It's beginning to look a lot like we can start getting excited about Christmas. Now it's almost November, our attention has turned to Christmas shopping and holiday traditions. Looking to make the festive season even more magical for your family? Try a Christmas Eve box to make the night before the big day extra special and exciting.
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What are Christmas Eve boxes?
Believed to have originated from the German tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, it's now become popular in the US and UK to get into the festive spirit early with a box of treats. Searches for Christmas Eve boxes have increased by a huge 3000% in the last 30 days, with families all over the country planning to take part and gift their own.
Often given in a personalised box or crate, you could make your own by upcycling something you already have, or alternatively there are lots of options from the likes of NotOnTheHighStreet and Etsy which can then be used year after year.
Personalised Christmas Eve box, from £24.95/$35, Etsy
North Pole mail wooden Christmas Eve box, £27/$38, NotOnTheHighStreet
North Pole personalised Christmas Eve box, £39.50/$56, NotOnTheHighStreet
Personalised Christmas Eve box bags, £11.50/$16.30, NotOnTheHighStreet
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Christmas fluffy socks (5 pack), £21/$36, Boden
We all love a pair of fluffy Christmas slipper socks. This pack includes five festive designs to keep everyone happy.
Personalised Christmas family storybook, £30, NotOnTheHighStreet
A personalised story, where your little ones are the main characters, will get them so excited for the big day. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Santa as he makes his way across the world delivering presents on Christmas Eve.
Snowman-print pyjamas, from £22/$35, The White Company
These Christmas snowman PJs from The White Company are made from cosy pure cotton. They're available for ages 1-12, so all the kids can match.
Traditional gingerbread house kit, £12.99, Lakeland
This traditional gingerbread house kit includes pre-baked shapes, icing, chocolate buttons and sweets to make the most amazing centrepiece which will stay fresh all the way until 2022.
Milk chocolate Santa lick, £2/$5 each, Hotel Chocolat
A chocolate Santa lolly from Hotel Chocolat is the perfect last sweet treat before Christmas morning.
Aurora World eco nation penguin, £12.99, John Lewis
How about a new teddy for little ones to take to bed on Christmas Eve? This adorable penguin has been made from recycled plastics, but you can't tell, he's super soft.
Magic reindeer food, £2.50/$3.59 for one, Etsy
Kids will love leaving magic food out for Santa's reindeer on Christmas Eve.
Message from Santa, £13.50, NotOnTheHighStreet
What could be more exciting than reading a message from Father Christmas? The letters are designed to celebrate classic British telegrams using vintage 1960s postage stamps.
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Festive deliciously decadent hot chocolate, £8.99/$12, Selfridges
What could be better than snuggling down in front of a roaring fire with a hot chocolate on Christmas Eve? These House of Dorchester hot chocolate flakes create the most decadent drink.
Moët & Chandon 200ml, £15.99/$19, Selfridges
Or if Christmas Eve champagne is more their kind of thing, you can't go wrong with a mini bottle of Moet.
Winter botanical candle, £28/$34, The White Company
The White Company's 'Winter' scent is synonymous with Christmas. It's a magical combination of spicy cinnamon, rich warming clove and fresh zesty orange.
Moon & star ceramic mug, £14, Oliver Bonas
This gorgeous ceramic mug from Oliver Bonas is suitably festive for Christmas Eve, but we have no doubt they'll use it all year round.
Maya slipper boots, £27.50/$42, FatFace
Nothing beats a new pair of fluffy slippers. These slipper boots have a festive feel which makes them perfect for those days between Christmas Eve and New Year.
Fantastically fizzy bath collection, £20, Marks & Spencer
These festive bath bombs from M&S will make for a dreamy Christmas Eve soak.
Personalised snack pot, £20/$28, NotOnTheHighStreet
Fill a personalised pot with chocolates, sweets or popcorn to snack from while you watch Christmas films.
Christmas face mask, £2.50, Boots
Because who wouldn't want the gift of waking up to glowing skin on Christmas day? This festive sheet mask is charcoal-infused and designed to be worn for up to 30 minutes.
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