At the start of September, high street giant Primark announced that they would be selling a luxury Disney bauble advent calendar for Christmas 2018. Of course, the crowds went wild with everyone from Facebook friends to the Metro newspaper buzzing about the announcement.
Now, some may say ‘it’s September’, ‘Christmas is months away’ or ‘it’s far too early to worry about advent calendars’ but the rush is starting earlier and earlier each year, and the later you leave your advent calendar shop, the more likely you are to be stuck with a last minute all-that-was-left option from the local supermarket. Not that there’s anything wrong with the mass-produced calendars lining shop shelves, it’s just that Christmas and the countdown to it are special… so the calendar should be too.
Over the years, we have become more adventurous with our advent calendars, and now there are options for all tastes and every member of the family. Whether mum likes the look of Harrods’ beauty advent calendar or the kids want to rummage for their daily treat in the windows and doors of a magical 3D rendition of the North Pole, there’s something for everyone.
Here at Flowers Buy Delivery, though, we are firm believers in the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.
As far as we are concerned, advent calendars are all about chocolates and sweets – but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!
See our round-up of five great ideas for your 2018 advent calendar, below.
Adults-Only Anthon De Berg
What’s better than a daily dose of luxury chocolate at Christmas? A daily dose of luxury chocolate liqueurs at Christmas! For an adult-only twist on the classic advent calendar, look no further than Anthon De Berg’s Generous Advent Calendar – crafted especially for grown-ups who enjoy a tipple and a tasty treat while counting down to the big day.
Keep the Kids Sweet
Perhaps the most appreciative audience for advent calendars, children are usually the ones who are most excited about the prospect of a cocoa-infused countdown. But instead of a run-of-the-mill calendar with barely-there bites of chocolate, why not treat your little ones to something a little different this year? They won’t be short of chocolate over the festive period so why not mix it up with a calendar full of sweets like jelly beans? You could even give them a small toy or parts of a bigger toy they can add to each day; think along the lines of a Lego project or similar, where they can grab a few bricks every day and end up with a new toy by Christmas Eve.
If your household is fond of keepsakes and likes to keep Christmas traditions alive year after year, you might want to consider investing in a reusable advent calendar, with little pockets or boxes you can refill each year with sweets and treats of your choice. Those who are handy with a needle or good at woodworking may even want to create their own keepsake calendar, which can act as a festive centrepiece to any wall or tabletop for years to come.
Ideal For DIY-ers
Sticking with the DIY theme, advent calendars offer plenty of scope for DIY projects. If a keepsake calendar is a bit too much of a project right now, consider something a little smaller in scale. 3D advent villages are a great option and can be easily constructed by big ones and little ones alike, using simple materials like card, string and glue. Check out some great how-to guides from Amara and Lia Griffith and see if you can create your own Christmas Village or North Pole.
Fun for All the Family
For those who want Christmas and the lead up to it to be all about family fun and making memories, there is always the option to create your own family advent calendar. Fashion something with 24 windows, and behind each, make sure there is a new experience for you to share as a family. It could be as simple as a Christmas film to watch together that day, a carol to learn, a Panto to see, a hot chocolate night or a trip to go ice skating or fetch the Christmas tree. Think about the kind of things you can enjoy together as a family, and make sure you have a Christmas memory to make each day.
Of course, your personal tastes will play a big role in your choice of advent calendar – whether you opt for hand-crafted artisanal treats and luxury chocolates or a fun creative project the whole family can enjoy. The most important thing is that you don’t leave everything (or ideally, anything) until the last minute. Make every day’s chocolatey treat an enjoyable experience and an extension of Christmas.