START YOUR CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN WITH OUR ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS


The weeks leading up to Christmas can be just as exciting as the day itself – it’s all about building that sense of anticipation. Parties, shopping, andIndividual chocolates or decorating the tree are great for getting in the festive spirit; but even with all these fun activities on the go, it can still feel like Christmas takes forever to arrive, especially for families with young kids. One of the best ways to help pass the time as you wait for Christmas is to use an advent calendar to count down the days – and there are so many creative ways you can get stuck into this. Read on to find loads of appealing ideas for advent calendars you can buy or make yourself, with options for all ages, tastes and interests...

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THE ADVENT CALENDAR TRADITION

The term “advent” derives from the Latin for “coming”, and refers to the four weeks of preparation and waiting observed in the Christian calendar in the lead-up to Christmas.

Although there is some debate over who created the first advent calendar, the tradition seems to have been inspired by 19th-century Lutherans, who counted each day in the runup to Christmas by adding chalk marks to their door.

The first commercial advent calendars were produced in Germany in the early 20th century, and the idea became popular with children (and adults!) across the Western world in the decades that followed.

TYPES OF ADVENT CALENDAR

There are many different styles of advent calendar, but most feature 24 small doors for you to open – one on each day of December up to Christmas Day. Behind each door is an image, sweet or other tiny surprise, with one of the most popular options being a bite-sized morsel of delicious chocolate.

You can also find larger advent calendars made up of 24 boxes, pouches or bags – perfect for concealing slightly larger treats, such as small toys. Although advent calendars were originally marketed for children, today the tradition is popular with all ages, with many calendars designed specifically for grown-ups.

Find plenty of advent calendar ideas for adults and children alike below!

ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS

Want to treat yourself or someone special to a daily indulgence in the runup to Christmas? You can’t go wrong with buying a classic advent calendar featuring all your favourite Cadbury chocolate.You can also find character-themed advent calendars, or even 3D versions for extra impact.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling crafty and are looking for a festive project, you could always try making your own DIY advent calendar.These range in size and ambition from simple to elaborate, so you can easily find one that suits your level of crafting skill, time and budget.

The advantage of a homemade advent calendar is that you can fill it with daily surprises tailored to your lucky recipient’s tastes. For example, you could try the following advent calendar fillings for kids:

  • Stickers or art supplies
  • Small toys or games
  • Individual chocolates or deliciousChristmas sweets
  • Pieces of a puzzle (to be put together at the end)
  • Print-outs of Christmas stories
  • A slip of paper wIth a fun activity printed on it that you can do together (think carolling, baking, ice skating, etc.)
  • ALTERNATIVE ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS

    Meanwhile, an advent calendar for adults could include:

    • Mini beauty or makeup products
    • Miniature bottles of gin, whisky or any other favourite tipple
    • Tasty bite-sized chocolate bars
    • Personalised vouchers for favours like lie-ins, dog-walking, babysitting, breakfast in bed
    • Savoury snacks such as nuts or crisps
    • Tickets for the cinema, gigs, exhibitions and other events
    • Christmas tree decorations


    Or, get creative and think of other ideas that will appeal to their tastes! Any type of small gift or Stocking Stuffer can make a great filler for an advent calendar.

     

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    GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS WITH THESE ADVENT CALENDAR IDEAS


    We hope we’ve given you food for thought about surprising your family and friends with customised advent gifts this year!

    Need more Christmas present inspiration? Check out our ideas for Christmas hampers and more!

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