Monday, 22 November 2021

What is a reverse advent calendar?

Hey readers,

In recent times advent calendars have become increasingly popular. There are so many varieties and not just for children such as cheese and gin to name a few.

Some advent calendars cost a whopping £30 to £50 which I think is a crazy amount. So, instead of buying yourself an advent calendar why not do something a bit different this Christmas with a bit more meaning? Then maybe one thing to consider is to do a reverse advent calendar.

What is a reverse advent calendar?

What is a reverse advent calendar? 

Well, basically a reverse advent calendar is where you place a food item or piece of clothing into a basket every day during December or for 14 days depending on what suits you. 

When you have collected the amount you want to donate then you can take it to your local food bank or a charity to give to people who are less fortunate than you that really struggle during the Christmas period. 

It is also a great way to teach children about giving and the fact that not everyone has the luxury of having the money, home, or family to celebrate Christmas with.

 It is a time for giving and focusing less on materialism and more on helping other people in need. 

What should not be included in an adverse advent calendar?

Depending on the cause but as a general idea the items below are considered suitable items to be included in the reverse advent calendar. Though it is always good to check out your charity beforehand to be safe.

  • Dolls, teddy bears, figurines.
  • Pencils, crayons, paper, coloring books.
  • CD’s, DVD’s, books.
  • Hats, gloves, scarves.
  • Makeup, toiletries.
  • Baby clothes.
  • T-shirts, jumpers.
  • Arts and crafts, jigsaws.
  • Bath towels, hand towels, blankets.
  • Tinned goods such as fruit, tuna, baked beans, chopped tomatoes, and rice pudding.
  • Cans or (plastic) bottles of fizzy or still drinks.
  • Chocolate and sweets.
  • Biscuits and crackers.
  • Crisps and savory snacks.

  • How to do the reverse advent calendar?

    1. Choose your charity to donate your reverse advent calendar to and check what you can include.

    2. Get a box or some kind of container where you will store your items in. 

    3. Each day chooses something from your own home or go to a shop and buy something to put into the advent calendar. 

    4. Then a day or two before Christmas hand in your reverse advent calendar to your chosen charity.

    Where to find your local food bank?

    If you want to know where your local food bank is you can check out Trussell Trust website where you can type into the search engine your postcode or town to find your nearest local food bank.

    Have you done a reverse advent calendar? What are your thoughts? I love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. 

    Cheers for reading X 


    1. This is such a good way to give back especially when food banks are crying out for donations at this time of year. x

    2. I love ways that help to remind all of us about giving back.

    3. We do a reverse advent calendar but in November rather than December as it allows more time for the items to reach those in need for Christmas. A lot of places that accept toy donations ask for them by the end of November (a few will go up to mid-December) so if you're considering doing a reverse advent calendar, it's good to do it sooner rather than later. #MMBC

    4. I think reverse advent calendars are a lovely idea, as are your suggestions here for what kind of things that could go in them. I was also going to say what Louise already mentioned, that reverse advent calendars for charity are best done as a countdown *to* advent (so before December, rather than during). Though I've also seen some people doing a '12 days of Christmas' variant where they put things into it 1-12 December, then hand it over to their chosen charity to distribute before Christmas. I guess a good thing would be to ask the charity you wish to donate to for advice on what timing works best x #MMBC

    5. I'm not sure if it was you but someone put me onto the Reverse advent a few years ago and I've been doing it ever since. Just about finished and trying to decide if I put it in a street pantry or take it to food bank....#WedsBlogShare

    6. It's absolutely shocking to realise just how much money must be spend on advent calendars. This is a lovely idea and one I'm keen to take part in with our girls #WedsBlogShare