Advent Calendar Wish List & #FreeFromFridays

Good morning! Are you ready for Free From Fridays? The one post that immediately resonated with me from last week was Emma’s one about food free advent calendars. Oh my goodness, it’s Christmas soon! I don’t know what planet I’ve been living on, but until I saw these cute advent calendars (check the Melissa and Doug one!), I just wasn’t registering just how close Christmas is getting. We’ll be in France this year, in my little brother’s first home. I can’t begin to explain how excited I am about Christmas, and the cuddles with my nephews, the food, the champagne…

Ooops, I’m going off piste here.

When my little man was born, my aunt gave me my cousin’s old fabric advent calendar and I gave it a second life by sewing new numbers on it, changing the tired gold ribbons on the little sacks and generally restoring it. I love thinking of an activity to do with the children every day in December. They now have an advent calendar each, and we also made our own toilet paper reindeer advent calendar last year. I hope they’re not too squashed in our Christmas box!

So, when I read Emma’s post, I then proceeded to look for another advent calendar for my four (I might have put one or two in my Amazon basket!). Over an hour later, I think I have looked at all the advent calendars for this year and a few extra ones stood out.

We already have the advent calendar from Smiggle and I think I’m as excited as the children to see what stationery surprises they get every day. There are also tickets hidden inside 25 advent calendars to win a ginormous £500 Smiggle shopping spree!

Playmobil advent calendars are always really popular with my children. All the pieces are well-made, and they can all play with them. By the end of December, they have a great little set they will play with again and again and again.


This Hot Wheels one looks brilliant! I used to love these cars when I was little, and my four love nothing more than playing with cars, trains or LEGO all together, so they’d love it!


I’ve never bought a LEGO advent calendar before, but my little man is a huge fan of LEGO and he’s begging me to get him the LEGO CITY one this year. I think it’s a great treat to build a small LEGO model every day.

This Crayola one looks absolutely brilliant and my four would love it! It’s full of craft projects, homemade gifts, colouring activities and finger puppets.

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, so if you click and end up making a purchase, I might get a commission. Smiggle also sent me their advent calendar (but didn’t ask to be featured on my blog). As always, all opinions are my own.

It’s #FreeFromFridays Time again!

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  1. 10/11/2017 / 5:25 pm

    Yay! I’m so happy that we’re in November as the Christmas countdown is now on. My kids get so excited, and love opening their advent calendars. The Lego calendars and the Lindt calendars was usually popular (although pricey) choices in our house.

    • Mel
      11/11/2017 / 1:50 pm

      Oooooh, I haven’t heard about the Lindt advent calendar… you’re opening up a new world of possibilities here, Julie. Where do I get myself one (Lindt has always been my fave)? xxx

  2. 11/11/2017 / 7:53 pm

    Hi, we love advent calendars we already have the Lego Star Wars one just in case it sells out

    • Mel
      12/11/2017 / 12:21 pm

      I’ve now got a couple in my Amazon basket. Will buy them tomorrow 🙂

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