December always seems to sneak up on us, doesn’t it? One minute it’s August, and we’ve got loads of time to buy gifts, arrange the festive lunch, plan the beach holiday, shop for that fabulous Christmas Day dress… the next it’s the big month, and suddenly it’s a frantic rush to get everything sorted!
Instead of letting December pass you by in a blur of to-do lists, slow down to relish each day with a more mindful countdown to Christmas. Savour what a special time of year it is with a gorgeous advent calendar. A little late in buying yours? Think of it this way – you get to open a few doors, revealing spoils or uplifting messages, in one go!
… FIRST, A QUICK HISTORY
In the 1800s this countdown to Christmas was often simply made by lighting a candle daily, with the first commercial appearance of the tradition – a cardboard calendar with doors to open – only taking shape in the early 1900s.
The Body Shop Deluxe Advent Calendar
WHAT’S IN IT? 25 beauty items, from full-sized iconic Body Shop products to skincare bestsellers, deliciously scented bath products, make-up and more! Plus, a daily note of inspiring trivia celebrating the achievements of brilliant women who dreamed big and made history.
WHY BUY IT? Exciting beauty treasures and uplifting quotes aside, a portion of sale proceeds goes to a great cause – supporting the 18twenty8 organisation’s #NotNext project, which offers training and skills to young women on how to anticipate and avoid gender-based violence.
LINDOR Advent Calendar
WHAT’S IN IT? A surprise selection of milk, dark and white chocolates with a smooth melting filling. Yum!
WHY BUY IT? For a grown-up with a sweet tooth who appreciates fine chocolate, you can’t go wrong with Lindt!
COST? RRSP R169,95 at leading retailers.
Christmas Advent Calendar with 24 Milk Chocolates
WHAT’S IN IT? The name says it all…
WHY BUY IT? Not only is the price rather nice, but as a treat for kids, once all the doors have been opened, they can flip the calendar around to find a colouring-in project.
COST? R49,99 at Woolworths.
Mini Sugarbird & Friends Gin Advent Calendar
WHAT’S IN IT? Behind each of the 8 doors, Sugarbird has left a mini gin bottle from one of SA’s top gin producers, with a little note about them.
WHY BUY IT? A novel spin on the tradition that a gin connoisseur keen on discovering new brands will adore. There’s also a 24-day calendar available for R699,99.
COST? R299,99 at Pick n Pay Liquor stores
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Did you know that we have two sizes of our Sugarbird & Friends Gin Advent Calendar available? If you're keen on a traditional 24 day calendar, then our large one will be perfect for you. If you'd like something a bit smaller, then you can always opt for our 8 day calendar instead. Available exclusively from @picknpay liquor stores for R699.99 and R299.99 respectively. 📸 Picture 1: @zoes_lifestyle_visuals Pictures 2 & 3: @onemodernmom @radzphotography_lifestyle @laurenmccreathinteriors
LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar
WHAT’S IN IT? 24 different LEGO Harry Potter pieces, from character minifigures to accessories… and even a micro Hogwarts Express train!
WHY BUY IT? It’s a gift that keeps on giving, as your kids will be recreating magical scenes from the movie franchise long after December has ended.
Revolution NYE Countdown Calendar
WHAT’S IN IT? 7 Revolution Beauty make-up products, including a highlighter palette, liquid eyeliner and gorgeous lip gloss!
WHY BUY IT? This isn’t a countdown to Christmas, but rather a 7-day countdown to New Year’s after Christmas. That’s one way to keep the festive spirit alive! And a great under-the-tree gift, too.
COST? R499 at Clicks
*Prices and product availability were checked at the time of publishing; prices are subject to change and products shown are only available while stocks last.