Advent Calendars are a big part of Christmas for not only children but adults alike. Most people like chocolate but sometimes it can get a bit boring, if you’re looking for an advent calendar but want something that’s a little bit different you need look no further. I’ve researched some great products that are not only affordable but offer something other than chocolate (keep those ones for the kids).
More and more brands have realised that consumers are willing to pay upwards of £100 to have a little Christmas treat, certain calendars sell out within minutes of going on sale and others have waiting lists in early November, who would have thought that a simple advent calendar could cause mayhem and inflated ebay prices?
My first Advent calendar is perfect for both children and adult, maybe you could buy it and share it with your children so you each get something on alternative days. This item isn’t available on the Smiggle website any more but you may still be able to find one in store, they were selling for £25. I have one of these great calendars in my possession and will be showing the items on my Instagram page (madame gourmand) so don’t forget to follow.
I had a Yankee Candle advent calendar last year and loved lighting a different scented tealight each day. This year you can get a choice of two calendars either a house or the traditional wreath calendar for £21.99
Topshop are offering 24 days of nails for £50, each day you will receive a different nail polish from the topshop range. This would be a great calendar for teenagers and I know my daughter would love it.
Topshop are also offering a Jewellery advent calendar from the Freedom range. This was selling for £25 but has been reduced to £17.50. The calendar contains twelve pairs of stud earrings, four ditsy fine bracelets and eight ditsy charm short necklaces in both silver and gold look finishes.
Elemis are offering a 12 days of Christmas calendar for £59.50 which has a value of £113.00. The products are suitable for all skin types and this is what you will get:Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 20g, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 15ml, Pro- Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream 15ml, Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm 7ml, Papaya Enzyme Peel 15ml, Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules 14 caps, Revitalising Babassu Facial Wipes 4 sachets, Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream 50ml, Frangipani Monoi Body Oil 35ml, Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 50ml, Pro-Radiance Hand & Nail Cream 20ml, Treat Your Feet Foot Cream 20ml.
The No7 calendar is sold out online now but you may still be able to pick one up in store for £35. This calendar has a value of £135 so is a bargain if you can get hold of one.
Beer lovers will be very grateful for this amazing calendar from Best British Beer, £95 will get you 24 different bottles of seasonal beers including several that are exclusive to Best of British Beer. It will be a real mix and will include 24 x 330ml craft beers and some festive ales.
Last year I had a Ciate advent calendar and they are back again with the Ciate Mini Mani Manor which is your for £49. You will receive 15 Mini Paint Pots: Headliner, Sharp Tailoring, Members Only, Sloaney, Sweetie, Velvet Tuxedo, Big Yellow Taxi, Mineral Clarity, Strawberry Milkshake, Silhouette, Unrestricted Glam, Cupcake Queen, Amazing Gracie, Candy Cane, Sand Dune, Sherbet Fizz . 1 Full Size Paint Pot in Celestial and 8 effects: Girl With A Pearl, Runway Ribbon, Prima Ballerina, Let It Snow, Slumber Party, Tinsel Trail, Frozen Daydream, Fairisle Style.
My daughter would love the Body Shop advent calendar as she is a huge fan of their products, for £50 you will get Almond Hand and Nail Cream 30ml, Almond Nail File, Frosted Cranberry Heart Soap 25g, Frosted Cranberry Shower Gel 60ml, Frosted Cranberry Shimmer Lotion 60ml, Eye Definer Black 1g, Strawberry Heart Soap 25g, Strawberry Lip Butter 10ml, Strawberry Hand Cream 30ml, Colour Crush™ Nail Colour 6.8ml (Relish the Moment), Glazed Apple Heart Soap 25g, Glazed Apple Body Lotion 60ml, Vitamin E Moisture Cream 15ml, Vitamin E Moisture Mask 6ml, Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream 15ml, Moringa Shower Gel 60ml, Moringa Body Milk 60ml, Mini Crinkle Lily, Honeymania™ Lip Balm 10 ml, Wild Argan Oil Body Lotion 60ml, Eyeshadow Brush, Shea Shower Cream 60ml, Shea Body Butter 50ml, White Musk® Eau de Toilette 10ml.
Tesco have a beauty advent calendar for £25 (was £50) which contains a whopping £125 worth of beauty products including brands like Nip+Fab, Korres, Katy Perry, Dr. LeWinns and Tanya Burr. I may have just purchased this for myself to collect at my local Tesco store!
For the tea lovers out there Tea Forte are offering a £33 calendar containing 24 festive steeping cups of good cheer. Includes Belgian Mint, Blood Orange (organic), Caramel Nougat (organic), Chamomile Citron (organic), Cherry Cosmo (organic), Cherry Marzipan (organic), Chocolate Rose (organic), Ginger Lemongrass (organic), Harvest Apple Spice, Lemon Sorbetti (organic), Moroccan Mint, Peach Brûlée (organic), Rum Raisin Biscotti, Sencha (organic), Spiced Ginger Plum, Sunrise Breakfast (organic), Sweet Orange Spice, White Cinnamon Sage (organic), Wild Apple Ginger (organic), Winter Chai Orange Pomegranate, Flora, Peach Jubilee, Winter Spice.
If you or your children are a fan of Barbie you might be interested in this calendar from John Lewis. £17.99 seems like a lot of money to me for this but I’m sure fans will be happy to pay for it. Gifts include a fabulous festive dress for Barbie, a gorgeous gem bracelet for you and lots of doll’s accessories including a Barbie-sized mobile phone and sunglasses. Jewellery, purses, clutches and pairs of shoes.
For £45 you could buy a beautiful Biscuiteers Advent Calendar. The gorgeous limited edition Advent Calendar Gift Tin contains 24 festive biscuits, including all the seasonal favourites like Christmas trees, crackers, Christmas puds, as well as some vintage (and not so vintage!) toys.
If you’re looking for the perfect present to buy me, I’d love the Masters of Malt advent calendar. £149.95 will get you Glen Garioch 1797 Founder’s Reserve, Glenfarclas 10 Year Old, The Lost Distilleries Blend – Batch 6, The Macallan Amber – 1824 Series, Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Old Special Reserve, Evan Williams Single Barrel, Auchentoshan Three Wood, Arran – Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company), Bowmore 12 Year Old, Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey, Glenfiddich 18 Year Old, Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon, Haig Club, Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt – The Journey, Isle of Jura 16 Year Old (Diurachs’ Own), Timorous Beastie, Mortlach Rare Old, Monkey Shoulder, The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps, Nikka Whisky From The Barrel, Dalmore 15 Year Old, Spirit of Hven Seven Stars No.2 Merak, Balvenie 12 Year Old Single Barrel – First Fill, Paul John Edited.
My final advent calendar is for the coffee lovers out there, Imperial Teas are offering an advent calendar of coffee for £31.95 which is a unique opportunity to try a selection of twenty five of their freshly roasted coffees including the rarest varieties presented in a luxurious gift box. Each coffee can be drunk in the order suggested or picked at random. The leaflet gives the precise brewing time and water temperature. Each packet holds enough coffee (approx 16g) to make a perfect 3 cup cafetiere (one mug!).
Do you have an advent calendar this year? if so what sort?