Are you looking for creative, plastic-free advent calendars for women, men, or children? Christmas time is a gift time – and the more creative, personal, and sustainable, the better the gift will arrive.
A plastic-free advent calendar is something creative-personal-sustainable and can even be tinkered with relatively little effort.
In this article, I would like to show you the best, plastic-free advent calendar ideas for men, women, and children – both material and immaterial. Have fun giving away!
Here is a short table of contents – just decide who you would like to surprise with the advent calendar:
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Material for the advent calendar
As a basis for a successful Advent calendar in which you can put the appropriate Advent calendar ideas and keep invisible for the subsequent surprise, you must of course get a few things. You need the following material for the self-made advent calendar:
- Jute bag for the self-made advent calendar (you get here *, eternally reusable, but in this case, unfortunately, in the plastic film – do you have a plastic-free alternative? Have already spoken with the manufacturer, the plastic foil will be avoided in the future – alternatively, you can also get paper bags )
- Jute tapes for attaching jute sacks, numbers and deco ( you get here )
- Cardboard to cut out the signs with the numbers (you can get them in any stationery shop)
Wooden clothes pegs to attach (optional, you get here )
- Deco such as pine cones, leaves, branches or fir branches (optional, you get everything in the woods)
Depending on how creative you are and who you would like to surprise with the plastic-free advent calendar, you can of course also consider your very own style. It is important that you have a basis for safe and invisible storage of your advent calendar ideas so that the surprise effect is not lost.
Advent calendar ideas for everyone
Here you can find cool advent calendars that are really suitable for everyone – no matter if you are a woman, a man or a child. Use your creativity and make the self-made advent calendar something very personal.
1. Hair soap in one piece
In a plastic-free Advent calendar, of course, includes a beautiful, natural soap in a row. This herbal hair soap consists of rosemary and nettle, nourishes the hair without harmful additives such as microplastics or silicones. The beauty of the bar soap is of course that it does not require plastic packaging. A great sustainable Advent calendar idea for women, men and children.
2. Natural body soap
In addition to the hair soap, a herbal body soap is wonderfully suitable for the self-made, plastic-free Advent calendar. In our plastic-free shop, you will find natural olive oil soap without plastic, which is suitable for both body care and hair care. A great idea for the homemade Advent calendar.
3. Soap bag
In addition to the soaps, you can put a matching, plastic-free soap bag made of plant fibers in the Advent calendar the day before or even after , so that the soap is portable and does not smear anything in the bathroom. If you have a suitable box, you can of course also put the transport as an advent calendar idea in the gift bags.
4. Cookie Molds
Biscuit and cookie molds for cutting are small and plastic-free. You can easily put them in a bag of your homemade Advent calendar. And who knows: maybe the recipient will thank you a few days later with delicious biscuits. The shapes made of stainless steel you can get in many supermarkets or online here at Etsy .
5. Lottery Ticket
A lottery ticket is a nice little treat that suits every advent calendar and maybe a lot of fun. You usually get it at every kiosk around the corner.
Walnuts are the classic at Christmas time, but hazelnuts or peanuts are also wonderful for filling a self-made Advent calendar. You get them, for example, unpackaged in the unpacked shop or at the weekly market. Do you have any more nutty advent calendar ideas for the general public? Then feel free to leave a comment under this article.
Cookie shapes are cool – it’s even cooler if you find the home-baked cookies right in his advent calendar. Be creative and bake some cookies. In addition to the nuts, they are an ever-working classic among the advent calendar ideas for men, women and children.
Chocolates are high quality and always a surprise in the self-made Advent calendar. For example, you can get them in a chocolate shop and have them filled in the lunch box they bring with them. In keeping with the Zero Waste lifestyle, you avoid plastic waste and can later wrap the chocolates in paper and place them in a sack of your Advent calendar.
The Physalis (also called Golden Berry) is a wonderful, plastic-free advent calendar idea for everyone. Of course, if you know in advance that the recipient does not like the fruit, you should use one of the many other ideas in this article.
Every year, my grandma gives mandarins for Christmas – a true classic of the Christmas season. You get them plastic-free on every weekly market or in every supermarket and can give them away great in your self-made advent calendar.
Dry almonds can also be wonderfully given away in one of the sacks of the self-made Advent calendar. You get them for example at the weekly market and of course at the Christmas market.
Even if the Christmas market in your area has not yet started, that’s no reason to hurry. Nobody says that you have to fill all sacks from the first day of Advent – the only important thing is that you find something in your Advent calendar bag on the day you arrive.
