The Coca-Cola ‘holidays are coming’ advert has appeared on TV which can only mean one thing – it’s officially CHRISTMAS season!
It’s now acceptable to talk all things festive, including what to buy your grandmother, what to stuff your big bird with and how to count down to the big day in style.
This years offering of advent calendars is even better than the last, and here are some of our favourites that have caught our eye. From gin and tonic flavourings to Lego building, we have something for everyone.
1. The Royal Mint: Nutcracker – £25 from www.royalmint.com
Count down to Christmas with this charming traditional advent which tells the story of The Nutcracker. Behind the final window is a special gift – an official Nutcracker Christmas £5 coin.
2. Schleich Wild Life 2018 Advent Calendar – £24.99 from www.schleich-s.com
Behind each door is a new surprise! As with all of the Schleich products, the figurines are exceptionally detailed, lovingly painted and allow children to play and learn at the same time. This stunning calendar includes a meerkat, panda, cub, boa constrictor, and even a roaring lion for boys and girls to care for.
3. The Boutique-y Gin Company Advent – £99.95 from www.amazon.co.uk
This is my personal favourite. The Boutique-y Gin Company have teamed up with Drinks by the Dram to bring you a surprise behind each door. Every gin is handmade and wax sealed with the perfect serving for 24 days of December. You’ll find flavoursome botanicals, award winning expressions and who-wudda-thunk-it concepts in 24 30ml bottles.
4. Men or Women’s 24 Pair Sockshop Wild Feet Christmas Advent Calendar – £79.99 from www.sockshop.co.uk
Fancy a treat for your feet this year? This is the calendar for you! You can purchase a calendar for her or him, and have suitable cosy feet all season long. There’s a fresh pair of Wild Feet socks behind each door, so you don’t even have to open your sock draw this December, simply open your advent calendar door instead.
5. Cath Kidston Advent Calendar – £40 from Boots
Open a new door every day to reveal a beauty necessity with one of my all time favourite brands, Cath Kidston. A selection of 24 mini beauty products including hand creams, soaps, body scrubs, cuticle creams, lip balms, body lotions and the surprises just keep on going.
6. Wax Lyrical The Night Before Christmas Advent Calendar – £22 from Boots
Who doesn’t love a deliciously fragranced candle? Behind each of the doors of this calendar is an exceptionally festive themed tea light that will keep your home glowing and smelling oh so welcoming before the big guy pays a visits down your chimney.
7. The 12 Days of Liz Earle – £80 from Boots
One of the most magical aspects of the festive season is the surprise and delight that fills the air, gifting everyone with a warm glow – a feeling that this calendar definitely mirrors. This must-have features Liz Earle skincare favourites in miniature sizes such as: botanical body-care creams and hair care heroes.
8. Lego Friends Advent Calendar – £18 from Boots
Build a magical Christmas this year with LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. Open a door each day and discover a holiday themed new piece to help you create a perfect Christmas party scene.
9. Lindt Teddy Adorable Advent Calendar – £10 from Sainsbury’s
Do you just want a traditional chocolate filled advent calendar? Well why not treat the whole family to this stunning Lindt Teddy advent calendar that contains: 3 bears, 3 gold reindeer, 6 Lindor mini truffles, 6 snowballs and 5 Christmas Napolitans. In the words of Spandau Ballet ‘GOLD’!
10. Bird & Blend Tea Co. Advent Calendar – £36 from www.birdandblendtea.com
This calendar sold-out last year due to its popularity, and this year its looking like its already flying off the shelves. Behind each door are different fun facts and brewing tips for all you tea lovers. It comes in a beautifully hand-illustrated kraft box which contains 19 award winning, vegan friendly loose leaf tea bags and 4 matcha stixs.
So go home, countdown and get those Christmas songs on full blast because the holidays really are coming!
This post was created in collaboration with several brands.