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Advent Snail Mail With Gizmo ❄

Ahhh…December!  The days are filled with kids anxiously counting down every…single…day until Christmas Eve.  Many families make the countdown fun with various advent calendars filled with candies and trinkets.  My kids loved these…as do my grandchildren!!!  Now that I am a Mimi (grandma), I have decided to create my own type of December fun while not interfering with my daughter’s advent calendar that she does with her children.  This is how advent snail mail with Gizmo came to life!

Meet Gizmo~

This fun little guy is Gizmo the fuzzy snowflake.  He will show up in the kids’ mailbox throughout the month of December spreading Christmas cheer.  This little guy will be a bit different as he will not show up daily.  The kids will never know which days he will appear, which will add a bit of suspenseful fun!

Gizmo’s Festive Responsibilities ~

The advent snail mail with Gizmo will begin on December 1 of each year.  Gizmo will introduce himself to the kids with a letter and a gift.

Use this free link to print out as many copies as needed:  Christmas Advent Snail Mail With Gizmo

Fun Gift/Craft Ideas to Include In Advent Snail Mail With Gizmo ~

This being the inaugural year with Gizmo, I have decided to focus mostly on books.  There will be other small items at different times, but this is a great time to carve out some quality time reading to the kids.  Also, books are the gifts that keep on giving!  Of course, my first thought was Christmas books, which I will indeed include on some days.  However, I read a fun article about picture books adapted from famous movies and tv shows…how fun!!!  Justine, from Life In Stepping Stones, includes some great book ideas here…check them out with this link!

Books Adapted from Movies & Shows – (some with Christmas theme and some that are not) ~

These are the books that I decided to start with:

Home Alone


Back to the Future

Life Is Better With Friends

E.T. The Extraterrestrial

Coloring Activities ~

DIY Bookmarks to Color

Disney Christmas Coloring Book


Other Fun Ideas ~

Family Christmas Puzzle – With 3 Different Size Pieces for All Ages to Enjoy

Talking Elf Plush

Christmas Bingo


Christmas Tree Craft Kit

How this Works ~

After sending the initial letter to the children, you will randomly send small items of your choosing and add the 2nd Gizmo mail printout (link below)  with each succedding mailing.  I actually hand deliver the items to my grandchildren as they live close enough to me.  However, I always leave them in the mailbox for them to find when they get home from their school or other activity.  (you may be asking, I thought you said this was the inagural Gizmo…it is!  I have adapted this from my earlier post, Flat Skelly Skeleton – Halloween Snail Mail Fun.)  They have so much fun checking the mailbox each day!

Gizmo Mail Printout To Be Included With Each Gift

You decide how often you want Gizmo to visit.  It can be once a week, every other day, or any number of random days you would like to make deliveries.  Print out the above link for each time you make a delivery…and be sure to write in the number of days left until Christmas.

The thought process on the gifts that I am choosing is togetherness!  I am choosing to not include individual candies/gifts/activities for each individual child, but instead sending items for them to do together.  Christmas creates a lot of anxiety in children and I believe trying to do fun things as a group helps promote getting along!  (Does this alway work?  Of course not, but we have to keep trying, right?)

Gizmo Snail Mail Recap ~

Since this is a new type of festive fun to have with kids, I am ending this post with a recap of just the essentials.

    1. Print out one copy of the Introduction from Gizmo Deliver this printout along with your first gift on December 1
    2. Choose how often you want to make Gizmo deliveries throught the month of December
    3. Print out as many of the Gizmo Countdown pages as you choose to make deliveries!  You can print these all at once or come back to this handy link each time you are preparing to make an Advent Snail Mail With Gizmo delivery!
    4. Be sure to write in the number of days left until Christmas on each Gizmo Countdown page.
    5. Mail or hand deliver your festive gifts!
    6. Ask the family members to send you pictures of the kids enjoying their advent gifts so you can be a part of the fun!

Now…get out there and enjoy the holidays!

Much love~

Mimi (& Gizmo)

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  1. Sherry Kor

    Great post. I can use these tips for my niece.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thanks! I hope you and she enjoy this fun holiday activity!

  2. Jenn

    So cute! Love this way for kids to get real mail in their mailbox, and how exciting to have it in December with all the other fun going on!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thanks! Kids do love getting mail … I know my grandchildren sure do look forward to it!

  3. Stephanie Grillo

    Gizmo is such a clever idea – thanks for sharing. Also, the books would be great to send out to my friends with children before the holidays are in full swing.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you Stephanie! Gizmo is a fun little guy to bring Christmas cheer! I am glad you enjoyed the book ideas as well!

  4. Roseline Beusch

    Thanks so much for sharing, christmas time is soon approaching and it`s a time for me to be very busy so I sometimes forget things like christmas cards.I`m old fashioned and still prefer to send close friends and family a physical card, it just feels more real than a digital card.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you for reading Roseline! Christmas is ineed approaching and all the fun that goes along with it! I agree that physical cards are the best!

  5. Heather

    How fun! What a unique advent activity for kids. My girls really love receiving mail, so this is perfect for them. Thank you for sharing!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you for reading Heather! Yes, kids do so enjoy receiving mail….I hope this helps create some fun Christmas mail for the kiddos!

  6. KT Likes Coffee

    What a great idea! I’m not a huge fan of Elf on the Shelf, so this is a wonderful alternative! So much fun…I love getting mail still as an adult (although not the bills!). Thanks for sharing.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you! It is a wonderful alternative! And yes, we all love to get fun mail! Happy Holidays!

  7. Amanda Newbery

    Cute ideas and some great book selections. I love Christmas as much as my kids!

    • Shelly Latinovich

      Thank you Amanda! There are so many fun Christmas books out there! I couldn’t agree with you more…I LOVE Christmas!

  8. akansharajput124

    Thank you for this post! Would help with my nephew.

    • Shelly Latinovich

      You are welcome! I am so glad you enjoyed reading it and getting some fun festive ideas to share with your nephew!

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