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Why should kids have all the fun? These days there are loads of great adult advent calendars to choose from, so everyone can enjoy counting down the days to Christmas.
Looking for kids advent calendars including the highly sought after Haribo advent calendar? Click here.
The Yankee Candle advent calendars are always very popular and sell out fast and no wonder – who doesn’t want to have their house smelling gorgeous at christmas time? This limited edition party pavilion gift set contains 20 tea light candles and 4 votive candles so you can light one each day all the way up until Xmas eve. Special seasonal scents include Christmas memories, winter glow, Christmas cookie, snowflake cookie, bundle up, all is bright, festive cocktail, macaron treats, star anise & orange.
The Benefit advent calendars always sell out fast and they’re great value when you look at the total cost of the items inside. The theme for the calendar this year is Girl O’Clock Rock and the calendar even plays music! Benefit goodies inside include mini versions of POREfessional, They’re real! mascara, Benetint, posietint, it’s potent! eye cream, lollibalm, hoola, dandelion, BADgal lash, high beam and lollitint.
Tea Advent Calendar
This gorgeous luxury tea advent calendar contains 24 gifts for tea lovers behind each door including luxury tea bags (flavours include Christmas cake, gingerbread chai, snowball, jelly & icecream and strawberry lemonade), mini matcha pots, candles with tea scents, chocolates and a pin badge. It’s the perfect gift for any tea lover. Get it from Not On The High Street.
For me, After Eights are synonymous with Christmas! If you feel the same way, you’ll love this 3D advent calendar shaped like Big Ben and filled with After Eight Chocolates in different shapes.
Now we’re talking! If you want to “wine down to Christmas”, you’ll be thrilled with this very adult advent calender that contains 24 mini bottles of wine, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
A luxury beauty advent calendar with 25 treats for your skin every day until Christmas day. The contents include cleansing milk, moisturisers, serums, BB cream, shower gel and more to ensure you have the most beautiful skin by Christmas day!
Chocolate Sprouts Advent Calendar
I did wonder for a while whether this would be better listed with the kids advent calendars but my kids would turn their noses up at green chocolate so they would be totally wasted on them! Each door contains a delicious handmade chocolate that looks remarkably like a brussel sprout! Available from Not On The High Street.
A modern fun and bright advent calendar from Mad Beauty, filled with 24 beauty treats including nail varnishes, eye shadows, blusher, applicators, nail file and nail stickers.
The Bomb Cosmetics advent calendar is one of the bestselling beauty advent calendars year after year. Each door contains a mini soap or bath bomb, fragranced with natural essential oils.
If you’re a coffee addict like me, you’ll be as thrilled at the idea of this coffee advent calendar as I am! 24 different artisan-roasted coffees to try every day up until Christmas day. Get it from Not On The Highstreet.
Is there a gin lover in your household? This fun “ginvent calendar” from Drinks by the Dram allows you to count down the days to Christmas by tasting 24 different gins from England, Scotland and Europe
This limited edition beauty calendar from House of Fraser not only looks gorgeous but it also contains 24 ‘colour couture’ beauty treats including lipsticks, eye liner, glitter, nail varnish, mascara, nail stickers and brushes.
Seed Advent Calendar
This beautiful advent calendar makes a wonderful gift for any gardener. It’s also great for those people who hate the long days of winter, with 24 packets of wildflower seeds to look forward to planting in the spring. Set includes 24 printed envelopes, a length of red and white striped bakers twine and mini clothes pegs for hanging. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Do you have a friend who loves painting their nails different colours? They’ll love this advent calendar containing 24 mini nail varnishes for each day of the advent period.
Another lovely beauty calendar that makes a great gift or is perfect for giving yourself a little treat every day in December. A purse compact is included along with 23 cosmetic items including eyeshadows, lipsticks, eye pencils, nail polish and more.
This is a new and cheaper beer advent calendar for 2016 that’s great value. Beers are from regional German breweries. This item ships from Germany so order now to ensure it arrives before the 1st of December!
Ok, this must take the prize for the most hipster advent calendar ever! Perfect for the bearded husband, boyfriend, father or son in your life, this calendar contains 24 different scents of luxury beard oil including black coffee, fresh cut grass, mahogany, rain forest, leather and walk in the woods.
Drinks By The Dram make some fantastic advent calendars for adults and this one is ideal for Whiskey lovers. It contains 24 miniature bottles of Whiskeys from all over the world including single grains and rare single malts. The most expensive whiskey included costs £600 if you buy the full size bottle!
