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….


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.


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….


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


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.


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?