October 09, 2021
57 Ideas for Advent Calendar Gifts - not sponsored by Heinz!
Advent calendars! There’s so much love in our house for the December countdown to Christmas and I have made SO many advent calendars for kids, friends and my very lucky other half that I’ve lost count.
A massive part of the attraction of an advent calendar that you create yourself, is that you can fill it with exactly what you want, things you know the person opening it will appreciate. Which is perfect if you don’t want your small one to be eating chocolate for breakfast every morning in December (same rules don’t apply to Mum or Dad though, right!)
If you want some inspiration on what to fill your advent calendar with, I’ve compiled some of my favourite ideas and thought starters below. Some are free, some are budget friendly, and some are more expensive so feel free to mix it up and use whatever is helpful. I’ve kept most of my suggestions to the smaller sized items that might work with either our paper advent calendar or our bespoke wooden initial advent calendar. But if you want to go BIG my friend, then you go for it!
I’m also trying to support as many other indie businesses as possible so where there are specific suggestions I’ve added links to their products.
For ease of reading I’m going to split the suggestions into “Teens to Adults” and “Primary Schoolers” but please keep in mind your own audience as you know them best. If you’ve got this far, you might as well read all the suggestions because lots of them work across the ages. Yay – let’s rock n roll.
Something free every day!
Actually, let’s start with free ideas that work across the generations. These could be a part of the advent calendar every day, or just popped into a few days – but they are very low cost, basically free ideas for a bit of fun.
So, you get the idea on add ins to your advent calendar that are free or really low cost. You can make those bits super specific for your person. Now, let’s spend a little!
Suggestions for the teens to adults (but read through because some will work for any age)
Suggestions for Primary School age children, adapt as necessary.
And just a word about shopping small and supporting your local economy. As this is a blog post we really had to link to online places where you can purchase these suggestions! Not a single one of these links though, takes you to an Amazon page. Yes, a lot of small businesses also sell on Amazon, but that will not be the ONLY place they sell and you can support them by finding their own webshop, or sourcing any of these items in physical shops local to you. You might even be able to find some of these suggestions in local charity shops. Be creative and your advent calendar becomes a much bigger gift!
If every adult in the UK spent £1 a day with a small business, it would add £12billion to local economies. And what a gift that would be to all of us!
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