This year, I’ve noticed a lot more awesome alternative advent calendars than in the past. They’ve been on the rise in recent years, but companies seem to have really kicked it up a notch for 2018.
There are some people out there who think advent calendars are just for kids. They are wrong. With all of the different options there are now, there’s no excuse not to join in with the fun.
I’m quite content with a chocolate one, but here are five of my favourite variations of the tradition. Although, by now, I’m hoping you’ve got yourself an advent calendar and were able to open the door to a treat this morning.
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1. Pringles Advent Calendar | Amazon*, £19.99
“That’s a thing?!” Admittedly, this one is only 12 days, but it is mini tubs of Pringles! What will they think of next?
2. Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar | Debenhams, £20.00
There is a similar one available for coffee (slightly more expensive at £25), and you can get a tea one from Twinings for £21.99. But, hot chocolate seemed much more appropriate for winter.
3. Wreath Tea Light Advent Calendar | Yankee Candle, £24.99
I’ve been more into candles this year than ever before, which is possibly why this one made the list.
If you’ve perhaps had a lottery win recently (or know someone very generous), there’s the even snazzier tower advent calendar gift set at £74.99.
4. Stationery Advent Calendar | Paperchase*, £30.00
A stationery advent calendar. What dreams are made of.
Each day brings a new stationery item, such as pens, pencils, stickers and notebooks. Where has this been all of my life??
5. Mini Mani Nail Varnish Advent Calendar | Ciaté, £50.00
At £50, this isn’t cheap… but I’ll let you into a secret: TK Maxx quite often have older versions for much cheaper. If you’re really lucky, they sometimes have the newest version, too. I’m talking half price, at around £25! I wouldn’t pay £50 for this, but £25 is acceptable. It’s also worth checking eBay.
For a few years now, my mum or sister have insisted on buying one of these for me as part of my Christmas. As much as I love starting a day with a chocolate treat, opening a new nail varnish is much more exciting. This includes mini nail varnishes in various colours, a few specialist pots (such as base or top coats) and a full size paint pot at the end.