Friday, November 22, 2013

Gift calendars for the kids

My usual "shall I make a gift calendar or not" battle has already started and as I'm flicking through magazines, I feel the inspiration coming back to me again (and with that, soon will the despair and panic...) I picked up these really cute little paper bags from IKEA last week. They have three different patterns and there are 24 of them and with number stickers to be attached on each bag. Perfect. At least I don't have to wrap 48 gifts. I made a gift calendar for Elias in Singapore and I swear, after wrapping ten little gifts, it wasn't that fun anymore and all my Christmassy feelings went out the window. I also remember buying him a big pack of toy cars, 16 of them.... it was a very clever move but after the fifth car, he was kind of over them.
This year, thanks to friends advice, I will go for small things like erasers, pens, hair clips, and there will be some joint gifts (DVD, visit to the movies and one to the water park Wild Wadi). These "family oriented activities will be during weekends, preferably if hubby is off so we can all go together. There will be a few pieces of chocolates too, maybe some Christmas ornaments.
My Mum made a gift calendar for me but after 35 years, it is not in top condition and tends to fall over if you hang anything bigger than a match box. So we have put some fake gift boxes there, just so it can hang on the wall and look pretty!

Cute little paper bags from IKEA
 

8 comments:

  1. Cute bags! My mom still makes a gift calendar for me (and even for my husband) :)

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    1. That is so sweet! My Mum stopped about 30 years ago....

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  2. Jag kommer ihåg att besvikelsen var stor när våra barn insåg att vi tyckte de var för stora för "adventspresenter" och då var de ändå vuxna och utflyttade!

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    1. Haha va gulligt! Jag alskade min paketkalender! Spanning varje dag!

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  3. Ihhh, hvor jeg kender det :-) I starten går det vældigt, meeen efterhånden som man har pakket de første 20 pakker ind, er det KNAPT så sjovt mere :-)
    For to år siden indførte vi adventspakkekalendere til børnene. Jeg var MEGET spændt på, hvordan Sofie ville tage det, da hun har Maileg's store pakkekalendernisse til 24 pakker, men det gik super godt og hun var glad! - heldigvis :-) Christian var ligeledes vældig tilfreds, så jubii for det.
    Begge adventspakkekalendere er klar, og jeg købte OGSÅ to ark klistermærker med tal - ligesom du også brugte i år :-) -, som blev sat på pakkerne nederst i højre hjørne - super smart og nemt!! Christian's er i gaveposer af guld, og Sofie's i sølv - voilá og mor har GOD samvittighed :-)
    Há en fortsat god weekend.
    Kram Jeanette

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    1. Ah det later valdigt fint! Jag haller med om att de forsta paketen gar jattebra men sedan tar fantasin slut och orken att packa in 24 sma presenter! Men eftersom Elias fick nar han var liten sa vill jag aven att Joli ska fa en och da maste ju Elias ocksa fa...! Inte latt nar det ska vara rattvist! Funderar pa adventspresenter nasta ar I stallet!
      Kram!!!

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  4. Avancerat och ambitiöst! Suck, här känns det som att jag inte kommer hinna med nagon jul i ar!!! Kan vi stoppa tiden nu ett tag tack?!
    Kramar

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    1. Ja tiden gar galet fort! Insag att det ar slutet av manaden igen! och snart jul. Jisses! Skrammande!!! Mitt kalenderprojekt har natan havererat och det ser ut som jag maste kopa godisbitar och fylla upp med...suck!!!
      Kram!!!

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