Traditional advent calendars with pockets, windows or boxes for you to fill up and re-use year after year are not only a much more ethical (and healthy!) option than a plastic, chocolate filled alternative - but we love that the ritual of getting it out each winter and filling each day with a note, little gift or treat is such a lovely tradition in itself. Why not add a decoration that they can add to the tree each day, or a figure to add to a crib scene? Perhaps a jigsaw puzzle that they build slowly throughout the month, accompanied by one of Montezuma’s giant chocolate buttons? We’ve also included some advent calendars for grown-ups and some thoughtful ones, too - here are some of our favourites from independent brands this year:
This monochromatic fabric advent house from Pretty Brave is the perfect addition to any Scandi home, £58, available at Crane and Kind.
This thoughtful twist on an advent calendar, the ‘Kindful’ calendar from We Are Scamp gives children a thoughtful, or kind act to do each day. There are suggestions for under 6s and older kids, too. Great for encouraging children to think of others in the run up to Christmas. £42, We are Scamp
One for Christmas-frazzled grown-ups! This Christmas fresh coffee advent calendar could be just the shot of caffeine you need to get through that festive to-do list. £40, Perkulatte
This colourful, 100% cotton wall hanging from Swedish brand, Minna’s Room can be personalised - hang little gifts from each number for a beautiful surprise to unwrap each day. £36, Minna’s Room
This set of 24 plant-based tealights contains gorgeous seasonal scents, including Winter spice, Frankincense, Juniperberry and Siberian Fir. A great idea if you want to light a candle to remember a loved one at Christmas. £25, Marigold Charms
Why not learn the lettering skills to personalised your own advent calendar, at one of Victoria Blum’s Modern Calligraphy workshops? She still has two dates before Christmas. Learn the basics of Modern Calligraphy pen strokes and go away with your own Modern Calligraphy kit - great for Christmas cards, decorations and table names - see website for details