As the dark afternoons start to get me down I turn to two things; buying amaryllis plants (I love watching them grow and bloom in this darkest season) and planning my advent calendars. Before I had a kiddo I’d make them for all the ladies in my life. Now, Alex is the sole beneficiary of my Advent love. Last year I made an advent calendar from stripped paper bags from In The Clear — Alex loved it (so did Martha Stewart!). I’m gearing up to do it again this year. The hardest part is finding cheap toys — last year I scored at a used toy sale in Westchester. This year I’m going to use stickers and some Etsy finds plus some small $1 toys from my favorite West Side Kids.
If Alex was a little older, Garnet Hill sells a set of 25 stocking stuffers that would be perfect for this project for $36.