Christmas eve hampers(85 Posts)
Inspired by the christmas traditions thread, I want to do a christmas eve hamper for the dds this year. They're still little (2.7 and 10 months at christmas), what can I put in? I definitely want a dvd to put on - any recommendations? Also things to tempt dd1 into her bath, is she too little for a bath bomb do you think? I don't think she'll find new pyjamas very exciting.
Any advice gratefully received.
And yes, I know it's July, before anyone points it out!
Mine are 11 and 13.6 and we do the C,E,H . There's loads of "Why make an extra day of presents/they don't need more presents/ what next- Boxing Day Hampers" killjoy type comments regarding CEH, but mine love them.
You need a box. I but a lovely Christmas box from Homesense/ TKMax because my DD keeps them to reuse.
But this year I might get a banana box (each) from Costco and cover with Christmas paper, wrapped in Cellophane.
PJs (Primark Fleecy ones), They do some lovely festive ones.
(Things that I'd buy at some points in the year)
I do a Kilner Jar of sweets (buy some each time I go shopping) my DS isn't a chocolate fan.
An annual (lots of BOGOF)
Bath bomb - Lush , Your DD might like them. They do a bottle of bathfoam (Snow Fairy or something). I bought a wand with the bathbomb star at the top, to run under the taps.
New festive mug. Sachet of hot chocolate. Small packet of biscuits.
You could add a new fancy toothbrush?
Reindeer Food (sugar mixed with food colour, oats and edible glitter). Sprinkle on the lawn.
DVDs- can't think of many off the top of my head for a 3yo.
Mine watched Tweenies and Barney Christmas at 3yo <<sighs>>
The Snowman will be on anyway.
Your CEH needs to be "left" for them (you could ask a neighbour to ring the doorbell and the CEH will be delivered to the porch)
I put mine in front of the fireplace before we go for a Christmas Eve walk. I "check the back door is locked" while I put them out.
Of course mine know exactly what's going on now
This is now my favourite part of Christmas!
My dcs will be 5 and almost 2 at Christmas. Last year I put in new pjs, bubble bath (for some reason dd is terrified of bath bombs!!), chocolate Santa, new toothbrush and a new Christmas book. This year I might put in a hot chocolate sachet and marshmallows for dd as she's a bit older. I put all of this into Disney cardboard boxes I got from the pound shop last year.
I made one for dh too last year. I put in boxers, socks, bubble bath, massage bar, sweets and a bottle of posh beer - he loved it!
I usually give the Christmas DVDs on the 1st December so we can watch them through the month. They arrive with the advent calendars and christmas elf. Your dcs might enjoy the Mickey Mouse Once or Twice Upon a Christmas, we all watched them yesterday! Have a look on eBay there are loads if offers on Christmassy DVDs just now.
Did this last year for the first time and it was awesome! We went with two DC to my parents and my DB was also there so I did a hamper for the whole family - festive pjs, a DVD (we have a tradition of buying a new Studio Ghibli each year anyway, recommend "My Neighbour Totoro" for your young DC), white hot chocolate and mini marshmallows for Snowman's Soup, mulled wine for grown ups bath bombs and a new book each for DC to read alongside "The Night Before Christmas"
Brilliant, thank you. I was planning on the hamper 'appearing' after our afternoon dog walk.
Special toothbrush is a great idea, that'll definitely go on my list.
Do you do one hamper for everyone or a separate one for everyone?
We do new jammies every year - they weren't that excited by them the first time either, but the fact it's happened every year means they now look forward to it. My 2 get character jammies now as they aren't allowed them during the year last year DH and I got new jammies too!
Usually I try and find a tree decoration for each of them too. Last year I couldn't find any nice ones so we got a cuddly toy for each of them instead.
Sometimes they have had a christmassy book.
In our house BTW the stuff is delivered by the Elves, not us
Those expanding facecloths might amuse them, or new bath toys?
I make a big thing out of the Christmas Eve bath (cos I'm a saddo obsessive)
Battery operated fairy lights wound round the shower pole, window, as many as poss.
Christmas tunes played on the iPad.
Glittery bath bombs.
I think fuzzpig is right, you're telling her that new pjs are exiting by building this tradition.