12. Loose tea
Unpacked tea without plastic is a wonderful idea for the plastic-free Advent calendar. You can either order the tea online or just fill it in a jar in the unpacked shop or in special teashops. You can give it away, for example, in classic sandwich paper or in a small glass. A warm tea during the Christmas season is always a great advent calendar idea for women, men and even children.
13. Tea filter stainless steel
Suitable for tea, you can also give away a plastic-free tea filter made of stainless steel in your self-made Advent calendar. In contrast to the tea from the bag, which is mostly but also partly made of plastic, you can cook with the tea filter super loose tea. So you avoid unnecessary garbage and still enjoy your tea.
14. Dried fruits
I think the dried fruits are unbelievably delicious and if they are not sticky, they can also be given away unpacked in the advent calendar. For example, dried mangoes, figs or dates are always a great surprise during the Advent season.
15. Spices in the glass
I’m a real fan of spices – because they taste great and are plastic-free in the glass to have. In our plastic-free shop, for example, we have this spice set in the jar of Ankerkraut. The reusable glass is a real eye-catcher in the kitchen.
Just try one of our Carmelite candles. Whether fire & flame, wind & weather, sea & more or air & love – the scented candles are perfect for the crowning of the advent calendar on December 24th. In addition to the plastic-free scented candles in the glass you can of course buy the candles loose and give away in the advent calendar.
17. Bee’s Wrap
Since cling film makes a lot of plastic waste, you will find a great alternative with a bee wax. They are easy to wash off and reuse. Either you can wrap up small treats in it and give away in the Advent calendar, or just hide the bee wax towels in one of the Advent calendar bags. You can either get them online here * or in any unpacked shop.
18. Card game
Even a card game is a great, plastic-free advent calendar idea for men, women and children. Most people are sure to have a classic card game at home. Simply place the card game in a bag of the self-made Advent calendar and surprise the recipient with a game night.
19. Air freshener
Air fresheners with activated charcoal also fit very well in a personally produced, plastic-free Advent calendar. The sachets do not just scent the air, like the ordinary room sprays do. Rather, they filter the air and absorb unpleasant odors. A great idea for the self-made advent calendar.
20. Personal letter
You do not always have to buy something to make someone happy. A personal letter is always a great idea for a creative, plastic-free advent calendar. Write down what connects you to the gifted person and what he or she means to you. Even if you’ve known each other for a long time – love letters or friendship proofs always go!
21. Voucher for Massage
On a paper or cardboard card can easily implement another plastic-free advent calendar idea – the voucher for a message. Ideally, you simply take the message yourself. If you are not exactly the best masseur, then you can of course also put a voucher for a spa day in the nearest spa in the Advent calendar. This is of course a bit more expensive.
22. Food voucher
Also, a food voucher is a wonderful, personal and plastic-free advent calendar idea.
Either you can issue a voucher for a meal in one of your favorite restaurants or cook the food yourself at home on the day of the Advent calendar.
23. Breakfast in bed
Getting the breakfast directly to the bed is something very pleasant – and thus a cool idea for the self-made Advent calendar. Write again a voucher on paper or cardboard and give it away in one of the bags of your Advent calendar.
24. Cinema Coupon
Even if a cinema voucher by Netflix and Co. comes along with a slightly dusty image, it is still a classic Advent ideas calendar. Make the voucher either on cardboard and paper yourself or get one in your favorite cinema. If you make the cinema voucher yourself, it is guaranteed plastic-free – otherwise, it depends on the cinema.
25. Voucher for movie night
In addition to food and massage vouchers, you can also simply put a self-made voucher for a romantic movie night in the Advent calendar. Just combine it with home-made popcorn and a glass of wine – so it’s guaranteed to be a great advent calendar idea for men and women.
26. Bath Balls
You can do bath balls yourself or buy online – plastic free and relaxing. Bubbling bath bombs from the paper packaging is a great gift idea and are due to their shape ideal for the self-made Advent calendar.
27. Wooden toothbrush
A wooden toothbrush is nothing for the advent calendar? I do not find. Compared to the classic plastic toothbrush, the wooden toothbrush is now more than just a trend – it is the figurehead of the plastic-free movement and is suitable as an advent calendar idea for men and women as well as children.
Here you get the wooden toothbrush for adults and here the wooden toothbrush for children.
Note: It may be that she stands out a bit from the jute bag of the Advent calendar – then just turn the handle up, then you do not know for sure what’s inside.
Why not just put a great picture of you or your pet in the advent calendar? Whether for a wallet or framed to hang on the wall – a personal image is always a great Advent calendar idea.
29. Voucher for AppStore
For the app stores of Apple and Android, you can get coupons, which may be a great gift idea for the advent calendar. You can simply write the coupon code on a paper card and place it in the self-made advent calendar. Also, check out our article Zero Waste Apps, there is certainly something cool here!
