INSIDE: 25 easy, simple and grateful DIY kindness Advent calendars that make giving back, charity, family service the focus of Christmas.
I love putting together the kids Advent calendar. It’s up there with stuffing the stockings for me. And I admit, it’s easy to go overboard with the small gifts, tokens and sweets. Those dollar bins can sure add up fast!
But one can still incorporate the occasional treat with a sprinkle of gratitude and kindness. In this season of giving, why not make charity and family service also part of the countdown?
These 25 easy and simple DIY kindness Advent calendars will help get the whole family in the mindset of gratitude and thankfulness this Christmas!
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25 Easy, Simple and Grateful DIY Kindness Advent Calendars
From preschoolers to texting teens to busy adults, everyone can find some little way to give back this Christmas season! From scissors and glue to fabric and thread, show off your crafty skills with these DIY kindness Advent calendars.
Modern Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar with Free Printables
Create a modernly simplistic acts of kindness Advent calendar with a large hoop and a mistletoe accent. Download and attach a variety of kindnesses the family can participate in, such as donating gently used toys.
Character Traits Advent Calendar
Create a super easy character Advent calendar highlights personality traits (honesty, peacemaking, kindness) that are what the holiday season is all about.
Meaningful Christmas Countdown Calendar
Reinforce the spirit of giving back with an easy Giving Back Advent calendar. From buying goods for the food bank to making holiday cards, place the cards in a mason jar and pull out one each day in December.
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DIY Advent Blessings Jar
Combine charitable giving and counting your family’s blessings with this easy Advent blessings jar. This great gratitude practice uses simple supplies like popsicle sticks and a mason jar.
25 Days of Service Christmas Countdown
Practice service all December-long with a DIY 25 Days of Service Advent countdown calendar. Display in a pretty wall frame and start a family giving tradition this season.
Candy-Free Kindness Advent Calendar
Replace the candy in your traditional pocket Advent calendar with printable kindness Advent cards.
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Cute Mason Jar Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar
Combine cute mason jar gift tags with the spirit of giving by brainstorming 25 ways your family can serve. Each day, pick one tag and fulfill the kindness act.
Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar Bingo Card
Seriously, who doesn’t love bingo? Combine game-playing with service with this printable random acts of kindness Advent calendar card.
Brown Gift Box Kindness Advent Calendar
Pair small brown gift boxes and printable acts of kindness for a Christmas tree-shaped kindness Advent calendar craft.
Printable Light the World Kindness Advent Calendar
This cute non-candy Advent calendar combines acts of charity and compassion as kids countdown to the 25th.
Mini Envelope Modern Acts of Kindness Calendar
Use mini envelopes and mini clothespins to create this modern inspired DIY acts of kindness Advent calendar. Use mini clothespins and ribbon to hang and display all December long.
Homemade Kindness Advent Calendar
Use plain white envelopes and holiday stickers to craft a simple homemade kindness Advent calendar.
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Make a Reverse Advent Calendar
The holidays are often the busiest time for local shelters and food pantries. Encourage the spirit of giving with a reverse Advent calendar by filling a box with needed supplies all month long.
Muffin Tin Legos + Kindness Advent Calendar
Got a Lego-lover at home? Stuff a muffin tin with Lego pieces and daily acts of kindness as the kids work to build their creation and give back all month long.
Printable Acts of Kindness Advent Garland
Download these cute Christmas stockings or Christmas tree baubles with daily acts of kindness. String up as a garland as a decorative reminder to give back.
25 Days of Service Garland
Create a fun and inventive 25 days of service projects. Print out and string as a decorative Advent calendar garland.
Elf on the Shelf Kindness Advent Calendar
If your home has a friendly scout elf, why not have him (or her? Or elf pet?) bring the kindness Advent calendar with them on their magical journey from the North Pole?
Hand Lettered Envelope Acts of Kindness Calendar
Download these pretty hand lettered clip art acts of kindness cards. Display on a pretty craft paper backdrop to double as holiday wall art.
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Candy Cane Acts of Kindness Calendar
Add a candy cane to your daily acts of Christmas kindness and display in decorative jar. Simple and sweet!
DIY Gratitude Advent Calendar Book
Re-purpose a brown paper sack for this DIY gratitude Advent calendar book, where each page is filled with random acts of kindnesses performed.
Pretty Pine Sprigs Advent Calendar Jar
Fill a mason jar with kindnesses written down on popsicle sticks, decorated with pretty pine sprigs.
Christmas Village Kindness Advent Calendar
Reuse jewelry boxes, small cardboard food boxes and DIY paper cones to create a Advent calendar village, filled with sweets and daily acts of kindness.
Advent Calendar Kindness Tree
Create your own “kindness leaves” for a DIY Advent calendar table top tree.
Kindness Advent Calendar Punch Cups
Let the kids punch their way into kindness with this cute DIY Christmas kindness Advent calendar with punch cups.
Kindness Countdown Chain
Paper chains are the best, especially when they are filled with 24 different holiday acts of kindness. Download these printable ideas and staple together to form a kindness chain.
How does your family count down the days ’til Christmas? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime, have a happy, kind and thankful holiday season!
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