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6 Best Reusable Advent Calendars 2020 — Best Advent Calendars


Advent calendars are cool and all, but you know what’s not? Being wasteful. If you’re tying to save the planet or just tired of wasting money on a new one every December, try investing in a reusable advent calendar that you can use year after year. There are several options out there, and I’m making your search pretty easy by gathering six of the best ones around into one place.

Whether you’re into something elaborate to put on display in your living or on the hunt for something on the subtle side, these festive calendars are sure to get you in the spirit. So don’t be a Grinch, keep on scrolling to discover the best reusable advent calendars to add to your holiday shopping wish list below.

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these unique baggies

Fill Your Own Advent Calendar

‘Tis the season to bring on the arts-and-crafts, right? So grab these little pouches, which, btw, will be super easy to store away until next year.


this sticker option

Children’s Advent Sticker Calendar

I know this one comes with stickers, but if you really wanna make it last, swap ’em out for easy-to-remove magnets.


this wooden one

16 Lit Wooden Village Advent Calendar

Not that it’s a competition or anything, but you’ll definitely end up winning in the decoration department with this winter wonderland advent calendar.


this light-up calendar

Wooden Reindeer Christmas Advent Calendar

Lights4fun, Inc.

Your Christmas tree won’t be the only thing glowing when you plug up this LED option.


this stocking-stuffer one

Stocking Advent Calendar Ladder

Take the stocking-stuffing tradition to the next level with a 25-day calendar like this one.


this vintage design

Weathered Bucket Christmas Advent Calendar

Rustic details on these tiny buckets will give your home a timeless, retro vibe.

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18 best empty advent calendars 2021 & DIY filler ideas for what to put inside

Karen Silas The best reusable empty DIY advent calendars – whether wooden, paperboard or hanging – plus advent calendar filler packs and ideas for your make-your-own Christmas countdown.

It won’t be long before December is here, so it’s time to get your

Christmas thinking hats on. First priority, which advent calendar will you be going for this year? While there are plenty of pre-made advent calendars, from beauty advent calendars to men’s advent calendars – and even some totally unique Christmas countdowns – you may want to choose an empty reusable DIY advent calendar to make your own bespoke creation that you can cherish as a keepsake for years to come.

RELATED: 9 of the best Harry Potter advent calendars

Check places like eBay or Etsy, which has a whole section devoted to creating your own advent calendar, from empty boxes to advent calendar bags, boxes and fillers. There are empty DIY advent calendars for just about any decor or need, including make-your-own advent calendars made of wood, hanging advent calendars and inexpensive paperboard advent calendars, too.

We’ve put together an edit of the best empty DIY advent calendars you can shop now, and also have some suggestions about what kinds of treats and treasures you can put in your make-your-own countdown for this Christmas 2021.

Reusable DIY Advent Calendars under £25

If you’re on a budget, take a look at these make-your-own advent calendars at wallet-friendly prices.

Giant red Christmas tree advent calendar, £14, NotOnTheHighStreet


Fill this metre-high advent calendar with your own treats for a Christmas countdown that kids will love.

Make your own advent calendar kit, more designs available, £6.99, eBay


You could keep it simple by making your own advent calendar with sets of boxes or bags, like these Christmas crackers.

Advent calendar paper bag kit, £18, NotOnTheHighStreet


How cute are these paper bags for filling with treats? The pegs, stickers and twine are all provided.

Brubaker traditional wooden DIY advent calendar, various models, from £15.12, eBay


On eBay, this seller has a whole array of refillable DIY Christmas countdown displays, from traditional nativity scenes to a gingerbread house.

BlueIves fill your own advent calendar, more designs available, £9.98, Amazon


Amazon’s Choice for DIY Advent Calendar is this simple set of Christmas boxes you fill and stack yourself.

Wall-hung advent calendar, £14.99/$17.99, H&M


This wall advent calendar with a polar bear design has four pockets to add gifts to and would be perfect for small children.

DIY Advent calendar coffee cups, more designs available, £18.56, Amazon


These twenty-four ‘Coffee to Go’ cups are perfect to create your own coffee or tea advent calendar.

Wooden empty advent calendars

These make your own advent calendars are built to last! Make them part of your yearly Christmas decor as a cherished keepsake.

Garden Mile wooden village DIY advent calendar, £24.99, eBay


Enjoy the glow of the tiny village (courtesy of LED lights) in this empty DIY advent calendar with 24 drawers just waiting to be filled – it’s eBay’s #1 top-rated advent calendar.

Wooden truck advent calendar with lights, £42.99, eBay


This handcrafted Christmas truck DIY advent calendar features Santa Claus at the wheel and an illuminated snow-covered village scene powered by two AA batteries.

Personalised advent calendar for drinks, £60, Etsy


Fill this personalised oak advent calendar with your favourite beers and wines – it holds both 330ml size beer bottles and mini-bottles of wine, Prosecco or Champagne in 187-200ml sizes.

Wooden tree countdown calendar with drawer, £39.99, Wayfair


Handcrafted from sturdy MDF and beautifully decorated with festive details, this is the perfect advent calendar to bring out every Christmas.

Gisela Graham wood LED house advent calendar, £39.99, Amara


This Gisela Graham advent calendar has been painted in a wintery white colour and features a festive scene with built-in LEDs, plus twenty-four compartments to fill with small treats.

What can you put in an empty advent calendar? 

The sky is really the limit – as long as you think small! You can find inexpensive DIY calendar fillers or party packs from places like Amazon, or you can REALLY go custom and handpick 12 or 24 treasures yourself to fill those empty boxes with individually chosen gifts you know they’ll love.

Need some ideas about what to put in your make-your-own advent calendar? We have some suggestions!

