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{Inspiration} Advent Calendars

Advent Calendars

I love Christmas, the excitement, build up, anticipation, decorating, family time together, creating, baking and most of all giving. We use an advent calendar each year to give a gift or little note to the kids.  Perhaps it’s not the traditional way an advent calendar is used however it’s how we have the most fun and joy with it.

Tomorrow I will share with you what we place in our advent calendar, but today I thought I would show all the different choices and options are available for you to use, purchase or create yourself.

Our Advent Calendar

 Purchased from Adairs many years ago

To purchase

Lego Star wars – Advent Calendar (Mr 8 is going to love this).  Available online from



Lime Tree Kids


Christmas Warehouse

 Deal Direct

Be a Fun Mum

The Useful Box

Raw box to decorate as you please, found at Spotlight or KaiserCraft stores

 Socks pegged to ribbon

Envelopes pegged to string


Wrapped items on coathanger

Using a baking sheet

These are so elegant, paper bags, simply decorated and tied together with ribbon

paper cones

What do you as an Advent Calendar?

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  • Tara

    I have a Cars chocolate one just for mister 3 but im also making one for all 3 of us with fun activities for each day which i found on Pinterest xxReplyCancel

  • these ideas are so good, dont know which one to do this year!ReplyCancel

  • Our small christmas traditions are the advent calendars. A tree one (like shown) which I put various things in each year and the Lego box. The kids live itReplyCancel

  • This is our first year using the lego box, I am sure my Mr 8 is going to be so excited!ReplyCancel

  • He will. Mine r Ms 12, Ms 10 & Mr 10 now & they have loved it 4 at least last 3 yrs. And so much better than that yuk choc. Have noted the pre-packed are now doing toys (but think cheap ones). Yes I do my own Christmas crackers too – so get something a little better, and then can do adults & kids onesReplyCancel

  • I just bought and finished making the Kaiser Advent Box from spotlight. Took a bit of time but fairly happy with the end result.ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas there. I spot some more Phoenix Trading gift wrap!ReplyCancel

  • […] have a gorgeous advent calendar that we have used for years.  As I mentioned yesterday, you can purchase or make you own.  In our advent calendar I place small inexpensive gifts, a […]ReplyCancel

  • These are awesome! Thanks so much for including mine Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Vikki

    $40+ for the lego advent calendar is a *bit* steep. Especially as it would seem impractical to use it again?…ReplyCancel

    • My little man sits for hours with his Lego characters, he will love it.ReplyCancel

  • I love the lego advent calendar gifts – do they have them in any other theme other than star wars (hubby will love it, not sure about miss 4 and miss 6 though)? Great Pins!ReplyCancel

    • There is a Lego City advent calendar, I think Bricks 4 fun only have 2 left.ReplyCancel

  • tutuames

    Is it bad that the only Advent Calendars I’ve had were the chocolate ones from Kmart/Big W/Target? You know the ones where the chocolate tastes horrible and you don’t really want the day to begin?

    I don’t think I’m creative enough to think up 25 new things every year to include in the calendar…ReplyCancel

    • I agree the chocolates do taste terrible. We usually do the same activities each year. Give it a go, you will have loads of fun!ReplyCancel

    • Dum

      I have no interest in the religious significance of a true Advent countdown, so I prefer a 10 day countdown, and better quality gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the link Kat – so many beautiful calendars and great ideas out thereReplyCancel

  • Kerry4

    These all look so good. But like you tutuames, I am pushed to create/buy etc. 25 items for an advent calendar. I have just posted the calendar we used on the 20 Nov blog post (reading them backwards, so just saw this post sorry). It is a borrowed idea that I found on the net, but I love the simplicity of it. The kids love it. They get to ‘do’ something to it every morning (glue on the cotton ball) and see how close the big day is. You should be able to see it as a comment on today’s post.ReplyCancel

  • They are so gorgeous!! I want one of them! xxxReplyCancel

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    […] There are some amazing Advent Caendars out there to purchase or if you are crafty to make yourself. The Organised Housewife  has a fantastic suggestion list of Advent Calendars to buy or make. […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachelf

    This is excellent!! I’ve been looking for a nice advent calendar for our family to keep forever. So far, I haven’t found just the right one, but I’ve found several ideas to get us through Christmas oh-so-cutely. Thanks for sharing the great ideas!!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so very much for joining in with this week’s Pinning & Singing Pinterest Party. I am doing an Advent calendar post on my Christmas blog soon and had no idea there were so many out there! Isn’t pinterest an amazing source of inspiration and information!

    Best wishes and happy pinning,

  • Janette Johanson

    Really great ideas!! Love your site! ReplyCancel

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  • hi kat, may i just say that im slighly smitten with you and your ideas. but i have a question. do u have a seperate calender for each of your children or do u just put all gifts in the one slot. or are the gifts for everyone?ReplyCancel

  • Miranda

    If you’re into the more traditional Christmas calendar, and don’t have time to make something, we love our beautiful wooden advent calendar from Koorong. Then our advent calendar also becomes our nativity scene! I just put lollies in the little drawers with each magnet. The kids love opening the drawers each morning and adding the magnetic characters to create the nativity scene… and the lollies of course! :)

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