10 Genius Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Toddlers
Need some toddler Christmas Eve box ideas? This fun tradition is a great way to celebrate the season and these 10 genius Christmas Eve box ideas for toddlers will help you create a magical Christmas eve for your little one!
Christmas with kids truly brings all the fun and magic back to the holiday as an adult. A toddler Christmas Eve box is a super simple way to create a bit of that magic.
And would you believe that most of these Christmas Eve box fillers for toddlers are both fun and practical so you get all the credit of awesome gifts while also getting some mom life work done in the process!!
Done right, a Christmas Eve box isn’t just another thing to do, but actually a helpful and joyful tradition to start.
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What Are Christmas Eve Boxes For Toddlers?
In case you’re here wondering, basically a Christmas Eve box is a present opened on Christmas Eve. It’s something to be fun and entertaining while waiting for Christmas morning. Less about the stuff itself and more about the magical festive feeling you can help create with the box items.
This fun tradition is believed to have come from the German tradition of opening presents the night before Christmas. Personally, I remember always being allowed to open one gift from my parents on Christmas Eve, so for us it is a way of continuing that tradition!
The best part?! Toddler Christmas Eve boxes are not meant to be big gifts – you don’t need to break the bank!
How To Plan The Best Toddler Christmas Eve Box
Pick some easy but awesome items for your toddlers Christmas Eve box. Remember to keep it simple to keep it fun!
Toddler Christmas Eve boxes are NOT meant to be about:
- more stuff
- wasteful spending
- yet another thing for you to do
So what are toddler Christmas boxes all about? Done right, they’re about the good stuff:
- family traditions
- quality time together
- cozy moments
- happy memories
- Christmas magic
Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Toddlers – The Criteria
All of these Christmas Eve box ideas for toddlers are inexpensive and focused on something to DO when it’s opened, not simply things to have. This not only makes for a fun Christmas eve, but also teaches a valuable lesson about the Christmas season.
The season is more about who you’re with and what you’re doing than the stuff you get and give. So here are some criteria used for these ideas to enhance that feeling:
- consumable not clutter
- action oriented
- shared activity
- create cozy/warm feeling
- provide developmental learning opportunities
Honestly, it’s a great opportunity to make your toddler Christmas Eve box reflect your family’s values around the Christmas season. Whether you focus on Santa and elves or the religious reason for the season, the birth of Jesus, you will find lots of options to suit your needs in this list!
How to Shop The List
Pick a few favourites, order them (every picture is a link for easy shopping) and voila one thing checked off your list in just the next 10 minutes!
Remember, you do not need all of these in your toddler Christmas box!! Honestly I think 3 little items is perfect – just enough different things to be exciting to open and have something to do!
To help you, check out the awesome theme combos after the list that I’ve created for you using these Christmas Eve box ideas for toddlers. And hey, if you find you love a lot of the ideas, these little toddler Christmas box ideas also make great toddler stocking stuffers too if you want to cross even more off your to-do list!
12 Genius Christmas Box Ideas for Toddlers
So here’s the list for you. Happy shopping – enjoy getting another thing checked off your to-do list and all the great memories you’ll make this Christmas Eve!
Perfect for a Christmas Eve treat or just making their usual drink a little special for the holiday! Fun for your child, practical for you. Total win!
The straw is fun so these are perfect whether your toddler still only uses sippy cups or is older and doesn’t normally! The fact that it’s a 2 pack makes it perfect for if you are doing a box for a couple kids.
These are inexpensive and practical – you need socks in the winter! Add some extra fun moments by having a Christmas dance party or sock sliding fun!
Instead of a full plush toy, a squish is smaller but just as cute. These squishes are perfect for squeezing and calming excited Christmas nerves or even for a fun game of Christmas bowling – just set up a few empty toilet paper rolls and roll these squishes at them!
Printable Colouring Placemat for Santa’s Cookies
This is the cutest thing – just perfect for Christmas Eve fun. Your kids can colour and decorate it however they want! Download the printable placemat for Santa then you can either print it at home on as big a paper as you can (it’s formatted for 8.5 x 11) or even better, print it large format from a print/copy store!
Cookie Mix + Baking Accessories
Yet another idea that will make a wonderful memory together as well as getting something crossed off the to-do list!! Making cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve is a wonderful tradition to start. It will create a lasting memory where you teach by example to slow down an enjoy time together even at such a busy time of year.
But let’s be real, it is a busy time the night before Christmas so there is zero shame in a roll of Pillsbury dough or Betty Crocker mix! Remember, keep it simple to keep it fun!!
Make it special by adding a fun new Christmas cookie cutter and some cute kid size baking tools or a cute apron. Honestly, you could just do this whole idea and make it a baking theme box this year and be done!
