Like the Christmasy spirited person you are, or at least try to be, you can think of no better way to actively anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day than with an advent calendar. I personally can’t stand the cheap chocolate advent calendars. Waxy brown squares bring no pleasure to this chocolate lover. And I realize not everyone loves chocolate and not everyone is going to fork over money for the Lego version.
What’s a Christmasy person to do? Is it even possible to count down to Christmas without choking down a faux-chocolate morsel the first twenty-five days in December?
Take a look at this list of 25 items I’ve complied that have nothing to do with chocolate. That’s right, one for each day from December 1st until the Big Day.
25 Ideas for Things to Put in Advent Calendars
Another ageless gift that both young and old will appreciate. You can never have too many flashlights, can you?
It’s better than a kazoo. All the cool kids are playing them.
Small Lego set
Everyone I know would gladly put together a Lego set. Lego is fun, but don’t leave it lying around the floor for someone to step on. Otherwise Santa may leave you a lump of coal in your stocking.
We all need them and you can’t go wrong with Double A’s.
It’s the perfect time of year to stay indoors and play a game around the table with some hot chocolate and popcorn.
Face it, earbuds need to be replaced every couple of years, if they don’t fall apart sooner than that. If you can afford to, upgrade to bluetooth earbuds!
Gum or Breath Mints
– If you’re going to be anywhere the mistletoe, make sure you and your loved ones are ready to pucker up!
Travel Sized Toiletries
Speaking of fresh breath, even kids will get a kick out of seeing a miniature tube of toothpaste.
Don’t forget that hand lotion.
Brain Teaser Puzzles
This will keep them busy for a while.
Okay, I caved.
A few yummy food items can also be part of a good advent calendar. As long as you’re feeding meat eaters, everyone loves a good beef jerky.
Because we can all stand to eat more protein, especially at Christmastime.
As promised, I’m staying away from the chocolate.
Technology is everywhere so make sure you can use it everywhere.
Another gift of technology
Keep your earbuds and USB cords neatly organized wherever you go.
Decorate the tree with an ornament that captures the past eleven months of their lives.
Or maybe the year was more like this:
December can be busy and stressful.
Need to Laugh? A joke book – keep it age appropriate – can help ease the tension.
I can tell you’re still feeling stressed.
Grab some bath bombs and take a soak in the tub.
Christmas cookie cutter set
Here’s a fun way to bring old traditions and recipes into the present.
If you don’t like the twinkling lights necklaces, check out these adorable Santa Claus earrings.
Yes, I’m getting a little cheesy, but you only have to wear them one day a year.
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me…the best chocolate in the world! You knew I couldn’t resist!