Welcome to the BG Christmas Gift Guide 2011. Advent is almost upon us which means it’s time to get something to countdown the sleeps until the Big C in style. As always, we’ve come up with a selection of modern advent calendar buys to suit every budget.
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Print-your-own owl advent calendar.Â Loving the cool simplicity of this bearded owl calendar. Print out on some decent card and then cross the days off. Â£3 Little House Shop
Make your own advent calendar craft kit by Button Bag. We love a bit of make and do here at BG and this kit will let you create an heirloom piece to treasure down the years without the heirloom pricetag. Â£17.75 Paperchase. Also try Liberty. Note – yes it is available and cheapest at John Lewis but it doesn’t seem to arrive looking as expected.
Countdowns by Clippy London. Add stickers throughout advent to build your own Trim the Tree or Home Sweet Home decoration. Cuteness! Â£12
Playmobil Advent Calendar Dinosaur Expedition. For the full on play experience that will include all the little toy gifts, this contains fifty different pieces including two explorers, digging tools and a dinosaur egg. Â£17.81 Amazon.
Snowy bird house calendar by Caroline Gardner. Loving the cutie pie birds singing Christmas messages on this paper calendar, Â£4.95, Caroline Gardner. Also try Papergrain for other paper calendars including nativity buys.
Pop up flower advent calendar. Doubling as a greeting card, it hits our Scandi-esque flower sweet spot. The penguin version seems to be sold out online so try in store. Â£3.95
Advent garland. Absolutely love this garland with its 24 knitted and felt pockets. One to treasure through the years. Â£26, Little Baby Company.
Christmas Town advent calendar. Felt and a Japanese illustrator flavour combinedÂ – love it! Â£12 Paperchase.
Pocket advent calendar. Felt simplicity with this envelope garland, Â£8 Habitat
National Gallery advent calendar.Â One for the art lovers, there’s painting detail behind every door. Â£6, National Gallery.
Library cards advent calendar. Designed for traditions to carry through the years, write activities and messages on each card. Â£29.50, The Spotted Sparrow at Not On The High Street.
Wooden train advent calendar. For the train fan, this traditional buy will last down the years and is brilliant for stuffing with little treats. Â£25, Heals.