet, let them give their creations to someone for a Christmas gift.
Here is an awesome roundup of cute Christmas crafts your toddler can make from my friend Susanne at Liltigers.net.
What are you going to put in your Toddler’s Christmas Eve Box?
Tell me! Do you already give a Christmas Eve Box to your kids? What are your favorite things to include? Will you try it for the first time this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Cool ideas. Might use some of them for my great-granddaughter.
Thanks! It’s fun to shop for the little ones 🙂
I love this idea! So much fun!
Thanks! I’m looking forward to the fun 🙂
lovely ideas! thanks for sharing
Loved these ideas, especially the Polar Express one. I’m gonna use the cell tower as Ruldolf’s nose with my little one.😂
Thanks! Brake lights also work great as Rudolph’s nose 😉
These ideas are so cute! I love the little pajamas😍 I don’t have any kids yet but it seems like they make the holiday season way more fun!!
Thanks! Kids change everything, and make the holidays more magical 🙂
These are great ideas, my daughter loves those carters fleece pjs – I need to pick up a couple more for her in the next size
Thanks 🙂 They are awesome PJs!
These are definitely good tips to keep in mind!
Thank you 🙂
These are such fun ideas!
Thanks so much!
My kids are grown and I know one of them would love that dancing Hippo. These are great tips for folks with toddlers or those of us with toddlers at heart. 🙂
Thanks Cynthia! I know I would love several things from this list 🙂
I love this!! I’m always stuck for ideas on what to put in my little ones stockings, thank you for your help!💖
You’re welcome 🙂 It can be tricky sometimes. I hope this list helps!
What an awesome idea for toddlers the night before Christmas, there are also some items in here that I can put in the Samaritans Purse Christmas shoebox.
Thanks Liz 🙂 Yes! Fill those shoeboxes!!
I like that you include a few practical items and some fun items. Toddlers need both!
Thanks Bryan! Don’t we all need both? 🙂
This is a really good idea! I’ll be doing this for my 5 year old! Thank you!
I’m glad you liked it 🙂 I hope you and your kiddo have a great holiday!
I love this! I have never heard of a Christmas eve box but it would make a great tradition!
Thanks Cori 🙂 I’m trying for the first time this year and I hope my kids enjoy it!
I don’t have a toddler (my kids are 17 and 18😊) but these are really good ideas that you have shared! I’ll be sure to pass them along to friends and family with toddlers.
Thanks Victoria 🙂 I will be posting a similar list for TEENS soon. Check back!