This beautiful advent calendar contains a selection of vintage toiletries in individual numbered bags such as body scrub, body butter, body mist, bubble bath, hand cream, bath fizzer and more. Makes a lovely gift.
Pork Scratchings Advent Calendar
This is probably the weirdest advent calendar that I’ve featured this year and yet I know at least a few people who would really appreciate receiving it! If you or a friend are into crispy pork snacks, you’ll definitely want to grab one of these giant A3 advent calendars with a packet of pork scratchings (in 6 different flavours) behind every door. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Warpaint cosmetics advent calendar including fun nail polishes, glitters, lip glosses, eye shadows, foundation and mascara. A great gift for teenagers and women who love makeup!
Wooden LED Advent Calendar
This gorgeous wooden advent calendar would be perfect for either adults or kids and can really act as a centerpiece in your Christmas decorations as well as adding a little fun to each day. Available from Not On The High Street.
Opening an advent calendar door each morning must be one of the best things about December. But advent calendars have come a long way since the cardboard-like chocolates that I remember from my childhood. There are now loads of non chocolate advent calendars available to suit any taste – whether your passion is Haribo or Playmobil.
So browse though our selection of advent calendars for this year and remember to get your orders in soon – the popular ones sell out fast!
Haribo Advent Calendar 2016
The Haribo advent calendar is a perennial favourite and here’s the version for 2016. Each door contains one of 16 varieties of chewy jelly sweets including cola bottles, gummy bears, maom and several special edition seasonal sweets such as Christmas minis, winterland minis and gummy gingerbread mean
Kinder Egg Advent Calendar
Ok it’s still chocolate but there are sure to be no complaints when it’s as yummy as Kinder chocolate! This egg shaped calendar, imported from Europe, contains 11 kinder eggs and a selection of other chocolates and toys for each day.
This Hot Wheels advent calendar would definitely be my little boy’s favourite and I’m sure there are lots of other kids who’d agree with him! The windows include 8 Hot Wheels cars and 16 accessories
Mega Bloks Advent Calendar – Minions
This fantastic Mega Bloks advent calendar contains 221 pieces and each window includes a buildable toy with a festive theme. There’s a Christmas tree, fireplace, sledge, reindeer, gingerbread man and minon characters with festive outfits. Kids are sure to love this high quality toy advent calendar
Every kid loves play doh and this is a great alternative advent calendar if you prefer not to hand out chocolate or sweets every day. The doors include a different mould or stamper every day and there are also five tubs of play doh and a play mat included.
Thomas and Friends Advent Calendar
This is one of the must-have advent calendars this year. It’s not inexpensive but if you factor it into your Christmas present budget, you’re going to have one happy kid this year! In fact, as the Thomas & Friends minis retail at around £6 each, the advent calendar containing 24 of them is actually an amazing deal.
Lego make some great toy advent calendars and this is one of the most popular ones. Each of the 24 doors contains a lego figure, vehicle or building with a festive theme (Santa with his sleigh and a Christmas tree are included!)
Do you have any Paw Patrol fans in your house? I know I do (two of them)! If so, they’ll love this Paw Patrol advent calendar with 24 surprise crafty Paw Patrol gifts including crayons, coloured pencils, marker pens, stamps, erasers, a sharpener, glue, an inkpad, stencils, envelopes, a notepad and stickers.
Baby Advent Calendar by Vtech
If you’re looking for an advent calendar for the youngest member of your family, both of you will love this Vtech Baby To0t-Toot Drivers advent calendar. The gifts are fun festive baby toys such as a reindeer, sleigh, snowman and penguin and there’s also a toot-toot drivers truck that plays Christmas music and festive sound effects and the box folds down to creat a road. The truck is compatible with other Toot-Toot drivers sets and responds to SmartPoint locations.
Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar with Santa Playset
Playmobil is my kids current obsession and I’m quite fond of it too! The great thing about Playmobil is that all the sets are interchangeable and it’s something that can be collected to and added to over the years. The pieces are great quality and pretty indestructible and you’ll never be stuck for ideas for birthday and Christmas presents again! This calendar includes 72 Playmobil pieces including farm animals, vehicles and Santa with his angel.
Barbie Advent Calendar
If you’ve got a little girl who loves all things Barbie, she’ll love this advent calendar containing 24 gifts and accessories for her Barbie dolls such as shoes, purses, jewellery, a hair dryer and camera.
