This year I have decided to boycott the pre filled, shop-bought Christmas advent calendars and instead, use a reusable fabric pocket advent and fill it with lots of different, more personal treats for my children.
There is however, only one calendar but three children…! So, I’ve had to think very carefully as to what I put in there, plus how to keep my spending under control (there’s always that tendency of getting a bit too carried away!).
Most of my fillers have been put straight in to the pockets as they are although a small handful have been wrapped with tissue paper and a ribbon to make the opening that bit more fun and exciting. Where items have been in pockets for a specific child, I have used a personalised stamp (from the English Stamp Company) to stamp the gift with their name on it.
In every pocket there is something for each child – it could be a toy for one and a treat for two, or a simply a treat (and by treat, I mean a small piece of chocolate!) for all three.
To add that extra bit of personalisation, I accessorised my Ferm Living advent calendar (which I love!) with battery operated wired LED lights and a gorgeous polar bear which I picked up for only £18 from M&Co!
Below are the items that I chose to fill my children’s calendar with, most of which were only £1 each although, there were a few that were a little more. In all, I spent no more than £30 on my advent fillers. (I haven’t included the Westelm letter decorations though as these were bought before I had planned this advent!)
What I bought;
Do let me know if you will be doing something similar this Christmas. Likewise, please share what you will be putting in yours, if different to mine!
Thanks for reading, SJ