Christmas Eve hampers have become increasingly popular over the last few years. As a family we absolutely love this magical tradition but we have always left out our hampers for the children to find on the morning of December 1st along with their advent calendars so that there's more time to enjoy everything!

In my opinion, the perfect Christmas Eve (or advent!) box includes a selection of magical items for the children that they can make, wear and eat in the run up to Christmas, adding to the sense of joy and excitement!

So if you do put together a festive box for your children, whether it's delivered at the start of December, on Christmas Eve or anywhere in between, we've rounded up some of our favourite gift ideas from gorgeous small businesses that we love to help get you started.

Festive Pyjamas from Melo + Marl

Christmas pyjamas are a Christmas Eve box must in my opinion and Melo + Marl make my absolute favourite pyjamas, and their ethereal prints on 100% linen are a luxurious treat to include in your very special Christmas boxes. And the best bit is that mum's can buy themselves a matching pair too!

Believe mug and plate from Jayne Redman

These mugs and plates are perfect for one of our favourite Christmas Eve rituals, leaving a special treat for Father Christmas and his reindeer. They're handmade and painted and finished with 24 carat gold for extra sparkle.

Hot chocolate spoon from Coco Delicious

Coco Delicious say that they are the home of the gourmet hot chocolate stirrer - and I'm not going to disagree! In a range of flavours, their deliciously indulgent stirrers are just crying out to be dunked into a cup of warm milk and enjoyed snuggled up in front of the fire.

Rosette from Polar Post

Everything from Polar Post is bursting with festive magic! Their handwritten letters from the North Pole are a thing of beauty, and although we keep ours to open until Christmas morning, we do include one of their rosettes for each of the children in our Christmas hamper, to be worn with pride throughout December.

An Organised Chaos With Kids Play Kit

Something to keep those little, excited hands and minds busy throughout December is a must! Our play kits promise hours of festive fun with their pots of dough, scented with the smells of the season, tiny tactile characters and selection of loose parts to inspire imaginations. Plus, this year our Play Kits come with a beautiful, hard backed edition of a children's book, perfect for cuddling up with on Christmas Eve evening while you impatiently wait to hear those sleigh bells...

I hope that these ideas give you some inspiration for your very own Christmas boxes, and if you have any other suggestions of beautiful small businesses we should include, let us know over on Instagram!

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