My mum bought us a wooden advent calendar last year, I love the look of it, but the draws are so tiny, and as I have 3 kids, it makes it a bit hard! Last year I bought 3 small Lego sets (around the $10 mark each), and went through and divided the pieces between the draws according to the step by step instructions, and the minifigs they got on Christmas eve. They loved it! I think I will do it again this year... hmm better get onto that seeing as it's already the 2nd LOL.
That is a brilliant idea!
We just have a cardboard one atm which DS1 opens to find a different pic in each day. He thinks it's great! I'm also waiting for our chocolate one which I bought for 1c on catch of the day.