Retro Sweets Advent Calendar
I was very tempted to include this one in the list of adult advent calendars because I know plenty of grown-ups (myself included!) who would love this calendar. the set includes 24 striped paper bags, stickers, raffia for tying and mini clothes pegs, along with an amazing selection of retro sweets to fill it with. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar
Lego friends sets are really popular at the moment, my daughter loves them (and we may have one or two lined up as a Christmas present for her!) This advent calendar contains lego friends figures, musical instruments, a fireplace, a pet hamster and other goodies. You can also visit the Lego Friends official website every Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas Eve to get new instructions to build something with all the pieces you have collected from your calendar that week.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent Calendar
This fun Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mega Bloks advent calendar includes buildable figures, accessories and toys (and pizza of course!) 4 bandanas are included to make the turtle figure look like any of the Ninja Turtles.
Playmobil Snowy Park Ice Skating Advent Calendar
I love the playmobil sets because they’re so detailed and the advent calendars are just the same. This one contains Royal family figures out for an ice skate with all sorts of woodland creatures and other accessories like a sled and a birdhouse. There’s also a bonus wearable bracelet hidden behind one of the doors as an extra suprise
Schleich figures are always detailed and amazing quality. If you have a little one at home who’s obsessed with dinosaurs, this advent calendar containing dinosaur and skeleton figures, an egg, plants and other figures, is both fun and educational.
Baby’s First Advent Calendar Keepsake
Ok let’s face it, this advent calendar is more for the parents than the baby but it makes a lovely way to remember baby’s first Christmas to look back on in the years to come. This beautifully illustrated calendar has spaces for each day to record baby’s milestones, memories and special occasions in the run up to Christmas. Get it from Not On The High Street.
WOW Toys Countdown Calendar
This calendar is intended to be used as a countdown to any special day, not just Christmas and it only has 10 days, not the usual 24. However it makes a great advent calendar for toddlers and younger children. Each door contains a good quality toy with a space theme. They can be played with separately or together (some of them fit together)
Cool Cosmetics Advent Calendar for Tweens and Teenagers
This is another great advent calendar for queens. There are quite a few cosmetic advent calendars aimed at adults but this is the first one I’ve seen for younger girls. suprises inside the doors include eye shadows, lip glosses, nail varnishes, nail stickers and body glitters.
Hello Kitty Advent Calendar
This house-shaped advent calendar contains 6 mini figurines of Hello Kitty and her friends and 18 gifts and accessories such as furniture and a Christmas tree. Once all the doors are open, you can open up the box to reveal a floor plan and create a Hello Kitty playset.
Scratch off Advent Calendar Poster
All kids seem to love scratch cards and so any child is sure to be delighted with this large advent calendar poster which includes 24 foil squares that can be scratched off with a coin to reveal fun Christmas characters. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Advent Calendar
This Jelly Belly advent calendar is perfect for those who like their advent calendar treats to be edible, but don’t like chocolate. The calendar contains 24 packets of jelly beans in different flavours.
Disney Frozen Advent Calendar
Frozen continues to be popular and this Frozen advent calendar containing makeup and accessories is sure to be loved by any little girl. Treats behind the door include eyeshadows, lip glosses, nail varnishes, hair clips and more
Melissa and Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar
Sometimes younger kids don’t really understand the concept of advent calendars and want all the chocolate and toys at once. This is a great alternative for toddlers to get involved and excited about Christmas by adding one of the magnetic ornaments to the wooden tree each day. Like all Melissa & Doug toys, it’s great quality and can be re-used year after year.
Playmobil Advent Calendar Unicorn Fairyland
This gorgeous advent calendar comes with a cardboard forest scene and you get a new fairy figure, woodland creature or accessory to go with it every day. Lovely for little girls and can be used to expand the fairy playmobil sets.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2016
This is the new version of the Lego Star Wars advent calendar for 2016 and as always is great quality and highly collectible. These advent calendars sell for huge amounts of money on ebay once you can’t buy them online so it’s worth buying an extra to keep! The calendar includes 8 minifigures, a battle droid and various Star Wars vehicles.
Eric Carle’s Popup Advent Calendar
A beautifully illustrated advent calendar that makes a great alternative to chocolate for young children. Each day you open a box and get a cut-out decoration to hang on the tree. After Christmas it can be flattened and used again next year.
Playmobil Santa’s workshop Advent Calendar
Yes there have been a lot of Playmobil advent calendars featured in this list (and there are a lot more, click here to see them all!) but it really wouldn’t be complete without the most Christmassy one of all: Santa’s workshop. Gifts behind the door each day includes figures of Santa, an angel and two elves, a reindeer, a sleigh, and lots of presents to fill it with.
