My Top 5 Advent Calendars

Surprisingly, I have only ever had one commercial advent calendar, and that was when I was a vegan! Other than that, my parents would wrap up 20ps and Maltesers in tin foil and use a knitted calendar with a picture of Santa in a snowy scene at the top (am I the only one?).
Source: John Lewis

Gone are the days of getting excited over a 20p unfortunately - I didn't even know you could get beauty advent calendars till last year and there are some ridiculously expensive ones out there. Don't worry though, this Wedgewood Advent House from Harrods has been reduced to £9,600 instead of £12,000 - what a bargain!!

Here are my top 5 advent calendars featuring a mixture of goodies and prices. I was going to include the Dan and Phil advent calendar but it's out of stock *cries*.

1. Hotel Chocolat | Advent Calendar to Share | £26 

This is the only chocolate type I promise. Hotel Chocolat is a favourite of mine thanks to their unusual flavours and beautiful packaging great for gifts. This calendar to share is a great idea for couples, or for people who just want to eat lots of chocolate and love truffles (like me!) They also offer calendars for individuals in white, milk and dark chocolate options for just £12.50. 

Lisa-Marie from Last Year's Girl is currently hosting a giveaway (this weekend only) of the milk chocolate calendar - enter for your chance to win FREE chocolate!

2. Yankee Candle | Advent House 2014 | £24.99

Yankee Candle Advent House 2014
Source: Yankee Candle

Who doesn't love Yankee Candle?! This cute little house contains all your favourite Christmas scents including Candy Cane Lane, Christmas Garland and Snowflake Cookie! I must confess, I have never bought a Yankee candle, only smelt a friend's. They have however opened a store near me and I am planning to visit it very soon!

3. Ciaté London | Mini Mani Manor | Reduced to £34.30!

Ciate London Mini Mani Manor Nail Polish Advent Calendar

A nail polish addict's dream! I seem to have entered about 100 giveaways for this on Twitter but won none. Maybe I'll just have to actually use my own money and buy it... Dilemmas!

4.  John Lewis | Gingerbread Advent Calendar | £12

Source: John Lewis

For those who don't like chocolate but still eat food (I'm looking at you, everyone...) - gingerbread is the answer! A superb substitute for chocolate while still retaining all the Christmassy vibes! That red star is calling me.

5. Pets at Home | Cat Advent Calendar | £2

Source: Pets at Home

Because cats are people too. And don't worry, they have one for dogs and another for small animals. Bonus: each one has its own witty slogan - like 'santa paws'. Har-de-har.


That concludes my top 5 advent calendars - hopefully there is something for you if you're still looking! I might buy the cat one to force my parents to get me a cat - waste not want not and all that!

P.S. here's a sneaky peek at my Christmas Wishlist!

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It's a work in progress.

What advent calendar have you got lined up? Check back on Monday for a cheeky wee giveaway too!

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