If you’re looking to fill a…

  • DIY advent calendar for him: Socks, pocket sized-tech like mini USB phone chargers, coffee or tea bags, beer or mini-bottles of his favourite tipples are all good choices.  
  • DIY advent calendar for boys and girls: You can stash sweets, coins, tiny toys, chocolate or even kids’ jewellery and accessories inside.
  • DIY advent calendar for adults: Jewellery and hair accessories, handwritten notes, travel size beauty products, mini home sprays or even lockdown-friendly gifts like face masks or touchless door openers. 

Here’s a handy DIY advent calendar tip: Look for packs of travel sizes and minis, whether beauty products, candles, grooming or manicure sets, splitting up the set to put one treat in each day of the advent calendar.

Advent calendar filler ideas

If you’re still unsure about what to fill your DIY advent calendar with, here are some ideas for your bespoke calendar, plus some advent calendar filler packs that are ready to go!

25 advent calendar chocolates, £8.99, Etsy


Chocolates are always a fail-safe treat.

Fever Tree Ultimate Gin and Tonic Selection Gift Set, £19.49, Amazon


If you’re making an advent calendar for an adult, you could fill them with wine, beer, whisky or gin. You can get creative with mini bottles to pop into a DIY advent calendar for a make-it-yourself treasure trove of tipple.

Tiptree Wilkins & Sons Mini Candle Gift Box, £20, Amara


Or go for scented candles for the ultimate relaxing gift. Treat them to a new mini every day.

Enamel pins 24-piece set, £13.49, Amazon


These colourful pins would make cute and unique advent calendar gifts.

Kusmi Tea The Wellness Pack, 24 tea bags in six flavours, £20.99, Selfridges


One for the tea lovers – they come in six soothing flavours.

Advent calendar set for kids in pink, 40 pieces, £65, NotOnTheHighStreet


This girly 40-piece set includes sweets, jewellery, lip balm and stationery.

RELATED: The Lookfantastic advent calendar 2021 has landed and it’s better than ever

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Christmas Advent Calendars You Can Use Every Year

Do you feel it?

That little spark ✨ in the air that only comes around this time of year is starting to buzz and pop around us. There’s nothing quite like the joy and excitement that comes with counting down to the holidays—especially with your kids who think last Christmas was forever ago.

And what better way to count down to Christmas than with an advent calendar?

We’ve rounded up our favorites advent calendars that will spark joy for the entire family for years to come.

Gathre Minimalist Advent Calendar

We love this simple design that lets the decor around and gifts within it shine.

Pottery Barn Kids Merry & Bright Advent Calendar

Colorful pom-poms make everything more festive! This personalized calendar is perfect for your little one’s room–if they can resist peeking at the days ahead, of course.

west elm x pbk Felt Santa Advent Calendar

Wake up every morning and move Santa’s cookie one pocket closer to Christmas morning! The felted wool piece is simple enough for even the littlest hands to use yet beautiful enough to become an instant family heirloom.

Concordville Zinc Advent Calendar

With its antique aesthetic and timeless metal construction, you could easily tell anyone who asks that this one’s been in the family for 100 years.

Rifle Paper Co. Night Before Christmas Advent Calendar

The excitement comes in the anticipation and this advent calendar from Rifle Paper Co. captures that perfectly—without the need for any extra “stuff” or candies. Similar to your child’s favorite fold-a-flap book, this advent calendar has a special illustration hiding behind each day’s flap. It’s the perfect conversation starter for talking to your kids about what they’re most excited about this holiday season, or for sharing your own holiday memories with them.

Acts of Kindness Reusable Calendar

The holidays are all about giving—and that doesn’t stop with just material items. We can give in the form of kindness every single day, and this calendar helps us do just that. Each day, this calendar suggests a different kind deed you and your family can do for others: Donate clothes, send cards to the armed forces, call a relative and so much more.

​Pottery Barn Light-up Glitter Houses Advent Calendar

If you dream of Christmas in the Alps (festooned in glitter), look no further than Pottery Barn’s glitter house calendar. The battery-operated lights will make this an instantly festive part of your holiday decor. Plus, each little house can hide a treat to help hold them over until Christmas morning.

Coral & Tusk tree trimmers advent calendar

For a whimsical and sweet Christmas countdown, Coral & Tusk’s embroidered advent calendar is perfect. Place a tiny treat in each of the 12 pockets and get lost in forestland daydreams of snow-covered winter scenes.

Kraft paper house calendar

The possibilities are endless with these adorable houses made of kraft paper. They look adorable on a mantle, on the tree, on the dinner table—anything goes!

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20 Best DIY Advent Calendar Ideas of 2021

Annie Schlechter

The anticipation of Christmas is half the fun of the holiday. The best way to track it? An advent calendar, of course. Not only do they help you count down the days, but they sometimes reward you with a sweet treat or small gift. Instead of buying the same, store-bought version you gravitate toward each season, try out one of these DIYs this year. You’ll be surprised at how creative you can get with them. Besides, they’ll make the fun holiday tradition even more special. Whether you want something totally kitschy or something a little more elevated, you’ll find it in this round-up of clever and festive DIY advent calendar ideas.

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1 Acts of Kindness Ring

Get into the holiday spirit with this advent calendar filled with acts of kindness. Add anything from simple tasks like “Smile and say hello to someone” to bigger acts like “Volunteer.” Get the tutorial from Lovely Indeed.

2 Coffee Tins

Once you’ve finished your coffee, save the tins so you can use them to create this easy advent calendar. All you have to do is wrap them in paper, add numbers, stuff them with goodies, and stack them in a tree shape. Get the tutorial from Look What I Made.

3 Mini Stocking Garland

Recreate this adorable advent calendar by Emily Henderson with miniature felt or knit stockings strung together for a bedroom garland. It’s the perfect way to jazz up a kid’s room for the holidays while also getting them excited for Christmas.

