Now the kids are back in school, parents will no doubt be starting to think of Christmas, presents to buy and traditional gifts such as advent calendars.
One of the biggest growing trends around the festive season is Christmas Eve Boxes designed to help parents contain their little one’s excitement before the big day arrives.
There is no set rule about what should be included in the boxes, but often parents add a book, new pyjamas and a small toy or pack of sweets.
September may seem slightly earlier for some shoppers to be thinking about Christmas but many retailers have already started selling the their versions of Christmas Eve boxes.
Last year, some of the most popular ones were already sold out by November so it is worth being organised.
To help, we’ve created the guide below filled with all the information you need to know about Christmas Eve
What are Christmas Eve boxes?
Like we referred to earlier, the boxes were originally designed to help calm younger children who may have been struggling to contain their excitement on the day before Christtms.
Filled with small gifts, they acted like an earlier present to children.
However, they could easily be altered to suit all ages, depending what you chose to put in them.
Where can I buy them from?
It seems more retailers than ever before are now stocking Christmas Eve boxes.
Matalan is currently running a 3 for 2 offer on its boxes which is ideal for anyone looking to buy a few.
Aldi is already bringing back its Christmas Eve boxes, which will be part of its Special Buy ranges, although an exact date when these will be releases is yet to be confirmed.
Shopper looking for personalised Christmas Eve boxes, the online retailer Not On The High Street has plenty of these available on its website.
eBay is also a great website to take a look at as there are many character ones, including a Santa or an Elf-themed Christmas box .
Last year, Poundland sold Christmas Eve boxes for the first time hoping to prove to parents they don’t need to spend a fortune filling them with expensive gifts.
Like Matalan’s the boxes they didn’t come filled, meaning shoppers were make what’s inside them personal.
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Are there any which come pre-filled?
Amazon is stocking the Deluxe Personalised Family Pre-Filled Christmas Eve Wooden Box , but it does not come cheap.
Priced at £64.95 it includes gift for the whole family.
Its contents include a Christmas Plate, Santa bottle, Santa key, Reindeer food, Light up Santa Stop Here Sign, Magic Bell and Hot Chocolate.
Is it easy to make your own?
Yes. Retailers such as Hobbycraft have plenty of ideas to help parents create their own Christmas Eve boxes.
You can the website here.
It stocks plain boxes and all the accessories needed to decorate them how you wish.
What can I put inside Christmas Eve boxes?
Small presents such as chocolate, pyjamas, games and books – similar to the gifts that you might find in a stocking – are popular fillers.
Other ideas include a Christmas film or storybook. Hot Chocolate, Reindeer food and cookies for Santa are also some popular ideas.
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