Friday, November 9, 2018

Count down to Christmas with the Smiggle 2018 Advent Calendar

I don't want to alarm you, but did you know there's only 46 days until Christmas? How did that happen? 

I swear it was just January. 

That's a little over 6 weeks to get everything organised before the big day. 

But, if you're like us and celebrate the countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar then you only have 22 days to grab one of those. Eek

It's a bit of a tradition in our household to get a non chocolate advent calendar, for a few different reasons. It started out because my big girl had allergies so she couldn't eat chocolate anyway {and the allergy chocolate ones sell out super fast each year}. I also love the idea of giving them something that lasts more than 2 seconds. There's so many different ideas for non chocolate advent calendars if you just think outside of the box. My personal favourites are an activity prompt advent calendar or a Christmas book advent calendar, however we incorporate activity prompts and books into our December 1st box already so for the last few years we've opted for a stationary advent calendar. This year my big girl's getting the Smiggle 2018 advent calendar. We got the Smiggle advent calendar last year and she absolutely loved it, so I'm super excited to watch her open this years one. I get just as much buzz seeing what's inside as she does.



What's inside the Smiggle 2018 Advent Calendar?


Without a doubt the most common question I got last year was Is the Smiggle Advent Calendar worth it? Having seen all the goodies she got last year my answer is a resounding yes, especially if you have a 5-12 year old child who loves novelty stationary. Or even if you're a 34 year old adult who loves novelty stationary. The Smiggle goodies remind me of my school days... decorating my notebooks with gel pens {while I probably should of been listening to the teacher} and hanging cool keyrings off my pencil case. Ah memories.

This year I've kept the Smiggle Calendar hidden so she doesn't even know she's getting it, so I have no idea what's inside it, but I can guarantee there's 25 pieces of limited edition stationary worth over $70. Last year there was lots of cool stuff like scented rubbers, pencils, pens, keyrings, rulers and a really cool slap bracelet {that she still plays with 11 months later}. If you head into a Smiggle store you can get a sneak peek of what's inside and if you go on YouTube there's a few unboxing videos you can search for. I'm resisting the temptation though so I can keep the suspense alive. I want to be just as excited as her when she opens each number.



Win 1 of 30 $1000 Smiggle Shopping Sprees


The added bonus of the Smiggle Advent Calendar is that it comes with a lucky ticket and the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree! I can just imagine my kids going insane in a Smiggle shop grabbing $1000 worth of goodies. Alas they won't be this year as I opened our ticket and we didn't win. Yeah I resisted the urge to peek on the calendar, but the willy wonka style lucky ticket envelope was way too tempting. Good news for you guys though, it means there's still heaps out there to be won.



So how will you be counting down to Christmas?
Have you done all your shopping yet?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was provided a Smiggle advent calendar for the purpose of review. While we haven't opened it up yet {because that would be cheating}, I'm confident it is awesome and your kids will love it. I did not receive payment for this review.

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