Tomorrow is the first of December, meaning if you haven’t got your advent calendar yet you need to get a wriggle on! If you fancy a bit of a change from bog standard chocolate this year, there are plenty of alternatives that have something way more exciting waiting behind each door. If you’re on a student budget, why not ask for a more pricey one as one of your Christmas presents and spread out the Christmas cheer. Here are my top 5 alternative-to-chocolate advent Calendars:
This year I’ve been sent a Smiggle Advent Calendar*, and I cannot contain my excitement. For those of you that don’t know, Smiggle is an Australian stationery brand that is currently spreading out across Europe. If you’ve read Good Girl Gone Brum before, you may already know that my love of stationery knows no bounds, so an advent calendar with a stationery treat behind every door trumps chocolate any day (and I do love my chocolate). This advent calendar is a great idea for children, students or any big kids that still get excited over novelty stationery (if this is not you, you need to take a long hard look at your soul). Despite the fact that it’s not the first until tomorrow, I very nobly took one for the team and opened days 1 and 2 early to show what kind of thing is inside. If you’re local, Smiggle has just opened a brand new store on the ground floor of the Bullring, so if you’re a stationery lover get yourselves down there asap!
If nail varnish is to you what pens and erasers are to me, then there is still time to get yourself the Ciate 2014 Advent Calendar. The name ‘Mini Mani Manor’ should be enough to convince you, whoever came up with that in the boardroom must have got a pat on the back. With this Advent Calendar, by Christmas you will have 24 mini nail varnishes, meaning you won’t have to get yourself any for at least a year!
This is one of the more affordable beauty advent calendars out there, and I love that it includes a range of brands so you can discover a few new beauty favourites. With this calendar every day really is a surprise, as it includes make up, skin care products and beauty accessories.
If chocolate is not your thing, but you still want something sweet, look no further than this Jelly Belly advent calendar. It’s a great way to discover your favourite flavour combinations, and there is a special surprise flavour behind the Christmas Eve door. Jelly Bellys are one of the few gummy sweets that are suitable for vegetarians, so if you know any veggie friends who miss their fruity sweets, open their eyes to the world of Jelly Bellys.
Okay, so this one isn’t strictly an advent calendar, but C’MON it’s 12 of Lush’s most popular products in a giant story book; you really can’t go wrong. The set includes products from across the Lush range, including bath melts, soaps, shower gels and bubble bars. Though this one is pretty pricey, it surely wins on most luxurious.
The Smiggle Advent Calendar was gifted for review, all opinions are my own*