Alternative Advent calendars you won’t have thought of

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  • Recapture the magic of counting down to Christmas with these quirky ideas for adult Advent calendars

    Whether you make these for yourself or drop some unsubtle hints, these rather fabulous Advent calendar ideas will have you leaping out of bed in the 24 days before Christmas to see what the latest treat is…

    We wish you a Beery Christmas and a happy new year

    What we absolutely love about this Advent calendar from Beer Hawk is the minimal amount of effort required to make it happen.
    Like a good old chocolate calendar with 24 windows, this is simply the beer equivalent.
    Perfect for the beer lover in your life.

    One for the book worms

    A book a day for 24 days – if this sounds like your idea of heaven then this is the calendar for you. Take a look at the best-sellers chart and pick out those books you’ve always wanted to read. Next year’s reading list sorted in on fell swoop.

    Terrific for tea lovers

    Could there be anything more British than a tea Advent calendar? Simple but genius – you get a different tea bag every day. You can buy yours from Post Tea for £43.25. Chin chin!

    One for the movie buff

    The possibilities for this are endless – films you loved from your childhood, your favourite movies you love but don’t own or those classics you’re always being mocked for never having seen.
    And let’s face it, when it’s cold and dark out, all you really want to do is snuggle up on the sofa with a good film. December’s social plans solved.

    Add a really personal touch

    Create a really personal calendar for a loved one by filling envelopes or bags with letters, vouchers and IOUs to be redeemed throughout the month. It will be a Christmas they never forget. You can buy Advent envelopes from Cox & Cox for £6.83 right now!

    They’ll be made up with this one

    If there’s a beauty queen in your life then take a look at the various make up offerings from Selfridges. A miniature beauty product or nail varnish for the whole month. What could be more fabulous? We’re particularly enamoured with this Charlotte Tilbury Book of magic make up – although at £150, Santa will only be bringing it if you’ve been very good this year.

    Perfect for the candle addict in your life

    We absolutely love this offering from Yankee Candle – and it’s all boxed up for you so you don’t have to do a thing! Filled with gorgeous festive scented tea lights, your house will certainly smell the part in the run up to Christmas.

    Festive photos

    Got a lovely festive photo from last year kicking around? Create a truly personal Advent calendar thanks to CEWE
    They will print any photo on to a calendar for you (they can fill it with delicious treats too) – what’s not to love?

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