Advent calendar ideas for men
Please do not vilify me if in your opinion an Advent calendar idea for men is not so well suited. Whether for men, women or children – for whom you put the gift in the Advent calendar, of course, is up to you.
30. Extraordinary beer
Let’s be honest – a beer always works. Especially if it’s not an ordinary beer that you can enjoy every weekend. A cool advent calendar idea is, therefore, for example, a delicious beer from Argentina or Canada.
In this Bierset * is certainly something delicious there – and two or three bottles can be but great place it in the bag of the Advent calendar. Even if the bottles stand out a bit, the advent calendar looks a bit cooler.
I got a really cool cookbook for men and I think it’s great. Whether steak or salad, in this cookbook * you will find really tasty recipes for cooking. You do not have to buy it again, but it can, for example, on eBay classifieds also cheap and safe without plastic wrap. A really cool advent calendar idea for men.
32. Whiskey cubes
Another cool advent calendar idea for men are whiskey rocks that are a wonderful, reusable substitute for the classic ice cube and do not dilute the whiskey. Pure pleasure and a real men’s gift in the Advent calendar.
A really good set with whiskey rocks you get here * – with the stainless steel pliers, the set can also be divided well on several sacks of the self-made Advent calendar.
33. Shaving Set
Razors and razor there is already plastic-free stainless steel. You get them, for example, in the unpacked shop or on the Internet. The interchangeable stainless steel blades and a shaving brush with natural bristles can also be hidden in the home-made advent calendar. All in all a really good advent calendar idea for men.
34. Beard Comb Set
A plastic-free beard comb made of wood is also a cool idea for the advent calendar, which would be appreciated by many men who were blessed with a dense beard growth. In this beard comb set * you get a beautiful beard comb made of natural sandal or pear wood.
35. Ballpoint pen
How about a high-quality pen? The fits usually great in the bag of the Advent calendar. No matter what profession you perform – a fancy pen is always a good Advent calendar idea for men and an eye-catcher at the desk at home.
36. Leather bracelet
Maybe a leather bracelet is not for everyone, but many men are. In many shops, you already get cheap leather bracelets. If it is a bit more expensive, it is good in the Advent calendar, for example, for the bag, which is opened on Christmas Eve.
Advent calendar ideas for women
Just as one can do an advent calendar for men, this also works for women. If in the following an advent calendar idea has crept in, which you think is not only interesting for women, write me a comment. I try everything according to feeling and do not want to step on anyone’s neck.
37. Wine and sparkling wine
In many supermarkets, you will find the small champagne or wine bottles that fit perfectly into your Advent calendar bag and look out a bit above. Finding champagne without plastic is not that easy, but maybe you’ll find it.
It is hardly possible to find a lipstick completely without plastic. Although I do not know much about lipsticks, after some research I found this lipstick on Ecco-Verde. Once you have found out the personal taste of the recipient, you can be sure that the lipstick is a great idea for your self-made advent calendar.
39. Cotton pads
While disposable cotton pads are made of plastic and packed in plastic, you can really score with Watteau’s fabric in the advent calendar. Wadding pads without plastic, for example, are made of cotton and are washable and reusable.
40. Nail polish
For example, nail polish is available without plastic in the glass bottle. But you should be sure before buying that the color meets the taste of the recipient. If that’s the case, the nail polish from the small glass bottle is always a good Advent calendar idea for women.
Depending on how deep you want to reach into your pocket, of course, a perfume can be a great Advent calendar idea. By feeling, I would put a perfume but then really only in the last “door” on Christmas Eve in the Advent calendar.
42. Hair clips
Who has full, voluminous hair can also use a hair clip. Ideally made of wood and not plastic, the hair clip then fits wonderfully into the plastic-free Advent calendar and is certainly a nice surprise.
Since jewelry is generally a bit more expensive, it is more likely to be more suitable for the 24th “door” of your self-made, plastic-free Advent calendar. It does not always have to cost a fortune, maybe you will find a good, cheap alternative.
44. Small cookbook
A mini-cookbook in the advent calendar is always a good idea, whether for men or for women. With this cookbook * about street food recipes, you can not go wrong. With a little luck, you can also benefit from the advent calendar surprise a few days later.😉
45. Herb Seeds
In the article healthy plants to grow yourself at home, I have already shown some useful plants that can spare you, for example, the herbs from the plastic can. In every garden shop, you can get your plant seeds and have them filled in your own containers. Wrapped in some paper, they are a cool advent calendar idea for women and of course everyone else in the household.
