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60+ Best DIY Christmas Eve Box Gift Ideas for Adults

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Adults That Are Guaranteed To Get Everyone Into The Festive Spirit 

Christmas is such an exciting time of year. The fairy lights, the music, even the dark, wintery nights all add to the magical atmosphere. 

And the build-up to it is almost as good as the day itself. Why not heighten the anticipation by preparing a Christmas Eve Box for someone special in your life?  

Christmas Eve Boxes are a trend that’s caught on over the last few years, and it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon. 

To help you prepare, here at Open for Christmas, we’ve come up with such a huge list of Christmas Eve box ideas for adults that you might end up having to buy a bigger box. 

What Is A Christmas Eve Box? 

Christmas Eve boxes are beautifully decorated boxes, filled with small gifts, that are opened the night before Christmas. 

Thought to derive from Europe, where many countries celebrate on the 24th, it’s a modern idea that’s fast becoming a tradition. 

Originally intended for young children that just can’t wait till morning, Christmas Eve boxes are now being gifted to teenagers, adults and even pets.  

For more information on what a Christmas Eve Box is, take a look at our Open for Christmas article.

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What To Put In A Christmas Eve Box for Adults 

The gifts inside a Christmas Eve box are small and meaningful. They should help create that special Christmassy ambience. 

Include little things that will add to the joy and excitement of what’s to come. Simple items that will make the evening more enjoyable. 

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Whom the box is intended for will dictate what you put in it, although both children’s and adult’s boxes will contain a lot of similar gifts. 

For more ideas for what to put in a baby’s or child’s Christmas Eve Box, or even where to buy pre-filled boxes, take a look at our post: What To Put In A Christmas Eve Box: The Best Ideas.

Gift Ideas & Box Fillers

Items such as pyjamas, Christmas DVDs, tasty treats, and bauble for the tree, are the kinds of gifts that are suitable for everyone.  

Children’s boxes are aimed at keeping them entertained with games and activities, or getting them to bed early with cosy PJs, hot chocolate and a Christmas storybook.  

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Boxes for adults are more about providing them with things that will help them relax and unwind before the busyness of the next day. 

A bottle of their favourite tipple will do the job nicely. Baileys, brandy, a little bottle of sherry, or even eggnog, are excellent Yuletide choices. 

Spice-scented candles can set the mood, and a classic Christmas movie makes for a chilled-out Xmas Eve evening. 

If you’re young, free and single and you’re spending Christmas Eve with your mates then fill a box with stuff that’s going to get you all in the party mood and set you up for a fun night. 

Silly games, elf hats, yummy snacks, and of course, plenty of alcohol will make sure you’re all full of festive spirit as you welcome in Christmas Day. 

Maybe slip a little hangover cure into the box too. Smart girls think ahead. 

If you’re part of a loved-up couple and you’re looking forward to a romantic Christmas Eve then set the mood with a Christmas Eve box lovingly prepared for your other half. 

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A bottle of wine with some lovely glasses, some chocolate truffles and a fluffy blanket to snuggle up under are all great gifts to share with your partner. 

You could even pop in some aromatherapy massage oil and a sprig of mistletoe. Because, you never know, you might get lucky. 

How To Make A DIY Christmas Gift Box 

Essentially you can use any container you like to make your Christmas Eve box. It’s the way you decorate it that will make it unique. A cardboard box or a wooden crate will work just fine.  

It doesn’t technically have to be a box at all – even a pillowcase will suffice if you’re pushed. But a nicely presented box will become part of the gift itself. 

It will be a lovely keepsake. And above all, a wooden chest can be repurposed and used again and again, making it the eco-friendly option (you can find eco-friendly and ethical gift ideas here). 

You can cover your box with wrapping paper, or paint it with your own design. Snowflakes, stars, Christmas puddings, snowmen – your options are endless and they’re all pretty easy things to draw. 

You can dress your box up with glitter, stickers, tinsel, ribbons and even a personalised topper sign such as the plaque below. Maybe stuff it with coloured tissue paper, or even cotton wool balls (for snowballs, get it?) 

If you enjoy being a bit creative then this is one of the most fun parts of putting your Christmas Eve box together. You can get really inventive with your design, and make truly personal. 

And for more creative ideas, take a look at the video below.

Where to Buy One-Of-A-Kind Eve Boxes

If you’re not someone who enjoys this type of thing, or you just don’t have the time, then no worries. There are plenty of places selling Christmas Eve boxes. And some very nice ones at that.  

Wooden Christmas Eve Boxes

You can order a wooden one, personalised with a name and message etched onto it, like this one from Not on the High Street.

Or one with a painted design like this wooden festive Holly and Ivy chest from Amazon.

If you’re looking for something really special then check this personalised box out from Not on the High Street. It’s designed to order and can be made to look like your very own house. Amazing. 

