Christmas countdown

Tired of the same boring calendars every year? We’ve found seven fun and gorgeous advent calendars to make the countdown a lot more interesting

Kids – build your own

Santa’s Workshop, Playmobil Advent Calendar, £18.99 

5494_komplett_1zu1_V7Little ones will enjoy constructing this Playmobil calendar – a workshop scene with elves and fairies helping load the sleigh with all the toys. Santa Claus watches on to make sure everything is done properly in preparation for his big trip. Included in the set is Father Christmas, a fairy, two elves and a memory card game, suitable from four years and older. It’s much healthier than a chocolate advent calendar and will last much longer in the exciting countdown to Christmas.

A Keepsake

Lakeland Bethlehem Advent Calendar Stable, £59.99

lakeland-stableThis is quite an extravagant purchase but we think it’s worth the expense, as it will be enjoyed year upon year in the build up to Christmas. This novel and very beautiful wooden advent stable has 24 doors hiding little nativity figures. It looks attractive and festive in the home and will undoubtedly become a family heirloom, treasured part of your family’s celebrations for years.

Love tea?

teaChristmas Tea Gift Set by Victoria Mae Designs, £19.50
Make the countdown more enjoyable with a luxury set of 25 individually wrapped tea bags. The designs include thoughtful, encouraging quotes for the Christmas season to brighten up your loved one’s day! The teas are sourced from well known British tea companies and there are various flavours to choose from: English breakfast, Earl Grey, Summer Berries, Lemon and Ginger, Peppermint, Berry Infusion or Kenyan tea…. or an assortment of a few of them. It’s also a lovely gift for someone who perhaps lives far away to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Bags are also handmade and hand sewn for an extra special touch. 

For party nails

Mini Mani Month by Ciate Mini Calendrier Manicure, £29.99

mini-maniOK so it’s not the most festive of advent calendars but it is a lovely treat for someone who likes to have beautiful nails during the party season. With a mix of mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, sequin blends, caviar pearls and some hidden surprises along the way. Sprinkle some fun into your manicure regime and create your own customised look.


Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, Hotel Chocolate, £12.50

300392_Christmas-2014_Advent-MILK_with-chocLet the countdown to Christmas begin with our beautiful all-milk chocolate advent calendar. Featuring 24 fabulous Christmas sculptures, including reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted Christmas trees, to name just a few, cast in mellow and creamy 40 per cent milk chocolate. Comes with a free personalised gift message card too!

A thoughtful gift

The Yankee Gift Set Advent Calendar, £21.99

Advent-Calender-Christmas-Present---Yankee-Candle-HRRepresenting Christmas Present, each day reveals a tea light candle in one of six seasonal scents, including an extra treat in the 24th. Fragrances include Icicles, Angel’s Wings, Snowflake Cookie, Cranberry Ice,Christmas Cookie and Christmas Garland. For stockists please visit

Don’t forget the dog!

Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs, £11.75

dogsWith a mixture of Lily’s Kitchens most popular Baked Treats, Bedtime Biscuits, Training Treats and Rise and Shines, your four legged friends will love their special calendar! It also contains no artificial colours, additives or preservatives so it really is a healthy treat to enjoy during the count down to Christmas.


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