Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tyler Lee's Christmas Eve Basket 2014 ♥

 The Christmas season is swiftly approaching and I don't know why but I'm really looking forward to it this year, I'm in some serious need of Christmas cheer I think. If you didn't know already, my family is tri-national. I am of course Irish and my fiance is Polish/South African so when important times of year such as Christmas come along we try to merge both our traditions to make a fun and traditional type Christmas for us all. Last year, for our sons first ever Christmas Jacek and I put together a Christmas Eve basket for him. Christmas Eve is an important time in Polish tradition, we have a nice meal and Jacek and I swap gifts that night and as we also want our son to embrace his Polish culture we prepare a Christmas Eve basket for him, something for him to enjoy on the day although last year I gave him his basket just before bed and may do the same this year, I'm undecided.

This years basket is considerably larger than last years, I think I may have gotten a bit carried away with getting things for the basket as I had actually forgotten some of the things I had bought but I don't mind spoiling my boy for Christmas or his birthday, as long as he's happy we're happy and to be honest he doesn't get much except for new clothes throughout the rest of the year.
 Included in Tyler Lee's basket this year are: 
New Christmas themed pyjamas and a new red robe. New pyjamas were always a tradition for my brother and I on Christmas Eve so I've passed this on to Tyler Lee. I love the festive print on these flannel pj's, they'll keep him super snug and warm on Christmas Eve night. The pj's and robe set are from Penneys/Primark.
A vintage Rudolph print scarf with four Lush bath products inside - Christmas Eve, Dashing Santa, Holly Golightly and The Christmas Penguin, these are for his bath on Christmas Eve night and throughout the festive season.
Three books - Jingle Bells, The Nativity Story and Santa's Special Letter which is such a gorgeous book that I just had to keep it for the basket. I picked up two of the books for just €1.49 in Dealz and the other off Amazon for such a bargain too.
 
A penguin hot water bottle, a divided Christmas themed plate for his Christmas dinner, a Christmas cup with a spiral straw, a reindeer soft toy, the Snowdog and a snowman puppet. The hot water bottle is from Penneys/Primark. The plate, cup and snowman puppet are from Dealz for just €1.49 each. The reindeer soft toy was part of the pj's and robe set and the Snowdog is from Amazon.
Chocolate Buttons and Kinder Minis, miniature candy canes, Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie and Merry Marshmellow votive candles and a Christmas Eve wax tart met. I'll burn the votive candles in the living room while we're reading his books and the wax tart melt in his room before bed. The candy was just €1.49 each and also from Dealz. The votive candles were €2.50 each and the wax tart melt was €1.50.

I decorated the basket handle with some felt snowflakes and string and covered the end of the basket with some white and silver fabric. As you can see from the prices listed above everything was relatively inexpensive, I think the most expensive things were the Lush products and the hot water bottle. Baskets like this can be made to suit all budgets and I love that. I hope my boy will love his basket, I had so much fun putting it together for him this year so I hope he has just as much fun sorting through it and finding all his treats.

Do you put Christmas Eve baskets together for your children? What do you include?

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44 comments

  1. I haven't actually heard of putting a Christmas basket before. It looks very cute though. My son just gets his presents Christmas eve and the morning of Christmas day to keep both traditions.

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  2. Gorgeous! I have never looked properly at Lush so I'm off to have a nosy now and get some things for my little boy! :) xx

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  3. Aww, such a gorgeous basket you've put together. The PJs are the cutest ever and everything in that basket just looks soooo good. Anyone who'll receive that will truly be happy.

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  4. Omg cutest basket ever!!! Absolutely love it :) too cute!

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  5. We do a gift exchange Christmas Eve., but never in a basket form before. And we have other family traditions as well since we are a large family. I'm sure your son is going to be ecstatic when he gets that basket full of goodies! :D

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  6. I love this idea. I haven't heard of it before. I think this could start a tradition in our house

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  7. Christmas is really getting near.. I love the cuite little snow man and pj's :D

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  8. That is a really cute idea. My kids would be so mad at me if it wasn't wrapped, though LOL.

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  9. I've never done that, but I so love the idea! It's such a sweet thing to do!

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  10. I've not done this yet but its a fantastic idea I'll definitely be doing when E is old enough to understand!

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  11. I've never heard of Christmas Eve baskets before but really like the idea! How wonderful that your family incorporates traditions from all of your backgrounds.

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  12. We do this every year too! Ours is usually a box though from the elves! Love the baskets!

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  13. I've never done this but it's a great idea

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  14. Love your basket full of goodies ! Think your son is going to have fun !

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  15. I have not ever heard of this before.. but it does sound like a very good idea.

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  16. I've never thought to do a Christmas eve basket before although we always open one present. Thanks so much for the great idea.

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  17. This is so cute! My favorite way of giving gifts is via gift basket...I think a ton of smaller gifts can be a lot more fun than one large one.

    XO,
    Taylor
    acupoftay.com

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  18. What a lovely basket, I'm sure he will love it

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  19. this basket is too cute! he is going to like it!

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  20. Aww! What a great basket....I'm sure he will be very hapy with it....
    My girls get a basket each year and I love this tradition! :D

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  21. That's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. No. It IS the cutest thing I've ever seen.

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  22. What a nice basket :) Looks great and has nice variety! I know he will love it !

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  23. He's a lucky boy! His basket was filled with great goodies! Good choice in gift ideas, I think he'll enjoy them very much!

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  24. I love making up baskets as gifts for EVERY THING! This basket looks great with all of the stuffies.

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  25. This is so so cute. I never put Christmas baskets for my kids: I usually wrap the gifts. I like the idea of the PJ's in the basket: they never have enough

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  26. What a fun and creative idea I want to do that with my boys. we usually open one present Christmas Eve if I can wait LOL

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  27. This is a great looking Christmas basket. I have not made one for my kids before. I love to find great things to put in my baskets.

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  28. This is such a cute idea, and it looks like you covered all of the bases. I bet this would make any kid or family super excited to receive.

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  29. I am so excited for Christmas. The decor and feel is my absolute favorite.

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  30. Oh my!!! How cute is this???? I love this idea!!

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  31. Carmen Perez says: I love traditions and this one sounds like a beautiful one. I had never heard of this basket before, very nice!

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  32. The PJs are awesome and so cute, you can tell I am a PJs person and when working from home I work in PJs. My partner is half polish and we do have that night before christmas tradition going. Beautiful basket Tyler lee's got this year

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  33. It’s a unique present! I’ll add this to my Christmas wish list.

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  34. Too cute! I haven't tried doing that. You just gave me an idea. ;)

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  35. We don't put any basket under Christmas tree, just gifts. Those are really cute gifts :D

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  36. Such an awesome basket, children would be so insanely excited to see all those gifts!

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  37. I love that there are Christmas themed pajamas in there. How very fun! It's def. a nice looking basket.

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  38. I am so not ready for Christmas - that's an awesome and cute basket!

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  39. What a sweet gift idea. My kids would love it. I grew up only opening gifts on Christmas Day but recently we've allowed our children to open one gift on Christmas Eve. This would be a fun thing to do this year.

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  40. This is seriously the cutest. Love the christmas themed everything! Love!

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  41. what a sweet idea. I love it. We usually do something similar but for ST. Nicholas day. Dec 6th

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  42. What a great basket of goodies! I would love to get something like this!!

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  43. This Christmas baske is really cute!
    Thank yu for sharing!

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  44. What a cute idea! Seriously, this gift basket is absolutely adorable!

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