• 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Make Your Own Gift Tin

Discover the story of the Princess Mary Gift Tin in this festive First World War activity.

Make Your Own Gift Tin

The Princess Mary Gift Tin was given to soldiers serving at Christmas during the First World War in 1914 as a present from the Royal Family. Princess Mary was the daughter of the King and wanted to do something special for all serving in the Armed Forces. 

355,000 boxes were delivered in time for 25 December and each tin contained different things including tobacco, chocolate, sweets, spices and a message from the King himself!

Use our template and instructions to have a go at making your own Princess Mary Gift Tin in this family friendly festive activity!

Why not share your creations with us on social media using @NAM_London

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