Gift Box Advent Calendar

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Gift Box Advent CalendarThe countdown to Christmas Day has begun!  

I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the anticipation of the day than with an Advent Calendar.  Each day a new “present” is opened to reveal a special “Christmas” task or a treat to enjoy until the b day arrives!


Here is what you need to get started in making your very own Advent Calendar:


  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Velcro
  • Twenty-four small boxes (I found some favor boxes in the wedding section of the craft store, but you can also find many tutorials to make your own)
  • A Board made of wood, cardboard, or foam to display your calendar

IMG_5383Don’t forget to make this a family craft!!!

Enlist the help of your whole family in writing out special Christmas tasks on paper to put in the boxes.  Some ideas include: enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, drive around to see the Christmas lights, watch a Christmas movie, read Luke chapter 2.  You can also include little treats in the box such as chocolates or candies or even small toys.  IMG_5389


Insert the pieces of paper or treats into the boxes and again with the help of your family, wrap up the boxes with the Christmas paper.  I let my kids help me wrap up the boxes which means they are not perfect, but perfection is not our goal here, it’s having fun getting into the Christmas spirit.  So let them wrap away!IMG_5395


Arrange the presents into a Christmas tree pattern on your board. IMG_5387

I used velcro to affix my boxes to the board, it makes it easy to take off when the day arrives.


Kids will especially love unwrapping a present each day, preparing them for the day they will open their big presents.  The activities inside are a sure way to bring the family closer during the most wonderful time of the year!  IMG_5397


What is your favorite Christmas activity?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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