28 November 2018

Advent Calendar Ideas

The magic is building and one of the best ways to allow children to count down is an Advent Calendar. Every year I put together a calendar for my three boys and this year I am using our handmade advent gift bags by Numero 74. They are larger and individual so are a fantastic option when you have a few children to cater to for this Christmas excitement.

I thought I'd share some of my advent calendar ideas that work really well for us and don't blow the budget or create sugar overload. Save that for the big day!

Firstly I do not wrap everything. I know some people do and I see their advent calendars on Instagram and am full of admiration for them because WOW, but the reality is that I have three kids, one business, a house being renovated (we are doing it all ) and limited brain space for that much planning. Also the kids don't need that for each day and so I save the wrapping for the days when there are slightly more serious gifts inside.

The treats that work for us are

- Small stationery items. Think erasers, coloured pencils, stickers, maybe a pencil case. I select things that they will need for school or that will be a good addition to the craft cupboard.

- Chocolate. I know I know but they love the excitement of a tiny chocolate Santa. I often buy the Christmas edition of the Cadbury animal bars like my Gran used to buy for my sister and I. They are small and super cute and will cover a few days over the month.

- Tree ornament. These are wrapped. We give the boys a special ornament each year and one day, when they have left home to start their own trees, they will be able to hang each one with a feeling of home no matter where they are. I will often add these to the calendar towards Christmas.

- Activites. I did this one year when I completely botched planning the calendar fillers, but they loved it, so now I add in quite a few. Zero sugar and no shopping to have organised! Things such as make an ornament, bake gingerbread houses, go to see the Christmas windows. Just write it down on a sweet little card or gift tag and pop it in as a holiday date. They love it. Even the teenagers love this because they are things to look forward to and make memories.

- Lego. Buy one box of lego and wrap up a couple of pieces to be tucked into the pocket for each day. When they get to 24 they receive the instructions. Just remember to leave any characters to the last few pockets or they might work out what it is. This one is a winner with my boys and takes care of an entire calendar.

- Underwear. I know I know but if they are super cute Christmas socks or undies they love this to bits.

I hope I've given some of you ideas and you have lots of fun setting up your calendar!

x Clare