4 Take-Out Boxes

This take-out box advent calendar is mesmerizing to look at and it’s super easy to make. Get the tutorial at Studio DIY!.

5 Metal Buckets

Here’s another great DIY advent calendar brought to us by Sugar and Charm. You’ll just need some plywood, small tin cans, and a hot glue gun (and then goodies, of course).

6 Paper Bags

This advent calendar is definitely the prettiest a bunch of paper bags ever could look. We love the color coordination and grid layout. Get the tutorial at Tell Love and Party.

7 Mini Beverages

Pull together a bunch of mini bottles for 25 nightcaps, or try a more festive route with a selection of hot chocolate mixes, marshmallows, and candies. Get the tutorial from Feast + West.

8 Green Garland

Turn a kitchen garland into a advent calendar. Attach a ribbon across it and then hang little tin containers labeled with the day of the month and fill them with treats. Now that’s our kind of giving tree.

9 Wooden Tree

This DIY wooden calendar can be reused every year, and is super fun to decorate. Add one ornament to the tree every day until Christmas. Learn how to make it from Julep.

10 Mini Houses on a Mantle

Upgrade your advent calendar tradition with this DIY version from Sugar and Charm. The little wooden houses are surprisingly easy to make and they’re the perfect thing to line the mantle with.

11 Full-Size Stockings

These adorable mini stockings would be a perfect garland for your mantel or banister. Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.

12 Ladder Setup

Instead of opening a flimsy cardboard box, hang up a DIY Advent calendar on a ladder or the tree. Decorated muslin craft bags conceal treats, toys, and messages from Santa—and you can fill them again next year, too.

13 Faux Rainbow String Lights

Not only is this colorful strand of string lights amazing wall (or tree!) decor, but it’s also an advent calendar. Learn how to make i from The House That Lars Built.

14 Felt Tapestry

This DIY advent calendar is so cheerful, we just may have to keep it up all year long (or at least through the dark days of winter). Follow the steps from Tell Love and Party to make your own.

15 Village Setup

A 3D advent calendar village can double as mantel decor. We love the Bavarian-style drawings on these. Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.

16 Hanging Homes

String these tiny houses on your mantel, wall, or even your tree. We love how each one looks a little different. The whole neighborhood is invited! Learn how to make them from Lia Griffith.

17 Console Table Display

Fill little baggies with the treat of your choice, fold them over, write the date in white chalk on black paper, and then attach the piecesof paper with a clothes pin. It’s the perfect holiday decor for a console table in the entry.

18 Oragami Trees

Each of these geometric paper trees is fulled with treats. Just label them with the date and you’ve got yourself an advent calendar. Learn how to make them from Tell, Love, and Party.

19 Mini Presents

How much fun would it be to unwrap these mini presents every day? If every morning can’t be Christmas morning, at least the first twenty five days of December can be. Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.

20 Punch Box

Turn your advent calendar into a game this year by creating a box with holes that you can punch into to discover the surprise inside. Get the tutorial from Studio DIY.

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Wine, food, beauty and more

The 2021 holiday season is closer than you think, and there are lots of festive trends to keep our spirits high over the next few months.

The most popular one might be the beloved Advent calendar. The idea is simple: Count down the days in December leading up to Christmas Eve. Advent calendars can take a variety of forms and styles, from calendars designed for wine lovers to fun ones that would make great gifts for kids — and of course, the classic chocolate option.

From Lego Advent calendars to some fun options featured on TODAY, shop the best Advent calendars of 2021 below.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Food Advent calendars

Williams Sonoma Advent Calendar

This vintage-style Advent calendar is inspired by the American poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Try a different milk chocolate every day from the first of December until the night before Christmas.

Holiday Popcorn Advent Calendar

Enjoy a wide variety of popcorn for the 12 days of Christmas with this calendar. Flavors range from white cheddar to s’mores, so you’re sure to find a new intriguing option that you love.

Hershey Miniatures Advent Calendar

If you’re a fan of the classics like Mr. Goodbar and Krakel, then this colorful Advent calendar is for you!

Godiva 2021 Holiday Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar

This assortment of gourmet chocolates features delectable bites like raspberry star and dark mint medallion that will make the Christmas countdown indulging.

Unique Advent calendars

Funko Advent Calendar: The Office 24 Vinyl Pocket Pop! Figures

This will be the first year that Funko has ever created an Advent calendar for “The Office,” so be sure to grab these limited edition figures for the fan in your life! The characters are placed randomly, so you’ll never know who to expect.

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2021

What better way to count down to the holidays then by introducing your little one to some Disney and Pixar classics. All 24 books are individually wrapped in a paper sleeve to keep every story leading up to Christmas a surprise!

Bonne Maman Preserves and Honey Advent Calendar

If you’re looking for something truly unique, you’ll love starting your days with this calendar filled with 24 different fruit spreads and honey from Bonne Maman.

Twelve Days of Hot Sauce

Spice up your holidays with 12 mini hot sauces featuring blends such as Xtra Hot, Chipotle, and Pepper Hot.

D-FantiX Burlap Hanging Advent Calendar

Designed like the garland on a Christmas tree, this Advent calendar is the perfect addition to your holiday decorations. With 24 small burlap sacks to fill with treats, the calendar is completely reusable.

Beauty Advent calendars


This Advent calendar features products from popular brands like Shiseido, NARS and Kate Somerville. It’s sold out for the last six years in a row, so be sure to pre-order now for its Oct. 1 launch date.

NYX Gimme Super Stars! Holiday Advent Calendar

Get your hands on 24 mini and full-size face, eye and lip products from NYX in their limited-edition holiday countdown calendar.

Kiehl’s Skin Care Advent Calendar

Calling all skin care lovers — this one is for you! This calendar includes 24 bestselling products from Kiehl’s, including its popular lip balm and facial cream.

