A reverse advent box is an idea I saw on Pinterest earlier in the year when I was planning our Christmas.
Advent is a time for reflection on the run up to Christmas and this is a great time to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are. Although each year we normally have a big clear out before Christmas its normally just a practical thing to make room for the new items we are about to receive. This advent though, I am introducing a new tradition for our family and that is the reverse advent box.
First get a box, any box! I had a spare fruit crate in the garage doing nothing but a cardboard box will suffice. Then you can write on it or stencil with spray paint (you’ll see I need more practice at this!) and write on it what it is for as a reminder for your family members and an advert to any visitors to your home on what you’re doing as it might inspire them too!
Once that’s complete you can choose to segment the box into 24 with more cardboard, or line it with shredded paper or just leave it as it is… it really doesn’t matter 🙂
Then each day of advent, add something to the box which could be utilised by a homeless shelter or wherever you intend to gift it on Christmas Eve. You might wish to do a collection for a food bank and have a sort through your own cupboards for in date items which could be donated, or you might pick a women’s refuge and give up your stockpile of toiletries. One for a local children’s hospital filled with pre-loved toys would also be a fabulous idea for your reverse advent box.
We’re filling ours for a nearby homeless shelter but I intend to give myself the extra challenge of filling it with items I can get for free, mostly through the supermarket apps I use: Checkout Smart, Top Cash Back, Shopitize, Bargain Booze, Shopmium using code KMMAGUHX to get a free Lindt chocolate reindeer too. (Let me know if you find any other suitable apps for this!)
This will give real variety to the items I am going to have in my box and I’m going to supplement it will hotel toiletries NotSoThriftyDad has picked up during the year on business trips. I’ve also added a pair of walking boots which still have a lot of life in them yet, some unopened Hallowe’en sweets and Christmassy DVDs too.
I hope you think this is a nice idea and you might be inspired to make your own reverse advent box? I’d love to see pictures of them!