Advent calendar filler ideas for children
Ideas for gifts to fill a DIY advent calendar for children
Here are our best suggestions for advent calendar fillers for children.
The Mickey and Friends Share The Magic Advent Calendar 2023 is a character-themed calendar, neatly designed in a Christmas tree shape. It features 25 miniature drawers decorated with Disney character artwork including Mickey, Minnie, Chip n’ Dale, Bambi, and Stitch. Please note, you will need to buy treats or toys separately to fill the individual drawers, as they are not included.
The Fortnum’s Nutcracker Advent Calendar is a holiday-themed, reusable item with a soldier motif. It incorporates 24 distinct compartments, each concealed behind numbered doors, perfect for holding small items like sweets or personalised gifts.
The Christmas Tree Advent Calendar 2023, is a wooden Scandi-style advent calendar. Containing 24 individual drawers, each etched with a sequential number, it allows for a festive countdown.
The DIY Children’s Christmas Envelopes Advent Calendar 2023 includes 24 envelopes, stickers, pegs, and twine for personalization. Envelopes are recyclable, and the kit provides various display options.
DIY Children’s Christmas Envelopes Advent Calendar – Content
The DIY Children’s Christmas Envelopes Advent Calendar is a personalized advent calendar with envelopes, stickers, pegs, and twine. You can fill them with your chosen items and recycle the envelopes after use.
- 24 Kraft Envelopes (C6 Size)
- 24 Envelope Sticker Seals
- 24 Wooden Pegs
- 5 Metres Of Twine
The Wooden Truck With LED Lights Advent Calendar 2023 is a festive red lorry with 24 drawers for small surprises, lit by LED bulbs (2 AA batteries, not included). Handcrafted and reusable for future holidays.
The Hessian Stocking Fill Your Own Advent Calendar 2023 offers 24 hessian stockings, pegs, and a 3-meter string for versatile self-assembly, allowing you to fill them with personal items.
The Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar is a customizable holiday decoration with 24 numbered pockets, perfect for holding small treats or personal items. It can be hung on a wall or door, measuring 92 x 75cm.
The In A Matchbox – World’s Smallest Advent Calendar includes 24 numbered character door decorations from fairy tales and Christmas stories, complete with ‘knock, knock’ jokes on the back. They can be hung up and are reusable for multiple festive seasons.
The Ella James 40 Piece Filler Set for Advent Calendar is a versatile collection of items for girls, featuring beauty, jewelry, stationery, and sweets. Note that the Advent calendar itself is not included, and product contents may vary based on stock availability.
Ella James 40 Piece Filler Set For Advent Calendar – Content
The Ella James 40 Piece Filler Set for Advent Calendar features beauty, jewelry, stationery, and sweets for girls. The Advent calendar itself is not included, promising daily surprises with diverse contents.
- x 2 sweet doll nail varnish
- X 1 nail File box
- X 3 lip balm : Unicorn , Mermaid , cupcake
- X 2 rings :
- X 2 macaroon shaped ring boxes
- x 3 packets of nail files
- x 2 Unicorn jar necklaces with charms
- X 6 Unicorn milk chocolate coins in silver , pink and blue Unicorn foil wrap
- X 6 ‘Love Heart’ Sweet rolls
- X 5 Fizzers sweet rolls
- X 4 Mini glitter jars for crafting
- X 3 Rubbers , 1 Unicorn and 1 Rainbow , 1 macaroon
- X 1 set of pink decorative angel wings
- x 1 velour shell box and hair clip
- x 1 pink Toadstool bauble
The Personalized Hand Painted Christmas Advent Calendar is a unique children’s calendar with 24 pockets for personal items. It’s hand-painted, customizable with names and up to 6 Christmas-themed patches, and offers completely unique customizations.