Lush do a bath bomb for younger kids called ickle baby bot, it's blue and shaped like a robot and has, I think, lavender in so it's supposed to aid sleep as well. When I asked they also recommended their butter ball bath bombs for littlies as well.
I'm doing a Christmas Eve hamper this year for the first time. It's all going to be stuff I would buy anyway but I'm spreading it out to Christmas Eve as last year Ds was totally overwhelmed and couldn't take it all in on Christmas Day.
I will put in Jammies, slippers, bubble bath, face clothes, a chocolate Santa, a DVD and a book.
I can also really recommend mickeys once/twice upon a Christmas. They are fab
fuzzpig I read your post a delivered by Elvis not Elves
We do a hamper each (for the DC ) but a Family C.E.H woul be nice.
DS asked me a couple of years back "Do we have new PJS For Christmas Eve"? so it's nice he appreciates the effort. But more the jar of sweets I reckon
Haha 70 perhaps I should put in some blue suede shoes or something
I did the Christmas Eve hamper for the first time last year, I did one between the dc, with a onesie each, a mug each, Arthur Christmas DVD, Christmas biscuits and some strawberry milk powder.
I gave it to them after they got out the bath and we all snuggled up to watch the DVD.
Love the idea of giving it in the afternoon and include a book and bubble bath.
This is a lovely idea.
Im going to make a family one this Christmas!
Ok, I can see the point about pjs being exciting once they've become a tradition.
Thanks for the info about bath bombs, ballina, they sound ideal.
Xmas decorations are a good idea too.
Forgot to add that we put in a Christmas tree decoration too for each of them (DS loved finding a place on the tree for it)
I'm afraid it's clear that I do the hamper - all the presents come from us too, only Santa gets the stocking
Loving the idea of an OTT Christmas eve bath!!
Please don't put the reindeer food outside (a mix of glitter and oats), animals and bird's think it's food for them and eat it. The glitter in it can be fatal. We put it in a little dish and leave it by the beer for Father Christmas.
We use coloured sugar and oats for reindeer food, that doesn't harm birds does it?
I used edible glitter (Lakeland Limited do it, tiny little edible stars) because I had some left over.
The food colouring would be optional though.
Mine didn't get eaten by anything- not birds. Not foxes. Not magical flying reindeer .
It sat like a lump of cold sick for days until I scooped it up in a bag.
I do a box for the family including new pjs, hot choc and some snowman marshmallows, a Christmas book, a Christmas DVD, some cadburys elves chocolates,
Slightly off topic, but along the same lines - I do a pre-Xmas hamper for my Mom, Sister & MIL which I give them at the start of December.
In it I put a yankee car jar air freshener in a Xmas scent, Xmas mug/Hot choc sachet, homemade Xmas songs CD for their car, Xmas chocs, Xmas bubble bath/hand cream or other smelly.
It's to get them in the festive mood and string the celebrations out as long as possible.
We leave the reindeer food in a bowl too.
On a tangent though, last year we tried a new supermarket brand cereal which was white (vanilla flavoured) stars. None of us liked it so after it sat in the kitchen for a while DH sprinkled it on the lawn for the birds. It looked very Christmassy
Out of interest, do those of you who do Christmas Eve hampers also do stockings? My DS gets the sorts of presents you describe as part of his Christmas stocking on Christmas day morning? It would be a bit OTT to do both surely?
Love the idea of an early Christmas Hamper for grown ups
might do one for myself .
muppets christmas carol love that film. Polar express as well ohh I am excited for Christmas,
We do not do hampers but this year I will sounds great.
Ragwort I do both and I think most people do from what I remember of previous threads
For us the hamper (although actually there is no box yet!) is jammies, tree dec, possibly a Christmassy book or DVD.
Stocking is underwear/socks, chocolate, mostly little toys (Disney figure type things) so nothing actually Christmassy if that makes sense
I am a bit concerned it'll be ott, am also trying to work out what sort of presents should go where. I definitely will do a stocking! I also do the sort of advent calendar where you get little presents.
I suppose I want the christmas eve hamper to serve two purposes - to give dd1 (and in later years both dds) something to do on christmas eve night (e.g. watch a dvd) and to make getting her into bed less of a chore (so exciting things for the bath or new pjs to put on, maybe a new bedtime book).
