Christmas Eve boxes are the hot new trend for families this festive season

The new fad is a thoughtful way to make the night before Christmas extra special, by giving kids and adults alike a small selection of goodies – a bit like an early Christmas stocking.

Here, Natasha Harding reveals the essentials for the perfect Christmas Eve box…

The box

  • Personalised Christmas Eve box, £20 – buy now 

The candy

  • Cheeky Elf lolly, £2 from Thorntons

The book

  • The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, £7.99 – buy now

The film

  • Miracle on 34th Street (HMV Christmas Classics), £5.99 – buy now

The snack for Santa’s reindeer

Personalised bags of magic reindeer food, £5.50 – buy now 

The pyjamas

  • Elf in Training pyjamas, £12 – buy now

We previously told how a mum sparked a fierce debate over Christmas Eve boxes.

Meanwhile this bedtime story app promises to get kids to sleep on Christmas Eve in 20 minutes thanks to calming beats and sounds.

And Meghan Markle will give Prince Harry an "intimate" gift on December 25 after sharing "joke presents" on Christmas Eve, according to a former butler.

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