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The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and there is certainly a chill in the air. Christmas is most definitely on it’s way and hopefully going to rescue what is left of this poor excuse for a year!
Now is the time to start considering which advent calendar you will use to count down to the big day!
Gone are the days of finding a simple chocolate behind a door (though I am still totally on board with that), you can now get an advent calendar of virtually anything your heart desires – If you can pop it in a box you can make it into a calendar.
Here are some of the best advent calendars of 2020, there’s something for everyone
Best Advent Calendar for Kids
Thomas & Friends Minis Advent Calendar
If your little one likes to collect Thomas Minis they will love this! With a different train every day, six of those being Christmas themed specials. The calendar opens out to reveal a snowy Sodor scene with track but, as these are exactly the same as the blind bag collectables and so will fit on the any Minis track you may already have and the Super Station. This advent calendar is perfect for your mini train spotter and is currently available from Amazon for £20 so works out at less than £1 per train – Bargain.
Best Advent Calendar for Tweens
This advent calendar is huge and full of treats for your stationery fan, Aoife cannot wait to get into this one! Filled to the brim with 25 limited edition Smiggle goodies including pads, pencils, pens, erasers, stickers and even the chance to win a shopping spree this advent calendar will be adored. The Smiggle Advent calendar is currently down to £20 on their website. Find it over at Smiggle!
Best Advent Calendar for Nostalgia
Playmobil Back to the Future.
This one is for the big kid in our house – Rory, not me. The Calendar opens out to form the iconic town square of Hill Valley and over advent you can collect 97 pieces including figures, vehicles and accessories – everything you need to recreate scenes from either 1955 or 1985. This is a must for any Back to the Future fan in your life, big or small.
If you prefer your nostalgia to be a little more recent then this 12 Days of Friends Advent Calendar from Mad Beauty might be for you. Not only will this calendar provide you with 12 Friends themed bath fizzers, you will also have your very own iconic frame to adorn your spy hole! The bath fizzers smell lovely, I have bagged ‘It’s a Moo Point’ (passionfruit) and ‘Pivot!’ (coconut) before Aoife swiped the rest. With prices starting at £10.79 The Friends Advent Calendar is available from Amazon, and other leading stores.
Best Advent Calendar for Grown-ups.
Fancy something a little more decadent and a little less chocolate? That Boutique-y Gin Company advent calendar might just be the one for you. It’s a favourite of mine. With 24 different, 3cl wax sealed bottles not only do you get to countdown to Christmas but you also get to try a variety of Boutique-y’s amazing flavours and even try a gin created with botanicals that have visited the Stratosphere! You can find The Boutique-y Gin Company advent calendar from £49.95 at Drinks by the Dram on Amazon.
Best Advent Calendar for Pets
Advent isn’t all about the humans, Lily’s Kitchen have released their limited edition Christmas Spectacular range so you can treat your pet to a tasty count down to Christmas and some stocking fillers too! Dog Christmas products include a three bird feast, proper treats and of course an advent calendar. For your festive feline there is a Turkey and Ham feast and an advent calendar. Prices for these proper treats start at £1.10 and they’re available from Lily’s Kitchen.
Best Advent Calendars for Giving
Box of Favours.
After seeing the positive impact that doing a few favours to help a stressed out friend had. Box of Favours creator Ben Saunders decided to offer all of us the opportunity to do something thoughtful for someone else. “Anyone can write some favours in a box but I wanted to create something that looked and felt really special… I then thought it would be fun to include a contract for the person giving away the favours to sign. A promise to fulfil the favours within. (I am told it would stand up in a court of law!) There are 15 favours in total. 10 set favours which everyone needs in their life and then 5 blank cards for people to create their own personal favours.”
The Box of Favours really is beautifully presented and in a year that has seen social media telling us to ‘Be Kind’ on more than one occasion, why not use advent to gift the Box of Favours and make someones run up to Christmas even more special? Box of Favours are available from Amazon for £9.99 and in the spirit of giving, Ben is giving $1 from every box sold to the charity ‘One Tree Planted‘ who plant a tree for every $1 donation. It really is the gift that would keep giving this advent.
Reverse Advent Calendar
At a time when 14 million people are living in poverty, food banks are finding themselves helping more people each year. This advent calendar is a little different but is a great way of reminding our kids (and ourselves) that not everyone’s Christmas is about abundance and that any of us could find ourselves needing to use a Food Bank in the future.
Grab a cardboard box and during advent, put an item a day (or more) in it. Toiletries, food and maybe even a few little treats. This box can then be taken to your local food bank or local collection point where the boxes will be distributed to families who need them.
You can find details of your local Food bank and where to donate at The Trussel Trust website.
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