I do tiny toys in the advent calendar (last year I put a little plastic farm animal in each day, I got the lot from a charity shop for a couple of quid. My reasoning for doing this was that we weren't giving dd1 choc at that point, though this year she is allowed it.
Stockings will be more fun stuff - toys, books, choc etc.
I started hampers last year, the DCs still go on about them, we also done the Elf on the shelf, so we went out and returned to our elf with the hamper and good bye note from the Elf - ours contained a Christmassy DVd and popcorn, bath bomb (from Lush a xmas one) and flannel each, a Christmas book, Pjs, slippers and bathrobe each and a soft toy each.
Ours was one big hamper for everyone, but each individual item had a lugague tag telling the DCs who it was for and how to enjoy it, iykwim, eg popcorn, turn of the lights, and enjoy whist watching your DVD, written from the Elf.
I friggin love Christmas! Can't wait to start organising! Eek!
I didn't know about CEH years ago but I did do new PJs and slippers.
As the DC got older, the present pile has got smaller so the stockings for the morning has spun it out a bit and DH and I used to doze listening to them secretly trying to open their presents. Much better with loads of wrapping too
DS will be 14 this Christmas so his presents will be mainly money (he's a saver) an X-Box Game.
He's got a birthday in December too.
We do a family Xmas eve hamper which is left by the Christmas elves (elf on the shelf) in front of the fire at 6pm Xmas eve.
Inside I put...
Pjs from primark or similar
Sweets and popcorn
Xmas book. Last year was the smelly sprout which went down well.
Xmas movie. Barbie Xmas or Arthur's Xmas both winners for mine.
Chocs and wine for me
Baileys for dh
Reindeer food (oats and glitter)
I find the Xmas hamper easy as its stuff I'd buy anyway for Xmas ...just a case of chucking it in a cardboard box and wrapping it in Xmas, tissue paper.
I'm going to do Xmas eve hampers, but as they get enough stuff, im not going overboard:
New electric toothbrush
Popcorn (will sky+ a movie)
An activity book or Christmas craft from the pound shop
We do a stocking too but only for DC and will have some useful stuff in then some tat to keep them quiet in the early morning.
And a satsuma and packet of smarties
We do a CEH. I started it last year and they had new pjs, bath robe, pants and xmas socks. I also made them a christmas bag instead of a stocking (red fleece with white fur on the top). That had books, hair things, flannels, little toys and hot chocolate and marshmallows. Going to do the same this year but change some of the things. Already got dvd, books, new elf (we had one of the chipmunks last year), pjs. Getting excited already, this is the second year I have enjoyed Christmas.
We do new PJs and slippersocks for everyone (DH, DD and I), bath bombs for DD and I, some nice hot choc mix (I got the cubes of real choc stuck to a wooden spoon last year - YUM!). I also put in our family copy of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" as we read that every Christmas Eve for the first time over Christmas (I have loads of other books for earlier in the month).
I keep meaning to get a DVD, DD loves the Santa Claus series and Home Alone (I am afraid HA will get wiped from freesat box so need to get a hard copy soon). But it currently works well for us and the DVD may be better coming from Santa.
Ours is not "delivered" as we don't do elf on a shelf or similar. We have dinner, put out the goodies for Santa, light the Christmas candle, and then I bring out the hamper - DD heads off for her bath then, into new PJs, back down for her hot choc (she gets milk, cookie and tablets everynight anyway) and then off to bed with the book.
All toys etc go into the stocking on Christmas morn.
I love the idea of the CEH and will be doing one for my son tbis year, hes 3 (4 in feb) so nice age to get the magic of Christmas. As others have said, it will mainly be filled with stuff id buy for him anyway, weve always done xmas pjs so they will go in the hamper, im planning to put in the following
Christmas slippers or slipper socks
Christmas mug with hot choc sachet
His fave chocolate Cookies or jaffa cakes
A story book for us to read at bed time
A short dvd to watch before bed (Christmassy)
A key for santa as hes already worried santa will get stuck in our chimney (lol)
A letter from buddy (our elf on the shelf) saying good bye
And maybe a bubble bath but I was planning to have jsmper delivered whilst ds is in the bath... might rethink that one.
