24 Of The Jolliest Advent Calendar Fillers That Aren’t Candy

Homemade advent calendars are a fun way for kids to countdown to Christmas, and you can be as creative as you like in making and filling them. But instead of just filling them with chocolate (at a time of year when there is more than enough sweet treats!), consider some different ideas that are infinitely more useful – here are 24 of the Jolliest Advent Calendar Fillers That Aren’t Just Candy.

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If you are looking to make your own advent calendar – here are 12 Easy Homemade Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids – the kids will enjoy helping you make the calendars and then when they are tucked up in bed, you can pop in the daily gifts.

Adding in your own treats allows you to be inventive as you like, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money either. Including cute little notes or Christmas jokes, or coupons for activities with you, will equally bring smiles of delight.

Here are some ideas to help you – 24 ideas in fact – one for every day of your calendar!

  1. board-761586_640Mini Decorations
  2. Pair of Christmas socks
  3. A Bedtime Pass
  4. Fridge Magnets
  5. Bouncy Ball
  6. Mini Game
  7. Rub on Tattoo
  8. Lego or Playmobil minifigure
  9. Novelty Key Ring
  10. A Visit Santa Claus Coupon (to coincide with the day you have planned a visit)
  11. dinosaur-470161_640Small plastic toy – animal/car/dinosaur/figurine
  12. Mittens
  13. Loom bands
  14. Coupon for Activity Treat – Go to Movies / 1 hr on xBox or equivalent / Go to cafe for Hot Chocolate / Have dinner out with parents / Play Christmas Games with Family
  15. Trading Cards
  16. An Eraser
  17. Hair accessories
  18. treasure hunt in the darkColouring pencils / markers
  19. Sharpener
  20. Fun stamp
  21. Yo-yo
  22. Glow sticks
  23. Pack of cards – here are 15 Fun Card Games for Kids
  24. Stickers

We’ve lots more ideas in our 50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids, that would work equally as well in your advent calendar. And for teenagers, we’ve got stocking ideas for both boys and girls.

24 Advent Calendar Fillers

Just remember that kids will get as much fun from the small things – it is after all the thought that counts!

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Over to you! Let us know your advent calendar fillers in the comments below.

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Jennifer, our Editor, has 1 son and admits to munching a Cadbury’s Turkish Delight now and again.