As you may have been able to tell from the blog, Legos are a big deal in our house. When I saw the Lego City Advent Calendar, I thought it would be great for Xander. Until, I saw the price. It seemed pretty expensive for only getting a few minifigs (Xander seems to play with the minifigs more than anything else).
I decided to see what I could do myself. I started by ordering a set of 20 Lego compatible Minifigs. I'd ordered these for party favors before and the kids seemed to love them, so for $5, I figured they'd be perfect for inside the advent calendar. Since I still needed 4 more, I decided to splurge and get some Avengers Lego compatible Minifigs. (Now these took a while to arrive, so maybe shop around and see which ones will make it before Christmas). My babysitter once gave him a couple of these, so I knew that he couldn't tell the difference between these and real Legos. The only problem we have had with them is one of them sometimes loses his hand when putting a gun or something in it. Not that big of a deal and I'm sure these will be Xander's favorites out of the whole set. I also like that they come with accessories.
I got some little paper envelopes from Michael's (with a coupon), as well as a cute little snowman box. The envelopes came 24 to a package, so I'll have some left over for next year.
I'd love to hear your advent ideas, since I won't want to give him the same thing next year!