Balloon Advent Calendar
This fun advent calendar is great for kids of all ages and really makes each day in the run-up to Christmas go with a bang! The set contains the reindeer garland, a balloon pump and 24 red balloons, each pre-stuffed with a Christmas Chocolate. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Wooden Advent House
A great alternative to traditional advent calendars is buying a sturdy wooden advent calendar like this and filling it with small gifts or toys of your choice. The drawers are big enough to fit a lego figure or other small toy and can be used year after year.
What Christmas Eve traditions do you have in your family? Putting out a mince pie and a glass of milk (or sherry!) for Santa and a carrot for the reindeer is a common one.
Many parents have also made the discovery that the excitement of Christmas Eve can be somewhat curbed (enough to get the kids to sleep) if they allow them to open one present before they go to bed.
This has evolved into the tradition of giving Christmas Eve boxes to kids on the night before Xmas – a box containing treats such as Christmas pyjamas (so they’ll look great in the xmas morning photos!), cosy socks or slippers, hot chocolate, a Christmas DVD to keep them busy while you’re wrapping presents and preparing food, and other small gifts to help them wind down before the big day.
Adults can also appreciate getting a Christmas eve box that has been thoughtfully put together with some pampering gifts inside – maybe a bottle of wine and some luxurious bath goodies? 🙂 You could also do one big family Christmas Eve box with goodies inside for the whole family
You can use any cardboard box but a nice quality wooden box like this personalised children’s Christmas Eve box can be put away and brought out every year and it makes the tradition that little bit more special. As well as being engraved with your child’s name you can also choose up to four different symbols depending on your child’s interests including snowflake, Santa, Rudolf, penguin, lego, dinosaur, teddy and more. You can also add a secret special message engraving on the bottom of the box. Available from Not On The High Street.
Of course the goodies don’t have to go in a box – a bag works just as well and is cheaper if you’re on a tight budget. These personalised Christmas Eve bags are lovely, big enough to hold plenty of treats, and can be hung up on a door handle like a stocking. Order with your child’s name from Not On The High Street.
If you’re short on time you can get a box that’s already been put together like this Christmas Eve kit that contains reindeer food, Santa’s magic key, Christmas badges, and “Hellos Santa” postcards for the kids to draw on or write a letter to Santa. Get it from Not On The High Street.
A new pair of pyjamas are a must for any Christmas Eve box! Getting changed into pyjamas is a good way of getting your kids to start winding down for their bedtime routine and they’ll look great for photos on Christmas morning! There are so many lovely Xmas pyjamas available this year – I like these unisex striped pyjamas.
This gorgeous olive-wood board provides the perfect setting to put out treats for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. It can be personalised with the name of your child and their are places etched in the wood for a Christmas cookie or gingerbread man, a carrot for Rudolph and a drink for Santa (alcoholic or non-alcoholic as per your preference!). It really is a beautiful piece that you will enjoy using for this Christmas tradition year after year. Available from Not On The High Street.
This sparkly reindeer food comes in a lovely cotton bag and is safe for birds or kids if it gets accidentally eaten! Sprinkle it on the ground outside and it will shimmer and sparkle so the reindeer can see their way to your house. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Christmas Eve Activities Pack
A Christmas-themed activity book, colouring book or puzzles are great ways to keep your kids busy on Christmas Eve so you can get on with preparing for the big day without interruptions. This kit includes colouring pictures, crayons, stickers, fun signs to stick up, glass decorations, carrot wraps and a mince pie coaster, colour-in paper chains and glitter. Available from Not On The High Street.
This cute little play food set includes a mince pie, a carrot and a note for Santa so your kids can play Christmas whenever they like (I know mine are still playing Halloween!) It makes a lovely stocking filler or Christmas Eve box gift. Available from Not On The High Street.
A Christmassy picture book is always a lovely thing to include in a Xmas Eve box and this personalised When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney book is extra special as your child’s name will appear throughout the book alongside lovely illustrations and an amusing rhyming tale about Santa. Order it from Not On The High Street.
Hot Chocolate is a must on Christmas Eve! You could just include a sachet of drinking chocolate or to make it extra special, a gift mug like this festive red one that includes hot chocolate and marshmallows is lovely.
Most modern houses don’t have chimneys and many children are concerned that Santa won’t be able to get into their house without one! This is where Santa’s magic key comes in – Santa can use this special key only on Xmas Eve with magic from the North Pole to deliver your presents! This lovely big vintage-style key has a card with instructions for use attached with a gingham ribbon. Order from Not On The High Street.
A new cuddle toy to snuggle up to on Christmas Eve makes a lovely inclusion in your box. I’m particularly fond of this super-soft Raymond Brigs Snowman soft toy, especially if you’re including the Snowman DVD above or the book 🙂
A nice warm bath is a great way to relax your kids before they go to bed on Christmas Eve. They will love this snowman bath bomb that fizzes and turns the bath water white, filling it with a Christmassy scent.
