How to Make a Christmas Gift Box

Gift giving is a traditional part of Christmas

Arts and crafts DIY Christmas gifts are always fun craft ideas for kids to make prior to Christmas, to place under the Christmas tree.

Giving DIY Christmas gifts

Giving at Christmas time is a special time of year when everyone celebrates the Christmas spirit…. and when children can craft their very own homemade Christmas gifts, all carefully wrapped in a homemade Christmas box, they are even more appreciated.

Kids will love placing their presents under the Christmas tree in a homemade Christmas box and homemade Christmas gifts are always appreciated by parents.

The Tradition of Christmas Gift Giving

Christmas gift giving has long been a symbolic Christian tradition and an established part of the celebration of Christmas.

Christmas gift giving is an ancient tradition that dates from beyond the beginnings of Christianity, but has since become symbolic of the Three Wise Men (The Magi) who presented special gifts to Jesus as a young child.

Tradition has it that the three wise men were also kings who travelled from the lands of Sheba, Arabia and Egypt, and their names were Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.  They were men of great learning who had studied the lights of the heavens and had discovered a new and unusual star.  To the learned people of the day, patterns of the stars all held meanings and this new star told of the birth of a new king in the land of Israel. 

These men decided to travel to Jerusalem to find the new king and they carried with them valuable gifts to offer to him.  When they eventually found the young child in Bethlehem, they bowed down and gave him the gifts they had brought… gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Christmas Gift giving was also made popular because of Saint Nicolas who was a Christian Bishop in the 14th Century who gave gifts to children.

The giving of gifts was also popularised by the Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.  The Christian festive season lasts for twelve days according to the liturgical year Calendar, starting 25th of December and going through to the 5th January, and Christmas gift giving continues throughout this time.

Good King Wenceslas also popularized Christmas gift giving which became more popular in Christian countries and cultures.

In later years, Christmas gift giving was encouraged more as it was commercially profitable for businesses in western nations.

In more recent years buying gifts for a co-worker and gifts for a boss as well as attending a special Christmas party have become the norm. And kids will love staying up late and leaving a special drink and gifts for a secret Santa.

Then in the morning children love the excitement of receiving a Christmas Gift especially homemade Christmas gifts.

Finding lots of presents under the Christmas tree is now all part of the whole Christmas celebrations, fun, and excitement of the festive season.

How to make…

a Christmas Gift Box

Items you will need …

+ Christmas wrapping paper

+ Christmas gift box template

+ White cardboard

+ Ruler, scissors, pen, or pencil

+ Paper glue stick, craft glue

+ 1 gold pipe cleaner or thread


Download the template [Save as “gift box template”]

Print Christmas gift box template [A4 landscape]

Cut out template pattern

Trace onto white cardboard

Using ruler, pencil in all line folds

Cut carefully around edges

Bend all line folds using a ruler

Bend backwards and forwards

Fold into a box shape. Check that lids fits neatly

Trim edges for a nice fit

Glue-stick the whole box carefully

Place glue side down onto back side of wrapping paper

Press firmly to ensure it sticks

When dry, cut out gift box pattern

Using ruler, bend all folds backwards and forwards, carefully

Re-glue edges if necessary

Glue side edge to other edge

Peg edges and allow to dry

Fold in bottom of gift box carefully

Glue folds if necessary, to hold

Place your present inside gift box

Fold gold pipe cleaner into a bow

Or if using a gold ribbon, tie a bow

Glue bow to top of gift box

Your Christmas gift box is complete

Handmade Christmas Gift Box

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Ancient gift giving traditions

The Twelve Days of Christmas” song