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You can get crate-type boxes if you prefer, like this one here which can be personalised. We love that there’s also the option to upgrade to a larger crate for the whole family.

Cardboard Christmas Eve Box

Or, to keep things in budget, go for a cheaper cardboard version such as this ‘special delivery’ present design box from Amazon.

Sack Style Christmas Eve Boxes

If you want to go the Christmas Eve sack route, instead of the box, there are some pretty cool personalised ones available like this Santa and Rudoloh cotton sack from Amazon.

Or perhaps this simple yet modern personalised Christmas gift bag is more your style from Not on the High Street.

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Pre Filled Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Adults

You can even order boxes already filled with gifts. If you’re short on time or ideas, or you want to have a box delivered to someone, it’s a no-brainer. Etsy has some great choices.

Personalised Christmas Eve Box from FlourishStoreGifts
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The perfect luxurious box packed full of goodies such as sweeties, a scented candle and bath salts. The ultimate gift for her on Christmas Eve.

Father Christmas Mug Hot Chocolate Gift Set from BoxhappyGifts
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Or perhaps this Santa Claus hot chocolate gift set complete with shortbread biscuits, candy cane, and festive chocolates is just what they need.

Stress Relief, Spa & Care Gift Set from OmAromatics
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With all the stress leading up to Christmas, this wellbeing gift set is ideal for anyone looking to relax the night before the big day. All packed together in a small tin which can be reused year after year.

Christmas Eve Gift Box Ideas For Adults 

The overall idea of a Christmas Eve Box is that the gifts inside are things you can eat, drink, play, or wear on Christmas Eve. Anything you can think of that will make Christmas Eve more enjoyable is going to be perfect.  

Christmas Eve is all about getting cosy in front of the fire so many of the items, such as pyjamas and chocolates, are suitable for everyone.

But you can get really imaginative when you start putting your box together and come up with all sorts of interesting ideas. 

And if the box is intended for your best mate it might be fun to go with a super adult theme, but if it’s for grandma you may want to tone it down a little. 

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Her 

Something Yummy

These sophisticated truffles from Thorntons are perfect for a special night in.

Or, similarly this limited edition Christmas Pudding box featuring bite-sized chocolates from juicy Rhubarb & Custard to warming Ginger Pudding.

And don’t forget to give her something to dip in her hot chocolate with these novelty biscuits made out of chocolate. So pretty, they’re almost too good to eat.

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Something Snuggly

Stay warm on Christmas Eve with this cosy gift set featuring a hot water bottle, scented candle and snuggly socks.

She won’t want to go anywhere without this oversized blanket hoodie. Our top pick? This reversible pink plush sweatshirt.

Something Smelly

Miniature perfumes are a classy touch and this DKNY Be Delicious Miniatures Set will be well received by any woman.

Something for the Tree

This sparkly fizz bottle And coupé decoration will add even more bling to the tree.

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Or if she’s taken care of everyone else’s stocking but forgotten herself, this personalised luxury stocking will be a well-needed surprise.

Something to Drink

Try these decadent Belgium hot chocolate flakes. Just add whipped cream, marshmallows, and crushed up candy canes for the ultimate cosy Christmas Eve drink.

And for a well deserved grown-up drink, we love this Bottega Gold Prosecco and Flute Set.

Something to Wear

This ‘Gingle Bells’ design is a funny yet modern take on the fogey old Christmas jumper.

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Don’t forget an eye mask to block out the fairy light glare. Moreover, it’ll ensure that Santa won’t catch her peeping.

Something to Do

Charades is a classic Christmas game that everyone loves, and we love this festive version perfect for Christmas Eve.

In addition, she may not be over the moon with more baking but these adorable Christmas pudding Macaroons from Honeywell Biscuit Co are so easy they practically bake themselves.

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Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Him 

Something Yummy

He’ll love these dark chocolate and Whisky truffles with a kick from Charbonnel et Walker.

Or if he prefers something savoury, this Lancashire cheese trio bomb box will guarantee to hit the spot.

Something Snuggly

A snuggly warm blanket is essential when it’s freezing outside. Keep him warm under this extra large patchwork blanket.

Something Smelly

Aftershave is always appreciated and these Giorgio Armani mini bottles are ideal for a Christmas Eve Box.

Something for the Tree

If he fancies himself as a bit of a rock star these guitar tree decorations are really cool.

Or, this jokey loo roll ornament will definitely make him smile after the year we’ve all had.

Something to Drink

This whisky and tumbler set is perfect to enjoy in front of the fire. Whilst wearing your festive pyjamas, of course.

Something to Wear

Keep his toes toastie and warm with these novelty mule slippers which will look great with these understated Christmas stag PJs.

Something to Watch

Who wouldn’t want to spend Christmas Eve with the hilarious Chevy Chase? It’s time to watch the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Or perhaps Bill Murray in Scrooged.

Something to Do

Escape Room challenges are really popular and this Christmas digital version will keep him entertained.