Sometimes a novelty Christmas jumper just doesn’t make enough of an impression. If you really want to make a splash at your Christmas party this year or raise a few laughs from your colleagues at work, try one of these crazy Christmas hats to kick your festive celebrations off with a bang:
This elegant and unusual Christmas hat looks great when worn with a 50s style dress and is perfect for Christmas parties, weddings, or other festive occasions. It’s handmade from wool felt and can be ordered from Not On The High Street.
Here’s another Christmas turkey hat that is perfect for an easy Christmas costume or for greeting guests at a Christmas party. Also great for Thanksgiving if you celebrate it! A great alternative to your standard Santa hat.
This top hat is shaped like a chimney and has Santa’s legs sticking out of it. Great hat for a Christmas-themed Mad Hatter costume, for wearing to Christmas parties, or to make your friends and family giggle on Christmas day.
Like many people, I love snow globes and have done since I was a child. There’s something really magical about that little scene inside a bubble and how you can shake it up and watch the snow or glitter settle softly down again.
They make great christmas presents for kids and adults and there are some really unique snow globes around these days, which will make for a really memorable gift.
This snow globe with a little red riding hood walking in the snow has a retro, vintage feel about it. It’s a beautiful fairytale accessory that will be loved by kids and adults alike. Available from Not On The High Street.
White and Silver Deer Snow Globe
This beautiful snow globe has a silver base with vintage motif and a white deer inside a glass globe. The snow and glitter inside creates a gorgeous Christmas scene when shaken. Available from Not On The High Street.
The amazingly realistic winter scene inside this snow globe will make it look as if you’ve captured a miniature winter world inside a bubble. Inside are white snowflakes and the base is engraved with a poem: “winter solitude in a world of one color the sound of wind – basho”
Petitcollin is a French doll manufacturer that was founded in 1860 and the snow globes it produces are highly collectible. This one includes a doll and swan with a photographic doll backdrop. Ideal for doll collectors or kitsch lovers.
This is a really fun and quirky snow globe for Christmas! Great for kids or as a Xmas decoration. Get it from Not On The High Street.
This contemporary snow globe in all white will look great in modern, minimalist homes. Available from Not On The High Street.
This may look like a traditional snow globe at first glance but the robin inside is actually made from chocolate! Even the glitter snow inside is edible. You can hang it on your Christmas tree because it’s too cute to eat! Get it from Not On The High Street.
These cute My Little Pony snow globes are great for kids (my daughter would love one!) or lovers of kitsch and retro home decor items. You can also add your own photo to the background. Choose from Rainbow Dash or Pinkie pie. Available from Not On The High Street.
This is the perfect snow globe for little girls complete with a princess with pink crown and purple dress and a unicorn with pink wings and mane. The glittery snow inside is also pink. It comes boxed and in a gift bag and makes a lovely Christmas present for a child.
This cute little deer snowglobe will be loved by children and adults alike. It makes for a beautiful Christmas decoration or a lovely Stocking filler. Get it from Not On The High Street.
This is a great snow globe for art lovers with a representation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night inside, set on a black resin square base. The snow inside is made up from iridescent versions of the same colours used in the artwork.
If festive santas and cute winter animals aren’t really your thing, how about a cute pink flamingo? This quirky alternative snow globe is great for those who like things that are a little different from the norm. Available from Not On The High Street.
Who can resist a cute little garden gnome?! This snow globe is filled with green glitter and makes a great gift for a child or a gnome-loving adult. Order from Not On The High Street.
This gorgeous night light is also a snow globe with a choice of characters inside – either a little girl with flowers or a girl in a bunny costume with a white fox. The snow inside swirls round by itself when the light is on and is wonderfully relaxing to watch. The light also changes colours and softly fades between them. Get this wonderful snow globe light from Not On The High Street.
We’ve all got one of those friends who likes gin just a little bit too much so it shouldn’t be too hard to think of some recipients for these fun gin themed gifts.
Gin has become one of the trendiest spirits around in the last few years and spawned a whole culture of speciality gins and items printed with amusing gin slogans. They all make great Christmas presents so here is just a small selection of the best to help you with shopping for your gin-loving friends this year!
Hands up if you’ve uttered that phrase at least once at some point in the last year! This canvas tote bag makes for an amusing present to give to a friend, perhaps the morning after a Christmas night out with some hangover recovery supplies inside? Get it from Not On The High Street.