The Stitch Soft Banner Advent Calendar is an official Disney product, featuring 24 spaces for daily mini-gifts. Themed on the character Stitch from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch franchise, it also functions as an ornamental room decoration. Included are a pre-attached hanging string and customizable Lilo and Stitch stickers.
Stitch Soft Banner Advent Calendar – Content
Introducing the Stitch 2022 DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar, an official Disney creation filled with 24 Lilo and Stitch-themed surprises, including stickers, playsets, and character merchandise. It’s a magical way to count down to the holidays.
The Gisela Graham – Father Christmas Train Wooden Advent Calendar is a wooden, rectangular festive item featuring snowy trees, Father Christmas, and a train. This calendar, measuring 41cm high, 38cm wide and 8cm deep, has 24 miniature numbered drawers for personalised gifts. Clean with a dry cloth. It’s a countdown to Christmas tool with variable traditional and unique themes.
The Fortnum’s Christmas Tree Advent Calendar includes 24 empty compartments. Designed as a classic Fir tree and decorated with recognised Fortnum’s symbols like a teapot and a hamper, it measures 49cm high, 47cm wide, and 8cm deep. Note, it doesn’t come pre-filled.
The Custom Refillable Wooden Advent Calendar 2023 has 24 compartments with a Plaid Stag Head Block Font Merry Christmas Design, which can be personalized with text. It measures 14″ tall, 16 1/4″ wide when open, and 9″ wide when closed, with each drawer at 1.5″.
The Quilted Handmade Fabric Christmas House Advent Calendar 2023 featuring 24 pockets, perfect for filling with your favorite toys, candies, or chocolates. It’s equipped with three hanging loops, making it ready for use.
The 24 Days Fill Your Own Advent Calendar 2023 consists of 24 customizable compartments, allowing you to personalize it with your preferred items. With six distinct designs, this eco-friendly calendar can be reused year after year.
The Black, White and Gold Advent Calendar 2023 contains 25 drawers. This is a reusable wooden calendar intended to track the days leading up to Christmas. Unlike usual chocolate-based calendars, it can be filled with small objects like sweets or toys.
The Toy Shop Advent Calendar – Red 2023 is a Christmas-themed advent calendar designed as a toy shop house. Made from durable card, it’s designed for repeated use, and also doubles up as a seasonal decoration.
The Christmas Countdown Gift Boxes Advent Calendar 2023 contains 24 boxes and made from recyclable, odorless Kraft Paper. It’s a practical and eco-friendly option for wrapping gifts, saving time and reducing waste.
The Disney Mickey Mouse Fabric Advent Calendar 2023 contains 25 pockets. Made from red polyester felt, it features gold embroidery, a ‘Countdown to Christmas’ title, and a black glitter ‘Mickey ears’ design. It comes with a black thread for hanging, a wooden dowel, and measures 113×2.5x55cm.
