Holiday Gift and Advent Labels – Freebie

In lieu of an advent calendar this year, I’m wrapping up 24 Christmas and Winter books, adding a number label to each wrapped book and putting all the books in a basket for us to read one every day in December.  This isn’t a new idea, I’m just putting my own spin on it and turning it into a freebie for you too!
Here’s how I made our Advent Calendar, Christmas book style:
collected all of our Christmas books

I printed the numbers out on full sheet label paper (I use this type), but you could print them on cardstock and glue the circles to wrapping paper

cut out the numbers

wrapped up the books in cheap wrapping paper and stuck the numbers on the books

and now we’re ready for the advent season – I love an Advent activity!
I also included a sheet of gift labels too that you can print on sticker paper or on cardstock.  You can go here to grab the labels.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, enjoy!


  1. This is perfect we’re doing the same thing this year during advent to count down to christmas. I’ve been gathering books these last few days. Thanks so much!

  2. I love this idea. I did it when my daughter was younger. Love the stickers you created.

  3. Your blog reminds me of my childhood…thanks for bringing back those sweet memories, Merry Christmas to you too, enjoy:)

  4. Thank you! I was going to wrap up my books, but I hadn’t thought of putting #’s on them. These are perfect. It will help my little son learn his numbers.

  5. Wish I had 24 books to do this with!! Now, I am on the hunt! Any suggestions?

  6. Hi Felicia!
    Try your local library – I also purchased a few through Scholastic at my oldest’s school – super cheap!
    xo, Becky

  7. What a lovely idea!

  8. Hi Becky, We do this too! It’s so much fun to open something every day and get a special story as well. Thanks for the labels.

  9. Thank you for the free printable labels. We are having a Christmas Book Advent this year and they were a great time saver for me. You can read about our tradition and see a list of the books we are reading here.

  10. You are featured again at AP Tuesday @ New Nostalgia! Thanks for linking up!! Blessings..A

  11. This works out perfectly for an Advent Calendar project I made. So I linked this to my site…Over @countrymomcooks…..Thanks

  12. This is such a wonderful idea, and such a great way to encourage kids to read (although I think I’d like a book a day in December, too!)

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