L’Occitane Advent Calendar

This one is a seriously good bang for your buck. For $74, you get 24 of luxury brand L’Occitane’s most popular products, including hand cream, shower gel and perfume.

Pet Advent calendars

Wondershop Dog Toy Holiday Advent Calendar

Show your pup how much you appreciate them with this 24 day Advent calendar. Whether they like to tug, fetch or cuddle, this collection of holiday-themed toys has you covered.

Fancy Feast Advent Calendar

Fancy Feast’s Advent calendar is the purrfect way to celebrate the holidays with your feline friend. It includes an assortment of popular recipes they’ll enjoy munching on throughout December.

Lego Advent calendars

Lego “Star Wars” Advent Calendar 2021

The force is strong with this “Star Wars” Advent calendar! This one includes Lego versions of characters like Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.

Lego “Harry Potter” Advent Calendar

This “Harry Potter”–themed calendar is sure to be a hit with wizards and muggles alike! This set comes with mini-figures of popular characters like Harry, Hermione and Ron, as well as several accessories and decorations.

Lego “Friends” Advent Calendar

This Lego “Friends” calendar will help you build a winter wonderland filled with candy canes, snowmen and penguins.

Lego City Advent Calendar

If you’re not a huge “Harry Potter” or “Star Wars” fan, this Lego calendar might be more up your alley. It includes tons of holiday-themed figures and accessories, including Santa himself.

Kids toys Advent calendars

Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

This “Cars”-themed calendar includes five mini characters from the hit movie and a racetrack playset that can be played with long after the holidays are over.

Hot Wheels Surprise Advent Calendar

This speedy Advent calendar features plenty of miniature cars and accessories and a fold-down play mat.

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

Kids can bring Santa’s workshop to life in the days leading up to Christmas with this fun Advent calendar for kids. The set includes figures and winter-themed decorations behind each of its 24 doors.

L.O.L. Surprise Winter Disco 25+ Surprises

Your child will love to mix and match 25 different #OOTDs on their exclusive L.O.L. Surprise doll, Snow Jamz.

Elover Slime Advent Calendar

Nothing helps usher in the Christmas season quite like holiday-themed slime. This calendar features 24 different slime combinations that will keep them busy year-round.

Atdawn Dinosaurs Advent Calendar

Have a dinosaur lover on your hands? This Advent calendar includes 24 adorable prehistoric friends and a surprise squishy dinosaur on the final day of the countdown.

Funko Advent Calendar: Fortnite

Help the kid in your life collect all of their favorite Fortnite characters with this highly-coveted Advent Calendar from Funko.

Wine and liquor Advent calendars

Sparkling Wine Countdown to the New Year

Countdown to the New Year with a new sparkling wine every day for only $24.99. Although this product isn’t available just yet, keep your eye out for its release on Nov. 3.

Alcohol Advent Calendar

This customizable alcohol Advent calendar allows you to fill up the box with whatever booze you like. The durable design makes it easy to fill and reuse.

Jack Daniels Holiday Countdown Calendar

Christmas will be here in no time with this Jack Daniels Advent calendar that features 20 50ml bottles of assorted whiskey and four shot glasses.

Tea and coffee Advent calendars

Vahdam India Holiday Advent Calendar Tea Gift Set

Snag 24 of Vadham India’s bestselling loose leaf teas this holiday season. Their Advent calendar includes 100% natural blends of chai, green, herbal, oolong, and black tea. It has over 700 5-star reviews and is on sale now for 15% off.

Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar

From apple cider to candy cane, this set from Davids Tea features tons of holiday-themed teas to enjoy throughout December. The best part? Each door contains two servings of tea, though we wouldn’t blame you if you want to keep both for yourself!

The Republic of Tea Countdown to Christmas 24-count Tea Sampler

From British breakfast black tea to ginger peach, his festive 24-count sampler makes for a great gift or a treat for yourself.

K-Cup Christmas Calendar

Start your day off right with this 12-count single-serving K-Cup Advent calendar. It features delicious holiday flavors like Gingerbread Cookie, Candy Cane, Spiced Egg Nog and more.

Classic Advent calendars

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas

A hands-on way for kids to get into the holiday spirit, this wooden tree from toymaker Melissa & Doug makes keeping track of Santa easy with 24 magnetic ornaments. Be sure to read the Christmas poem on the back!

Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

No need to build a gingerbread house with this adorable Advent calendar featuring 24 interchangeable wooden drawers.

Vermont Christmas Company Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar

This beautiful calendar will remind you Christmas is near. Countdown the days by sticking velcro-affixed figures to each day of Advent to create a nativity scene that parents and kids will enjoy.

Primitives by Kathy Vintage Santa Wooden Advent Calendar

This wooden box from Primitives by Kathy captures the spirit of the season. The vintage theme allows it to match perfectly with all different kinds of holiday decor. Kids will love the individual compartments with doors big enough to hold candy, small ornaments or toys.

Kurt Adler Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Ramp your Christmas decor up a notch with this Kurt Adler Tree Calendar. The festive tree features a small ornament in each box. By Christmas Day, the completed tree will make it feel like the holiday has officially arrived.

Byers’ Choice Christmas House Advent Calendar

Designed with 24 numbered doors to hide small surprises for each day, the quality wood helps make this calendar last year after year.

Advent calendars and holiday trends previously seen on TODAY

Meri Meri Ballerina Charm Advent Calendar

A twist on the classic ballerina music box, this calendar opens up to a ballerina and numbered trays, with each day revealing an acrylic charm to add to the included gold-tone bracelet.

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13 DIY Reusable Advent Calendars for a Sustainable Christmas

Advent calendars are a fun Christmas tradition for many families. It’s a great way to count down the days until Christmas day, and have mini gifts along the way.

But those disposable advent calendars are pretty wasteful, and often just contain cheap chocolate inside.