Advent calendar packaging
Take a look at our ideas for home-made advent calendars:
- These reindeer boxes are super cute and festive and come with a number sticker for each day:
- If you are good at sewing, this sewing panel for advent stockings is a great idea:
- Alternatively, buy some ready-made stockings like these:
- Get some paper bags and print off these free tags for a DIY advent calendar:
- Make an advent calendar out of some old jars – simply decorate them to look festive and put a number on each one
- Create a treasure hunt – simply wrap the gift, hide it somewhere in your house and hand them a new clue each morning
Toys and games
All children love to play – so we have put together a great selection of toys and games for their advent calendar:
- Challenge them with this panda jigsaw puzzle:
- Print off this free ocean matching game:
- This Olaf lego is the perfect advent calendar filler:
- Put their favourite book in their advent calendar and take them for a walk to act out the story – ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is perfect for this
- Get them ready for Christmas with this Santa’s Sleigh playmobil:
- Print off this free unicorn board game:
- Cute, squishy and lovable – this sparkly squishy buddy is the perfect little gift for just £1.80:
- Take them to Build-a-Bear Workshop to make and dress their own teddy
Science and discovery
If your children are little scientists and discoverers, these could be the perfect gifts for them:
- The world is their oyster with this jigsaw puzzle:
- Find a new way to drink with these DIY straws:
- A magnifying glass can be a lot of fun and is the perfect size to fit in an advent calendar
- Teach them about their favourite animals with this dinosaur book:
- Buy some seed packets from your local supermarket or garden centre and plant something and watch it grow together
- Treat your scientist to this rainbow lab kit:
- Print off some free science experiments to do with them, such as this baking soda volcano experiment:
- Get them a mini microscope
- This light up terrarium kit would make a perfect Christmas day gift:
Books and stories
Here are a selection of books and printable stories to go in an advent calendar:
- Print off this free elf on the shelf poem:
- ‘Enid Blyton’s Christmas Tales’ book:
- ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens:
- ‘The Gruffalo’ book:
- ‘The Snail and the Whale’ book:
- ‘Little Piccola’ by Nora A. Smith
- Take them to a storytelling event at a local library or bookstore
Arts and crafts
Here are our advent calendar filler suggestions for your young artist:
- Download and print off our free Christmas colouring pages and dot paintings
- Mould and paint glow-in-the-dark space kit:
- Colouring pencils
- Some coloured paper
- Sewing llama:
- Treat them to this LOL Surprise activity set (this is especially great for taking on long journeys to visit family over Christmas):
- Fun stickers
- Some big chalks for drawing on the pavement
- Build your own robot stickers:
We have some great ideas for keen bakers:
- Check out our roasted chestnuts recipe which is free to download and print off
- Keep the mess of their clothes with these children’s cooking apron and hat:
- Christmas cookie cutters
- Christmas cupcake cases
- A rainbow cake kit:
- A recipe for a chocolate Yule log:
- Treat them to this ‘Christmas Baking for Children’ book:
- Rolling pin
- A gingerbread house kit:
Sweet treats to put in their advent calendar:
- Fill a Kinder Surprise Egg with a small gift of your own – check out our DIY instructions
- Take a look at our DIY hot chocolate page for free instructions
- Treat them to something unique with this personalised milk chocolate bear:
- Have some fun with these Bean boozled jelly beans:
- Cadbury selection box
- Microwave popcorn
- Christmas jelly pops:
- Chocolate coins
- Chocolate santa
Here are some vouchers for you to print off:
- Zoo voucher
- Circus voucher
- Storytime voucher
- Favourite game voucher
- Tidy room voucher
- Carousel voucher
- Sweet treat at the Christmas markets voucher
- Baking cookies voucher
- Milkshake voucher
- Homemade popcorn voucher
- Favourite sweet voucher
- Favourite cake voucher
- Baking gingerbread men voucher
- Hot chocolate voucher
- Roasted chestnuts voucher
- Go to bed without brushing teeth voucher
- Fudge voucher
- Movie night voucher
- Favourite food voucher
- Ice skating voucher
- Mince pie voucher
- Crêpe at the Christmas markets voucher
- Baking a cake voucher
- Decision maker voucher
Put something useful in their advent calendar! Here are our suggestions:
- Stationary essentials, such as a ruler, rubber or pencil sharpener
- Bell for their bike or scooter
- Llamacorn notebook:
- Coloured pencils for travelling
- Snack box for school lunches or picnics
- Children’s toothbrush or travel toothbrush for overnight trips
- Snowmen safety reflectors:
- Christmas socks
Minecraft and Fortnite
Here are our advent calendar filler suggestions for children who love Minecraft and Fortnite:
- Game credit
- Minecraft TNT mug:
- A voucher for an evening playing video games
- ‘The Fortnite Guide to Staying Alive’ book:
Here are our ideas for children who love unicorns:
- Print off a free unicorn face mask:
- Print off a free unicorn bookmark for colouring in:
Here are our suggestions for the final gift of the advent calendar.
Other festive clothing items: