Are you planning on putting together a Christmas Eve box for the kids this year? These have become increasingly popular in the UK over the past few years, with parents creating a little package to begin the gift-giving early.
A typical Christmas Eve box might contain a new pair of pyjamas and some slippers, a mug and a luxury hot chocolate kit, and perhaps a Christmassy DVD to watch before going to bed to wait for Santa to deliver the main presents.
Of course, all of this is an extra indulgence, but you don't have to break your Christmas spending budget to start this new tradition; just take the amount off the presents your children will receive on Christmas Day itself.
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Christmas Eve boxes don't just have to be for the kids either. After doing all of the Christmas shopping, cooking the turkey, peeling the potatoes and wrapping everybody's presents, you'll deserve a treat too. So join in with the early celebrations and create a box for yourself that you can enjoy once the children are in bed waiting for Father Christmas to arrive.
A grown-up Christmas Eve box
You could start by putting the same items in your own box as the one that you've made for the kids. New pyjamas are always lovely, so treat yourself to a gorgeous silky pair or some brand new brushed cottons ones for ultimate comfort.
Only put them on once you're done pampering yourself though. Treat yourself to a handmade soap bar and a scented candle for your Christmas Eve box and run yourself a relaxing bath so you can catch half an hour of quiet 'me time' before the madness of Christmas Day begins. If the Christmas prep has left you feeling a little stressed, you'll soon be feeling a lot more chilled out and festive if you light our Winter Spice Candle in a Tin, with its heady fragrance reminiscent of mulled wine.
Include a bath melt in your box to add to the water for an extra splash of indulgence. Heyland & Whittle's Shea Butter Bath Melts are made from real dried petals and nourishing shea and cocoa butter, so you'll be left feeling soothed and moisturised after your well-deserved soak in the tub.
Pop a bar of your favourite chocolate in your Christmas Eve box for after your bath. Melt a little in your evening cocoa for an extra rich Christmassy treat while you eat your way through the rest, and finish off your box with a miniature bottle of wine to drink while you relax with your feet up in your new pyjamas. We truly can't think of a more relaxing way to spend the night before Christmas.
Just make sure you order your Heyland & Whittle pampering goodies before midday on Thursday December 21st to guarantee that they'll be with you in time for Christmas!