Christmas Eve Hampers

We have been making Christmas eve hampers now for a few years it’s a great way to start the Christmas celebrations and really build the excitement for the coming day. This is a real family tradition and the kids absolutely love it. It really gets us all in the Christmas spirit and we really enjoy this time spent with the kids enjoying the build up to Christmas day

You don’t have to use a special box, I have made them in baskets, gift bags and old shoe boxes covered in wrapping paper in the past. you simply use whatever you want or have to hand.

I collect items for the box from around late September early October when the Christmas things start coming into the shops.

This year I am doing things a little different as in the past the box has been purely for the kids. This year I am making Christmas eve hamper for the whole family. I got a basket from The Works – book store which have a variety of different baskets and cellophane in various sizes to match your needs.


What to include in your hamper?

You can include whatever you want in your box.  Here are a few ideas of things you can put in your childrens Christmas eve box.

  • A Christmas book – either a new book or one you only get out at Christmas time to include in their boxes each year. We have its was the night before Christmas which put away each year and get out to place in the boxes year after year. I have also bought a couple of new ones from The Works and were super cheap at 3 for £5
  • New Pajamas – We always include a new pair of pjs  to the boxes and the kids have a nice bubble bath get their new clean pjs on and get snuggly on the sofa before bed. This year I bought the #GETYOURSTRIPES from Matalan with are in support of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity, with 100% of the profits from sales of their official Alder Hey stripy pyjamas and accessories going towards funding Alder Hey’s new Research, Innovation and Education Centre.
  • Reindeer food – sprinkle out the grass before bed to help guide the reindeer’s to your house.
  • Hot chocolate – as soon as the weather starts to get a little cooler we all love nothing more than a hot chocolate to get us nice and warm.
  • A new mug – again like the books once the Christmas mug has been bought it can be put away and reused each year or you can buy a different mug each year if you wish.
  • Christmas movies – We like to include a Christmas dvd each year in our box.
  • Sweet treats –  few sweet treats for the kids to enjoy – (well it is Christmas)
  • Christmas activities – colouring books / puzzle books
  • Snacks for Santa – this is a must, a mince pie for Santa and of course a glass of sherry and a carrot for Rudolf
  • Santa stop here sign – to place on the grass along side the reindeer food.

Little extras for the Adults


  • New pjs – even mums and dads like new pjs
  • Christmas beer – my husband is really getting into cast ales and I’m sure he will enjoy a couple of these on Christmas eve (Christmas beer from beer52 Christmas subscription box.
  • Posh Hot chocolate with a little twist 
  • Christmas eve snacks – posh crisps and yummy chocolates for when the kids went to bed
  • A new candle – candles are the best thing about winter and defiantly a must at Christmas
  • Christmas socks.

I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy making your own Christmas eve boxes and Traditions.

until next time

Caroline X



  1. December 11, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    This hamper looks great. I started this tradition with my daughter last year and she loves her Christmas Eve basket. She has lots to do this year. I can’t wait!

    • December 11, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      It’s a really fun way to keep the kids entertained on a very exciting day. Our two now a little older look forward to it each year x

  2. December 11, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    We started doing these last year, it really is a lovely thing for the whole family. Love the Christmas socks ideas, must add that to the husbands list. X

    • December 11, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      We have done it for a few years now. It’s a lovely tradition we look forward too xx

  3. December 13, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    I love the idea of doing one for the whole family not just the kids!

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