This mug makes a great Christmas gift for any gin lover and comes in a choice of pink, light blue, black, or copper, of you can buy the whole set of four. Get it from Not On The High Street.
These luxury bone china mugs look like they’re plain white but when you lift them to drink, the neon decal on the base is revealed – sure to get a laugh out of work colleagues. Order from Not On The High Street.
The ultimate gift for gin lovers! This luxurious gin liqueur with real silver sparkles is probably the most unique drink you’ll enjoy all year. Made from real unicorn tears! (not really). Get it from Firebox if you’re lucky – it’s selling out fast.
For those who’ve already tried all the speciality gins and are getting more adventurous, or who have already tried making sloe gin and want to take things to the next level, this gin infusion kit makes a fun gift. The kit includes a mason jar, muslin cloth and funnel, 3 serving bottles with labels and recipe booklet and accompanying app with 35 recipes.
These ice cubes of the Titantic and iceberg are sure to raise a few smiles at your next cocktail party. Makes a great gift for any Gin & Tonic lover. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Christmas Pudding gin?! Whatever will they think of next! This limited edition gin infused with real Christmas Pudding is produced in a microdistillery in London and each bottle is numbered. Perfect for Christmas gifts or cocktails.
This set contains 5 x 3cl bottles of different gins from all over the world including Kosovo, The Netherlands, Italy, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. All the gins are a basic infusion with juniper, allowing you to taste the difference between the berries of different origin.
Every gin aficionado knows what makes the drink special is the botanicals infused within the spirit. This kit includes everything you need to sow, grow and mix delicious home-grown gin cocktails including 2 ready-to-use cocktail infusion bags (while you wait for your plants to grow) with flavours of raspberry & rose petal and earl grey & blue flower; and seeds to grow cucumber, rosemary, basil and thyme.
This long-burn soy wax candle is infused with subtle hints of English Juniper and Tuscan lemon for the perfect gin and tonic combination. It comes in an artisan glass candle holder made out of a wine bottle. Other scents are also available, including prosecco! Available from Not On The High Street.
Using mugs and teacups as receptacles for drinking gin has been popular for quite some time but this is the first time I’ve seen a gin teapot! Great for serving gin cocktails at a party or use it for tea and get some smiles from your guests. Available from Not On The High Street.
You know there’s something special about this gin just from looking at it. Infused in a copper pot with juniper, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves and cardamon, it has a clean fresh flavour that has won awards. Makes a great gift for anyone who likes trying different gins and the unique Victorian apothecary style bottle will look great on display.
There are so many funny gin-themed mugs out there but I think this must be one of the most beautiful. Choose from grey and pink, pink and teal, or navy and teal for the writing and the inside of the mug is lined with gold. Available from Not On The High Street.
This cute print is sure to be appreciated by your gin-loving friends. It comes either framed or unframed and can be personalised with the recipients name. Get it from Not On The High Street.
This amusing and attractive timepiece can be customised so the “gin” is printed at an hour of your choice. Made from solid oak veneer with laser-etched print. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Possibly the best gin in the world, Hendrick’s Gin is flavoured with flowers, roots and seeds and infused with rose petals and cucumber. It’s created in small batches in a Scottish distillery and tastes great drunk from a glass or teacup.
This beautifully pink liqueur is made from gin infused with spring rhubarb, oriental ginger and lemon zest. It can be drunk neat over ice, with tonic water or mixed as a cocktail. It tastes like liquid rhubarb and custard sweets with a hit of ginger!
This sweet and funny personalised print will look good in any home. It’s available in a variety of colours from Not On The High Street.
Giving the perfect Christmas gifts is not just about what’s inside the box – how your presents look under the tree is also an important part of Christmas and part of the enjoyment of receiving gifts comes from opening them.
A beautifully wrapped gift is a joy to look at and can really add to the beauty of your xmas decorations when placed under the tree. Traditional wrapping paper is great but if you’d like to choose something a little unusual and special so that your presents stand out under the tree, try some of these ideas:
This is the ideal wrapping paper for artsy types and you don’t have to bother with gift tags as you can write the name and message directly onto the paper! The set comes with rustic twine and optional chalk or white paint pen and wooden star tags. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Personally I think the vegetables are the best part of Christmas dinner but not everybody feels that way! This quirky Christmas wrapping paper also has accompanying gift tags that read “I didn’t tip the vegetables off my plate, honest.” Available from Not On The High Street.
This wrapping paper with beautiful watercolour illustrations of a cat with angel wings and wand is not only great for cat lovers but it’s also printed on recycled paper with inks based on vegetable oil. Available from Not On The High Street.
