It's Nearly Advent Time!

It has been a very spooky month with a fantastic half-term. But now it's time to think about Christmas. We all have advent calendars to get, cards to send, visits to organise, presents to buy and everything else.

It wouldn't be Christmas without the countdown to the big day. It makes the whole month of December exciting and fun. As a child, opening a door to find a little chocolate would be the highlight of my day. However, advent calendars have really evolved over the years and are now much bigger in scale.

Christmas countdowns with advent calendars are the perfect way to kick start the season, but we've moved on from the days of each day having a small chocolate treat. From luxury chocolates, LEGO, make-up and even socks to gin, jewellery and wine. Let's look at some ideas to help you count the days in December.

Keep It Simple with Chocolate.

The chocolate advent calendars we once had have certainly evolved, haven't they? Let me be the first to admit that I adore a dairy milk advent calendar! I am not too old for one, so MUM, take note!!! I like an advent calendar, regardless of my age!

However, we will keep it simple by doing a chocolate advent calendar, which is traditional and you can always pick up one for less than a pound. It's always so lovely to watch my daughter as she opens those doors to find a little chocolate each morning before school. So we have decided to buy her a KitKat Advent Calendar, which is her favourite chocolate treat.

Perhaps you could have a chocolate filled festive countdown with this amazing Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Advent Calendar which has a mixture of milk chocolate and white chocolate peanut butter cup miniatures behind every door. This Lindor Advent Calendar is a super indulgent classic made with an assortment of smooth-melting LINDOR chocolate that will delight your family and friends this Christmas.

The Train Advent Calendar.

The most adorable Train Advent Calendar is a newest addition to our advent counting down this year. Anyone else spend too much time browsing the Christmas aisles in the range? Complete with 24 draws to fill with goodies from sweets, treats, coins and small toys. The festive train is decorated with adorable, detailed figures such as a snowman and a teddy bear. A classic that can be used year after year, this Advent Train will certainly keep a smile on my daughter's face throughout December.

However, my sister knows how much I love Gonks and bought me fun and festive design to count down the days to Christmas. This Wooden Gonk Advent Calendar. Reading 'Days Until Christmas' with adorable Gonks holding colourful lights, this wooden advent calendar will get both kids and adults excited.

The Book Advent Calendar.

For the past couple of years, we have put together a book advent calendar and it's always a big hit with our little bookworm. Over the month of December, my daughter will unwrap a new Christmas book to read before bed. We have more than enough Christmas books to count down the days until Christmas. It's such a great way to encourage children to read, and I know she will appreciate it for years to come.

The LEGO Advent Calendar.

Due to her love of Harry Potter and the wizarding world, I know she will love this Harry Potter Themed LEGO Advent Calendar. The collection includes a miniature Hogwarts Express train, a buildable fireplace with Christmas decorations, and a Great Hall table with accessories. If your LEGO fans are not Potterheads, there are quite a few different LEGO advent calendars available. As you can imagine, the LEGO advent calendar is always in high demand every year, so get ahead of the game and purchase yours now to avoid disappointment. We ordered it back in September because it was on a special offer. Hence, it arrived in plenty of time.

The Wild and Wonderful Advent Calendars.

How about some wild and wonderful advent calendars? You can choose from beard oils, gin, spices, to chilli sauce, cereals and even wellness. You will find the most wild and wonderful advents out there. Pork scratchings? Yes there is an actual pork scratching advent calendar. This decidedly different advent calendar by The Snaffling Pig includes six different flavour combinations. 

One for the gym goers? Yep, we have you covered. Get Nourished have just released a NEW advent calendar and it's one-of-a-kind. The Nourished Advent Calendar contains a four-week combination of Life Stack blends to help keep you nourished throughout the holidays with the things that your body needs.

These Inner Defence Stacks are for days 1-7 and each stack contains vitamins and nutrients that will assist in protecting your immune system throughout the year. The Higher Flyer Stacks have been carefully selected for days 8-14 to help boost your energy levels and nourish your brain with the high impact active ingredients. The Inner Peace Stacks for days 15-21 includes 7 Nourishments that help soothe the mind and body while you head into 2022. The Party Proofed Stacks are perfect for days 22-28. If you've had a few too many, these delicious stacks will help you feel better, reduce fatigue, and ease migraines. This healthy alternative are the perfect gift for friends or family who are into keeping fit or who want to stay healthy this Christmas.

Luxe Beauty Advent Calendars.

The countdown to Christmas is always exciting, but beauty advent calendars make each morning all the more special. From high street favourites like, Lush, The Body Shop and Lookfantastic to luxe hits such as Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Jo Malone and Liberty London.

As a big fan of GLOSSYBOX, their advent calendars are bursting with gorgeous treats that you can enjoy during December. This year’s version is packed with 25 products (15 of which happen to be full-sized, along with 10 deluxe minis), it contains make-up, skincare and fragrance from some of the industry’s most sought after brands. It comes in a beautiful drawer set, which has been decorated with a pink and gold marble swirl design.

So whether you want to keep it simple with a chocolate advent, create your own, go for a little luxury with a beauty calendar or choose a wild and wonderful advent this year - you will definitely find something that suit you, your tastes and your lifestyle. Just be quick, before they go.

~ Some of the products featured in this post have been kindly gifted to me, but all thou