Last year I made several of these Advent Boxes to give to friends and family. Our family loved opening these tiny little gifts each night and it helped us to reflect on the true reason for the season…Christ!
Because I was making twelve at once, they took a lot of time and effort. I didn’t share the idea in time for my readers to use last year because I literally finished and delivered them on November 30th!
There is a box for each day in the month of December (up to Christmas Day). Each box holds a small item and a scripture (or Biblical principal) to go along with each day. Download the Advent Boxes Printable here.
We typically open our boxes right after eating dinner together as a family. We let the boys take turns each night opening it and then we read our scripture (or story) together. After we’re finished (and the boys have had their fill of handling their ‘present’), the trinkets get tucked neatly back into their box until the next year!
Most of the trinkets were bought at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. If you aren’t able to find the item for that particular day, you can always print a picture of the corresponding item. Our boys loved getting to have something tangible to hold and feel while we were reading the scripture or Biblical thought for the day.
Download the Advent Box Labels here. I used Avery return address mailing labels (30 per page) and then cut them in half.
If you’re wondering about the contents of each day…
Here are a few more details….
- The small silver boxes are from here. They were the cheapest I could find, but come in sets of 100. If you buy the boxes at a craft store, you’re looking at paying around $0.89 EACH. With shipping, each box cost me only $0.28.
- The bows are elastic ribbon cut to 12″ strips and tied around the boxes.
- The large decorative boxes that hold all of the smaller boxes were purchased at Dollar General in packs of 2 for $2.50 per pack.