Advent Calendar Ideas

Counting down the most wonderful time of the year is an incredibly fun part of the holiday season. Check out these fun advent calendar ideas!

1. Old Fashion Sweetness

You can find a chocolate/candy advent calendar anywhere for anything from $1.00 to $30.00. 

2. Name Brand

Specific establishments sell advent calendars that target their brand/products. Know a Starbucks junkie? They have an advent calendar! 

3. DIY Advent Calendars

Create your own DIY calendar to complete yourself, with your family/friends, or to gift to others!

Random Acts of Kindness Calendar
Fill this cute DIY toilet paper roll Advent Calendar with random acts of kindness to do every day until Christmas!
"Donate to a toy drive."
"Compliment someone new."
"Call someone you haven't talked to in a while."
"Volunteer at a gift wrapping station."
"Donate blankets to ASPCA."
"Help put up decorations."
"Donate food to your local shelter."
"Bake cookies for the office/school."

Movie Calendar
Create a simple advent calendar with gift tags that look like movie tickets. On each ticket write the title of the movie you want to watch. Mix it up with holiday classics, new specials, TV shows and more.
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
"A Country Christmas"
"It's a Wonderful Life"
"Miracle on 34th Street"
"A Christmas Carol"

A Mystery Advent Calendar
This one is fun to do with a spouse or your family. Hide a present in the house and let the players get one hint a day so that they can find it. 

Mini Gifts
Create this super cute calendar using recycled jewelry boxes (or you can scoop up a pack of assorted sizes at Dollar Tree) and fill them with a mini gift to treat yourself or someone special to.

Activity Calendar
There are plenty of different advent calendars you can make for this one. The idea is to do something new every day. You can go about this by theme.
"Drink cocoa"
"Go sledding"
"Watch a holiday movie"
"Build a gingerbread house"
"Make a new ornament for the tree"
"Bake cookies"
"Wrap a present"
"Open a present"
"Wrap presents"
"Send out holiday cards"
"Make dip for Christmas Eve party"
25 Writing Prompts ("3 page short story about an elf", "haiku with the word reindeer included", "write all of the words that remind you of Christmas")
25 Holiday DIY Presents
25 Ornaments
25 Renovations for Around the House

Check out these other awesome lists for more advent calendar ideas!
DIY Advent Calendar Ideas from Double the Batch 
25 Homemade DIY Advent Calendars from Country Living
33 Clever and Adorable Advent Calendars from Buzzfeed
20 Advent Calendar Ideas from My Frugal Adventures
100 Advent Calendar Activities

Let the countdown begin! 

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