CHRISTMAS Eve boxes have snowballed in a serious way.
Over the past few years, the packages filled with mini surprises have unleashed Christmas magic for kids before Santa swoops in. I was shocked to find some in shops costing £30-plus.
But you can capture the cheer for far less. Here’s how.
THE PRE-FILLED ONE: Home Bargains sells a Christmas Eve box packed with festive treats for just £2.99.
The cheap-and-cheerful gift contains a Christmas story book, letter from Santa, door hook, stickers and cookies.
A similar box costs £15 at Paperchase.
THE DIY ONE: Asda sells a range of four festive boxes you can then fill yourself, starting from £2 a piece.
And a Toy Story box is £2.50 — far less than the £6 one at Matalan.
THE PERSONAL ONE: For a personal touch, save 40 per cent on selected decorations at Marks & Spencer — including wooden boxes with space to personalise the lids.
A medium box was £19.50 but is now £11.70.
Being wood, they will last for Christmases to come.
THE FESTIVE FILLINGS: If you are filling the boxes yourself, there is no need to spend a fortune.
Popular choices include festive pyjamas — and you can get matching sets for all the family.
I love those sold at Primark, where prices start at £5, and at Matalan, from £10.
Other great choices include sachets of hot chocolate, four for £1 at Asda, marshmallows, 89p also at Asda, a Christmas film or story book and a note from Father Christmas to reassure the little ones Santa is on his way . . . whatever tier you find yourself in.
- PRICES here are correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.
Deal of the day
THE OLE Henriksen Daily Juice Brightening Skincare Set is on offer for £25, down from £51 at boots.com.
TREAT yourself to a pack of two Gu lemon cheesecakes, £2, down from £3.29 at Costcutter.
FORGET paying £8 for the 800g Tesco Finest Christmas pudding.
At Asda get a 907g one for £7 and both serve eight.
SAVE: £1, plus get extra 107g of pudding
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TOBY Carvery has launched a takeaway Christmas dinner. Priced at £24.99, the pre-ordered two-course meal will be available for collection on December 25.
Meals should be pre-ordered with your local Toby Carvery by Wednesday December 23. Available in restaurants which remain open under tier rules.
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AN 18-pack of 440ml cans of Fosters is on offer for £10 at Tesco when you scan your clubcard at the checkout, RRP, £12.
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