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5 Things To Fill Your Homemade Advent Calendar

An advent calendar is a pretty big thing to a child. The excitement of opening up the little square and taking out that tiny piece of chocolate sends some of them bonkers. Have you ever thought of doing your own one though?

When I was growing up my mum had a giant fabric advent calendar. She would fill the little pockets on it for us with treats every year and we loved it! It is a tradition I want to recreate with Piglet, and so naturally we are going to start this year! If you’re wondering what you can put in your homemade advent calendar then you’re in the right place.

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I have a cheap fabric one that I bought from Lidl this year, but I have been eyeing up this O Christmas Tree Treasure Box Advent Calendar. I was planning on buying one (hopefully) reduced after Christmas but I may still change my mind!

One fun aspect my mum used to do for us was to write little clues and send us on a treasure hunt to find our treat for the day. That was particularly good for days when it was too big to go into the advent calendar. When you’re trying to fit 3 treats in it can get a little cramped at times.

If you’d like to make one yourself, here are some ideas for what you can put in it:

1. Chocolate

This might seem a bit obvious – but you have to think outside the box a bit. It doesn’t have to be a plain chocolate, you can buy funsize snacks of your kids favourite brands. You could also get some Christmas themed ones. Anything that takes your fancy!

2. Ornaments

I am loving the idea of these Wooden Coloured Mini Christmas Decorations. They come in a box of 24 and are perfect to pop into the drawers or pockets of a homemade advent calendar. It is a fun alternative to having sweets or chocolate, and your little one can pop it on the tree each day. They are very similar to ornaments we had growing up, so the nostalgia factor adds something for me.

3. Useful Items

We all know kids love things like a rubber with santa or and elf on it, or a new hair clip or bobble or some Christmas earrings. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but as it is something they would likely use I would be willing to spend £1 or two on it.

4. Activity Notes

These can really vary depending on how much time you have. For weekdays it can be something really simple “We’re going to put on our PJs and snuggle up to watch Elf with some hot chocolate” or “Today is Piglet’s Nativity so we’re all going to go along and watch”.  At the weekend you could make a bigger deal of it by going ice skating, to the panto or visiting santa etc. There are so many options!

5. Sweets

Again – this one might seem a bit obvious. Chocolate is the obvious choice so mixing things up by adding a miniature haribo bag or a couple starbursts (are they still a thing? Am I showing my age?) makes a nice change. Its especially good if you’re little one isn’t a major chocolate fan. (I’ve heard that those children exist…… yet to meet one though!)

Do you have any other ideas for advent calendar fillers? Let me know in the comments!

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20 Comments


  1. // Reply

    My mum has just given me ‘a giant fabric advent calendar’ for my kids! 🙂 looking forward to filling it up. Love the idea of making memories for them:)


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      These ideas are perfect for in there!


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    We have an advent calendar to fill for Zach and I absolutely love the idea of putting ornaments in it – I hadn’t thought of that before and it is brilliant!! We actually have some like the ones you linked, so I will be popping those in there! Thank you!! xx #TheList


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      Oh fab I’m glad I’ve helped! I hope you have fun doing it


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    I am still pondering what to put into my girls’ advent calendars. They are both homemade ones with pockets, so will fit chocolate coins, mini chocolate bars and the like, but I want to mix it up a little and surprise the children… I was considering mini notebooks and pencils, since my girls love being creative. Or Lego… that would work!


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    This is such a lovely idea! We are planning on doing a book advent calendar this year. I’m so excited as our girls simply love books.xx #KCACOLS


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      Oh that sounds lovely! I’m a book lover so I might have to do with with Piglet one year


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      Glad you liked it – they’re a lot of fun! I’m filling mine up this evening ready for tomorrow!


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    Such good ideas, I remember my Mum putting different things in each day instead of a choccie calendar and I loved it. Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst
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      It just makes it a little more personal I think 🙂


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      Well you can’t really go wrong with chocolate 😉 A candle one sounds lush though – I’m on board with that!


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      That would be a nice change – and certainly fun for that sort of age group!

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