I’ve made advent calendars in the past, usually filled with chocolates and tiny toys for Harry. This year I decided to make a rather different one for a couple of my girlfriends, which reveals a new beauty treat each day through the month of December…
A few weeks ago, I began to collect pocket-sized lotions, potions, lip balms and soaps; sprays and rollers and mini-mirrors and scents. Some were saved from in-flight washbags or handed out at beauty counters as samples, whilst others I bought especially.
Some are meaningful gifts in themselves; the Cowshed candle that will burn gently by a bathtub for many nights, or the This Works pillow spray – whereas others are one-time fun throwaways; a single use Clarins hand-cream sachet or a sample-sized scent from Miller Harris. A couple of chocolates did find their way in too…I used a simple £5 wooden advent house frame, and painted the interior squares with different shades of green paint; olive, leaf, sage and the lightest mint. Then I counted out the goodies and wrapped each one in tissue paper before stuffing it into one of the squares (I didn’t number them; it’s a lucky dip choice!). I then cut a piece of cardboard in the shape of the house by tracing around it, and covered it with giftwrap to make a lid for the calendar and tied a ribbon around; All ready for December 1st!
You could also use simple envelopes (glassine or paper) and a normal gift box for your advent calendar. My other friend lives across the pond in Philadelphia so I’ll be taking hers on the plane, and opted to box it up instead, using different sized mini-envelopes with wax seals…
A few ideas if you fancy making this;
- 24 is a lot of envelopes or boxes to fill, especially with just ten days to go; try buying multi-packs of things like lipbalm flavours, travel-sized product sets or simply cruising the aisles of Sephora, Boots or other beauty stores asking for freebie sample-size sachets and trial use products
- Mix it up with mini-chocolates, hair clips, temporary tattoos (Meri Meri for kids or Tattly.com for me ) or tiny nail polish pots
- Other ideas entirely; different herbal or fruit-flavoured tea-bags. Tiny dinosaurs for little people (I’ve made one for Harry this year filled with pocket-sized velociraptors and triceratops). Miniature bottles of spirits for a whiskey-lover who is worth the investment …the possibilities are endless. Best of all, share this with someone who might just make one for you, with a heavy-handed nudge. After all, they have 10 WHOLE DAYS to get going!