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#1 pinkiepie

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

Hi, Just wondering if anyone has seen any Advent calendars in the stores this year that are not chocolate ones?
Last year we had Disney Princess and Cars ones that had a little toy in each days window but i can't seem to find anything like that this year.
I have seen the Lego ones but at around $50.00 each i don't think i will be buying those!!!

TIA

#2 siemp

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:25 PM

We have a lego one due to allergies.

But only paid $25.00 at toysrus.com (US site) during a sale.

I have only seen food based ones otherwise.

Last year DS had one made for him, we got envelopes, decorated them, and a small surprise was hidden inside, they were stuck to the wall, so each day he got to take the envelope off the wall and get a surprise. Stuff like stickers, bubbles, cars etc... all from $2 shop. He enjoyed that.

#3 notorico

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

Smiggle has one for $25.

#4 Onyx

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:28 PM

You can buy wooden ones from myer or even online and fill them yourself.

#5 LJandAJ

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:33 PM

Coles had the character ones last year so have you tried there?

#6 Bubblicious

Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:40 PM

Trolli have one out this year.. I have seen it at Target, Coles, Woolworths and Kmart

I am also making one for the first time ever... wish me luck lol

#7 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

I have a wooden one with a little drawer for each day- I tend to do a few days with lollies, a few with a balloon or some other tiny treat and then the remainder are Christmas activities we do together eg Carols in the park, bake gingerbread etc

#8 Lauren Bell

Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

Make one!! ;-) check out Pinterest and type in advent calendars.


#9 Mum2Ash

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

We made our own using matchboxes.  Each box is wrapped in paper and has numbers 1 - 25 and put onto canvas (using velcro so it can be packed away) in the shape of a Christmas Tree.

This year I've purchased a Lego Friends set and will put pieces in each days box.  (Works our much cheaper than buying the Lego advent calendar). For the bits that are too big to go into the box I put a little note in with a hint to where to find it.

Not a great picture but you can sort of get the idea.



#10 _Alana_

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:10 PM

Big w have a mushi monster and a smurf one out in their latest catalogue. It was toys inside and I think $28
We got our Lego one from amazon for $32 original.gif

#11 Etta

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:13 PM

Mum still has the one we used when we were kids. You just opened a window and there was a little Christmas-related picture behind each one. The countdown to Christmas was enough excitement for us.

#12 2anewme

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:18 PM

OP I have been looking for the same thing due to allergy reasons -  I havent been able to find them yet either.

#13 Dionysus

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:23 PM

QUOTE (Etta @ 13/11/2012, 07:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Mum still has the one we used when we were kids. You just opened a window and there was a little Christmas-related picture behind each one. The countdown to Christmas was enough excitement for us.



OMG that has just reminded me that we had the same!  No toys, no activities, no lollies - just a little christmas picture.  We loved it.

How things/expectations change!

#14 Studybug

Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:28 PM

hi

I'm going to make a really simple one that I saw on pinterest.  I'm thinking of putting things like bubbles, stickers, little stamps, xmas activities, craft activities, outings and a few with treats like gingerbread, smarties etc.

I've only recently discovered pinterest - I love it!

cheers.

#15 cameo

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

IKEA has a lovely Christmas tree with little drawers to put treats in.  I think it was about $20 odd?  It looked gorgeous...

#16 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

Most people have already touched it but I have gotten DS a lego one. There are also playmobil ones and I saw 2 in todays Big W catalogue.

My kids will want to open it every morning first thing and having chocolate first thing every morning is not the best habit I want to start so decided to opt for toy ones.

Edited by I*Love*Christmas, 13 November 2012 - 09:20 PM.


#17 BadgerBasher

Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

I think I'm going to ask mum for the huge wall calendar we had growing up-25 little envelopes on a huge wall hanging. My brother and I took turns opening the envelope up until the 20th, when we'd hold one ribbon each.
I can't see cheap chocolate first thing in the morning a good thing.

#18 pinkiepie

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:31 AM

Thanks ladies for all your replies! As it turns out my MIL has made one for us, she gave it to me yesterday wrapped up for us to open on the 1st Dec.

Iam so excited for the count down to begin, Happy count down to you all and i hope you all have a wonderful christmas biggrin.gif




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