Making your own reusable Christmas advent calendar will help you reduce your waste by not having to buy store-bought advent calendars. Another plus is that you can fill your advent calendar with whatever you want!

There are many ways to fill your advent calendar, such as chocolate, candy, or any other consumable goodies. However, you can fill your advent calendar with things that aren’t food!

Some advent calendar filler ideas:

  • Handwritten messages or drawings
  • Date or activity ideas
  • Small photos
  • Jewellery
  • Bookmarks
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Soap
  • Playing cards
  • A Christmas recipe to cook up
  • A craft to tackle

Here are 13 DIY reusable advent calendar ideas to inspire you this Christmas.

1. Hanging Matchbox Advent Calendar

This easy DIY advent calendar requires matchboxes, small pieces of wood and rope to hang them.

Add small items or write down activities to do, or names of people to write like this tutorial had done.

Read the tutorial by the Merry Thought.

2. Reusable Rustic Bucket Advent Calendar

This beautiful reusable advent calendar is perfect for any rustic or farmhouse home.

Create your wooden backdrop, nail some nails and hang your buckets.

Read the tutorial by Our Vintage Home Love.

3. DIY Hanging Jars Advent Calendar

This pretty advent calendar involves dipping bottles in paint and hanging them from wire and twine.

This reusable advent calendar is super easy and super chic.

Read the tutorial by Fall for DIY.

4. Box & Tree Advent Calendar

This easy DIY advent calendar is festive and minimalist.

All you need is boxes, small decorative trees, glue and numbered flags which you can download and print from the tutorial!

Read the tutorial by Oh Happy Day.

5. Reusable Wall Chart Advent Calendar

This reusable advent calendar is so pretty and includes pockets for activity tags, quotes, and gifts.

Although this DIY is a little time-consuming, the outcome will be well worth it!

Read the tutorial by the Painted Hive.

6. Paper Houses Advent Calendar

This DIY might be tedious but these paper houses make for a cute Christmas advent calendar.

Add your goodies under the houses or add a tea candle under each house as the days pass.

Read the tutorial by Delia Creates.

7. Minimalist Advent Calendar Boxes

This reusable advent calendar is a simple DIY using boxes and doilies for decoration.

Simple but beautiful!

Read the tutorial at La Maison De Lou Lou.

8. Ladder & Buckets Advent Calendar

This ladder turned advent calendar makes a great festive piece for any room.

If you’ve already got a blanket ladder, you can easily convert it into an advent calendar for the Christmas season.

Read the tutorial at Desire Empire.

9. Stocking Ladder Advent Calendar

Another DIY advent calendar with a ladder, but instead hang stockings off of it.

Simply screw small hooks on the ladder, hang your stockings and fill them with small presents and/or activity ideas.

Image source and DIY inspiration from Pottery Barn.

10. DIY Hanging Reusable Advent Calendar

This creative Christmas advent calendar hangs presents from a tree branch. The wrapping and bags can easily be reused for next year!

This is a great idea for an advent calendar for anyone who loves wrapping gifts.

Image source and DIY inspiration by La Petite Cuisine.

Don’t forget to wrap those gifts sustainably! Check out my post to get some zero-waste gift wrapping ideas.

11. Glam Pink & Gold Reusable Advent Calendar

This gorgeous advent calendar will make your Christmas shine.

Using a small shelf with wooden drawers, paint and sparkly decorations, this advent calendar can be used for years and years.

Read the tutorial by Swoon Worthy.

12. Tin Can Reusable Advent Calendar

This DIY reusable advent calendar is made with small tins cans, card stock with Christmas activities written on them, modge podge, and secured onto a frame with magnets.

However, instead of magnets, you can easily opt to glue the tins directly on the frame.

Read the tutorial by Makoodle.


DIY Upcycled Advent Calendar

This DIY tutorial upcycles an old mirror into an amazing reusable Christmas advent calendar.

Don’t have a mirror frame that you can use? Try a picture frame, or making your own custom-sized frame with wood!

Read the tutorial by Lovely etc.

Final thoughts on these reusable Christmas advent calendars

Having a reusable advent calendar is a great way to incorporate sustainability and zero-waste living into the Christmas season.

If you’re interested in more sustainable Christmas tips, check out my post 15 eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas.

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Reusable Advent Calendars For Families

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Every year around this time, the internet is aflurry with cute Advent calendars you can buy for the holiday season. There are hundreds of options — one for every kid’s interest, whether they are a Harry Potter fan or Frozen-obsessed, whether they love cozy socks or adding to their Lego collection. But, although I loved the concept of counting down to Christmas and having a festive daily ritual during the magical month of December, I didn’t love what I was seeing.

Why I Don’t Buy Annual Advent Calendars

I actively try to ensure the holidays aren’t just about presents my kids get, and let me tell you: the promise of a daily gift throws a wrench in that plan quickly. When my firstborn was a toddler, a British friend gave us a Cadbury Chocolate Advent calendar, and I’m not exaggerating that by Day 2, mornings were a race to pull out, fight over, and whine about that day’s treat. By Day 14 or so, all the joy was gone. And by Christmas morning? I was thrilled to be done with this grubby grind of a routine entirely.

I try to ensure the holidays aren’t just about presents my kids get, and let me tell you: the promise of a daily gift throws a wrench in that plan.

Aside from that, in my ongoing efforts to be less wasteful around the holidays, these store-bought calendars didn’t feel exactly green. No matter which one you consider, they all have some element of individually packaged tchotchkes or candies within tiny cardboard flaps within oversize disposable boxes. The idea that I’d be buying — and then trashing — some version of that every year just didn’t sit well.

That’s when I discovered a solution.