I will do a stocking, his stocking only has a bit of choc in it & maybe a small toy, I dont go overboard on the stocking as hes far too excited to see what santa has left under the tree to be bothered.
I might do hubby a hamper too... I might tell him to make me one but put a budget on it
We're doing elf on the shelf this year.... how does your elf arrive
My dc (6 and 3) will be getting:
Xmas books (Santa needs a wee was good)
Xmas DVD - not sure what as we have loads already!
Stockings (from last year)
Xmas decoration each for tree
Santas magic key (from last year)
I do new pj's for each of them, last year I bought these boxes go put bits and pieces in. Just a mug, sachet of hot chof, marshmallows, a few christmas animal friends cookies and a sachet of reindeer food. I tied the top with ribbon and a candy cane to finish it off.
I don't say an elf has brought them, it's a special gift from Mum and Dad, since everything else is from Santa the next day.
This year I plan to make a personalised snuggy blanket for each of them. Well that's the plan but I will have to start early to get them done. I have bought some coloured fleeces blankets and I hope to use some felt sewn on to personalise them
We always got new pjs on Christmas Eve as kids and loved it!
It became part of the whole thing and DSis and I love doing the whole santa routine and going to bed so much cause it was made into a whole 'thing' which always started with new pyjamas.
We did this for the first time last year. It included...
Bubble bath/foam soap
Christmas chocolate biscuits
This year I plan to add in...
Socks or slippers
And maybe anything else I've bought for the stocking.
I do the CEH every year for the DC. We get home from the crib service on Xmas eve to find the elves have been and left a box with new PJs, a chocolate, a christmas book and a lovely bauble to put on the tree.
We have dinner, get in pjs, read the stories and eat chocs, then put the bauble on the tree before dcs go to bed. When the DCs start their own families they I will box up their baubles and they can put them on their tree. I love Christmas Eve!
I have started doing a Christmas hamper on 1st December in order to completely string out the celebrations
Wooden advent calendar arrives which gets filled each night by the Christmas fairies with a note with an activity to do. That's a whole other thread!!
Hot chocolate (will do snowman soup this year)
New Christmas Pjs
Advent of books (25 Xmas books all wrapped up)
Xmas DVDS we have a few Xmas related which I gather up and hide around now then put in the hamper with 1 new one
Printed letter to Father Christmas for them to write (that's one of the activities for the advent calendar)
I need this in my life.
Really excited now. Thank you
My eldest will be 3 by this Christmas moving.
Pinching ideas I will do a CEH with:
Their Stockings to hang up.
Hot choc kit
Toothbrush (see above)
Bath bomb for me.
Wine for DH
The usual treats for FC.
Any ideas for nice boxes to use as hampers. I know I could just wrap a box in christmas paper but would like to find a really nice Christmassy box.
Have you got a HomeSense or TKMaxx near you Katie?
They do gorgeous boxes, lidded with the pattern inside and out.
IIRC about £8.
This year though I'm going to get cheapie baskets and ribbon then put it all in Cellophane (Hobbycraft sell it, different widths. At Christmas they do printed and coloured as well as the clear.
Google the Christmas emporium. It's a Xmas shop open all year and do personalised Xmas things.
We do new PJs and an annual. The most exciting bit for the wee ones is the letter from the Elves explaining how,hard they've been working and how they have been helping Father Christmas make sure all the children have been good.
I love the idea of a CEH, I am defo going to make one up with yummy adult goodies to spoil dh and me. Our daughter was stillborn so Xmas is always a bit rough, but I like this idea.
We put in all stuff for a cosy Xmas eve.
Popcorn (mince pie flavour last year)
Hot choc stirring stuck things with block of choc on end.
The Nativity (went to see Nativity 2 at cinema last year so will hopefully but nativity 2 this year) and polar express DVD.
The night before Xmas book
We sit snuggled on the sofa with DVDs on n tree lights twinkling!! Tis luvly!!
Thinking of doing one for dd and relatives this year (grown up wine n goodies as well as bpnew pjs)!
I dont wrap as a hamper but leave new pjs, slippers, dressing gown, dvd and treats on DS's bed to discover christmas eve. Used to be a christmas book but most aimed at young childrenso swapped for a movie.