Advent calendar ideas for kids
Of course, in addition to men and women, children also long for the annual advent calendar. In the following, I have also listed some Advent Calendar ideas for kids that will give you some inspiration for filling the bags.
A braid is very small and also made entirely of cotton. Thus, you can have a plastic-free advent calendar idea for children, which fits well in the little bag and especially the girls will be happy.
47. Pixi books
I was really looking forward to the Pixi books when I was little. The books are a great idea for the self-made Advent calendar for children – this Christmas edition of the Pixi books * is wonderfully suitable, for example. You may even get them without the annoying plastic wrap, used on eBay Classifieds.
48. Sustainability books
A book about sustainability is a nice gift idea especially for children -, especially in the advent calendar. I can give you little books like Piwi and the plastic soup (free, you may have to put on the waiting list) or the book We Protect Our Environment recommend.
49. Reading day
What could be better than spending time with your own children? With a voucher for an extensive reading day, you can really score. Take the time for this beautiful advent calendar idea for children and write a nice voucher message on a cardboard or paper card.
50. Pencils for planting
Heard right! The pins have a biodegradable capsule with plant seeds at the end. For example, you can plant a chia or sage plant. In the article Plantable Pencils, I conducted an interview with the founder of the sustainable, plastic-free pencils and have since become an avid fan of the project. The pencils for planting, you can, for example, get here *.
Do you have a cool puzzle for kids? Then you can divide it super on several sacks of your Advent calendar. The important thing is that the puzzle pieces in each bag fit together well. It’s best to divide the finished puzzle into four sections, which you then divide into four sacks. So you also increase the tension, until your child has finally finished the puzzle.
Beautiful glass marbles always arrive well with children and can be stowed away very well in the bag of the self-made Advent calendar. In our plastic-free shop for children, we have some more cool game ideas for the advent calendar for children.
53. Wooden building blocks
Since plasticizer softeners are dangerous for children, kids should only play with nature toys. Plastic-free wooden blocks with watercolors are a great alternative to toys made of plastic and can also be spread very well on several bags of the self-made Advent calendar.
Tips for the self-made advent calendar
We are approaching the end of the article with the plastic-free advent calendar ideas for men, women, and children. In addition to the many ideas, I would also like to give you a few valuable tips along the way, which relate to the tinkering of an Advent calendar. Take the following advice, so that nothing goes wrong and in the end, really everyone is satisfied.
54. Start in time with the advent calendar
Keep in mind that you have to fill 24 bags of the Advent calendar and it takes some time to do it really well. Therefore, start in time with the preparation of your self-made advent calendar. But you should not do too much pressure. You do not have to have everything in your bags from day one – just make sure there’s something in the bag on each day!😉
55. Use plastic-free packaging material
Some things like wet or sticky sweets are not easy to put in the jute bag. Instead put them in the paper, small tin cans or classic sandwich paper.
Unfortunately, the latter is usually wrapped in plastic when purchased. Anyone can decide for themselves whether to compromise or simply use ordinary paper to wrap the advent calendar ideas.
Furthermore, you can also use small glasses for packing sweets or other small things. If you want to glue something plastic-free, you should switch from the classic Tesafilm to bright paper tape switches.
56. Abandon finished advent calendars
Give away the advent calendars – everyone can do that. This usually creates a lot of garbage and really personal is the finished Advent calendar from the supermarket not synonymous.
One more reason to make your own advent calendar and fill the coolest advent calendar ideas for men, women, and kids into 24 opaque bags. Try to reflect your personal handwriting in the advent calendar, then it is guaranteed to be a success.
57. Try to share advent calendars
Sharing things is an important feature that children can not learn early enough. Not every child needs their own advent calendar. For example, if you have children, you can simply create an advent calendar for both kids together.
So no disputes arise who had the cooler gift in the plastic-free Advent calendar. In the article Lending things instead of buying there are some more tips for sharing things.
Making advent calendars yourself is easy!
As you can see, it is not so complicated to design and fill an Advent calendar for women, men or children. The important thing is that you really made it personal and invested time – then every present is a success. I hope that the plastic-free advent calendar ideas help you fill the bags with matching trifles.
Depending on how much you use the plastic-free lifestyle, Of course, you can also give away some chocolate in the aluminum foil or put something in the Advent calendar with a small plastic packaging. It’s up to you, but of course, it’s always nice to give something sustainable.
Incidentally, I can not share the image of my finished Advent calendar here, otherwise, I would take the surprise of my girlfriend – so it follows in early December.
Do you have questions, tips or suggestions about the self-made advent calendar or even cool advent calendar ideas that we can record? Then feel free to leave a comment under this article.