In recent years the idea of a Christmas Eve hamper, or box that you fill with goodies and activities for the 24th has really grown in popularity. We love the idea of starting the celebrations a day early and instead of frantically worrying about your to-do list or defrosting the turkey, taking the time out to build the magic and anticipation for the big day itself. Here are some ideas of what to add to yours - remember, our last day for Christmas deliveries is 21 December:
This year we have launched our Sleepover Bundle, designed to open on Christmas Eve if you are away from home for the holidays, it includes our award-winning Design Your Own PJs for them to decorate and a bedtime story from our Empowerment Collection, all wrapped up in one of our organic cotton drawstring bags with our Limited Edition ‘Silent Night’ design.
You can also buy our bestselling pjs separately to add to your own box, Design Your Own PJs (£34) - here are some other ideas to add:
A steam cup of cocoa with all the trimmings (we love Charbonnel & Walker’s Chocolat Charbonnel) served in this cute personalised mug is the perfect cosy treat - Personalised nutcracker mug, Hendog Designs, £12.95
How gorgeous are these slipper booties from Sew Heart Felt?! They have a whole menagerie of animals to choose from but we think they are flipping* great (*bad Christmas cracker joke) Penguin slippers, Sew Heart Felt, £24.95
A new bedtime story is a must - choose something inspirational from our Empowerment Collection of books - or opt for a childhood classic with Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore. The Boy Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig is a great modern tale to read throughout the month for slightly older readers, too.
This bird-friendly reindeer food recipe from the RSPCA would be a great Christmas Eve activity to add to the excitement and anticipation.
Whether you leave out port, beer, milk - cookies, or carrots - this personalised tray from Hem Studio will look super smart on any hearth - Personalised tray for Father Christmas - Hem Studios, £25
Finally - something to put it all in - this gorgeous wooden keepsake box from Oh Hello Beau is perfect for Christmas Eve but will equally can be used all-year-round as a treasure box - Christmas Eve Box, Oh Hello Beau, £38
Top 3 Children’s Christmas films to watch on Christmas Eve:
The Snowman - a yearly tradition in our household that hasn’t dated - this year celebrates 40 years of The Snowman, a classic that’s definitely worth rewatching.
Christmas Chronicles - the new kid on the block, this Netflick exclusive, starring Kurt Russell as the big man himself, feels like a 2018 update on Home Alone - modern family fun with a sprinkling of magic.
Miracle on 34th Street - whether you opt for the 1947 black and white classic, or the cheesy Richard Attenborough 1994 remake, it’s a rite of passage for any child to watch this sentimental, Christmas classic at least once.