Not everyone is a chocoholic and although we (and the littlies) also adore the Lego and Playmobil advent calendars, we’re loving these inspiring buys and makes.
Brigitte vintage animal illustrations advent calendar. Super-cute idea from a German blog, using vintage illustrations of animals – would make great tree decs after you’ve opened the pressies.
DIY advent pack, Â£3.95, Lapin and Me. Great budget pack of stickers and tape to decorate your own envelopes or parcels of goodies.
Graphic advent calendar, Â£12, Lollipop Designs. Trust Lollipop to give us an ultra-modern typographic design – cover the numbers with stickers daily to create a cool piece of artwork. Available in two colourways.
Mini Makes Activity Advent Calendar, Â£12.99, Hello Henry. Why do chocolate when you can do crafts? Keep the kids entertained with an activity a day in the run-up to Christmas.
Poppytalk Advent in a Jar. Download a template and glue message tags to brightly coloured pom poms, tear off the tags each day and make a garland for your Christmas tree.
Handmade customisable advent calendar, Â£9.95, Snork. Write your own activities and actions behind the windows – decorate the tree, go ice skating, sing carols – or just use as a reminder of all the things to do!
Fabric advent calendar, Â£25, Spann & Willis. Just tie your treats onto this vintage-inspired fabric countdown calendar.
Instant Papiers advent boxes. There’s just something so appealing about monochrome patterns – love the different-sized boxes for a variety of gifts.
Maileg fabric advent calendar, Â£72, Sisters Guild. Expensive, yes, but a beautiful heirloom piece that you can put out year after year.
Morning Creativity toilet paper roll advent calendar. How cool does this look? So simple, but surprisingly stylish.
Nutcracker jewellery box advent calendar, Â£18, Oliver Bonas. You’ll have to move fast on this one as it’s sold out in two stockists already. Open a charm every day and you’ll have a beautiful bracelet by Christmas Eve.
Ruffled Sunshine library pocket advent calendar. This really appeals to a bibliophile like me – a great way to express your creativity, making each pocket as quirky and different as possible.