Advent Calendar Fillers

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Now that the festive season is here, it is time to think about the awesome tradition of advent calendars. You know, those fun countdowns with surprises every day?

Well, it’s even more fun when you get to pick the surprises yourself! With so many advent calendars out there, why not create your own with gifts that scream holiday cheer?

Happy kids with christmas advent calendar

Imagine the joy on your loved ones’ faces as they unwrap a little something special each day. It’s like making your own holiday magic!

So, let’s look at what you can fill an advent calender with to make it special. Remember to think about what makes each person smile and giggle – that’s the secret ingredient.

From kiddos to teens to grown-ups, we’ve got the scoop on finding the perfect surprises for everyone. Each day brings not just a gift but a “wow” moment. Get ready to turn this Christmas countdown into a month of fun!

Make or Buy Your Advent Calendar?

So should you DIY your blank advent calendar or purchase a ready-made one? I suggest keeping it simple and fun. You don’t need a PhD in crafting – just go with what you have around home or can easily find in the store.

For quick and easy, you can grab some festive Christmas-themed boxes or bags (easy peasy, right?) or simply wrap up the 24 little surprises in some Christmas paper.

DIY Advent calendar ideas

Now, I’m all for the joy of crafting, but if you are pressed for time or want something you can reuse year after year, then definitely shop around for a reusable blank advent calendar.

So whether you’re the Pinterest queen or the last-minute wonder Mom, the goal is to make those countdown days sparkle. So, should you make or buy? Either way, it’s a win-win for festive fun!

Advent Calendar Ideas for Family

There are plenty of awesome advent calendar ideas that bring the whole family together! No need to stress about crafting individual calendars – let’s keep it simple and share the joy.

How about a daily family festive activity? Write down fun things like “Bake cookies together,” “Movie night with everyone’s favorite pick,” or “Create goofy holiday crafts.” It’s the perfect daily dose of festive family bonding!

Christmas Printable Family Activity Cards

If you’re feeling snacky, go for a shared treat calendar. Load it up with some fancy snacks that you don’t normally purchase (but always wanted to try!).

Think fancy mini chocolates, and delicious candy. Each day, gather ’round for a mini feast. Trust me, the kiddos (and the grown-ups) will love this delicious tradition.

And for the ultimate family adventure, mix it up with a scavenger hunt! Each day, hide a clue leading to a small surprise or an activity for everyone to enjoy. It’s a fantastic way to add a dash of mystery and giggles to your daily countdown.

Ideas for Advent Calendar Fillers

You might be thinking, ‘what do you fill a blank advent calendar with?’ Here are some tiny filler ideas for your advent calendar for kids and adults.

Advent Calendar Fillers for Kids

If you’re on a mission to fill your kiddos’ advent calendars with some special treats but don’t know where to start, then read on. These ideas will sprinkle some magic into their December days.

Girl with advent calendar christmas stockings
  1. Tiny Toys: Think mini action figures, adorable dolls, or pint-sized animals. Little treasures that fit snugly in tiny hands.
  2. Stickers Bonanza: From sparkly stars to cute animals, these sticky wonders make every day a little more colorful.
  3. Candy Countdown: Sweet treats are a classic choice. Mini chocolates, gummies, or even a candy cane or two – because who can resist a daily sugar sprinkle?
  4. Temporary Tattoos: Kids love to show off their style! Pick out festive temporary tattoos for a daily dose of creative fun.
  5. Puzzle Pieces Adventure: Turn the calendar into a puzzle quest. Each day, reveal a new piece or two, and watch as the whole picture unfolds!
  6. DIY Craft Kits: Feed their creative souls with tiny craft projects. From making holiday ornaments to coloring adventures, it’s crafting galore!
  7. Character Erasers: Cute erasers shaped like their favorite characters add a touch of fun to the daily grind – literally!
  8. Mini Notebooks and Pens: Encourage a bit of doodling and storytelling with pocket-sized notebooks and colorful pens.
  9. Bouncy Balls: Because, let’s face it, bouncing around is just pure, unadulterated fun. Go for colorful, bouncy bliss!
  10. Festive Socks: Keep those little toes cozy with holiday-themed socks. Practical and oh-so-adorable!
  11. Glow-in-the-Dark Stars: Turn bedtime into a celestial journey with glow-in-the-dark stars to decorate their room.
  12. Holiday-Themed Stamps: Add a stamp of joy to their day with holiday-themed stamps. A little creativity at their fingertips!
  13. Seed Packets: Plant the seed of curiosity with packets of flower or herb seeds. It’s the gift that keeps on growing!
  14. Funky Shoelaces: Turn their shoes into a fashion statement with vibrant and playful shoelaces.
  15. Mini Flashlights: Light up their world – literally! Mini flashlights are perfect for bedtime adventures or creating shadow puppets.
  16. Character Toothbrushes: Turn brushing into an adventure with toothbrushes featuring their favorite characters.
  17. Bubble Bath Packets: Make bath time bubblier with fun and fragrant bubble bath packets.

