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Ready for the countdown? The best advent calendars 2013

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I’m a sucker for a good advent calendar, and they seem to get more elaborate and clever each year. These are the best ones I’ve found for 2013 if you want to do the Christmas countdown in style.

The Ginvent and the Craft Advent Calendars by Gin Foundry

UntitledI can’t think of a more pleasant way to start the day. A choice of two Gin calendars – either the original Ginvent featuring 24 gins, ranging from UK, British and juggernaught brand names, or the Craft Calendar, made by artisanal distilleries. Meh, who cares which one, down the hatch!

£99.95 The Ginvent Advent Calendar; £109.95 The Craft Gidvent Advent Calendar

Ciatè Mini Mani Month

UntitledAs someone who can easily go months without paying due care and attention to her nails, this advent calendar could be a winner. The Mini Mani Month gift set from Ciaté offers 4 textured manicure toppers (you know, glitter, sequins etc) , 19 of Ciaté’s best selling mini Paint Pots and a full size varnish, all for less than two official manis.

£42, Ciaté London at

Biscuiteers Advent Calendar

UntitledBiscuits. 24 days to eat them. Don’t be ridiculous. We all know that in Biscuiteer land, Christmas will be arriving on the 7th at the latest!

Selfridge’s Advent Calendar

UntitledI love every single itty bitty thing about Selfridges, and that includes this brilliant advent calendar, rammed with 24 luxe beauty treat from the world’s biggest beauty brands including Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent and Kiehl’s. Costs a bonkers amount of money but would be loads of fun for a small business.

£84 Selfridges at

Lego City and Star Wars Lego Advent Calendars

UntitledI think these are great value, because at least your kids can keep and play with them for years to come. Lego City features minifigures, including a police officer, robber, and astronaut, while Star Wars offers six minifigures and three droids, and vehicles including
Dooku’s Solar Sailer, Coruscant Freighter and AT-TE. No I’ve never heard of them either.  Ask your kids!

Lego City: £19.99 Lego at Shop; Star Wars Lego: £24.99 at Shop

Topshop Freedom Jewellery Advent Calendar

UntitledTeenage alert… A god way to get your ungrateful, spotty, self-indulgent children (sorry, is it just mine?) to truly appreciate your love, care and all-round brilliance. This TopShop-tastic advent calendar, features 12 pairs of stud earrings, 4 ditsy fine bracelets and 8 necklaces, all for £28.99. Bargain.

£28.99, Topshop at

Bon Bon Buddies Doctor Who Advent Calendar

Untitled One Doctor Who advent calendar, and whole load of Daleks. We will exterminate the  chocolates! We will exterminate the chocolates!

£6.99 at

Prestat Chocolate Advent Calendar

UntitledOne of London’s oldest chocolate shops, and previous holder of two Royal Warrants,  Prestat choccies are of course super luxe and entirely utterly gobbletastically divine if you don’t mind spending £30 on 24 bijou sweets.

£30 Prestat at

Benefit Countdown to love

One for the girls. A charm necklace, bracelet, and a whole load of Benefit beauty goodies just in time for the Christmas parties. Raid the doors NOWWWWW!

£50 Benefit at

Jacquie Lawson – Edwardian Advent Calendar

UntitledAh, I love Jacquie Lawson online advent calendars – they’re really fab fun for kids who love clicking through to the lovely animations each day. This year is an Edwardian country house scene, full of elaborate Christmas preparations, and games exploring magnificent library, garden and house. Great value at £2.50.

£2.50. Jacque Lawson at Jacquelawson.come

Bodleian’s J.R.R. Tolkien Advent Calendar Card

UntitledI love this inventive card from Oxford’s Bodleian’s Library – 24 delightful drawings by JRR Tolkien, selected from a series of letters and pictures sent to his children between 1920 and 1943 in response to three-year-old John asking what Father Christmas was like and where he lived. A gorgeous idea.

£4.50 Bodleian Library Shop at Bodleian Shop

Fortnum & Mason 3D pop-up wooden advent calendar

Untitled£95 for an advent calendar? But of course! Your hard-earned money get a wooden model of Fortnum & Mason filled with your favourite sweets and choclates, and the ability to buy a refill for a mere £45. One for the tourists.




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