This article includes advertising for brands however I do only recommend products I genuinely do think would make a great gift. When preparing for Christmas you may be looking to buy advent calendars or other small gifts as well as wrapping paper and decorations. I hope these ideas help you find the perfect advent calendars for all the family and items to help you prepare for a fantastic Christmas.
Be sure then to check out my gift guides for present ideas too!
Have you ever noticed that the Christmas decorations in most high street stores are of white people? I was so excited to discover March Muses who make decorations for all skin colours and also other products that are not as seasonal! they were on Dragons Den and I am not surprised they got funding their products are amazing!
I think it is so important that children grow up seeing everyone as equal and this is a big step in the right direction for that. Whilst they are great to buy for people of colour I also think white people should consider adding them to their decorations too. Check the range of decorations and Christmas cards etc here.
How about a personalised Christmas ornament? This is a lovely hanging ornament from the range at Tabitha’s Touch. This one is £15.45 but there is a huge variety for every family setup and every family size! They also do amazing Christmas eve boxes so pop and check out those too.
Eco-friendly wrapping paper and room spray
If you would like to be more eco-friendly this year then the Curlicue gift wrap selection is perfect. They never use virgin paper to avoid excess deforestation and only use recycled paper that is FSC certified and use no plastic or foils in their papers so they are great for the environment. Even the plastic-type packet the gift tags are in is compostable! Check out the range on the Curlicue website to see if you
If you love the smell of Christmas in your home then why not buy a room spray? This Noel natural room spray from Absolute Aromas is £5-10 depending on the size you choose and would help your Christmas preparations nicely.
Whilst it isn’t quite room spray, investing in a bottle of Poo Pourri is going to help if you have visitors and don’t want the bathroom to smell! This is the latest Christmas scent but there is a range available so get whichever you like.
Outdoor decorations are a great way to prepare for Christmas and they are not always expensive. We recently got these from Lights4fun and can highly recommend them.
They all have a setting to allow them to be on for six hours and then off for 18 hours which I think is absolutely perfect. It saves having to remember to turn them on and off every evening and also saves money on batteries!
Uh Oh Milo, The Excited Elf is a great book in the Uh Oh Milo series perfect for children approximately under the age of 7. The excited elf is aimed at encouraging children to sleep early on Christmas eve as they hear all about an excited elf who is waiting for children to sleep to get busy! The book is £7.99 from Uh Oh Milo
This is a great lift-the-flap board book about Christmas and the reindeer for babies and toddlers. The book is strong with sturdy flaps and is great to help little ones learn the stories of Santa and the reindeer as well as work on their hand-eye coordination. The book is available from Amazon for £6.99.
Children can get so excited for a few days in the run-up to Christmas. This Sleepy Elf Bedtime gift set is a lovely way for them to enjoy a story and relax in the run-up to Christmas. The set includes 5 self-heating eye masks to help them relax, (also encourages them to close their eyes which we all know is key in getting kids to sleep!), a wooden magic wand, and a story called The Lost Wish. It is aimed at children aged 5+ and the set could be good for a family with each child having a mask or two or for one child for 5 nights. The set is £29.45 from Sensory Retreats.
Instead of a Christmas jumper why not buy a Christmas jersey? This is the Liverpool FC Christmas Jersey but there is a huge range including American Football, cricket, darts and many more. This one is £23 but it is also available in sizes from kids aged 1-2 to adults 4xl so something for pretty much everyone!
An Advent with a difference, This Advent book can be used year after year with lift the flaps and a lovely story too. A great buy for children of all ages to count down the 12 days to Christmas! This is just £11.95 from Amazon.
Isn’t the inside of the book adorable?
For a football fan how about a Liverpool football club musical advent calendar? The Liverpool FC advent calendar has a different LFC item and trivia question behind each door which helps you build the scene over December. If you land on a day where you receive a magnetic-based LFC Player behind the door (Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah), you can watch them glide and interact with one another on the magnetic, moving football pitch base, to the anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” A great buy and if you want a sneak peek, check out this video which shows more than any photo could! At £30 this advent calendar is available from Danilo.
For a tea drinker, the Adiago Tea Advent Calendar is perfect. It is available with either loose tea or tea bags whichever you prefer, for the price of £24. Each tea is preportioned and labelled so there is no guessing about what you have! I didn’t want to spoil the surprise and show you them all so here I just showed you one peeking out!
If you want to buy the Adiago Advent or see a spoiler of exactly what is inside check out their website.
For jam lovers, the Bonne Maman Advent calendar might just be what they are looking for. It contains 23 mini jars of jam and two surprises! I don’t want to spoil your surprises and share the flavours of jam but if you want to know it can be found further down the page where you buy it so don’t scroll if you prefer a surprise! This Advent is £25.99 directly from Bonne Maman.
If you are buying for a Roblox fan then I want to share with you the Roblox Advent Calendar. Unlike the other calendars, I felt it was important to share what is inside this one as I feel that as the parts make up a character some parents may prefer to choose if their child would cope with this or not.
The above shows the pieces you receive which are not shown on Amazon and whilst it is alluded to on the packaging I wanted to make it completely clear. The Roblox Advent is £26 from Amazon.
For couples this Advent-ure calendar is great. Each day reveals something you should do together and includes both sexy and romantic challenges. I have only shown you the first one scratched off so as not to spoil your fun below!
If you like the look of this Advent-ure calendar you can buy it from Find me a gift for just £6.99.
The Nivea Advent Calendar for women is a lovely calendar full of treats for your skin from a brand you know and trust. Again I won’t spoil the surprise for you and share what is inside but if you read the description on Amazon it does tell you so if you like a surprise ignore the description! This calendar has an RRP of £40 and is available in many high-street stores and is currently only £30 on Amazon! There is a similar men’s one available which is also £40 but is currently £38.98 on Amazon, so less of a saving!
This Haribo advent is great for Haribo fans. It is £18.99 on Amazon but probably a bit cheaper in a supermarket so worth keeping an eye out. It is full of all the Haribo favourites!
This Oreo Advent calendar is amazing. Behind each door, you will find a selection of 25 milk and white chocolate, coating crunchy mini Oreos, each hand decorated with sugar paste Christmas decorations. Such a cool idea for an Oreo fan I think. It can be bought from Not on The High Street for £22.
Other Advent Calendars I think look amazing!
Here are some other Advent calendars that I haven’t seen or tried out but I think look pretty amazing!
- Minecraft Advent Calendar
- Wax melts advent calendar
- Science tricks advent calendar
- Farm animals advent calendar
- Cath Kidson Advent
- Jo Malone Advent
- Herbs and spices advent calendar
- Hot wheels advent calendar
- Prosecco Advent calendar
- Beer Advent
- Gin Advent
- Candy Kittens advent calendar
- Flower seeds Advent
- Wine Advent – I had this a few years ago!
- Cheese advent calendar
- Movie Marathon advent calendar – ideal for couples or families
- Chilli lovers advent calendar
- Pringles advent calendar
- Fidget spinner advent calendar
- Mindfulness advent calendar
- Mr Men Advent calendar