Make the night before Christmas even more magical. Pack a gorgeous gift box with cosy loungewear and edible goodies for your family to unwrap on 24 December.
Christmas Eve boxes are a lovely tradition to start with your children. Wrap a shoebox in festive gift wrap and pack it with cosy items for everyone, such as pyjamas, onesies, socks or Christmas jumpers. You can also add a few ornaments to hang on your tree, some festive picture books or a Christmas DVD. Lastly, pick and choose some of our easy edible goodies for all the family to enjoy. All you need now is a log fire and the promise of reindeer hooves on the roof after bedtime.
1. Hot chocolate stirrers
These chocolate spoons add lots of festive fun and are really simple to make – all you need is a bar of chocolate and some sugar sprinkles, plus a few empty mini yoghurt pots and wooden lolly sticks. Stir them into a mug of hot, frothy milk and top with marshmallows for an indulgent chocolatey drink. Make extra to give to your child’s teachers and personalise with handwritten labels.
Get the recipe for hot chocolate stirrers.
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2. Reindeer food
This crunchy granola is sprinkled with chocolate beans and makes a perfect movie-watching snack for children (and a great post-midnight treat for Rudolph and his pals). Eat straight from the bag or add a splash of milk to leftovers for breakfast on Christmas morning.
Get the recipe for reindeer food.
3. Gingerbread jumpers
Christmas isn't Christmas without gingerbread and festive jumpers – so these brilliant biccies have you covered on all fronts. The cable-knit jumper decorations look really impressive but aren't as fiddly as they look. Pipe lines of icing along the biscuits, then drag a toothpick through for a feathered Fair Isle effect.
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4. Toffee popcorn bark
You only need three ingredients and 15 minutes to make this chocolate and popcorn slab. Break it up and divide between cellophane bags; you’ll have enough for your Christmas Eve box, plus leftovers for little pressies.
Get the recipe for toffee popcorn bark.
5. Apple crisps
All you need is an apple and five minutes to prep these baked snacks (something a bit healthier to counter all the Christmas chocolate). The crisps look lovely packed in paper bags – and reindeer seem to like them, too.
6. Honeyed almonds
Coated in festive cinnamon, nutmeg and five spice, these nuts are ideal movie-watching nibbles. Grown-ups can make their own savoury version with smoked paprika instead – perfect for enjoying with a glass of Christmas Eve fizz.
Get the recipe for honeyed almonds.
7. Polar bear peppermint creams
Raise a smile with these minty treats, made from icing sugar, beaten egg white and peppermint essence. They can also be coated with melted chocolate, if you like. The noses are made from blue chocolate beans or Smarties.
Get the recipe for polar bear peppermint creams.
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8. Mince pie brownies
These Christmas-in-a-mouthful brownie bites can be made up to a month ahead and frozen – ideal for saving time and stress on the big day. Don’t forget to leave an extra square by the fireplace for Father Christmas himself.
Get the recipe for mince pie brownies.
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9. Fruity biscotti
Get the little ones to help mix and roll out the dough for these biscotti, which can be made up to a month ahead. Dip these crunchy, nutty biscuits in a mug of hot chocolate or coffee and bag up the extras to give as gifts.
Get the recipe for double chocolate & orange biscotti.
10. Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes
Everyone knows carrots help Rudolph see in the dark, so these little cakes should be just the ticket on Christmas Eve. You can freeze them un-iced if you want to get ahead, then package them in your festive boxes with or without the frosting.
Get the recipe for carrot & cream cheese cupcakes.
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