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50+ Best Advent Calendar Fillers

It’s that time of the year where you need some inspiration for some fun and unique DIY Advent calendar fillers. If you have an empty advent calendar that you need to fill the first obvious answer is candy. However, if you are looking for something a little different and less sugary then read on.

If you haven’t yet started this tradition yet an Advent calendar is a great seasonal family idea that you can continue year after year together. The beauty of the empty Advent calendars is that you can really customize it to make it special and unique for your kids.

Advent Calendar Fillers

Ideas for Filling Advent Calendars

I have included a long list of candy-free Advent calendar fillers for kids if you wanted to break up the sugary treats a little. They are all little Advent calendar gifts that won’t break the budget and are super-fun.

advent calendar gifts

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See the fun list below for lots of Advent calendar filler ideas, then read on for more examples. At the end of the list, there is a link to where you can find all of these ideas in the one place to save you a lot of time.

My best tip for Advent Calendar Fillers for 2021 is to buy a large set of fidget toys and popit toys. They are extremely popular, usually quite small and as they often come in packs of 50 – you’ve easily got lots of goodies if you have several kids.

Advent Calendar Fillers

Here are 50+ Advent calendar fillers that will have everyone looking forward to the countdown to Christmas.

  • Christmas decorations
  • Slinky (mini plastic one) or larger depending on size of calendar
  • Small plastic toys (dinosaurs, animals etc)

plastic toy set for kids 

  • Eraser /rubber
  • Coloring pencils
  • Glowsticks


  • Sharpener
  • Party popper
  • Fidget Toys & Popits

fidget toys 

  • Mini Rubix cube
  • Bouncy ball
  • Lego mini-figures

lego minifigures 

  • Yoyo
  • Earrings
  • Hair accessories – ties, ribbons, clips

hair tie set 

  • Jewelry
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Matchbox car

matchbox cars 

  • Small tub of play dough
  • Stickers
  • Pandora charm

Pandora charm 

  • Fun keychain
  • Bookmark
  • Nail stickers

girls nail stickers 

  • Nail polish
  • Lip Balm
  • Trading cards

trading cards set 

  • Playing cards
  • Money
  • Pez dispensers

pez dispensers 

  • Mini torch / flashlight
  • Cookie cutter
  • Mini puzzles

mini puzzles 

  • Marbles
  • Mini notepad / sticky notes
  • Small craft

small craft 

  • Novelty pens
  • Magnets
  • Christmas brooch pin

christmas brooch pin 

  • Scrunchies
  • bath bombs
  • crystals / gemstones
  • handmade vouchers for adventures and experiences

To make it super easy for you, I have found lots of fun ideas for advent calendar gifts to suit any budget and you can find them all in the one collection right here.

All of the ideas above are featured there for your convenience.

Advent Calendar Gifts

I’ve also found some more amazing calendar filler ideas that deserved a feature on their own. Check out these unique Advent calendar gifts for you to pop into your calendar that you won’t necessarily find in a shop. These would also be awesome stocking stuffers.

And a quick side note: If you’re looking for some empty advent calendars there are lots of great ones right here.

Advent Calendar Charm Bracelet

Now, this is an amazing and very unique idea to fill your own Advent calendar.

This advent calendar charm bracelet comes with 25 little charms one for each day. It is a gorgeous silver bracelet with the charms individually wrapped and ready to pop into your Advent calendar. What could be easier than that…and a beautiful keepsake present as well.

Advent calendar charm bracelet

Find it here

More Ideas for Advent Calendars

Read on for some more fun Advent calendar gifts.

Christmas Crayons

Now crayons were mentioned in the above list as a great filler idea…however, these Christmas themed crayons are the bomb! You’ll find them in so many fun Christmas shapes such as gingerbread men, Christmas trees, snowmen, and more.  Check them out right here.

Christmas Finger Puppets

These handmade Christmas finger puppets are super cute and would be great to add to your Advent calendar for young children.Ideas for Advent Calendar Fillers - Christmas Finger Puppets

Find them here


Candy Advent Calendar Gift Ideas

Now if you did want some candy ideas for filling Advent calendars then here is a list that you might want to include:

  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Miniatures
  • Lindt chocolates
  • Homemade Christmas shaped chocolates
  • Lollipops
  • Bubble gum
  • Pez and Pez dispensers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of fun Advent calendar fillers. Don’t miss our other fun Advent calendar guides below.

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