Advent Calendars

My mother-in-law made these advent calendars for our children a few years ago. Every year it’s slightly daunting to find 72 things to fit into the little pockets. Looking for ideas for advent calendar fillers or stocking stuffers? Here are a few:

  • Wind-up toys
  • Small animals – stuffed, plastic, wooden, etc.
  • Finger puppets
  • Bendy figures
  • Parachute figures
  • Clay
  • Small Games – cards, knitting doll, peg game, etc.
  • $$$
  • Buttons/Pins
  • Googly eyes
  • Select-A-Smile fake gag teeth
  • Paper balloons
  • iTunes or other gift cards
  • Paper gliders
  • Rubber stamps – one year I had personalized rubber stamps made with each of the kids’ names
  • Jaw Harp
  • Small Christmas crackers
  • Nail polish
  • Hair accessories
  • Ornaments to decorate – we found ours at Paper Source
  • “Book buddies” sticky notes
  • Santa’s coal bubble gum
  • Other little candies – Lindt truffles, little chocolate Santas, Pez, gum, or TicTacs
  • Matchbox car
  • Chapstick or lip balm
  • Tissue packets
  • Comb
  • Cap rocket
  • Toothbrush
  • Pens, pencils
  • Erasers
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Seashells
  • Flash drive (even better in fun shapes and sizes)
  • Blank books
  • Flip books
  • Handwritten notes – “Let’s get our Christmas tree,” “Holiday lights drive tonight,” “Cocoa and Christmas stories by the fire,” “Movie night,” “Cookie baking,” “Christmas carol sing,” “I love you, because…”
  • Sometimes I make the kids do a little work too: “Do a kind deed today challenge,” “Write a card to your brother/sister”
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