Why I Love My Reusable Advent Calendar

In addition to all the preloaded one-off Advent calendars available online, there were a few dozen reusable Advent calendar “shells” available. Made of wood or fabrics like wool or fleece, these high-quality options double up as beautiful holiday decor. And although they include the requisite 25 pockets, they come empty. The idea is that you’d fill it, season after season, with your own curated goodies.

A few years ago, I bought one — mine is the “Holiday Helper” Advent calendar from the now-defunct Land of Nod — and went one step further by stuffing each day not with a tangible object but an experience.

How I Use My Advent Calendar — No Toys Necessary

On slips of red and green paper, I wrote up holiday activities and traditions and, after consulting my family’s calendar, assigned them each a date in which they could be done. I even broke them down into general categories. For instance . . .

I included a few days with some of the citywide events we like to participate in and other items already on our schedule:

  • visit the German Christmas outdoor market downtown
  • go to the school holiday pageant
  • take a ride on the city’s holiday train
  • drive to see the neighborhood Christmas lights
  • visit the zoo’s annual holiday display

Like many time-crunched parents out there, I often have big plans for fun at-home seasonal activities but never see them through. By assigning certain craft or baking projects to days in the Advent calendar (and thus my actual calendar as well), I force myself to have the supplies ready and the time set aside:

  • make homemade hot chocolate
  • decorate Christmas cookies with friends
  • make handprint ornaments
  • bake Rice Krispies wreaths
  • write Christmas cards to grandparents

To carry out my goal of making the holidays more about giving than receiving, I also set aside a few days for more selfless kid-friendly endeavors (for those days involving donations, I’ll have the kids go through their belongings or shop at a store with me and choose things to give away):

  • donate toys, clothes, and books to local charity
  • visit residents at nursing home
  • bring dog treats to local animal shelter
  • donate canned goods to local charity

And because I can’t be “on” all month long, I threw in some simpler options that were relatively easy to pull off with zero prep:

  • watch a Christmas movie
  • pick out your favorite ornament on the Christmas tree
  • read a Christmas book at bedtime
  • send a letter to Santa Claus
  • share what we are thankful for this year
  • have a Christmas music dance party
  • sing a Christmas carol
  • wear matching Christmas pajamas

With a few exceptions — we’ll switch up the ornament craft projects, for instance — my list of 25 activities hasn’t changed much over the past few years. And it probably will stay the same for the next few years while my kids are still little. As they get older and mature, the activities will, too. I imagine I’ll push for more days of volunteering in the community and they’ll push for fewer Mariah Carey dance parties. We’ll figure it out as we go, but it’s nice knowing that I’ve got a built-in system for making every day of December special.

If this inspires you to go the reusable route, here’s one more added benefit. Even the priciest among them are often not more expensive than some of the one-off ones out there. Plus, it’s a one-time purchase versus something you’ll have to sink money into every year. Ready to give it a try? Here’s a few I recommend.

90,000 Which calendar of events to choose for 2019? 🌿 All about gardening and garden design Which adventure calendar to choose for December 2019: has made its choice for you.

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Creative amateurs will do it if they have time. Those in a hurry will buy it for themselves, their children or grandchildren. offers a selection of Advent calendars to offer or suggest, find in the trade or do it yourself, as well as gift ideas to use for DIY enthusiasts.

2017 Advent Calendars

Advent Calendar with Personalized Photos

Select a photo as an image and then 24 more to open windows every day. Available in two sizes: 35 x 24 cm and 42 x 29.7 cm.
From 8.95 € without chocolate. And from 19.95 € with Kinder® sweets! Available in two sizes: 30 x 21 x 3.5 cm and 48 x 36 x 3.5 cm. CEWE

Advent Candle Calendar

Many perfume brands offer one. Here is Durance with 24 products, candles and surprise cosmetics.44.90 €. imprisonment

Advent Calendar for Organic Tea Lovers

This Coming Book is made up of 25 tea bags, and organic infusions can be found in gourmet foods and at bienmanger. com. € 21.90. English tea shop

Advent calendar of cosmetologists

Cosmetics, tea or surprises from well-known brands (total value 200 € in the store) are waiting for flirts in this large-format calendar. 55 € by subscription or 75 € without. Available on November 13 at

Advent Calendar for Dogs

Contains 24 Bone Shaped Vanilla Biscuits. Box of 65 g, 4.95 €. Jardiland

Fan Advent Calendar Decorations

24 small gift boxes, each containing a decorative poster, will delight the owners of this decor calendar. 59.90 €. JUNIQE.

Advent Calendar for Gourmet Candy Lovers

Contains 24 chocolates. 200 g – 31 l x 2.5 l x 27 x cm. 45 € (in store from November 15, 2017).House of Chocolate

Reusable Advent Calendar

Introduced in the calendar, designer Lilou Swann 24 multi-colored patchwork pouches allow you to choose from 24 surprises. 75 €

Advent calendar of sweet beaks

Calendar from the famous companion, which contains 24 sweet surprises (pralines and fruit spreads). 175 g. € 19.90. Maze.

Advent calendar for beer lovers

24 craft beers from around the world to discover day after day.Tip: You open your daily window in the morning, put it in the refrigerator, and sip a cold beer on your way home at night. Or we will leave it for tasting with friends later … 85 €. Nature and discoveries.
Alcohol abuse is hazardous to your health.

Advent calendar for small budgets

Candy calendar for counting the days until Christmas, even if you have a small budget: € 1.50. Hema

Create Your Own Adventure Calendar

Here are three creative ideas for a very personal Advent calendar:
  • Advent calendar restored or with flowers
  • Greedy Advent Calendar

What to put in his Advent calendar?