Advent Calendar Filler Ideas for Toddlers

Toddlers are bundles of excitement, so let’s make each day a burst of fun with these toddler-approved advent calendar filler ideas

Toddler and mom with advent calendar
  1. Soft Stuffed Animals: Cute and cuddly companions to share the holiday cheer.
  2. Finger Puppets: Tiny characters that spark imaginative play and storytelling.
  3. Mini Board Books: Bright and colorful stories for those cozy bedtime moments.
  4. Christmas-Themed Pajamas: Because festive jammies make bedtime extra special.
  5. Sippy Cup Stickers: Turn their sippy cups into works of art with festive stickers.
  6. Bath Toys: Little duckies, boats, or even mini rubber animals for splashy fun.
  7. Felt Shapes for Crafting: Soft, safe shapes for their first forays into crafting.
  8. Flashcards with Numbers and Shapes: Educational and fun, a win-win for curious minds.
  9. Character Socks: Keep those tiny toes warm and adorable with character-themed socks.
  10. Foam Bath Letters and Numbers: Make bath time an early learning adventure.
  11. Baby Hair Accessories: Adorable clips or bows for the tiniest fashionistas.
  12. Snack-Size Raisin Boxes or Crackers: A yummy treat that’s just the right size for little hands.
  13. Sticker Books: Let them create their own sticker masterpieces.
  14. Plush Holiday-Themed Balls: Perfect for little hands to toss and catch.
  15. Sensory Balls: Textured balls for tactile exploration and play.
  16. Soft Christmas-Themed Blanket: A cozy addition to snuggle time.
  17. Velcro Fruit and Vegetable Play Set: A safe and fun way to introduce pretend play.
  18. Soft Silicone Spoons: Make mealtime merry with holiday-themed utensils.
  19. Baby-safe Mirror: Encourage self-discovery with a baby-safe mirror.
  20. Soft Building Blocks: Safe and squishy for imaginative building.

Advent Calendar Filler Ideas for Her

If you are making an advent calendar for someone special, here are some ideas to add a touch of joy to her daily countdown

Woman with advent calendar
  1. Mini Beauty Products: Indulge her with travel-sized skincare or makeup treats.
  2. Scented Candles: Create a cozy atmosphere with a collection of festive-scented candles.
  3. Luxurious Chocolates: Delight her taste buds with gourmet chocolates or truffles.
  4. Festive Jewelry: A piece of holiday-themed jewelry for a touch of sparkle.
  5. Handwritten Notes: Fill the calendar with heartfelt notes or love letters to brighten her day.
  6. Miniature Bottles of Wine or Champagne: Cheers to the season with a daily dose of bubbly joy.
  7. Fancy Teas or Coffee: Unique and flavorful teas or specialty coffee for a luxurious sip.
  8. Miniature Perfumes: A collection of her favorite scents in adorable mini bottles.
  9. Personalized Ornaments: Add a touch of sentimentality with personalized ornaments.
  10. Gourmet Snacks: Treat her taste buds to a selection of gourmet snacks or treats.
  11. Travel-sized Skincare Set: Pamper her with a mini skincare routine for each day.
  12. Motivational Quotes: Daily inspiration with motivational and uplifting quotes.
  13. Hand Creams and Lotions: Keep her skin soft and moisturized during the winter months.
  14. Artisanal Soaps: Luxurious soaps with unique scents for a spa-like experience.
  15. Mini Puzzle or Brain Teaser: Stimulate her mind with a daily dose of brain-teasing fun.
  16. Aromatherapy Oils: Essential oils with calming scents for relaxation.
  17. Specialty Hot Chocolate Mixes: Gourmet hot chocolate mixes for a cozy night in.
  18. Mini Plants or Succulents: Bring a touch of nature indoors with tiny potted plants.
  19. Holiday-themed Stationery: Festive notepads, pens, or notebooks for her creative side.
  20. Gourmet Popcorn: Unique popcorn flavors for movie nights.

Advent Calendar Fillers for Him

Let’s sprinkle some festive cheer into his days with these advent calendar filler ideas tailored for him:

Rustic sack advent calendar
  1. Miniature Bottles of Whiskey or Craft Beer: A daily toast to the season with his favorite spirits.
  2. Gourmet Jerky or Snack Packs: High-quality snacks for those moments of holiday hunger.
  3. Pocket-sized Tools: Handy gadgets or tools that fit into his pocket for unexpected fixes.
  4. Socks with Personality: Keep his toes warm and stylish with fun and quirky socks.
  5. Unique Hot Sauce Samplers: A spicy surprise each day for the hot sauce enthusiast.
  6. Grooming Products: Travel-sized grooming essentials or specialty beard oils.
  7. Tech Gadgets: Small tech accessories or gadgets to enhance his daily routine.
  8. Coffee Sampler Pack: A variety of coffee blends to start his mornings right.
  9. Mini Whiskey Stones or Ice Molds: Elevate his drink with cool and unique ice options.
  10. Miniature Puzzle Games: Stimulate his mind with compact puzzle games.
  11. Cufflinks or Tie Clips: Stylish accessories to add a touch of flair to his outfits.
  12. Keychain Flashlights: Compact and powerful for those dark winter evenings.
  13. Travel-sized Cologne or Aftershave: A variety of scents to keep him smelling fresh.
  14. Guitar Picks or Musical Accessories: For the music enthusiast, a daily dose of musical surprises.
  15. Specialty Coffee Syrups or Flavors: Elevate his coffee game with unique flavors.
  16. Miniature Tool Set: Tiny tools for quick fixes or DIY projects.
  17. Small Fitness Equipment: Compact exercise tools like resistance bands or hand grips.
  18. Car Accessories: Practical and cool accessories for his car, like a mini air freshener.
  19. Novelty T-shirts: Fun and quirky T-shirts to add a touch of humor to his wardrobe.
  20. Gourmet Chocolate or Treats: Decadent chocolates or treats for a daily sweet indulgence.

So have fun making your Christmas advent calendars. Remember the real magic is in making your loved ones happy with these little surprises.

Whether it’s for the kids, adding some luxury for her, or bringing adventure for him, the holiday spirit is all about the smiles and laughter these tiny gifts bring.

Wishing you lots of joy, laughter, and unforgettable moments this holiday season!

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