Who can resist a sweet little bear in a Santa hat? This light blue printed paper looks even better tied with red and white string. Get it from Not on The High Street.
This wrapping paper is not so sweet but extra funny and sure to cause some laughs on Christmas morning, with illustrations of Santa reading the paper and sitting on the chimney with his pants down! Can be personalised with a name of your choice.
This is great wrapping paper for either a squirrel-lover or a wine lover as it is illustrated with pictures of a cute squirrel drinking a glass of wine and the phrase “go nuts, it’s Christmas!”. The pack comes with 2 sheets of gift wrap, 2 gift-tags and 3 metres of black and white bakers twine. Available from Not On The High Street.
Small gifts can be awkward to wrap. Instead put them in one of these sweet matchbox gift boxes illustrated with characters from The Nutcracker. Comes as a set of 6 boxes with gold lining and embellished with gold glitter. Get them from Not On The High Street.
This quirky wrapping paper illustrated with carrots is both cute and funny. The set comes with a complementary orange ribbon and gift tag featuring a snowman with a missing nose. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Whether you love them or hate them, brussels sprouts are synonymous with Christmas and this sprout emblazoned wrapping paper will certainly stand out under your tree. Available from Not On The High Street.
What could be more festive at Christmas time than Santa driving a black cab carrying a Christmas tree? This quirky and fun wrapping paper is ideal for gifts to Britons abroad or London Lovers. Available from Not On The High Street.
Another great Christmas wrapping paper for cat lovers. This one has multi-coloured cats wearing santa hats on white paper. The set comes with matching cat gift tags, ribbon in gold ricrac or red and heart-shaped seals. Order from Not On The High Street.
Who says you have to use paper to wrap your presents? These cotton gift bags are eco-friendly and look just as good under the tree. You can also personalise them with the person’s name and a Christmas message. Get them from Not On The High Street.
What could be cuter than foxes wearing Christmas hats? This beautiful alternative gift wrap can be ordered by the sheet or as a set with matching tags and ribbon. Get it from Not On The High Street.
If foxes aren’t your thing? What about ducks? This cute illustrated wrapping paper comes with matching gift tags and ribbons. Order it from Not On The High Street.
This gift wrap is printed paper but just looks like a real wooly knit, especially when accessorised wtih some chunky yarn bows. Great for wrapping gifts for knitters or just to invoke that warm and cosy Christmas feeling. Order it from Not On The High Street.
This is one of my favourites on the list as being an expat myself, I love anything that reminds me of home! This quirky illustrated gift wrap of festive London Routemaster buses loaded with presents and drawn through the sky by reindeeer and driven by Santa himself. You can either buy a giftwrap pack that includes 2 sheets of wrapping paper, 2 gift tags and red satin ribbon, or buy just the paper per sheet. Get it from Not On The High Street.
This wrapping paper looks like traditional Christmas gift wrap at first glance but when you look closer you’ll see it’s a group of meercats singing Christmas carols with the inscription “Ding Dong meerily on high”
If you have a friend who is a Star Wars fan, you’re in luck because it will be really easy choosing a Christmas present for them this year! The new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens is out just before Christmas and with it comes a load of merchandise including toys, clothing and more.
If you’re a Star Wars fan yourself you might like to think about adding a Star Wars theme to your Christmas Decorations this year and picking up a set of baubles, a stocking or maybe a Christmas jumper for yourself.
Star Wars Christmas Decorations
There are plenty of Star wars christmas tree baubles to choose from this year, ranging from the official boxed baubles to the hundreds of handmade versions you can find on Etsy. You could decorate yourself a whole Star Wars Christmas tree.
These handmade Christmas tree ornaments include Hans Solo in carbonite, Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. Great for your office Christmas tree or home. Get them from Etsy.
Want a Star Wars theme with a bit of bling? You’ll love these glittery black and gold Darth Vader baubles. Get them from Etsy.
Handmade BB-8 Droid Christmas Tree Bauble
If you’d prefer decorations based on characters from the new movie, this bb-8 droid hand-painted bauble is fantastic. It has a wobbly head and is made to order. Buy from Etsy.
Star Wars Christmas Jumpers
There are some amazing Star Wars xmas jumpers available this year and so many to choose from! You’re sure to find one you like in this selection:
This Christmas sweatshirt has a fun print that mixes Christmas icons like snowflakes, candy canes and Christmas stockings with light sabers and Darth Vader masks.
Star Wars Christmas Stockings
Whether you’re a kid or a grownup, you’ll be thrilled with these Christmas stockings with a Star Wars theme. Fill them up with Star Wars goodies to create an amazing gift for an uber fan.
