Christmas Advent calendars have exploded in popularity in recent years. Gone are the days when you could only get a picture behind your December door – today there is everything from kid’s toys and make-up through to chocolates and even mini bottles of gin! Here are 14 of our favourites coming to an online store near you via Give As You Live for charitable fundraising at no cost to you, of course.
1 & 2) LEGO Friends and LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Building Kit
These have grown in number, driven in popularity by the Lego Netflix series. Each one costs from £20 to £25, and you can raise up to 1.5% for your chosen charity when you shop via the Lego store. They are REALLY popular and many are also collectable, so keep an eye out on eBay if you’re struggling to find the one you want nearer the time – raising 0.75% through GAYL in the process.
3) Boots Beauty
The Boots Beauty Calendar is so popular that there’s already a waiting list. It costs £42 but contains No7 products worth £177, and you can get your name down on the Boots website to buy one day early now. Plus, you’ll raise up to 2% for charity when you purchase through Give as you Live.
Priced at £79 this is much more of an indulgent treat, but as it contains products worth over £300 it’s well worth the investment. lookfantastic are currently only taking pre-orders ahead of their launch on 1st October 2018, but as this advent calendar normally sells out, it’s worth getting your name down early if this is the one for you! Shop via Give as you Live and you’ll raise a whopping 5% for your chosen charity.
5) Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar
The countdown to Christmas will be merry, warming and aromatic with this Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar of 25 mini 5cl gin bottles. Enjoy a variety of tastes including clean, fresh and spicy on-the-nose gin. Delighting the palate of gin connoisseurs, hints of juniper, pine, floral, lavender, soft spice and citrus wait behind each calendar window. Head to John Lewis & Partners for this fantastic gin taster’s delight, with tiny bottles of different varieties behind each stylish door. It costs £120, and you’ll raise 1.75% with Give as you Live in the process!
6) Alison Gardiner Holly and Ivy Advent Pillar Candle
Recreate the real magic of Christmas by lighting this beautiful Alison Gardner Holly and Ivy pillar advent candle every day, which costs £8 at John Lewis, raising 1.5% in the process. It has an attractive holly and ivy design, and is also available in a Wise Men design, and in a taper candle. Shop Now at John Lewis & Partners
Alternatively, if you love the idea of a candle but would like a more modern design, this Georg Jensen candle in silver is perfect, and will burn for 4 hours every day. It’s £15 and will also raise you 1.5% for your charity! Shop Now at John Lewis & Partners
7) Cath Kidston Beauty
Raise up to 4.5% when you buy this stylish Cath Kidston advent calendar through Very – it’s filled with beautiful little beauty minis from the British style icon, and the calendar itself is stunning to look at too. It costs £40.
8) Paw Patrol
Raise 1% for charity when you buy your kids their favourite characters in miniature form with this Paw Patrol calendar, which is likely to be a sell-out. It costs £25 and features mini versions of Chase and the crew for younger fans.
9) A Victorian Classic
This beautifully illustrated calendar brings back tradition with a picture behind every door and a beautiful design that will bring a festive feeling to every home. It costs £11.50 from Selfridges and allows you to raise 4% for charity when you click through Give as you Live.
10 & 11) One for the Four-Legged Friends
Celebrate the pampered pet in your life with these Lily’s calendars, which has a treat behind every door. They’re a little bit different and cost £25 from Selfridges as well. Even better, they are a great size to send in the post for a friend or loved one who loves their pet.
12) A Geological Gem
This is one of our favourites. Raising 2.5% for charity with a simple click, the Gemstone Geological Advent Calendar helps kids to explore a passion for geology with a beautiful gemstone and information card for each day of December. It costs £50, can be personalised and is just one of the unique advent calendars that you can buy from individual makers and crafts brands at Not On The High Street:
13) Merry Piggin’ Christmas
IWOOT are taking the pig-out season to the next level with an alternative advent for all you savoury snack lovers out there. Festively filled with 24 magical mini packets of pork crackling in 6 fantastic flavours, we bring to you, The Snaffling Pig Crackling Advent Calendar! Priced at only £14.99, you’ll save £2.51 off the RRP and raise up to 2% for your chosen charity when you shop via Give as you Live.
Any self-respecting tea aficionado will love this selection of fine teas and fruit infusions to enjoy every day of Advent. Flavours include mixed red berry, Moroccan mint, India spiced chai and sencha leaf. Priced at just £20 from John Lewis & Partners, you’ll raise up to 1.5% for your charity.