List of Small Gift Ideas for 24 Advent Calendar Windows:
  1. Building Pieces
  2. Gums
  3. Stickers
  4. Handles
  5. Beads & Thread
  6. Hairpins
  7. Christmas Hobby Equipment (Glue Rolls, Decorative Hole Punches, Ribbons, Stamps )
  8. recipe for making Christmas cookies together
  9. ball
  10. coloring
  11. bath balls or confetti and small cosmetics (samples)
  12. spruce decorations (homemade even better)
  13. Santons for the nursery
  14. seed bags for small and large gardeners
  15. messages of tenderness or small verses
  16. treasure maps to find a larger gift that did not come back hidden in the house
  17. “good for. .. “: a chocolate Liege, a Christmas event (decorating a Christmas tree, windows, making cookies), a carousel, a movie or theater evening, a trip to the park longer, Choose the right lunch menu, two evening stories instead of one, massage, cocktail (for the greatest of course! ) …
Feel free to add comments at the bottom of this article for your ideas and tips that have been most successful!

text: Caroline Rikanet

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90,000 Advent calendar for children for the New Year

The tradition of creating a Christmas Advent calendar came to us from Germany. In 1908, the Munich printing house printed the first calendar that counted the days until Christmas. If in Europe this pre-holiday entertainment has long been rooted, then the fashion for Advent came to Russia only in recent decades. In our country, the calendar has undergone some changes: from Christmas to New Year, and the number of days in it began to vary from 5 to 31.

What is New Year’s Advent Calendar

“Advent” is Latin for “parish”. And who is most waiting for the arrival of a magical holiday? Children, of course! Therefore, the most common are Advent calendars for children. They help the little ones to graphically count down the time remaining until the New Year, anticipating the festive fun.

The calendar is created for the number of days left until the holiday. The New Year’s Eve calendar for 5-10 days is created either for very young children who cannot boast of patience, or in cases where parents cannot boast of patience and imagination.After all, completing tasks every day for a month is not complete without the active participation of parents! Therefore, the calendar for 31 days is chosen by the most persistent.

Using the Advent calendar is simple: every morning a child finds a task to complete during the day. As a reward for their efforts, the baby receives a small gift.

Decorations, Advent Calendar assignments, and gifts can be very different.

Design and types of advent calendar

The classic New Year’s calendar is a large card with cells symbolizing the days left before the holiday.But the Advent calendar 2019 is no longer just a postcard, it is the embodiment of a wide variety of parental fantasies.

You can buy an Advent calendar and limit yourself to what the stores offer, or you can create it with your own hands, investing a piece of your soul.

New Year’s calendars are:

  1. Paper. This is a traditional windowed card or a sheet of paper with tear-off stripes – the simplest Advent calendar with templates that can be downloaded in abundance on the Internet.There are also more interesting options on sale in the form of books, albums, houses or animal figurines made of cardboard.

  2. Wooden. Usually this is a house made of hollow wooden cubes, each of which is accessed by a miniature door. A note with a task is placed in such cubes, but it is already difficult to fit a surprise there. Therefore, you will have to come up with an additional task to find a surprise. You will also have to provide a place for storing such a bulky structure, because, unlike paper ones, a wooden Advent calendar is reusable.

  3. Textiles are not easy to find on sale in regular stores. Most often these are handmade items that you can buy from needlewomen or sew on your own. They are usually made in the form of Christmas trees, mittens, socks or New Year’s caps made of felt, yarn or cotton fabric. You can also find a calendar in the form of a canvas with pockets sewn to it, decorated in the New Year’s theme. Textile advent calendars are warm and cozy, it is a pity to throw them away after the holiday, but, unlike wooden ones, they are much more convenient to store.

  4. Combined are complex structures created using several types of materials: cardboard, paper, wood, textiles. For example, when paper or textile pockets are glued to a wooden base. Such products look soundly, retain their original appearance longer, but the problem of storage comes to the fore again.

  5. Porcelain is popular in Europe. They are extremely rare in Russia. This is a real work of art! In Europe, porcelain advent calendars are very expensive.

  6. LEGO is releasing Christmas sets in boxes with 24 small figures. Lego advent calendars differ depending on the series: City, Friends, Star Wars, etc.

  7. Chocolate Advent Calendars are boxes with windows, each of which contains a chocolate bar in the shape of a Christmas figurine. Previously, it was possible to buy boxes with only 24 windows, since they were produced exclusively for European countries, where Christmas is celebrated on December 24th. In recent years, a Russian version of the chocolate calendar has also been found.

  8. Fantasy – these are Advent calendars, made by hand from improvised means. Creative parents use: glass, plastic and tin cans, “eggs” from kinders, mini-cases from shoe covers, matchboxes, envelopes, bags, clothes hangers with clothespins and even toys.

Making an Advent calendar for children is a fascinating creative process that is limited only by the time and imagination of the parents.

What’s inside?

Inside each cell of the Advent calendar is a note with an assignment and a small incentive prize for the child.

Advent Calendar Tasks

Some publishers make it easier for parents and offer ready-made Advent calendars with tasks, stories and mini-stories for every day. But it may turn out that the finished tasks will be uninteresting to the child, too complicated or, on the contrary, simple for him, or you will not have the attributes necessary to complete them.

To guarantee success, it is better to come up with tasks for the Advent calendar yourself. Ideas can be taken from the Internet and adapted to suit your child. Tasks should be within the child’s power and should not take much time to complete. Otherwise, the baby can quickly lose interest in such entertainment.

Tasks can be as simple and obvious as very original.

For example:

  • write a letter to Santa Claus;

  • cut a snowflake out of paper, make a garland or a Christmas tree decoration;

  • learn a New Year’s poem for Santa Claus;

  • to mold a Christmas tree from plasticine or salt dough;

  • to draw a picture on the New Year theme;

  • make a snowman;

  • bake gingerbread cookies with mom;

  • help decorate the Christmas tree and decorate the apartment;

  • paint a plaster Christmas figurine with paints;

  • watch New Year’s cartoon, etc. d.

