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Christmas Eve box ideas for adults

Add more magic to your Christmas with these Christmas Eve box ideas for adults.

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Many years ago now, I saw a post on Facebook talking about the Christmas tradition of Jolabokaflod. This is the Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve and then curling up and reading them late into the night.

This idea of taking some time out on Christmas Eve – after the hustle and bustle of Christmas gift buying, food prep and travel – sounded amazing.

You might also like: Things to do on Christmas Eve.

That year, my husband and I did our first “Christmas book flood” – pretty convenient for me that Lee Child releases one book a year around Christmas time, right?

But that tradition of exchanging a book on Christmas Eve was just the beginning.

Because then I learned about the Christmas Eve box.

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What is a Christmas Eve box?

A Christmas Eve box is a beautiful box filled with small meaningful gifts to be opened the night before Christmas.

Some say they were designed to get kids to sleep on Christmas Eve, as a way of calming some of that frenzied anticipaton of Santa’s visit.

Others say it comes from the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve.

I say it doesn’t really matter.

What we do know is that over recent years they have become super popular with all members of the family.

And while some of the scrooges out there might think a Christmas Eve box is yet another way to insert some commercialism into the season, I believe the act of giving, receiving, and enjoying one is an intimate family (or in this instance – couple) orientated activity I can highly recommend.

This is especially the case if you put things in your box designed to create a feeling of warmth and connection.

I am all about Christmas traditions for couples so this one is a must-do.

Have I sold you on the idea of a Christmas Eve box yet?

Great – then let’s start.

Before we start thinking about what to put in the box, let’s consider the box itself.

Personalized Christmas Eve boxes

Kick start this tradition by choosing a box you can reuse every year.

If you’re the DIY type, you can easily create something unique (check out this site for some great ideas for how to make a Christmas Eve box).

However if that’s not your thing and you’re wondering where to get a Christmas Eve box (especially one you can personalize) then Etsy is your go to.

Here’s some examples for you:

  1. Christmas Eve Box
  2. Christmas Eve Box

    This Christmas Eve box is made from natural and sustainable sources of wood. It is laser engraved and will not fade over time like printed versions. 

    The box is completely customizable: they offer any design, font, or text and can add small images.

    The box also comes in three different sizes.

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  3. Wooden Christmas Eve crate
  4. Wooden Christmas Eve crate

    Enjoy the night before Christmas with a custom wooden box that will light up the face of anyone who receives it. It is made with durable wood so you can reuse it year after year.

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  5. Personalized Christmas crate
  6. Personalized Christmas crate

    This beautiful personalized Christmas Eve box is supplied ready to fill with lots of festive treats and goodies to delight your loved one.

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  7. Cardboard Christmas Eve box
  8. Cardboard Christmas Eve box

    Make Christmas magical this year with a beautiful DIY Christmas Eve box. These custom boxes add the perfect, magical touch to your Christmas Eve gift tradition. Fill these with some cozy new jammies, hot chocolate, cookie making supplies, popcorn and a movie, or whatever is special to YOUR family.

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  9. Natural wood personalized Christmas Eve box
  10. Natural wood personalized Christmas Eve box

    This simple and elegant Christmas Eve wooden keepsake box features a hinged lid. 

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Consider adding one of these specially selected Christmas love quotes on the outside of your Christmas Eve box.

What to put in a Christmas Eve box for adults

If you’re wondering what to put in a Christmas Eve box, then keeping it simple is often the best option. After all, this is a warm and cozy Christmas Eve tradition – not the main event.

I would stick with the old something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.

However there are many other alternatives should that not appeal.

Traditional Christmas Eve box ideas

These traditional Christmas box gift ideas will give you all the feels. Consider:

Themed Christmas Eve box ideas for adults

If you want to move away from the traditional idea, then think about how you can theme your box in such a way that it has coherence. For example:

Hot chocolate Christmas Eve box

A hot chocolate box is much more than the drink. You might include:

Alternatively, check out these recipes for hot chocolate and see what ingredients can be added.

Peppermint Christmas Eve box

Now strangely enough, I have developed an allergic reaction to peppermint tea and this has made me wary of all products containing peppermint. However let not my experience with developing hives all over my body put you off making a peppermint-themed gift.

You could include:

Pamper me Christmas Eve box

Fill this box with items your loved one can use to pamper themselves. For example:

Pre-packed Christmas Eve boxes

If you’re really stretched for time, you could buy a pre-packed Christmas Eve box. However, I have to say that most of them are filled with complete crap.

Instead, my suggestion is to search Christmas gift basket on Amazon, purchase one that appeals, and then pop the contents in your Christmas box.

I wouldn’t say no to this Bean Box sampler this dried fruit, nuts and chocolate gift tray.

Treat box

These days I try to not eat too much processed food (and let’s not kid ourselves, Christmas Day is all about indulgence).

However these treats have been minimally processed and contain natural goodness, making them a perfect addition to your Christmas Eve box.

Couple’s Christmas Eve box

Maybe you want to get a box that works for both of you.

For your Couple’s Christmas Eve box, you want items that are good for connection.

Games are good for this. Fun two player games are:

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The ultimate game for couples

Play with just your partner or with other couples in two different gameplays in this fun and engaging game! Spark meaningful conversations and learn new things about your partner or team up together to compete against other couples to see who really knows each other best.

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The best part about putting games in your Christmas Eve box is that Christmas Eve is the perfect time to play them.

Personalized Christmas Eve box ideas for adults

If you’ve read through this list and feel as though it’s still a little too generic for what you’re after, then check out Advent Calendar fillers for adults.

Many of the ideas here would work for a Christmas Eve box as well and they are targeted to special interests.

Final thoughts on the Christmas Eve box tradition

Christmas Eve boxes are a super fun tradition that add a special flavor to Christmas Eve. If you intend on embracing this tradition, my advice is to invest in a special, personalized box, and then pick a theme to your gifts that you stick with over time.

Traditions are built on shared meaning and being consistent in your box’s contents – whether you’ve opted for traditional gifts or more personal ones – is part of building that tradition.

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