Most years, I buy the kids an advent calendar from whichever supermarket I see them in – last year M&S, the year before, Tesco but, heck, advent calendars for kids now seem to be big business, don’t they? And for the grown-ups too. The growth in the beauty advent calendar market seems to be rising year on year.
I was curious to know whether my fellow bloggers spent their hard-earned cash on advent calendars for kids. After all, Christmas can be expensive enough without buying gifts at the beginning of December! And then there’s the task of putting together stocking fillers which, personally, I find more difficult than buying the kids’ main presents.
Here’s what they said.
Catherine of Mama Cat And Baby Bee says “We are so cheap. We have a Lego one we reuse every year. I’m also making one this year inspired by the Maileg Pixy House.
Jade at Mummies Waiting says “I make a homemade one as I try to avoid chocolate. I usually use mini toy cars, jewellery etc”.
Says Kate at Lesbemums:”>We’re doing a book advent this year. Cheap books by Book People or The Works. Done. Now the hard bit: wrapping!”
Nathalie at Intolerant Gourmand says: “My little boy has multiple allergies so I always make a homemade one with safe treats. But the main thing I do is a book advent – 24 Christmas books/DVD’s that I wrap and put by the fire with 2 Christmas blankets. Each night a new book is chosen, unwrapped and then once snuggled up in front of the fire we read it!”
Emma at Adventures And Play makes a home-made book advent calendar, whilst Franki at Wonderful Chaos also makes a home-made one with little things hidden in it, but also with tickets and messages with things to do.
Emma at Mrs Shilts says “My Mom made us one when we were little and would bring it out every December and fill it with little bits and pieces; chocolates, nail varnish, hair bobbles, novelty pencils etc it was brilliant! Unfortunately, I’m not as creative so buy advent calendars for my son. It’s a good countdown for him to help him understand how many days is left until Christmas.”
Laura at About London recommends this one from Deborah Hitchens here which is designed for frazzled mums and Kacie at The Rare Welsh Bit likes to buy herself one. “If I can afford it I like to get one that has beauty minis in it”, she says. “With all the chocolate I eat over Christmas, it’s best if I avoid the chocolate advent calendars!”.
Mary at Over 40 And A Mum To One made her son a cross-stitch one when he was very small that she filled with chocolate coins and he also has a Playmobil one now that he’s a bit older.
Chantelle at Mama Mummy Mum does a mix of shop-bought and home-made. “We always have a wooden advent train filled with chocolates, and for the past couple of years I’ve made up a book advent for the kids too. I’m lucky because my mum still buys me a calendar every year. I’m looking forward to a Reese’s one this year!”
Emma at The Mini Mes And Me usually buys them for the kids and her boyfriend but this year she’s going to make them all as she’ll have a little more time on her hands. The boyfriend will get an alcohol and chocolate one whereas the kids’ will be filled with a variety of items from small games, stationery, sweets etc – their favourite things.
Susan at Susan K Mann buys chocolate ones but also has a felt one she fills with little treats or messages, whilst Helen at Mummy To The Max buys toy ones every year in the January sale. “For the last 2 years I have got my little boy Playmobil ones for £10 instead of the usual price of £20”, she says. “He loves them and gets a cool set to play with after”.
And lastly, Jennifer at My Mummys Pennies has a lovely decorated wooden one for each of the children. “Each numbered box has a mini decoration to hand up and we fill it will some sweets too. It’s become a lovely tradition. Last year My husband and I treated ourselves to a beauty and a Yankee candle one too”.
While buying a shop-bought advent calendar for kids is the quick and easy route, I think some of these mums have found ways to create a great family tradition which the kids will hopefully look back on with nostalgia in the years to come.
How about you – will you be buying your kids an advent calendar this year?