Miranda Loves: Advent Calendar Guide

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December is just around the corner, and I’m getting ridiculously excited about getting to open my advent calendars. I’m just a little embarrassed to admit I do have more than one advent calendar (I in fact have, er, 4). I think know I’m probably well past the age when you’re supposed to give up advent calendars, but quite frankly I don’t care! In the hope I’m not the only person still clinging to childish pleasures, I’ve rounded up a selection of my favourite ones.

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Emily Sutton’s advent calendar is a joy to behold. Isn’t it just gorgeous? As you know, I adore Emily Sutton’s artwork and would absolutely love to be able to buy this, but instead I’m thrilled to be able to settle for a much more affordable Christmas scene!

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 16.54.32The Liberty Beauty advent calendar is simply splendid. Unfortunately, the price tag is rather hefty, but imagine the excitement of getting a gorgeous beauty gift everyday! Plus, it does look reusable….

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I love the idea of collecting your own small gifts for the advent calendar of a loved one. I think this Wooden Nordic Tree would be adorable filled with little treasures, or you could get creative and make your own (I am a little sceptical of the loo-roll one though).

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This advent calendar, inspired by the Fortnum & Mason ice-skating rink at Somerset House, is wonderfully festive looking and perfect for ice-skating (or London) fans.

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It goes without saying that a chocolate advent calendar is essential. Not just the pictorial kind for me please – I did go to school in Switzerland after all! Not that I’m prejudiced, but I think Lindt do the nicest ones….

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If you think plain chocolate is a little boring, try Mazet’s advent calendar which includes delicacies such as fruit pastes, nougats and pralines.

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The Ciate mini mani manor is perfect for the nail art lover in your life. The names of the mini nail varnishes are rather delightful – I particularly like the sound of Strawberry Milkshake, Big Yellow Taxi, Unrestricted Glam and Candy Cane.

pattulo Alice Pattullo is another favourite artist of mine, and so I was thrilled to get both her advent calendars (pictured at the top of this post), which have been specially screen printed.

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This advent calendar, which opens each day to reveal a new piece of a farmhouse scene, is perfect for children, not just the young at heart (although I wouldn’t judge if you were tempted to play with it yourself!).

Have you bought your advent calendar already? Which are your favourites?