Small gifts to fit inside Wooden Advent calendar - ideas needed please!(67 Posts)
Last Christmas I invested in a lovely wooden advent calendar that can be brought out every year, rather hoping it'll become a beloved tradition that my children will grow-up with. I filled each drawer with a 'penny sweet' or Quality Street-type chocolate.
This year I was thinking of putting a small gift item in - like a small santa-face badge etc. But where do I find such
tat lovely christmas items that my 4 year old would get genuinely excited about?! Don't get me wrong, I can find the tat, I just can't find small enough tat to get in the little drawer.
I have noted on MN last year to write an activity to do and put it in the drawer, and I think I'll do that for weekend days when I'm not working and we can bake cookies or something. All ideas really appreciated.
Have you looked up Tobar toys? They do old fashioned nick-knack type toys and games.
I've got an Advent Calender .Each door has a tiny resin decoration that hangs onto a little resin tree with hooks .The tree is about 12" high, and it's lovely to see it fill up.
I put a few chocolate coins in too.
It's difficult to buy little things for a 4yo.
If it's a girl, maybe some little clip-on earrings (or if she's got piereced ears, studs) from Claire's Accessories. They often have 3 for 2.
My DD got gingerbread man earrings (cute).
Shoes or clothes for a Barbie Doll.
Sylvanian Family Baby figure
If it's a boy, the Halo figures that you assemble (in a sealed bag, about £2-3 from The Entertainer, Tesco, Game)
You might find some tiny decorations (M&S had little glass 'teardrops' about 1" long) that your DC could save every day to go on the tree?
I bought one of these today, so will watch this thread with interest.
I have decided to put some hair clips and bobbles in some of the drawers, but need some inspiration for the rest.
Oh yes, the one I bought has a tiny decoration in each drawer to put on the hooks dotted around the calendar scene, but I want to add something extra!
Sorry, can't help you with the 'small (tat) gifts' other than to mention Harper's Bazaar but we just do chocolate balls or coins and an activity as I much prefer the stuff to be eaten rather than litter up my house.
If you were planning on doing activities for the weekends, can I suggest you do them for every day just make the week day ones REALLY simple. I work full-time and DD1 is at school so week day things include stuff like 'DD1 has her school nativity today - let's all go along and watch it' and 'Let's find a Christmas storybook to share at bedtime' so nothing particularly challenging (and stuff you would be doing anyway but it really builds the excitement through the month.
I did this for several years. Started when DS was 1. He's now 16 and has 2 siblings. Believe me, I have pretty much exhausted all the little-pressie options over the years, and we own just about everything that Hawkins Bazaar sell.
For the last 3 years
I the elves have left DCs a special Xmas raffle. A Christmassy basket filled with pressies, each wrapped and with a raffle ticket attached.
They love getting their ticket from the calendar and finding the right pressie in the basket.
Not big things by any means, but at least they don't have to fit into a ridiculously tiny hole.
You're probably right, Dysgu, I definitely don't need any more tat hanging around.
Maybe I'll just stick with chocs, a few clips and bobbles (as these are useful), and try and think of some activities. We've got a theatre trip and a panto booked for December, so that's a start.
Dd age 6 has one of these and we have put plastic necklaces, Lego figures, Chocolate coins etc.
This year I think I am going to put a couple of pound coins in there, mini lipgloss, Lego figures, balloons, bracelets, keying, rubbers and mini pencils.
love the raffle idea
I bought a small tree from Poundland and bought a big tub of mini decorations which were divided amongst the pockets on DS' fabric calander and chucked in some chocolate coins or a moshi card/sticker for a bit of variety
Cakeistheanswer's made the most sense to me
sorry for being nosey
We have a wooden one, dm bought it and fills it. Last year it was done chocolate, some little dolls, some moulded plastic animals you can get them in you shops some German make I think. The puppies and lambs etc are small enough.
Hmm what else.....dd likes hair clips....
£1 coins- especially if you can get the really new ones (IIRC they release new coins at the end of the year)
I might do that this year, maybe put a few chocolate coins in Sun-Fri then have a £1 each on the Saturday.
<<adds to Christmas Plan List>>
Does this help for the "I have noted on MN last year to write an activity to do and put it in the drawer, and I think I'll do that for weekend days when I'm not working"
I do forfeits
What did the three wise men bring?
What do you think the Wise men would bring today?
Name three things you need to make Christmas pudding?
Sing jingle bells backwards?
Name three things that glitter?
Imitate a turkey?
Do 5 star jumps
Think of 3 words that rhyme with "Yule"?
Think up the next line of this poem:
At Christmas time the thing I like the best
Name 3 plants or trees associated with Christmas?
Name 3 animals or birds associated with Christmas?
Name 4 reindeer?
Sing a Christmas Song
Name 5 carols?
4 3-letter words from Christmas?
4 3-letter words from stocking?
Name a carol with someone's name in the title?
Name a song with Santa in the title?
What was given on the 9th day of Christmas?
In the 12 days of Christmas - how many birds altogether were given?
Name two animals in the traditional nativity scene?
Make a snowflake out of paper?
Tell the story of the first Christmas in less than a minute?
Name 5 Christmas foods?
Make something to hang on the Christmas tree?
Think of 3 names for father Christmas?
