Advent calendars were one of my very favorite parts of Christmas as a kid. The lure of waxy chocolate would shoot me from my bed every morning, down to the kitchen, where I would rip open the tiny cardboard door I had located the day before. Inevitably I would try digging the chocolate piece out and get some stuck under my nail. If that didn’t work, I would aggressively bend the calendar to pop the chocolate out, pick it up off the floor and cram it into my mouth, forgetting to see if it had the winking Santa or the holly on the front.
Advent calendars are bigger than ever now, with dozens of options to buy or DIY. I’ll admit I usually go the waxy cheap chocolate route because I’m nostalgic for the good old days where nothing edible contained anything natural. Although I do love a good DIY advent calendar where you can tuck sweet little gifts into each day so by the time Christmas rolls around your kid are whipped into a gift frenzy.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest Advent calendars to buy, and some of the raddest calendars to DIY.
1. Big old snowman Advent calendar. I like the watercolor, and the fact that it is round. And I especially like Christmas mice.
2. Leave it to Land of Nod to come up with one of my favorites for this year: it’s a fabric Advent calendar that has the numbers printed on different size pockets. They also offer an option that comes with all sorts of tiny toys to stuff inside the pockets.
3. Eek! This is so cute. It’s a wooden house with a precious scene your kids can stare at, plus each drawer contains a little wooden ornament which means you don’t have to come up with your own ideas for treasures!
4. Eric Carle’s Dream Snow Pop-Up Advent Calendar – Click through to see another image; the whole thing is a cool pop-up with the little doors on the pages. That doesn’t make sense. Just go look at it…
5. Look at this 3D Advent Calendar Village! They include little jokes and facts to pop in each one, but I would also add cute chocolates.
6. This purple wonder holds puzzle pieces in each door, which I think is a faboo idea, as I love presents that double as other things.
1. Teeny tiny packages tied up with washi tape
2. Free printable Christmas houses from Mr. Printables.
3. Simple white paper bags make a beautiful Advent wall.
5. DIY terlet paper roll calendar. I love this majorly.
6. Printable cone-shaped boxes to fill with goodness.
Ideas for Innards for DIY Advent calendars:
Charms with a charm bracelet at the end
Cold, hard cash
Little love notes
I’m joining Pragmatic Mom in a 12 Days of Shopping extravaganza for the next, um, 12 days. Come see our gift guides on these different topics for each day:
Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists • Mia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers
Day 9: Gift Ideas for Clients (mine) •Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten (Mia’s post)