Are you bored by the traditional chocolate advent calendar? Then don’t worry. Nowadays, shops and online stores are jam packed with unique advent calendars that are full of interesting gifts from candles to toys. Here is Belle About Town’s guide on unique advent calendars for the whole family to enjoy.
For Him – The Jack Wills Advent Calendar, £35, countdown to Christmas is the perfect gift for the ultimate Jack fan. It is full of sweet-smelling JW goodies which spread across the whole of the festive period. Gifts you will find include an English Velvet Body Wash and Signature Body Lotion. Plus, you can keep it and refill it year on year, which is great for saving the pennies long term. Buy it from Jack Wills
For the dreamer – This Unicorn Advent Calendar, £8, from Accessorize is great for little girls. Each door is hiding either a pair of earrings or a ring, which will make the Christmas cheer last for the whole of December. Buy it from Accessorize
Car fan – This Hot Wheels Advent Calendar, £15, from Tesco is perfect for mini drivers. It is great for kids to build their excitement for Christmas with the popular push-around and racing cars. The Hot Wheels Advent Calendar is filled with 8 vehicles and 16 accessories to turn your little one’s room into a festive-themed race track. Each of the decorated windows features something different each day. Recommended for children aged 3 years and up. Buy it from Tesco
Crafty kids – Illustries’ ‘Countdown to Christmas’ advent calendar for children is an engaging activity book designed to keep little (and bigger kids) amused throughout the month of December, while creating special family memories along the way. Beautifully designed and stylish to display, it features a daily nativity activity. From making homemade gingerbread men and decorations to Christmas colouring and snowman building (with or without snow!), there’s plenty for craft-loving kids to create. Jolly jokes, a ‘Quizmas’, movie night, carol singing and a treasure hunt will bring festive fun for the whole family to enjoy, while letters to Santa and Christmas wishing pages add to the advent excitement. The calendar is designed to suit every family type and features a stylish red, grey and white colourway. Heavy matt uncoated paper pages are bound together with red ties for a quality look and feel, making it the ideal gift for family and friends. Designed, printed and bound in the UK – and all for just £14.95 at www.illustries.com.
Mum – Help your mother fill her home with delicious scents with the Yankee Candle Pavilion Advent Calendar Gift Set – Holiday Party. This amazing calendar, £29.99, is full of 20 tea lights in 5 festive fragrances including Christmas Memories, Winter Glow, Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie and Bundle Up. Your loved-one can spend each day in December uncovering beautifully-scented treats including 4 Votives in All Is Bright, Festive Cocktail, Macaron Treats and Star Anise & Orange. The best thing about this calendar is that it gives the recipient a chance to try a wide range of fragrances – many of which you can burn throughout the year such as All Is Bright, which smells amazing. Buy it from House Of Harris
Best Friend – Give the gift of perfect skin this Christmas with The Botanist’s Cabinet, from Liz Earle. This calendar, £35, from Boots is inspired by the art of a Botanist crafting special blends and storing them in an apothecary cabinet. This calendar contains a host of goodies including its famous Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, 2 Pure Muslin Cloths, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and a Deep Cleansing Mask. The lady in your life will thank you for this amazing gift. Buy it from Boots