Count down in style

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Count down in style
1In the Woods Fabric Advent Calendar by Fabelab from Smallable

The start of Advent is fast approaching and if you’re yet to choose your calendar then we have a round-up of the most stylish choices available on the market. Not satisfied with a cardboard tray full of bite-size chocolates? Now there are far more creative options and are designed to decorate your home too. Calendars come in a variety of materials from fabrics hanging varieties to wooden designs with pull-out drawers.  Designers and retailers have also found clever ways for the calendar to give tiny gifts each day instead of/ or as well as chocolate – like this cute fabric calendar in the feature shot above from Fabelab where each opened pocket becomes a little character part of a story.  The fabric pockets of the following choices can be filled with chocolate or perhaps get even more creative and pop in a treasure hunt clue or a miniature gift.

M&s fabric stag advent calendar
House Doctor calendar from Tea and Kate
Land of Nod Merry Mod calendar
In the woods Christmas calendar
Donna Wilson calendar for Land of Nod
Wee Gallery advent calendar

These cardboard varieties offer a cost-effective alternative but without a compromise in the style stakes.  We spotted this classic design at Anthropologie featuring a nostalgic scene by New York-based artist Emily Isabella.  These cardboard boxes from Cox and Cox can be stacked in any formation and come with an extra large box for Christmas Eve.  We couldn’t resist these easy to build pockets from Smallable with forest animal print – hang them from the wall in an arrangement of your choice.

Anthropologie calendar by Emily Isabella
Cox and cox advent boxes
Smallable forest animal advent calendar

Wooden options are generally more pricey but will last for years.  Meri Meri has created this it set of woodland animals made from natural wood which some with a little bag for when the time comes to pack them away again into the loft for the following year.

Meri Meri Woodland Advent Calendar
Next wooden advent calendar
Wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

An advent calendar round-up wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the recent trend for ‘luxury’ calendars.  On one hand, they are overly indulgent but on the other, they offer fantastic value for money.  I’ve selected three of my favourites.  It’s no surprise that the most stylish boxes are beauty calendars and this folk-inspired print full of wine is from, wait for it…..Aldi!

Asos beauty calendar
Amazon beauty calendar
Aldi wine calendar

So how are you celebrating advent?  Buying new or do you have something to pull out of storage?   We’d love to hear!

 

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