Advent calendars have moved on from the plastic-tasting-chocolate filled boxes that we all devoured as kids. There are lots of alternative options available now, for both kids and adults, and here are some of my favourites.
1. Best for Mums
The Boots No7 Advent Calendar, £35, is the perfect treat to yourself – mini make up and skincare products each day will ensure you are looking your best for the festive season.
2. Best for Boys (and Girls)
The Lego City Advent Calendar gives kids a piece of the play set each day, so they have a toy they can play with long after advent has finished. Also available in Lego Friends and Star Wars, each calendar is £20 from Boots – and as these are included in their 3 for 2 Christmas gift offer you can treat the kids and yourself at the same time.
3. Best for an Ice Princess
Treat your Frozen-loving mini-me to her first beauty set with this Frozen Beauty Advent Calendar from Tesco. For £15, it includes hair accessories, lip gloss, nail varnish and more.
4. Best for Chocolate Lovers
Unsurprisingly, chocolate is still a popular choice for advent calendars and I for one welcome any excuse to indulge! Hotel Chocolat’s dark, milk or white chocolate calendars are a taste of luxury, and at £12.50 each they are good value when compared to the rest of the company’s range.
5. Best for Blokes
For a booze-filled run up to Christmas, the Best of British Beer calendar features 24 different bottles of beer for £88.50.
6. Best for Beauty Lovers
The Benefit Cosmetics Calendar, £60, features trial-sized products including lip glosses, blushers and mascara. This limited edition calendar is selling out quick, so visit your local Benefit counter soon if you want to get your hands on one.
7. Best for Teenagers
The Ski Lodge Calendar from Studio is one of the more affordable cosmetic-filled calendars (currently half price at £12.49), ideal for teenage girls.
8. Best for the Personal Touch
Wrap up gifts or fill small envelopes, boxes or gift bags to create a DIY calendar. For adults you could include chocolates, scratch cards/Lotto tickets, beer, mini bottles of alcohol, novelty socks, Christmas tree ornaments, make up, nail varnishes, mini hand creams, hot chocolate sachets and puzzles. For kids you could include sweets, hair clips, beads, bobbles, books, small figures/blind bags, cars, puzzles and bubbles – visit Poundland for some budget friendly ideas! For more DIY inspiration check out Pinterest.com.