Items to put in Advent Calendar

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife


We 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 lolly or note with an activity we will complete that day.  If the gift I want to give them is too big I write a note and place that in the drawer with a clue where it maybe hiding, it then becomes a treasure hunt….this is loads of fun. 

Remember to keep track of your purchases, using the Advent Calendar gift page in your The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner.

Advent Calendar Activity Ideas

 Suggested activities to place in advent calendar

  • Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Open this years new Christmas ornament
  • Go for a drive to look at Christmas lights
  • Have photo’s with santa
  • Write letter to santa
  • Do some Christmas crafts
  • Do some Christmas baking
  • Give to charity
  • Play some Christmas music
  • Read a Christmas book
  • Watch a Christmas movie
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Wrap presents
  • Attend a Christmas Party 
  • Attend a Christmas Concert
  • Christmas shopping
  • Do a family christmas tradition
  • Donate toy’s to a local charity
FREE Printable here for you to add some of the activities above to your advent calendar 
Advent Calendar Activity Notes
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Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

Suggested items to place in advent calendar

  • Christmas Decoration for the tree or their room
  • Crayons for Christmas craft activities
  • Christmas Hairclips, hairties
  • Marbles
  • Lip Balm
  • Bracelets
  • Christmas Earrings
  • Nail polish
  • Underwear
  • Singlet
  • Matchbox cars
  • Christmas craft packs
  • Key ring
  • Lollies or chocolates
  • Candy canes
  • Chocolate coins
  • Small toy
  • Action figures
  • Glow sticks
  • Lego
  • Card Games
  • Book
  • Bookmark
  • Play-doh
  • Toothbrush
  • Notebook
  • Colouring book
  • Stickers
  • Pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Erasers
  • Stamps and ink
  • Tattoo’s
  What items do you place in your Advent Calendar?

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Kate Sins November 20, 2011 - 6:21 AM

I made an advent calendar last year, similar to the envelope one in your ‘advent calendar inspiration’ post and it was a huge hit with Mr-23-months-at-the-time. I had Matchbox cars, crayons, chalk, stickers, bracelets (yep, he loved them), the occasional Freddo Frog and other small items. It was exciting for him to have something to open each day but I think he might’ve been just a touch too young. This year will be totally different! Thanks for the list of things to put in.

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 7:54 PM

It’s always so much fun, I can’t wait for 1st Dec.

Venny Sarmiento on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 7:33 AM

We do the same thing. I have a Santa advent calendar with little drawers to fit treats. I too leave notes for the bigger things but am loving ur list cause I always run out of ideas! I love the notes instead of treats with things to do together! I also do a shop of small Xmas things on sale from the year before to use – pencils, stickers, Xmas books etc.

Danielle Golding on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 7:37 AM

Dumb q but you start on 1?

Lesley Baker on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 7:42 AM

The sleep advising lady that loves to put a downer on someones good work!

Kim Jarrold on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 9:52 AM

I have little Christmas erasers in there as well $2 a pack of $12.

The Organised Housewife on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 10:25 AM

Lesley Baker ??

Danielle Golding on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 10:56 AM

I meant do you start on number 1 on the advent calendar, got my activities printed and ready to go! Thanks’

Gabby_299 November 20, 2011 - 10:58 AM

Hi Kat

Great activities. We make our own too. Did an envelope version last year but am looking at doing a boxed one this year. Beginning the planning this week.

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:00 PM

It is and the kids enjoy the thrill each day, love their faces lighting up

Lesley Baker on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 3:31 PM

Oh! Sorry- must have hit the wrong person before I commented! Dam feeding through the night!- so tired!

The Organised Housewife on Facebook November 20, 2011 - 3:52 PM

Not a silly question Danielle Golding, I think yes you are meant to start on the 1, but last year our countdown calendar broke so we used the Advent Calendar to countdown so started on 24.

K Bridges November 20, 2011 - 7:25 PM

Thanks for the ideas, I’m making an advent calender this year for the first time & this has given me some new ideas of what I can include in it 🙂

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:03 PM

you will enjoy it, think of it as the beginning of a new tradition!

Samy_savva November 20, 2011 - 7:49 PM

Wow, what some amazing ideas. We have an advent bunting which hangs in the loungeroom. Miss O was too small to understand the idea of the calendar so we used it purely for decoration but this has given me so much inspiration to get things going this year! I particularly love the idea regarding putting notes in it about what we will be doing during the day!

Thanks again Kat

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:03 PM

Love the idea of an advent bunting

Kerry4 November 20, 2011 - 8:35 PM

We have simple advent calendars here. Have done the same for the last 2 years and the kids are asking for them again this year (my kiddies are 4 and 5 1/2). I found a download a few years back of a santa face and beard. 24 circles on his beard. Each morning we glue a cotton ball on his beard. When his beard is full, that is the night he visits. Simple, no extra buying of gifts. No lollies…which I love. I print 2 so they have 1 each.

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:04 PM

I love it Kerry, looks like fun, do you have a link so I can share it with everybody.

Kerry4 November 22, 2011 - 9:13 PM

I don’t remember the original page I got it from. It was a few years ago and I uploaded it into Paint and coloured it in. I can email you the word doc or PDF file of it if you like if you know how to share it that way. It really is fun. And is super quick to prepare.

Anna November 21, 2011 - 12:07 AM

I have an Adairs advent calendar too. I buy small Christmas decorations that fit in the drawers and add them to a mini Christmas tree each day.

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:10 PM

Great idea!

Anonymous November 21, 2011 - 12:51 AM

Thanks for the fab ideas for the advent calendar gifts. I usually run out of ideas after a week and resort to lollies!!! This year though I have your ideas and about a dozen Squinkies 😉

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:10 PM

Squinkies is a great idea!! Love it as an alternative to the star wars lego for the girls!

Cocobelladesign November 21, 2011 - 1:40 PM

I just bought 2 beautiful wooden advent calendars from Ravissant, and all your great ideas will help me fill them up. My girls are still young and we are having so much fun starting all our own family Christmas traditions, the extra special advent calendars will be one of them.

Katrina November 22, 2011 - 8:13 PM

Leesa has some beautiful advent calendars too!!

Bec G November 27, 2011 - 3:55 PM

My mum made us an advent calender last year (a material one like the kids you buy from spotlight) and has added beads and stars to make it really pretty.
We have christmas decorations and I found some little sesame street, mr men and this year some disney princess ornaments…
I do up a roster and everyone has their turn pulling it out… I pull names out by random so it’s never in the same order! The kids love it and get excited when it is their day to find out what is in the pocket!
It’s also special because a) my mum made it for us and b) last year was our first christmas as ‘our’ blended family! So a new tradition!

Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:12 AM

That is so sweet and I love the sentiment that your mum made it 🙂 roster is a great idea!

Hannah December 1, 2011 - 3:24 PM

Last year i made an Advent Bunting with tiny little stockings for each day. We like to mostly steer away from gifts, sometimes treats, but more family/fun ideas. Thanks for your great ideas, I will definitely be using them this year!

Katrina December 22, 2011 - 12:21 AM

I would love to have a bunting next year!

Emma Watts November 8, 2012 - 3:21 PM

Advent calendars are my fave Christmas tradition, so much fun! I just bought the Kaisercraft DIY calendar from Spotlight. Let’s see if I can dig deep and kick my dormant crafty skills into gear by Dec 01 🙂

Amber November 9, 2012 - 6:26 AM

Something else to add to the activities in the advent calendar is having the santa photo taken. We do this as a family each year – including the adults. It ensures that we get at least one photo of any camera shy person (usually me as I’m on the other side of the camera). My kids love the yearly family shot!

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