25 Ideas to Put in Your December 1st Boxes

gift ideas for the tough people on your list

December 1st boxes are one of my favorite holiday traditions. Find out what they are and what to put in them for your family this year!

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Last year I did a whole post about holiday traditions with over 50 fantastic ideas submitted by you guys! If you missed that post last year, you can read it RIGHT HERE.

One of my favorite ideas was December First Boxes.

This is a special box that each family member receives on December 1st that helps kick off the holiday season — holiday movies or books, a new ornament, Christmas pajamas, etc.

You can fill it with anything you’d like, and you could make the boxes big or small.

Last year we started this tradition in our home and it was so much fun. So many of you did too, so with your help I compiled a big list of items you could put in your December 1st boxes this year.

Gifts for the tough

25+ Ideas for your December 1st Boxes

Clothing Ideas

  • Christmas PJs — a full post about our favorites is coming next week!!
  • Christmas socks – here are some fun ones!
  • Slippers – loving THESE ONES for kids


Activity Ideas



  • Christmas pillowcase – you could make your own, or here are some cute ones on Etsy!
  • Christmas sheets – this is such a fun way to make your kids bedrooms feel special for the holidays
  • Cozy blanket – we got THESE ONES last year for my boys and they still sleep with them



  • Movie candy – this is a perfect thing to add if you put a Christmas movie in your kid’s boxes
  • Popcorn – same as above, definitely include popcorn if you include a Christmas movie!
  • Hot cocoa mix with tiny candy cane and marshmallows 
  • Christmas mugs – THESE ONES are so cute
  • Christmas cups and plates – I love the idea of having special dishware for the holidays
  • Holiday cookie cutters for sugar cookies – love these ones RIGHT HERE


Holiday Related Gifts

  • Advent calendars (Lego has some super fun ones, and Trader Joes has chocolate ones for only $0.99 — but they sell out so fast!)
  • Ornament for each kid representing something they did or were interested in during the year, like a soccer ball, a ballet shoe, something that represented a trip you went on, etc.
  • Mistletoe for the house
  • Mr. and Mrs. Claus Legos
  • Mini Christmas tree for their room so they can hang their ornaments they have received throughout the years


photos by priscilla frey


  1. Teresa says:

    I have one great idea this year: stop consumerism. Make donations with that money to a cause you hold dear to your heart.

  2. Aubree Larsen says:

    What a fun idea becuase getting christmas related items on christmas is No fun but when else do you give them?! We’ve started the tradition of giving Christmas pajamas sometime during thanksgiving break (the exact time will be a mYstery!) and like your ideas to add to it. I would also like to see some christ centered ideas to make sure He is in our christmas!

    • Merrick says:

      We just purchased “The 25 Days of Christ” advent calendar from New Traditions Crafts and it’s fantastic! Definitely recommend.

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