I was in b&m bargains the other day and came across a lovely basket for 4.99 its cream and lined with cream material edged with red check and a heart hanging on the front.
LOVE this idea I do PJ's on x mas eve. They get socks & fancy pants in stockings as well as other small toys sweets etc. But the hamper is an amazing idea :D
Those of you putting bubble bath in hampers, do you put a Christmassy theme bubbles in or just a nice bybble bath, my little boy gets a bit of eczema so I have to be careful what goes in his bath... do matey do a Christmas bubble bath?
Oh blitzy I'm so sorry.
Bloody hell you guys really go to a lot of trouble with the hampers and PJs and stuff. Where the feck do you find the time, and money, to do what is in fact two Christmas days?
Not two Christmas days at all ime.
Doesn't cost much
Pjs are about £5 each
Decoration £1 each
Christmas book £? Not much get it 2nd hand
DVD £ as above
Sweets / popcorn / coins - would get them in stocking anyways
Reindeer food £0.50? Oats and glitter
Takes about 5 minutes to put in basket. Buy stuff when in supermarket so no need for extra time.
I only put stuff in id buy for him anyway, just makes it a little more exciting being presented from the elf in a hamper and he appreciates it instead of it being an item that just appears for him.... I don't care what others think Christmas is fun and magical and I love it, there is always the other 363 days of the year to be boring
Quite right demented all this fuss about one day.
Wasting money on frivolities like PJs and a warm drink on Christmas eve!
I think we should all take down the tree on boxing day.
<off to TK Maxx for festive hamper box>
pjs - 1.75 reduced in morrisons 1.75 and 3.00 reduced in peacocks
dvd - 1.25 off amazon
key 99p ( recycling last years)
hot choc sachets however many for a £1
I have to agree that if it started to get about the 10-15 pound mark i wouldnt do it. but i like the calm of all cosying up in new stuff with a dvd.
BankerMommy2010 Last year Lush had some star wands for kids that you let them dip in the bath while they're in it and swirl around. You dry it off afterwards and can use it a few times. My dd1 is allergic to all sorts of washing powders and stuff and she was fine with it. I'd be going for something like that (though I'm not putting any bath stuff in)
Our box will consist of:
Pyjamas for everyone (would buy for me & the kids anyway and Dh's were £5)
Slippers for Dh & I (would get these anyway and they were only £3.50 each)
Might get slippers for the kids if I see really cheap ones that they might actually wear
Kir Royal (would buy anyway)
Drinks for kids (would be getting anyway)
Toothbrushes (buy anyway)
Xmas book £1.50
Xmas DVD under £3
Santa key (comes out every year)
Packet of popcorn £1
Sweets (quite possibly a tin that my parents buy us)
Reindeer food (doesn't cost anything - usually a handful of oats and some glitter or I might ask a friend for a small bit of hay)
All packed into a box (free) wrapped with leftover Xmas paper
Oh the lush wand thing looks great.
I will look in lush, altho the smell of that place is so overpowering
Wasn't a criticism, just impressed at your organisational skills. We don't do presents on Christmas eve as well as Christmas day here, but each to their own. Enjoy!
Oh. I think it's just a way of marking Christmas eve dementedma.
Most ppl (I think ) put out something for FC and make it all cosy. There's very little additional expense and i don't think it will be much effort <optimistic>.
But then I only have two small DCs. Perhaps it would be a hassle if there we more or they were older?
Shall I pick you up a box?
We don't do it on Christmas Eve as I think there's enough going on then, we do it on the 1st Dec so we get a month's use out of the pjs, mugs, DVD etc, plus it marks the start of the celebrations along with getting out the advent calender. We don't get an elf to deliver, just me.
Ooh. 1 December sounds good. Tie it all in with the Adevent.
DH losing interest now (grumpy old git) so I shall be alone in sorting this.
Bugger. I'm going to have to do an Advent box, (PJs, christmas book...) contained within which is a Christmas Eve box (sweets, bath "wand", reindeer food...).
We don't do bath stuff or reindeer food in our 1st Dec one, but the DCs usually get a bath bomb in their stocking. Their treat on Christmas Eve is to not have a bath! We make mince pies for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve and put that out with a carrot and a drink.