An 18″ Sith Lord stocking for those who’d rather have Darth Vader delivering their presents than Santa!
Star Wars Christmas Gifts
There are so many potential gifts out there when it comes to Christmas shopping for Star Wars fans. From toys to clothing to replica light sabers and life-size R2 D2s, it’s all out there to buy! So I’m just selecting a few quirky items that would make great Christmas presents for the Star Wars fan in your life.
This cute little box frame with lego figures and the famous quote “I love you… I know” makes a perfect gift for your Star Wars loving boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife. get it from Etsy.
Darth Vader Plushie
Santa Yoda Christmas Hat
Lightsaber Death Star Key Ring
This is a cute and affordable gift for anyone who loves Star Wars. Includes a tag stamped with “Keys to the death star” and a lightsaber in a choice of colours. Order from Etsy.
These posters inspired by vintage travel posters and featuring various locations from the Star Wars movie would make an amazing gift. Get them from Etsy.
This gorgeous sterling silver Star Wars necklace makes a perfect gift for any female Star Wars fan. Order from Etsy
Star Wars Christmas Cards
There is a huge selection of funny Star Wars Christmas cards this year, many of them personalised. If you’re looking for a Christmas card for a Star Wars fan, look no further!
Are your parents Star Wars fans? Give them a laugh with this photographic card featuring R2-D2, C3PO, Hans Solo and Princess Leia with the message “Happy Christmas Mum & Dad – The force is strong in our family”
Yoda Christmas Card
Darth Vader Sound Christmas Card
This is the Christmas card you are looking for! Has a picture of Darth Vader with light saber and the message “I know what you got for Christmas” but the best part is it plays a Darth Vader Christmas greeting when you open it.
Star Wars Dad Christmas Card
Star Wars Christmas Wrapping Paper
Graffiti Star Wars Rebels Wrapping Paper
Lego Star Wars Gift Wrap
Making a rich spiced fruit cake is a Christmas tradition for many families. In fact if you’ve done things right, you should have made your cake several months ago as the best fruit cakes have been left to mature.
Well, not all of us are that organised and for that matter, not all of us like the traditional fruit Christmas cake. I for one think the Japanese have got it right – their traditional Christmas cake is a light and fluffy sponge decorated with strawberries and cream. As kids we used to eat the royal icing and marzipan but would leave the yucky fruit cake.
Luckily there are plenty of other alternatives for those of us who don’t like fruit cake and/or don’t have time to make a cake this year. All these Christmas cakes are available to buy online, look fantastic and taste delicious.
This Christmas cake pop kit is a fun activity to do in the run up to Christmas with kids and doubles as a lovely decoration to put on your Christmas table. The cake pops are chocolate flavoured with festive sprinkles. Available from Not on The High Street.
Would you prefer a bag of Haribo over a slice of xmas cake? Then this is the “cake” for you! A box of festive jelly sweets including santas, strawberry bites, candy necklaces, fizzy melon, juicy lips, red hearts, apple bon bons and red liquorice wheels. Makes a great gift for a sweet-toothed friend or treat yourself! Get it from Not on The High Street.
Stollen is a traditional German Christmas cake that’s actually more of a bread than a cake. It’s dusted in icing sugar, filled with dried fruits and a centre core of marzipan. It’s quite addictive and a great festive treat with a cup of tea or coffee!
This novelty Christmas cake has to get the prize as being the cutest in the list! This chocolate tiffin decorated with chocolate pretzels, chocolate buttons and glacé cherries is divided into 8 portions. It comes in a box with a Christmas ribbon and gift tag, so makes a great present. Get it from Not On The High Street.
Everyone loves chocolate brownies! This festive version includes dried fruit, glace cherries and is topped with icing. You can also opt for cranberry and orange or double-chocolate versions. Available from Not On The High Street.
Kids will love this adorable madeira sponge igloo cake decorated with fondant snow and penguin characters. Even more impressive, when you cut the cake open there’s a penguin face baked right into the cake. Order online from Marks & Spencer
I’ve already included this cake in the list of alternative Christmas cards but it’s worth another mention! This boxed cake includes 24 individual bite-size pieces that can be personalised with a message of your choice. The cake is available as chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or wheat-free options. Order from Not on The High Street.
Panettone is a traditional Italian sweetbread that is enjoyed over the Christmas period. This chocolate version is even more delicious and comes in a beautiful tin that can be used for storage once you’ve eaten all the cake.
This cake makes an amazing centrepiece for a Christmas party and the individual fondant fancies made with buttercream, raspberry preserve and marzipan taste delicious. Order online from Betty’s of Harrogate.