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For more ideas on buying a gift for a difficult man, take a look at this post: 11 Exceptional Gifts for The Man Who Has Everything (UK)

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Couples 

Something Yummy

These delicious champagne truffles in a heart-shaped box are made for sharing. 

As is this delectable gourmet popcorn in a personalised bowl. So delicious, they’re almost too good to eat.

Something Snuggly

Pop this cute little Me To You teddy in the box to get your message across.

In addition, a cosy blanket with a funny message is a must-have over the festive season. And, this red plush one is perfect for those Christmas movie marathon sessions. Cuddle up under the lovely snuggly blanket to watch a romantic film together.

Something Smelly

Take some time to relax and reconnect with a warm bubble bath. What’s more, add a massage for the ultimate pamper night. 

Something for the Tree

A really unique and personal ornament to hang on the tree for years to come.

And of course, don’t forget the mistletoe.

Something to Drink

Celebrate in style with a lavish bottle of pink champagne served in a pair of elegant vintage crystal glasses. There’s no better time for being a bit fancy. 

And secondly, this pair of Mr & Mrs Claus festive mugs are perfect for the warm tipples like warm chocolate and Bailey’s hot chocolate.

Something to Wear

You can both slip into something festive with these cute matching Christmas pyjamas. Besides, they’re a must on Christmas Eve right?

Something to Do

This popular Mr & Mrs Family Edition game is inspired by the TV show and guaranteed to get everyone belly laughing. The perfect game to test how much you really know about each other.

Something to Watch

Love Actually is the perfect Christmas rom-com. Put on your cosiest pyjamas, light the candles, make a hot chocolate and press play.

For more ideas on buying a gift for a couple, take a look at this post: The Best Christmas Gifts for Couples Who Have Everything

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Your Bestie/Sister/Cousin 

Something Yummy

Chocolate and gin, what more could a girl wish for?

Or how about some whisky infused popcorn to share while you watch a movie.

Something Snuggly

Give your lazy mate something she’ll love snuggling up with. Plus, this adorable festive reindeer can be warmed up in the microwave.

Something Smelly

Your friends will love the house being filled with Christmas spices from this scented candle.

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Too excited to sleep? This set of pillow sprays will help.

Something for the Tree

Unusual and super cool tree ornaments are the perfect gift and a funky hand-knitted stocking.

Something to Drink

You can never have enough festive mugs. So, how about a delicious hot chocolate in a gorgeous Merry & Bright Christmas mug?

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Something to Wear

Christmas PJs don’t have to be old fashioned with this ‘Let Christmas Be Gin’ nightie and these handmade reindeer slippers are super cute.

And this ‘Wake Me Up When It’s Christmas’ eye mask completes the look.

Something to Do

A version of the popular Exploding Kittens game that’s definitely not for kids.

Something to Watch

There are some Christmas movies that you never tire of watching, such as Home Alone and Gremlins (1 and 2, of course).

Something for the Morning After

Pop a little something extra like this hangover kit in your bestie’s box to help her make it through the day and festive celebrations.

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This Too Faced hangover replenishing face primer and lastly, these Champneys cooling gel eye masks should do the trick.

For more ideas on what to buy your sister, take a look at this post: Best Gift Ideas For Your Sister Who Has Everything

Christmas Eve Box Ideas For Your Grandparents 

Something Yummy

They’ll love this Connoisseur Gift Box for a savoury treat, or perhaps something sweet to dip in their tea with these stem ginger biscuits.

Something Snuggly

These festive slippers are cosy and fun, and a must have for any Christmas Eve Box.

Something Smelly

A scrumptious scented festive candle will make everyday feel like Christmas. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a Yankee Candle.

Something for the Tree

This stunning personalised mirrored family tree bauble will mean the world to them.

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Something to Drink

Give Grandad a selection of craft beers that’ll go down a treat and some mulled wine for nan with this mulling spice cocktail kit.

Something to Do

The oldies love a game of bingo and this Christmas version will get everyone involved.

Something to Watch

Finally, lighten up your Christmas this year with festive classics like White Christmas by Bing Crosby and the timeless classic starring the unforgettable James Stewart: It’s A Wonderful Life will take them back to Christmas Past.

In addition, give them a giggle with the Mrs Brown’s Boys: D’Ultimate Christmas Collection.

Our Final Thoughts on Christmas Eve Box Ideas for Adults

Whoever your Christmas Eve Box is for, and whatever you decide to put in it, it’s guaranteed to be a hit. The fact is we all turn into kids at Christmas time and would all be over the moon to receive an extra little gift package a day early. 

Hopefully this list of Christmas Eve box ideas for adults has given you plenty of inspiration. And putting a box together is almost as much fun as receiving one. 

In conclusion, Christmas Eve boxes are a great way to start your own special little tradition with family and friends, and are something that you’ll continue to enjoy for years to come. 

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