Christmas Pipe Cleaners + PomPoms
Sound silly? I think it’s because they’re a bit out of left field that they’re made more interesting. Pair them with a strainer or just twist them together and make some fun shapes and structures! You could even make some easy pipe cleaner Christmas ornaments! There are lots of cute pipe cleaner ornament ideas from onelittleproject.com
This pipe cleaner craft kit has it all – over 500 items for some excellent loose parts, creative fun!
Full honesty, this is my favourite thing on the list – you could just pick this and be done now! My plan this year for my 2 and 4 year old is to buy this kit, add a couple treats, and a book then my toddler Christmas boxes are done!
Also, I know it may sound weird, but trust me, pipe cleaners are the BEST for toddlers and preschoolers – it’s why they’re on my list of best toddler travel toys. If you’re travelling over the holidays definitely check it out!
A perfect thing to occupy excited little hands! Fine motor practice hidden in festive fun!
These sticker kits are great for any age. I love that they are stickers with a purpose – kind of a cross between pure sticker fun and a craft kit. Perfect for any toddler age!
Santa Hat or Elf Hat
A classic Christmas accessory can be made even more fun. Take turns wearing the hat and turn the actual box of your toddler Christmas box into a game!
One person pretends to be Santa and fills the box with a couple toys your child already has while the other pretends to sleep. The “Santa” leaves the box by the “sleeping” person and then that person pretends to open a present. I love watching little ones act surprised and excited over things they’ve had forever with this game!
This game also has the bonus of giving you the opportunity to model how to say thank you and show appreciation for a gift one thing at a time, not just burning through opening things without looking or appreciating them. Could be useful the Christmas Day!
Try a knit Santa hat because they’re truly a useful winter hat that your kiddo can use outdoors – again, making something fun also be something useful!
A special new book to snuggle and read is a great Christmas Eve activity to enjoy together.
What’s In A Box??
There are almost as many options for the toddler Christmas eve box itself as there are ideas for what to put in it!
You can buy almost any type of box or use a cute bag. Do a Christmas Eve bag instead of a box, no one said it must actually be a box!
Another great idea, and what I’ll be doing to keep the focus on the fun, is to start even earlier by making the box itself be part of your Christmas season fun.
Save a cardboard box for your child and let them have fun decorating it! Paint it, wrap it in wrapping paper, put stickers on it, colour it, glue paper shapes on it – the possibilities are totally endless!!!
Toddler Christmas Box Ideas Combo Suggestions
Feeling information overload?? I’m trying to walk the line of giving you lots of options to get your shopping done all at once, but also not overwhelm you with choices that can cause frozen indecision!!
So to help with indecision of what items to choose, here are some combos that are a great way to pick a couple ideas that work well together:
The Crafty Toddler Christmas Eve Box:
Pipe Cleaners/Pom Poms
Free Printable Santa Place Mat
The Cozy Fun Christmas Eve Box:
Printable Christmas Puzzles
The Busy Bee Toddler Christmas Eve Box
Stress Ball Squish
Santa Hat (to play the presents game)
Pipe Cleaners + PomPoms
The Very Young Toddler Christmas Eve Box
Stress Ball Squish
The Baking Christmas Eve Box for Toddlers
Everything from the Cookies idea
The Artist Christmas Eve Box
Colouring Book + Crayons
Cookie Mix (include sprinkles for decorating)
Toddler Christmas Eve Boxes On A Budget
Inexpensive or budget-friendly are both totally subjective terms depending on your income. The beauty of many of the toddler Christmas box filler ideas is that they can be a special memory truly done for very little money.
You can do a box for almost free if you take advantage of the printables. Our local library has printing for 20 cents a page so check out yours if you don’t have a printer! Visit the dollar store and you can make it possible to do a box for under $5!
Thoughtful, magical moments don’t require a lot of money for little kids. They have no concept of money or prices – usually they’re just happy to spend some special time with you!
Toddler Christmas Eve Boxes For More Than One Child
So you’ve got more than one little one all excited for the big day?! It’s so fun watching them play and get excited together…and unfortunately likely fight over stuff together too. Ah, siblings!
I sometimes say having my second didn’t double my parenting effort, it tripled it. One effort level for parenting my first, one for parenting my second and one for nurturing (ahem..refereeing!) the relationship between the two!
So to keep things fun and fight free on Christmas Eve, do toddler Christmas boxes that have the same stuff just different variations. Even if your kids are different ages you can make them similar in their contents.
No one gets more than anyone else, it’s all the same just maybe a different colour or a different pattern or picture. Then, when this is tailored to each personally – for example using their favourite colours hey won’t fight over it!
Enjoy a happy moment!
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