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It’s Almost December, Do You Have an Advent Calendar Yet?

December seems to sneak up on me every year, which wouldn’t be too worrisome except it means that I never seem to have my advent calendar ready in time.  Actually, to be fair, last year was the first year we decide to do an advent calendar.  But I was late then and I can already sense a pattern forming.  The solution to this problem is a simple one – man up and either buy or make a calendar substantial enough to be used year after year (sadly last year’s version just doesn’t fit the bill).  Then it would just be a matter of digging it out of storage in time.

There’s still ample time to make but, I’ll admit, I’m leaning towards breaking out the Visa and doing a little online purchasing.  Whichever route you chose, I’ve got a find for you.  Below are 20 lovely (and often handmade) options.


Part of the reason I haven’t wanted to commit to a permanent advent calendar was that I didn’t want to be limited in what I could fill it with. Last year we did stickers, this year maybe books or dollar store trinkets. There aren’t many calendar’s that can accommodate all the possibilities.


Which is why I was so excited to find these Advent calendar buttons on Etsy. I love that you can pin them on all sorts of things (favor bags, envelopes, large packages, etc.) and have a different-but-still-the-same Advent calendar every year.


This Crafty Advent Calendaris one the kids can help make – so you know I love it.  The kit comes with 150 pre-cut felt shapes ready to peel and stick.

A Matryoshka Advent Calendar – need I say more?

This simple and stylish Amsterdam Advent Calendar is a perfect fit for the Christmas purest.

If you want to take a stab at making your own calendar but aren’t sure where to start, this Christmas Advent Calender Kit found on Etsy could come in very handy (and it’s only $23!).

I first saw this David Fussenegger Silvretta, Advent Calendar last December and instantly fell in love with its playful, non-traditional vibe.

The Kids’ Felt Appliqued Christmas Advent Calendarfrom The Land of Nod is also very cheerful.  Plus it comes with a friendly mini Santa to move from square to square.  Perfect if the kids need help keeping track or if you don’t want to come up with an activity or gift for each day.

And speaking of Calendars used solely for counting down and not gifting.  Here’s a happy and modern version (comes in 12 possible colors)…

….here’s a funky salvage art version

…and here’s a large scale interactive wall decor version.  There are 4 tree shapes to choose from and you get to customize the colors of the tree, star, and ornaments used to cover each passing day.

I love the elegant style of this shimmery linen Advent Calendar, which also comes with a sweet bear for marking the date.

This one won’t hold up to years of use but the look is definitely on point.

How sweet is this baby sock Advent calendar DIY via Martha?

Here’s a non-DIY Mini-Felt- Stockings-Calendar from Garnet Hill.

And a similar Etsy version of 24 knit mini mittens.

This spectacular large scale Etsy creation was made using felt and a canvas shoe rack.  Unfortunately it’s sold but you could always convo the seller and beg her to make another or, if you’re feeling brave, have a go at making one of your own.

Here’s another handmade Etsy find.  It’s not cheap but the details are impressive.

This Reindeer Parade Advent Calendar exudes German cool.


Infuse some numbered envelopes with your own signature style using this Crafter’s Pack Advent Calendar Kit.

And finally, I’m always a sucker for some pretty bunting.  This one includes pockets to hold all your Advent treasures.
That’s it, which is your favorite?  Also, I’d love to know what you fill your advent calendar with?  Treats, winter activity ideas, Christmas books?


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Amanda November 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

WOW – I haven’t decided what I will do this year! All those choices are beautiful. I struggle with the gifts issue and may just write a love note or activity card in my pockets. I’m working on a monster quilt now and am trying SO hard not to start anything new until it is done!


Dawniebee12 November 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I really love the baby sock idea. I think I’m going to do that one! You can find socks in the dollar section at Target sometimes…I’m hoping to find some this week!


Louisa November 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I love Advent calendars! I made a pleated pocket calendar that is rather like the one made from a shoe organizer. I plan to fill it with some making for holiday outfits, little activities, and some holiday toys. I’m still searching for ideas that will work well for a two-year-old and his baby sister.


emily @morefromthemoorefamily November 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I made a mini-muffin tin Advent Calendar. We are putting small pieces of chocolate into the holes each evening for the kiddos to open in the morning. We are also doing the book/activity idea each day. :) Can’t wait!!


Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 3:57 am

I buy one of these. every day they get a new “piece” it’s a total hit. and makes a complete set at the end. no effort on my part!



Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

We have a wooden advent calendar with drawers. I scroll up a little clue each day for a scavenger hunt. My daughter finds all sorts of treats throughout the house. What a fun way to wake up!


shoe cupboard May 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

There aren’t words to describe how much I adore the baby sock idea.


Sandy March 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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