In the last couple of years advent calendars have become wonderful Christmas gifts in themselves, with treats behind the doors including gin, top beauty products and the most beautiful chocolates. Or why not fill with your own gifts that you know will go down well? If you’re stuck for something special to buy this year, here’s some to inspire…
12 Family Movie Nights Advent Calendar
£25, Tesco and Argos
A great gift for a family, there’s one film to enjoy every other night in the run-up to Christmas, with top films behind the doors including Peter Rabbit and Jumanji. Use the free codes to download the films to your TV, tablet or phone, from rakuten.tv/uk
Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar
£100, Marks & Spencer
You must be over 18 to buy this calendar. Gifts include a wonderful range from Edinburgh Gin, plus other favourites.
Wooden Advent Calendar
Inspired by a winter woodland, this wooden advent calendar can be enjoyed year after year. The 14 warm white LEDs illuminate through the winter scene, surrounded by drawers which you can fill with your favourite festive treats! Simply leave the calendar on the timer for illumination each evening.
Personalised Wine Advent Calendar
£67.50, DCT Shop
This personalised wine advent calendar has been hand finished to the highest quality and wrapped in deluxe leatherette cloth, creating the perfect gift – and you can add a name to the front for free! Behind each door is a 187ml bottle of wine with up to 17 branded varieties including a mix of white, red, and rosé. A twenty fifth door will reveal a ‘Bluffers Guide to Wine’.
Wooden Nutcracker Advent Calendar
£12.99, Sue Ryder Shop
This cute, red nutcracker advent calendar from the Sue Ryder charity website contains 24 pull out drawers which can be filled with all sorts of treats for the kids. The sturdy wooden design will make this calendar one you can bring out every year.
Custom Tea Advent Calendar
£45, Bird & Blend stores or birdandblendtea.com
Select from over 60 teas, matchas and gifts to customise a personal calendar just for you, or for your fellow tea-lover!
Photo Advent Calendar
From £8.99 from Cewe
Create an advent calendar that’s totally unique. Use your favourite photographs to create a memory behind each door, and give your loved ones something to smile about every day of December!
Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar
This Advent Calendar contains a beautiful collection of 24 individually wrapped timeless tales – from beloved classics such as Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King to modern favourites such as Frozen and Pixar’s Toy Story 4. A great alternative to chocolate calendars, Disney fans of all ages can unwrap a special storybook every day in the build-up to Christmas and enjoy a magical start to the festive season.
The W7 Beauty Blast Cosmetic Advent Calendar
W7 cosmetics behind each door! Includes:
1 x Mini Big Lash Mascara (Black)
3 x Mega Matte Lip Liner (Red, Pink and Nude)
3 x King Kohl Eyeliner (Black, Brown and Blue)
4 x Mini Glam Gloss (Glam Bam!, Super Star, So Hollywood and Too Hot!)
5 x Mini Mega Matte (Smudge, Happy, Hasta La Vista, First Class and Star)
Plus much more…
24 Notes of Sweetness Advent Calendar
£49, Marylebone Boutique, Harrods, Selfridges and online
Have a magical countdown with this snow globe calendar filled with Pierre Marcolini’s iconic chocolates in a selection designed for all praline lovers!
The Morris Advent Calendar
£40, Dobbies Garden Centres
Filled with a lovely collection of beauty products