Thursday, October 24, 2013

crafting with grandma - Fun, Excellent & Inexpensive Gifts - Advent Calendars!

Handmade Christmas Advent Calendars, a great alternative to store bought calendars. Get inspired and create your own with these great tutorials and how-tos.As you know, since I've said it a time or two :-), I LOVE to celebrate Christmas! At my house the tree goes up after Thanksgiving dinner and then gifts go under it. Each time my grandsons are at my house between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they get to open a gift! Like I said, I LOVE to celebrate Christmas!

These gifts are small items - I bought nine-packs of Matchbox cars for $5 at a local outlet store, I have been saving books and crocheted a few things for these special early gifts! I'll also make a few treats; such as homemade lollipops to put under the tree for early opening!

So, when I was browsing on Pinterest and found several great ideas for making Advent calendars, I thought it would be fun to share with you so you could make something to give your grandchildren something simple, fun and inexpensive which they could open each day to count down to Christmas! What a fun gift to put under your tree and delight them with the opportunity to open it early . . . and then find a small treat each day until Christmas!

If you follow this link you'll find nine ideas for making your own Advent "calendar"-type gift . . . I especially like the paper stockings, the train, the lego-inspired blocks and the baby stocking ideas! I think the Christmas tree idea is great too - and there is a link for a free downloadable printable which you can use to make them!

So, what do you think? Which one do you like the best?

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