Advent calendars are no longer just for kids! Today’s advent calendars come in all shapes, sizes and budgets. There are toy advent calendars, beauty advent calendars, food advent calendars, and even alcohol sized advent calendars. You can spend as little from £1 up to £100’s and of course everything in between.
This year I was tempted to sample all the gin-based calendars but seeing as I am trying to reduce my alcohol consumption and stay broadly on track with my new healthier lifestyle I have steered clear. However, we have been sent some advent calendars and I have also bought a couple which is why I wanted to share the calendars that we are going to be opening each day in December this year.
I find the gap in the market is still advent calendars for teenage boys. The men are now covered with alcohol and the abundance of makeup and stationery advent calendars offer plenty for teenage girls. Lee kept telling Chloe that she wouldn’t be getting one from us, but of course, there is no way I would let her go without! What age will you stop buying advent calendars for your kids? I think it will be when she leaves home!
- There are two hotly anticipated beauty calendars, first is the Boots No7 which costs £44 but has products worth £178 inside. I was lucky enough to get one in store despite them selling out in many high streets. These are now sold out online but you may still get lucky in store. I have also seen them selling on eBay for around the £55 price which is still good if you will use the products.
- Next up is the Revolution Christmas Advent Calendar which is the one I have seen highly recommended in Facebook groups and by beauty bloggers. This is on offer currently reduced from £50 to £30 so do take a look as I think this is very affordable. The Revolution’s geometric Christmas tree-shaped Advent Calendar is filled with makeup surprises for face, eyes and lips to get you excited for the festive season. Behind each door you’ll find Revolution favourites including highlighters, lip glosses, lipsticks plus a brand new colourway of the bestselling Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, check it out here and get it before it is too late!
- Superdrug also has a premium Revolution Advent Beauty Calendar that is also on offer at £80 reduced from £120. This one contains everything you’d want for treats for the eyes, lips and face to give you the ultimate makeup stash by Christmas.
- Sticking with the beauty brands Sleek is very popular with teens and women alike the Sleek Beauty Advent Calendar from Boots costs £35 but is also on the current 3 for 2 offer which makes it even cheaper if you make the most of the offers. We had a good look at the products in this one and the lip pencils are especially good. The colours are perfect for those Christmas parties!
- Moving onto food advent calendars if you like a bit of heat in your meals then this one is for you! At www.souschef.co.uk the Big Chilli Advent Calendar is back, bigger and better than ever. It’s sure to be a hit with anyone who’s bored of chocolate and foodies looking for something a bit different. Every day is a chilli day with these sachets that can be used to jazz up your meals.
- Lego calendars are hugely popular and my Erin (age almost 9) is lego crazy right now. I have ordered the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2018 which she can build up over December and then add to her rather large lego haul!
- The Yankee Candle Advent Calendar 2018 is another popular advent calendar, how lovely to have a different smell each evening whilst you are relaxing after work.
- Dylan will be opening the Haribo Advent Calendar, like I said teen boys still seem to be the missing link and it is really hard to find him an advent calendar unless it is sweets or chocolate. He does like Haribo and it is themed, fun and perfect for those looking for an alternative to the traditional chocolate calendar this tasty advent calendar brings together HARIBO favourites from across the world with Tropifrutti, Goldbears and MAOAM and includes seasonal mini bags and themed jellies! Plus it is just £5 in Amazon.
- If money was no object I would pick a super luxurious advent calendar from Jo Malone or Molton Brown these are very special and yes it might cost £300 but just think of all the treats!