DIY advent calendar and what we’ve put in ours this year

Last year I decided to make a DIY advent calendar and it was such a hit! I love collecting little bits and pieces in the lead up to Christmas to put in the girls advent calendar, it’s become such a lovely tradition. What I also love about it is that it’s also an opportunity to remind them of the Christmas story every morning, something that is really important to us as a family.

If you want to find out how to DIY the advent calendar, here is my blog post from last year that explains it all. In today’s post, I’m going to chat about what little treats the girls will be getting this year with links to as many as I can. I don’t put a gift in each pocket, some of the pockets have an activity card in instead. I made this printable last year that you can download and use, and the lovely Mari-Louise from Just a Mamma will be releasing some stunning printables next week as well so keep an eye out for those!

I haven’t bought all of these items yet (I haven’t found the money tree yet!), but wanted to share this post with you now, so that you have time to get all your ducks in a row. So, without further ado, here’s what’s going into our DIY advent calendar this year:

Christmas hair clips from Woolworths

Festive Christmas socks from Mr Price

Milk Chocolate Lolly from Woolworths

An ornament from Checkers each – this one and this one are similar to what I got but go and have a browse in store, there are so many available, just make sure you go to a big Checkers Hyper

A nativity scene from Jigsaw Junk

Shell clips from Mr Price

Bath Beans from Busy Bean

A tub of Playdoh each

A LEGO minifigurines each from Ideal Toys

Covid Gingerbread Man from The Little Banner Company

If you’d like to purchase the Christmas story flashcards that I had made last year, you can do so over here. I laminated mine so that I can use them each year.

What are you putting in your little one’s advent calendar this year and do you think it would be frowned upon for me to make one of these advent calendars for myself but fill it with bottles of wine and donuts..hehe!

South African Influencer Sarah Booyens

I’m Sarah, shameless coffee addict, brazen beauty fiend, mid-size style gal and the heart behind parentingbeauty and lifestyle blog, Mascara & Mimosas.


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