A guy's Advent Calendar (or stocking stuffers!)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Planning on posting this a while back... and then life happened! Oh well, though it's a bit late to try this for your guy this year, these are good stocking stuffer ideas, or a 12 days of Christmas. Thomas has been enjoying this for the last two weeks, and I thought it'd be a nice thing to share.

I loved the idea of adding scripture with my gifts to remember "the reason for the season" (as the saying goes), and having a little meditation/devotion each morning. But all of the pins that had this idea and links to the scripture verses included the Book of Mormon (and no offense, Mormon peeps) but we're not Mormon. So taking their swell idea, I went to elca.org, hunted down the lectionary (our set readings for church each year) and took all the Advent-time readings. Bam! Done! I got some of the sticky flags and marked them in Thomas's bible to make it super quick to find when he's prepping for the day.

24 Days of Scripture
Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15
Mark 1:1-8
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126
Luke 1:46b-55
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28
2 Samuel 7:1-11,16
Luke 1:26-38
Malachi 3:1-4
Jeremiah 33:14-16
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Luke 21:25-36
Luke 1:68-79
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6
Isaiah 12:2-6

I had some shipping tags lying around and I wrote the number of the day on the front and the bible verse of the day on the back.

What are they hanging on? you ask. Well, that's a funny story. After contemplating a very cute "tree" with envelopes making the tree shape on the wall (which would have involved me going to the store to buy stuff and time and effort and stuff I don't have or want to use), I thought that was too much. So I went to the woodish patch behind the house and brought what is probably a 8 foot long branch (it had already fallen from a tree) back into the house. I was dressed up for some reason and so I lugged this thing back into the house in heels. Nice. Classy. There were thoughts of hanging it, but you know, sometimes you see something on Pinterest and sheer lack of willpower turns your laziness into something totally unique. An Advent treecalendarfirehazard.

But what to gift? 24 days is kind of a lot, so how do I not end up spending more on the calendar than I will on his Christmas presents? (Not that my super awesome husband doesn't deserve it, but for riz kids, we all have enough expenses.) Answer: being totally super creative. I'm soooo good at that. So now, I will put this in this blog post and you can do it and everyone (everyone being your husband and anyone he tells about his Advent treecalendarfirehazard.

No money spent (immediately) free stuff (can be written on pretty paper and put in an envelope):
1."Elf," "Home Alone" or any other movie for a movie night. If you already own this, wrap it and you also have a date night that night!
2. Winter hike (or walk around your neighborhood).
3. Baking cookies! Gingerbread men are great, especially if you can find the premade gingerbread dough in your grocery store. But I did list this as free because you can easily make some "Christmas" cookies with stuff you already have.
4. Dinner date coupon- for eating in or going out.
5. Doing a Christmas craft- paper snowflakes for the window or an easy construction paper chain.
6. Driving to look at Christmas lights in your town.
7. A good, sappy, he'll-keep-it-in-his-sock-drawer-forever love letter. They can't be beat.
8. Hot chocolate and star-gazing.
9. Movie night- his choice. You have to promise you won't veto.
10. The classic coupon book.
11. Decorate the tree!
12. Making a Christmas trail mix or cookies for his work, so all the other guys (or coworkers) love him.

Cheap-ish presents:
1. Picking out a Christmas tree (great for December 1).
2. Jalapeno stuffed olives.
3. Hot sauce (great in little mini bottles)- you can find them almost everywhere. World Market has very cute things and is a great place for stocking stuffers.
4. Giant book of MadLibs.
5. Chopsticks. World Market again!
6. New underwear. It may not be fun, but always practical.
7. Candy is always easy and fun.
8. New Christmas pajamas.
9. Going ornament shopping for your tree.
10. Bag of coffee and some syrup for fun.
11. Nerf gun and Nerf gun WAR!
12. Small gift cards for coffee or the fast food you try not to encourage.

Maybe one day I will be a cool blogger and figure out how to create a mood board, but for now, cell phone pictures (sorry about that!) and Blogger. Good luck!

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