Countdown to Christmas

My Top 12 Advent Calendar Picks


There are so many different Advent Calendars on the market these days. From Chocolate, to alcohol, to beauty to toys! There really is something to suit everyone. There are calendars up until Christmas eve, some count down to the big day itself giving you 25 Doors and others are ’12 days of’. The great mystery for me surrounding these 12 days of, is when to open them! I googled it and still no further?! Every other day? 0 Willpower over here!


When I heard the phrase ‘Advent Calendar’ as a kid – I instantly thought of purple! Of Cadbury’s chocolate and those Angel, Santa face and tree moulds behind each door! What a treat?! So much so that I could never just open one door a day, and that didn’t just include my own on occasion (sorry sis). Please tell me I’m not alone here?!


Being 5’1 I’m a sucker for anything in miniature form. There is no denying that the Christmas Build up itself is my favourite. A little something to make you smile every day! What’s not to love?! I also love the fact that advent calendars, especially the beauty ones give you the chance to try a variety of different products before splashing out on the full size. Any bits you don’t think you’ll use or are perhaps best suited to someone else, why not keep them to one side and use as little stocking fillers? I did that with my wine advent calendar last year. There were a couple of bottles of rose (drank far too much white zinfandel in my youth to have a taste for it now) so I gifted these to my sister who enjoyed them in soda spritzers!

So, let’s get to it!



M&S Percy Pig – 24 milk chocolate shapes with a bag of Percy pigs on Christmas Day – available in store RRP £5.00

Retro sweets – a taste of Nostalgia! Jam packed with old school favourites like drumsticks and love hearts. You can also personalise it! Now available from Very ad*

Dairy free/vegan/gluten free – cocoa based treats! Moo Calendar available at Ocado £4.99

Cadbury Heroes – who doesn’t love these tasty Cadbury’s miniatures?! I buy this for my Dad & husband every year. You can pick these up from most leading Supermarkets both in store and online RRP £5.00




Tea – English tea shop – enjoy delicious flavours including Spicy Pumpkin and Ginger Bread man.  I was gifted this a few years back by Mum and enjoyed it in the office. This is available from Very  – I work with Very ad*

Wine  – Count down with a wine calendar. This little hamper contains a variety of different wines and will see you and others right through the festive season. You must be 18 years old to buy this. Drink responsibly. Very stock so linking here. I work with Very ad*

Gin – M&S have a wonderful calendar in stock this year & it features one of my favourite brands – Edinburgh Gin.  You must be 18 years old to buy this. Drink responsibly.





Elemis – 25 delightfully luxurious skin care treats including a full size version of my favourite every day moisturiser – Pro Collagen cream . This is literally Christmas come early! Exclusively available online. I received a press sample ad*




L’Occitaine Luxury beauty calendar  – contains 24 best sellers including their dreamy hand creams and shower oil. I received a press sample ad*




Cath Kidston – 24 bath and body treats including everything from cuticle cream to lip balms – perfect for that Cath Kidston fan in your life! I’ve treated my mum to one. Now available from Very ad* (now in the SALE too)




Schleich – I’ve seen three different editions in the shops, Horse Club, Farm World and Dinosaurs (which Alex will be getting). Schliech figures are sculpted in detail and provide hours of educational play. Unlock their imaginations! RRP £25.00. You can pick them up on Amazon.




Peppa Pig  – My mum bought this for Alexander last year and he loved it. 24 pieces featuring Peppa, Rebecca and Father Christmas himself. I’ll be getting this set back out again this year to enjoy over the festive period. Available from Very ad*


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