I tried the PJs on Christmas Eve once, but they only wore them once, didn't want to wear them after Christmas and outgrew them by the next year so that was a waste.
Good point whoknowswherethetimegoes.
I do make mince pies. Christmas eve would be a good time to replenish as DH usually eats them all before they've cooled down from the oven.
I'm starting to see my Christmas plan coming together.
We need pjs anyway, and slipper socks are extremely useful in winter too. I would buy DD bath stuff regularly anyway, but a special bomb for Christmas eve is not that expensive but persuades her into the bath (where playing with the water calms her and the lavender in the bomb persuades her to head to sleep!!). And 1 for me is a nice treat for the hols. Hot choc we buy anyway. And the book is the 1 I bought for DD's 1st Christmas, it just gets pulled out for the 1st reading of the Season on Christmas Eve every year. The box is a decent cardboard storage box that I keep larger decorating items in during the year - that are on display over Christmas!!
It probably costs me 100 in total - but it's only 10 or so more than I would spend in any event. I usually buy good PJs (eg. M&S) as they will be well worn for months. And I will look out for all bits as I see special offers over the autumn (I work near a major shopping street so do get to pop in for a quick look as I pass regularly).
DD can react to some bath products (we tend to use lots of E45 and the like, but she's ok with Original Source, M&S Lavendar and Lush products too).
Thanks for the tips about tkmaxx and lush.
BTW we don't get xmassy pjs, just nice ones, so they are used all year round
The Lush Star Wands are lovely, DD had one . They last a couple of baths too.
I don't put the Lush goodies in the CEH though, everything would smell of it.
It goes in a cellophane bag on the side.
Primark had fleece PJ / flannel PJ (not sure if the festive ones are in yet. I don't buy festive for my DS, camoflague or bugs)
It'd be great if I could get a lush thing (especially like the sound of the lavender robot!) my DS has nasty eczema so can't usually use fun stuff like that.
I'm thinking of doing a CEH for DS this year as he struggles to settle on Christmas Eve and we usually end up with at least one meltdown (AS). He suffers with eczema so I went into LUSH to ask what they suggested. They are getting a load of new stock in October including Christmassy stuff and I was advised to get a snowman made from the same ingredients as the butter balls!
I'd imagine a solid oil block would be good for very dry skin, assuming the "perfume" wasn't an irritant. Maybe ask them. I'd also email Lush with these questions so you get their HO response rather than their shop floor advice (lovely though they are)
Asan aside, DS is fanatical about satsumas and apples so his stocking's gonna be a real winner!
Lush is great for those with excema, fun yet safe for the skin. The dream cream is ace too.
I view CEH as a 'step' to Christmas. With the build up and the excitement , the CEH after The Walk is a calming down stage, not an unnecessary
And it quickly becomes a Tradition
I will definitely go into Lush - I never have before as it smells so strong! Keep meaning to get a massage bar for DH too
I love lush. It's one of the places (along with bars and the waxing salon) where I used to spend my pre- children cash.
I love Lush too, buy a lot of stuff there, but I have not spotted these wands, definitely going to try and remember to look out for them.
I have eczema and very sensitive skin on my face, I use mainly Lush skincare and think its fabulous. The staff are so helpful too.
I have always done Christmas eve pjs, wrapped up on the end of dcs beds. They evolved into CEH a few years back after reading about them on MN. It just happened to be around the time my youngest dc was becoming a non believer. Can I just say how happy I am to have started the tradition. All of a sudden, I was faced with a dilemma that so many of our traditions had been made redundant. The CEH help to keep a little bit of magic and anticipation on Christmas Eve. We usually get a movie that has been a big blockbuster hit throughout the year for CE and all snuggle down together in our new pjs eating munchies with the House smelling of lush.
I used to be a bit meh! about Christmas, going through the motions for the DCs, leaving everything till the last minute etc. Then a couple of years ago I realised that they were growing up fast and I really ought to be throwing myself into it more wholeheartedly and my last couple of Christmases have been so much better, I love starting to think about in September now, whereas before I would have stuck my fingers in my ears and hidden the Christmas topic till December.
Never thought of this before. Dh will love it. Pinching all ideas shamelessly. :0)
The ickle baby bot in lush is great, full of lavender for sleepy little people!!
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