And these are some on MN previous years:
Decorate a tree outside with nuts and fat and toast for the birds, plus a star on top
"We're thinking of all the people in the world who won't have somewhere nice to sleep on Christmas day like Mary and Joseph"
read the Christmas Story
Go ice skating
put out some bird food / hedgehog food
Make salt dough decorations
Make a christingle
bake stained glass biscuits to decorate the tree with
Track Santa (for Christmas Eve)
Read a Christmas book (How the Grinch stole Christmas)
Make gingerbread house.
Collect pinecones, leaves and twigs to paint and turn into a centrepiece.
learn to sing a new carol and sing it to your parents
make paper snowflakes
learn the words to a Christmas song or poem and recite to Dad when he gets home
write a Christmas haiku
Make mum a cup of tea
Make a bookmark
Choose a charity to donate old toys to
Decorate Xmas cake.
Make Xmas cards or maybe crackers if you are feeling inventive.
Go to Carol service
Go to christingle service
Go to nativity
write letter to Santa
make mince pies
make christmas cards
collect christmas tree
decorate christmas tree
buy present for local children's xmas appeal
watch christmassy film
go shopping for christmas food
make christmas decorations
write christmas cards
Go for a walk with a torch
Visit Santa's Grotto
"Look under X and find the present" (another MNer suggested this on antoher thread)
make card for Nanna
make card for Daddy
Make some crackers?
Learn a new christmas song
Learn a christmas joke
paperchains are fab
Do a Christmas kindness each - just aim to do something for someone else that is just kind. Like buy the person behind you in the queue their coffee or help someone to carry their shopping or something else similar.
Make non-alcoholic mulled wine, lots of recipes online.
Go and look at the christmas lights on all the houses nearby.
go for a walk and pick holly
drink hot chocolate and watch a film (polar express)
walking around you local estate at night to view christmas lights..(if it applies, we have some very dedicated christmas enthusiasts around us)
make mince pies
ditto the reindeer food, dc's love it
make wreath or spray
make wrapping paper or xmas decorations
bake mince pies
fill a shoebox for a xmas shoebox appeal
learn about how another country celebrate xmas (depends how old your dc are)
Or take some biccies to the local retirement home/salvation army?
Make some reindeer food (porridge oats and glitter in a little jar).
go to church for a carol service?
put on Christmas Carols/Music and have a dance
make a Christmas present for dad
go out and collect holly and fir
Make a christmas card
stick cloves in oranges
make xmas decorations
cook some fudge/coconut ice for rellys
decorate xmas biscuits
Yay, my very first thread has answers - thank you all!
flower thanks for tip on Tobar, will google them shortly.
70isalimit great ideas there - why didn't I think of Claire's??! Loving idea of clip-on earrings esp christmas design ones. (I have 2 girls). She also loves key rings, so I just need to find one small enough (prob at Claire's again?).
Hi Biscuit, yes, of course some hair accessories (I really am rubbish at this)! Thanks for the tip and good luck on filling yours too.
Unfortunately my calendar didn't come with the mini decorations (I understand the type you mean) and I'm a bit gutted that I might have missed a trick. Perhaps I could make small felt decorations if I was feeling crafty...simple snowman / santa design with a loop at the top and get a mini tree for kids to hang them on. That could be a plan actually. Thank you for the inspiration 70 and biscuit (I just need to find the time!).
Dysgu I don't mind small tat as DD has loads of little bags and purses that they get put in to carry around (?) so generally it's all tidied away. I hate big toys though that just
consume clutter my conservatory. I like your tip on keeping the chocs christmassy, so if I don't get 24 bits of tat, I'll use choc coins or santa choc balls (poundstretcher?) to fill in the gaps. I'll have a google at Harper's too. Thank you.
Thanks everyone - more ideas welcome: I need 24 in all!
Brilliant list KtyMac.
Loads of those are part of our Christmas Traditions already.
Can I just say, re PineCones.
They are out now. Loads of them in our local streets right now.
You won't find them in December (voice of experience, having spent cold December days traipsing round forests)
Gosh, so many more replies, thanks everyone!
Cake - put simply, your idea is genius! While I can still buy cheap tat, I won't be restricted to size. LOVE IT!
Everyone else, thank you, will read all posts but they're coming in faster than I can reply! Thanks all
Little figures such as Moshi monsters, puppy in my pocket, my little pony etc fit inside these really well. You can usually get them more cheaply on ebay too.
peanut thanks will checkout poundland/poundstrecher for mini decs - might save me some time making them. thanks.
Katy great list - will pinch ideas for our new Christmas traditions, thank you.
70isalimit DD loves collecting pine cones (already have 3 in my living room). Good tip, I'll save as she collects and decorate in dec with some christmassy paint and glitter - brill idea, thanks.
DD would love Puppy in my Pocket and My Little Pony - thanks Ismeyes
Thanks everyday - it's a long time since I heard my name and genius in the same sentence!
Thanks also for making me think about it now. Funnily enough, I don't actually enjoy the last-minute end-of-November panic which usually occurs chez Cake.
I put polly pocket clothes and shoes from a car boot sale in DD1s last year alternated with activities. I would fill it in the morning, so could choose the activity to what I could cope with/ weather appropriate etc. if I did not want to do an activity I would put the PP item in. I will have a newborn this year, all being well, so will be watching this with interest. DD2 was too small last year. I made my callendar myself so thankfully there is room for all three.
Love this thread! I really want to get a nice wooden calendar. Not sure whether to get one each or one to share?!
At the moment (they'll be 5 and 3) the best gifts for mine would be little play figures - I get sets from eBay, last year they had things like looney tunes, Wallace and Gromit, snow white etc in their stockings, but I could put them in individually.
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