Christmas isn’t Christmas without an advent calendar and this year we’ve been looking high and low for the best ones around at a mid range and affordable price.
These are our faves and are in price order… (most expensive first!)
Although, not an advent calendar as such, this fantastic Nail Selection Box is every girl’s dream way of starting a count down to the final 12 days of Christmas. This unique set contains 12 bottles of Avon nail polish (10ml each), across a range of colours and finishes. Presented in a sophisticated pink and black box, this is a great gift for teenagers especially. This is even a great gift for younger girls, as it allows them to explore different types of polish and colours, and to find out what is right for them.
The full list of products includes Nailwear Pro+ in Coral Reef, Cosmic Blue and Liquorice, Gel Finish Nail Enamel in Dazzle Pink, Envy, Limoncello, Purplicious, Roses Are Red and Sterling, Magic Effects Diamond Shatter Top Coat, Magic Effects Matte Top coat, Magic Effects Fringe Effect Nailwear in Frayed Edges.
Buy here: avonshop.co.uk
Wooden Santa Advent Frame – £39.99
Before you judge it as too expensive, this quality wooden advent calendar can be used for years to come and allows you to fill it with your own goodies.
With it’s 3 dimensional Santa scene it will glam up any windowsill or mantle piece with its festive colours. It consists 24 small draws, one for each day of the advent.
Santas Elf Door Kit – £36
Here’s a fantastic, hand made idea that was simply too ingenious not to include! The kit includes a magical door which you can install anywhere on November 31st. A blank letter to Father Christmas is included in the kit, so as the kids can write to Santa. Leave this out and the next day the elves will have taken your letter back to the North Pole.
The kit includes 24 organza bags for the elves to fill with notes, jokes and treats. There is also a countdown to Christmas tear off chart. Remember, the doors allow the elves to observe if you have been good and report back to Santa. Works a treat!!
Once the holly garland has been removed (after Christmas) a magical fairy might move in, so the door can remain in your home for the rest of the year. Love it!
The Smiggle advent calendar – £25
The Smiggle advent calendar is set to sweep the nation for a second successive year and understandably so. If you’re looking to keep the kids away from chocolate this season then this is a winner!
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus and a host of little elves adorn a winter workshop themed calendar from this Australian fashionable and fun kids’ stationery retailer.
It contains the coolest of items that kids will love including limited edition Smiggle goodies that are not available in store, £40 worth of fun items to be exact!
The overall end product is a wholesome, colourful calendar with creative goodies that entertain the kids for much longer than a piece of choccie ever will! What’s more, everyone who purchases a Smiggle advent calendar will be in with a chance of finding one of 10 ‘Lucky Tickets’ across the UK, entitling each winner to a £250 shopping spree in store.
Godiva Christmas Advent Calendar – £23
This is for the serious chocaholic and should come with a ‘dangerously delicious warning!’ Behind each door awaits one of a selection of signature Godiva classics or a range of Christmas characters, or ‘sujets’ in Dark, Milk and White chocolate. The limited edition calendar is fun, frivolous and festive for adults as well as kids.
Playmobil Advent Calendars – £20
We adore the Playmobil Santas Workshop Advent Calendar! Everyday the kids can get excited about opening another window and creating magical scene involving good old Father Christmas and his trusty elves, not forgetting the reindeers. There’s many hours of play here… that lasts well beyond Christmas too!
The set also comes complete with a matching pairs card game too. Bonus!
Lindor Blissful advent calendar – £10
Christmas is simply not the same without a packet of these delightful choccies around, and what better way to ramp up the excitement of Christmas than with one of these – a random flavor EVERY SINGLE DAY that include seven different flavours: truffles; Milk, Milk & White, White, Hazelnut, Coconut, Caramel and Strawberry & Cream.
If you’re a man with a wife reading this… then do yourself a favour and make her rather happy with this.
Available from most large grocers.