If you have been making an Advent calendar for more than a year, you can come up with more original tasks for it:

  • compose a New Year’s greetings for all family members;

  • Make Christmas tree decorations from orange peels;

  • Freeze ice Christmas tree decorations and decorate the Christmas tree in the yard with them;

  • Make a Christmas tree toy from a light bulb;

  • Make an edible Christmas tree;

  • Blow out soap bubbles in the cold;

  • to come up with a New Year’s theme walker game;

  • Make a candlestick from a jar of baby food;

  • compose a winter fairy tale or a New Year’s story;

  • Dry orange slices in the oven and make fragrant decorations.

Gifts for children

How to reward a child for completing assignments or just to please? Of course, a small gift.

The gift can be task-related or given by itself. For example, a bubble of soap bubbles asks for the task “to blow bubbles in the cold”. And for the walking game, you can give a bag of colorful dragees, which you can then use as “steps” for the chips.

Suitable for surprises and different little things: stickers, sweets, stationery, hair clips, small toys, lizun figures.

{disassemble a construction set or a set of toys and give the child one part of it every day. By the New Year, the child will have a complete set }

DIY Advent Calendar

Making an Advent calendar with your own hands for a child is not difficult and not very time consuming.

Tip: Don’t try to master the entire calendar in one day! You need to make a list of advent calendar tasks and print it in advance, and then gradually buy everything you need. Daily surprises also need to be acquired in advance, so as not to buy anything in a hurry the day before.

The easiest Advent calendar idea to implement is hanging envelopes. To make such a design, you will need: a ribbon or a wide lace, multi-colored envelope paper, clothespins. The tape is hung at both ends on a wall, furniture or door (the easiest way is to fix the tape on a bookshelf). Tasks are written on multi-colored paper, the sheet is folded in the form of an envelope. The envelopes are attached to the tape using linen or decorative clothespins.Such an Advent calendar design is suitable if you plan to hang only tasks and put surprises in another place, for example, under a Christmas tree or under a pillow. If you are planning bulky messages, then envelopes can be replaced with paper cups or New Year’s bags. Don’t forget to number each one!

Just imagine how your baby, barely waking up early in the morning, will run to the calendar, anticipating a pleasant surprise! How diligently he will carry out the task, waiting for encouragement! How joyful and interesting the anticipation of the New Year will pass for him! A good incentive to give your child an Advent calendar, isn’t it?

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Advent Calendar for Adults: Ideas for assignments and gift coupons, gifts, fillings, free printouts and materials.

The traditional Advent calendar is a craft that brightens up your days in anticipation of the main winter holiday – New Year or Christmas, depending on the traditions of your family.

Make a New Year’s Advent for your significant other, friend, colleague or mom, where every day there is a new surprise ! Regardless of the content that you choose: tasks, coupons, gifts – such a holiday waiting calendar will become a bright and unforgettable event in the life of both!

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Tasks for New Year’s Advent for children

New Year’s quest for children

Coupons for the Advent calendar for adults

then the desired action. For example:

  • candlelight dinner,
  • breakfast in bed,
  • 100 kisses,
  • 15-minute massage,
  • become the sole owner of the TV remote control for 1 day,
  • spa treatment in your own bathroom,
  • compliment,
  • foot massage,
  • time for solitude,
  • a day without children (!),
  • going to the cinema or a movie home evening with a choice of a movie according to the taste of the advent recipient,
  • picnic on the kitchen floor,
  • secret fantasy,
  • visiting the Christmas market,
  • sledding,
  • homemade cookies,
  • snowball fight,
  • ice cream for dinner,
  • no complaint day,
  • silence for 30 minutes,
  • winter date.

The recipient of the coupon can use it any day at will.

Advent calendar gifts for adults

Gift ideas for your advent:

  • cookie recipe + cookie cutter or stamp with Christmas motif,
  • mix for baking cookies or cupcake,
  • Christmas tea, e. g. non-alcoholic mulled wine ,
  • funny teapot,
  • thermos or thermostatican,
  • exotic spices or mixtures of spices,
  • sweets from other countries,
  • seeds of culinary herbs or a set for growing such herbs on the windowsill,
  • seeds or fir sprout,
  • favorite magazine,
  • bamboo drinking straws,
  • lunch box,
  • brooch,
  • ice scraper (for car),
  • medical mask,
  • calendar,
  • scratch tickets, such as lottery tickets,
  • fortune cookies,
  • personal horoscope for next year,
  • self-written poems orenie,
  • love letter,
  • general photo,
  • individual puzzle photo,
  • heating pad,
  • neck pillow,
  • soft warm socks or mittens, they can become not only an independent gift, but also New Year’s packaging,
  • Scented Candles,
  • Bath Salts,
  • Flashlight,
  • Flash Drive,
  • Washi Tape,
  • Massage Oil,
  • Hair Accessories,
  • Adult Coloring & Pencils,
  • Craft Kit,
  • beautiful cards

Adventure assignments for adults

There will be no vulgar assignments here. You can think of such things yourself 😀

  • to decorate an apartment for the holiday,
  • to make a paper garland,
  • to decorate a Christmas tree,
  • to mold a snowman,
  • to go to the ice rink,
  • to prepare New Year’s contests for friends,
  • to walk in the winter forest, to the evening city, in the estate of Santa Claus,
  • to bake cookies,
  • to watch a New Year’s film,
  • to arrange a New Year’s party,
  • to draw a picture on a New Year’s theme,
  • to find out and tell the name of Santa Claus in 10 different countries,
  • to come up with and write an interview about summing up the year,
  • cut snowflakes,
  • arrange fireworks,
  • buy and pack gifts,
  • prepare mulled wine,
  • write down the best memories of the outgoing year,
  • choose the best photo of the outgoing year and print it,
  • light sparklers,
  • sob host New Year’s puzzle.

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