A present a day keeps the Bah Humbug at bay!

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, a partridge in a pear tree.  Really? We don’t know about you, but there are many things we’d rather find behind the doors of our advent calendar this year than birds and bushes. To give you plenty of ideas beyond the supermarket chocolate calendar options, here are a few quirky and clever ideas to make your Christmas countdown much more fun!

For the little man (or lady!) in your life, Lego is the gift that keeps on giving. Build the advent calendar, complete with 24 gifts including mini dolls, special characters and pets, then use the pieces all year round to create hundreds of new creations.

For those who prefer their creations to be with words and pictures, the Smiggle advent calendar houses 24 stationery treats. With everything you need for the desk and for creativity that will continue well into the new year, this clever countdown is great for older children.

Not every advent calendar needs to have a surprise behind the door. Why not create your own calendar with an activity to enjoy as a family for each day in the lead up to Christmas? Bake cookies, write cards, put up the tree – your activity list is as creative as your imagination! How about looking at Christmas lights in your neighbourhood or watching a Christmas themed film together?! Click here for some great presentation ideas!

For those in need of a laugh, Bookworld proudly presents the Dave Walker advent calendar. A laugh a day keeps the doctor away, and will help lighten your spirit during the stressful Christmas period. Filled with humour relevant to the season, this advent calendar will have you chuckling like Santa until December 24.

Grown up girls will love the Benefit Cosmetics advent calendar.
Beauty gifts include the tried and tested cult products, to the latest and most delicious ways to pamper your skin. It will feel like every day is Christmas with surprises like these to look forward to!

If you need something with a little kick to get you through the festive season, it’s a genius idea to try a new craft beer everyday in the lead up to Christmas. Simply purchase 24 bottles of local, international and craft beer, and sample suds from around the world everyday for the month. Switch with spirit samplers and create clever cocktails if beer is not to your liking.

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