This year, Christmas is a little different.
You might not be able to meet with as many family members as you’d like (or any...we know, it's sad and hard), but you want to do something to make their Christmas a little more special, and to let them know you care and miss them.
In years past, we’ve all focused on “things”, like the latest gadget, toy, etc., for Christmas gifts. This year, it might be a nice idea to focus on interesting, but not crazy goodies, almost like a stocking, but with a little more humour.
There are many countries that celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and in recent years, something called Christmas Eve boxes have become popular in Europe. The Christmas Eve Box is a simple box - it can be a gift box, shoe box, Amazon box (bet you all have lots of these), whatever you like. You fill the box with interesting items, and ideally, items that can be an activity, so your recipients can enjoy the activity on Christmas Day.
Here are some ideas:
Food Themed Boxes
Put together a baking kit for your loved ones. Nothing is more annoying than realizing you’ve run out of flour for your cookies, so why not pre-measure ingredients and include a cute recipe card? You can make this even more personal by sharing a recipe that has been a family tradition and encourage your box recipients to share pictures of their final creations with you. For example, gingerbread man vs. gingerbread woman – a decorating face-off! You can purchase empty jars from craft supply stores and buy the ingredients in bulk. Consider including fun decorating items like sprinkles and icing.
Movie in a Box
Give the joy of a Movie night of movie day! Fill a box with a DVD (yes, some folks still like these) or a Netflix, Cineplex or Amazon gift card, popcorn, hot cocoa and any other favourite treats. You could even add a blanket to create for a true cozy movie night in. You can encourage your recipients to watch the same movie at the same time as you. We really like Elf, but we’ve Will Ferrell fans.
You’ve seen the tiny libraries around your neighbourhood, and who doesn’t love those? Consider a boxed library by sharing some of your favourite books. You can set up a book-exchange that lasts longer than the holiday season. Alternatively, you can give a Christmas-themed book library, which is really nice for younger families who could use a copy of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
It’s been a long time since we’ve played a board game, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love them! Think about filling a box with games your friends or family with love playing together - Operation, Scrabble, Chess, or a pack of cards, Dutch Blitz, Go Fish, etc. This gift will bring about hours of fun, healthy competition and help make happy memories!
This one is pretty obvious – who doesn’t love a little pampering, especially after the year we've all had? There are so many options for a spa box - face scrubs, face masks, hand masks, foot masks, lotions, moisturizers, bath salts, bubble bath, nail care items, and the list goes on! For those that have children, consider adding something fun and silly, just for them, like water crayons
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Want a good hiding place? Well, Santa has already called us! Be clever with your gifts and stash them in your self-storage unit until the big day. For those you can’t be with, think about a Christmas Eve box, even the act of going around with your family to distribute the boxes, or decorating the outer box itself, will create great family memories. Feel free to check out our Milton self storage & Woodstock self storage locations or individual self-storage units for rent look like on YouTube.
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