How to Make a Christmas Book Advent Calendar on a Budget!
So my boy loves reading books and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! I’m a complete book worm myself, although my recent reading activity wouldn’t reflect that. I’ve been too busy consumed with working and blogging. And Greys Anatomy. This takes up all my time at the moment. But I want to get back on it and I think a 2017 resolution will be to read more.
So anyway back to what I want to write about – a 24 book countdown to Christmas. The idea is super simple too, and comes courtesy of a friend who lives across the pond in sunny California.
I get that most kids just want a chocolate calendar and b can still have one, but on an evening, he will also get a new story to read. I’ve decided I will give him ONE book each evening. We are going through a threenager stage at the moment and I just know that presenting him with all 24 wrapped books will cause trouble.
All you need to make this super simple book advent calendar is the following:
24 books. Now they can be new or books you already own. I snuck some of b’s favourite Christmas ones out of his room a few months ago. Things like The Gruffalos Child and The Snowman will make an appearance in the book advent calendar.
I was very luck to receive one special book which I’m going to include in this advent calendar as well- The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home – by Lost My Name.
I just know b is going to love this book. He is really into space at the moment and enjoys hearing about planets and rockets. The best thing about The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is that it features B as the main character! When you order online, you personalise the book with your child’s name and address. It then features throughout the story. The attention to detail really is incredible and I absolutely LOVE the overhead view of our home!
This personalised book will be the first book I give to the little man on December 1st and I’m pretty sure we will read it plenty of times before the big day!
Pick up Bargains at Charity Shops
I picked up other books from car boot sales and charity shops. We usually head to the Cheddar carboot on a Sunday morning for a mooch. You can pick up pretty much nearly new books for 20-50p. A complete bargain. Here are some of my other money-saving tips for Christmas if you’re interested.
I’ve also picked a few up in The Works this year. I love The Works as they sell so many fab books for toddlers. They have a whole Christmas range in their 3 for £5 and I picked up a few brand new ones here. In fact there are loads of gift ideas at The Works and I include a few stocking fillers and ideas here.
Start Wrapping Early!
Next up, you need to wrap them all. I know, I know, most people hate the wrapping but you don’t need to wrap them up perfectly. Just fold the paper over quickly and secure with tape both ends. Once your books are wrapped, label them 1 to 24 or simply pop them in a sack and let the little one pick one out each eve. Personally I’m going to present b with a wrapped book each eve as I know it will throw him into a mood if I tell him he can’t open any more :/ Not what I want before bedtime.
So there you go, our alternative to the regular chocolate advent calendar. Are you trying something different this year or sticking to more traditional calendars?
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home by Lost My Name to feature in this post and to include in a giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own though and they are always honest.