Advent Calendar Gifts.
Christmas is fast approaching but the Advent Calendar Gifts arrive even earlier. The elves collect our Advent calendars on the 30th November and fill them up with presents if the children have been good and are asleep when they arrive. Unfortunately, the elf in charge of Christmas resources two years ago forgot about this task until the very last minute Thankfully the party bag goodies and sweet box flew to the rescue. The elf is now prepared and starts work early on this task, she has learnt her lesson!
We started the “fill your own advent calendar” idea when the children were very young, we bought them a little wooden advent calendar each which we filled with little non-sweet treats and then led them to the calendar each morning for them to find a new gift. There are a number of problems with this
1, We set an expectation which is now as much a part of Christmas as a tree and funky socks for daddy.
2. The drawers in the advent calendar are far too small and are a real nuisance to find something to for them.
3. The children “love” their individual calendars and do not want to change them.
4. They also acquire chocolate advent calendars from friends and family so I really would prefer not to add to the December pre-breakfast sugar load.
The advent calendars used to be easy, a little hair clip, a small plastic dinosaur, all things that were not too expensive and would fit with ease into the tiny drawers. It is now a lot harder, gone are the days where a few cheap hair clips could be spread over a number of days. Our daughter now likes the type of hair accessories that are a lot more expensive and plastic dinosaurs are not even a topic of conversation. It now takes a lot of planning to avoid spending a small fortune on advent calendars and that was never the idea.
24 days of small gifts needs quite a lot of a planning. Unfortunately, the children do know just about every product we have in stock and they have acquired many of the items already. To start my planning process off I have been through our shelves to see what would fit into the miniscule drawers (length 3.5cm x width 2.5cm x height 3cm). Hopefully this will give me a little inspiration.
Advent Calendar Gifts- Under 20p each
Christmas Tattoo 8p each
Smile Eraser 10p each
Christmas Eraser 12p each
Jet Ball 16p each
Finger Fright 19p each
Christmas Stickers 19p a sheet. I am going to cut around the stickers and add them to some of the other gifts.
Stretchy Man 20p
Advent Calendar Gifts- Under 21p to 50p each
Pirate Ring 22p each
Dress Up Ring 22p each
Bead Bracelet 28p each
Stretchy Spider 32p each
Bouncing Putty 35p Each (In internal packaging only)
Smiley Face Punch Balloon 35p each
Snowflake Punch Balloon 35p each
Wooden Bracelet Kit 35p each
Wooden Flower Bracelet 35p each
Advent Calendar Gifts 50p plus
Marbles 55p per bag. (I have split these over a couple of days)
Wooden Necklaces 60p each
Necklace Kits 85p each.
Advent Calendar Gifts – Christmas 2017 update.
Last year I experimented with a part treasure hunt part gift advent calendar. The treasure hunt was a huge success. I have promised this year’s advent calendar will be all treasure hunt if the children are good and do no try to find the gifts. The main drawback with this “fabulous” idea is that I now have two sets of 24 small gifts to wrap up, two sets of 24 hiding places to find and two sets of clues to write up. I am pacing myself. I have started early and I am only going to hide 8 days worth of gifts at a time…..just incase someone tries to get ahead of themselves.
Last year our children were also bought some of the gift advent calendars. One was filled with little bath bombs and soaps, whilst the other was filled with little plastic people and a few items to build. The children were excited, so was I. Hooray the gift advent calendar can be sorted in one quick purchase, my job is redundant. This is definitely the way forward. It certainly looked more exciting than a tiny “bite” of chocolate every day and an awful lot less effort for me on the gifts front.
Unfortunately, it takes a very long time to work your way through 24 mini soaps and bath bombs. In our case a lot longer than the interest in them. The soaps and bath bombs are now sitting on a dish still to be used almost 11 months later. The interest in the plastic characters went before the 24th of December. The build time was a few seconds and that was it. There are now plastic arms, legs and bricks in the bottom of a box never to be reformed. This is okay if you have spent a few pounds but both calendars cost a well in excess of £10 each.
My hopes of a quick solution are dashed, the pre-made gift calendars feel a bit like last years Christmas Crackers. There was a lot of the same type of gift. Opening the door each day was fun but the interest had focused back onto the more traditional calendar before the middle of month. If you have a few children to buy for, or a tight budget this is expensive.
Adventt Calendar Treasure Hunts
I am back in my role of Advent Calendar Elf again. The Treasure Hunt is back on. I have notes on ideas for clues, hiding places and gifts. Some of our new products have been kept a secret so that I will add them to the calendars. I will be organised this year and they will not cost £20 or even anywhere near £10 each. I will add a few Christmas themed cheaper items at the start of the calendar whilst the novelty is new. Little activities will be saved for weekends and school holidays. The advent calendar gifts will include items the children like so it has meaning and interest to them.
Advent Calendar Gifts
You may think I have started early but we have already had a lot of orders from very organised Calendar Elves already. I have now set up an Advent Calendar Gifts Section. The Advent Calendar Gifts section includes a mix of Christmas and Non-Christmas themed items. I have also included gifts customers have already bought for their calendars. Hopefully, this will help us all with ideas. Gifts start from only 8p each, so, hopefully we can all have fun calendars for a lot less money.