Advent calendar don’t have to be stuffed with chocolate to make kids happy – honestly. There is so many other cool ideas to help little ones count down the days until Christmas.
Not that I think there is anything wrong with those daily shaped chocolate bites hidden behind a layer of foil – I remember as a child having them and used to eat it on the way to school (after brushing my teeth – so wrong!). And, of course they are inexpensive and often grabbed in a mad dash the night before the 1st of December from the supermarket…anyone?
But, if you’re feeling more organised, want something that will last for years to come or just keeping them off the daily sugar-rush then take a look at these…
1) Nutcracker Jewellery Advent £13.99 Meri Meri at Party Pieces
A beautiful little jewellery box with a bracelet and 23 charms that helps little ones build their own charm bracelet while learning the Nutcracker ballet tale.
2) Woden Train Advent £45 Marks & Spencer
A classic red and green painted wooden train that has mini pull-out drawers for you to fill with small treats – be them sweets, health snacks, mini toys or even fortune cookie style wishes.
3) Personalised 24 Sleeps Christmas Advent Book £15 The Letteroom
This A3 calendar can be hung up or used as a book and is filled with puzzles, crafts and fun festive facts to entrain kids (and adults!) until the big day.
4) Wooden Pixi Room £85 Maileg
Ok, so this isn’t cheap but how adorable? A perfectly decorated little room/house with a cupboard, drawers, bedlinen and of course a little Pixi. So, the Pixi sleeps all day, and at night creeps out to chalk the next days date (or days countdown) and hides a little gift or treat in his room for the littles to find. This could also work for counting down days to birthday and holidays.
5) Personalised Advent Calendar Tree Wall Stickers £16.95 notonthehighstreet
If you have a plain wall this advent is ideal – and can also be considered part of your Christmas decor for the more minimal types. A colourful tree wall sticker that can be personalised (on the tree pot and gifts) – with the idea to stick a new tree ornament on each day until you reach the star on the top.
How fab are these 3D Advent calendars? Boys and girls will love opening the windows to discover a small toy each day building up to a full Christmas scene (which can be made from the box). Will be played with long after Christmas day too.
7) Christmas Advent Crackers £10 Marks & Spencer
Start December with a bang… with these 24 stylish little crackers that you can fill with your own treats and add a joke and seal with a sticker (in kit).
8) Gift bag set £7 Ikea
A cheap and chic idea from Ikea- set includes 24 printed bags with numbered sticker that you can display along the mantle, hang on a length of ribbon or even hide around the house.
9) Wooden Advent Tree £54.95 Premier Decorations
This chic wooden tree sits atop 24 little draws that hold a new decorations to hang each day – a beautiful decoration that will last for years (or for as long as you don’t loose the delicate babbles…)