The advent calendar is an essential piece of Christmas kit and one of the most enjoyable ways to countdown to Christmas.

While there are plenty of great advent calendars out there to choose from, we urge you to drop the expensive calendar this year and instead create your own bespoke advent calendar.

For instance, you could put together the below calendar, which features some super cute mini buckets adorned with the dates of the month.


We also love this amazing fireplace advent calendar: simply hang 25 pouches above the fireplace, fill with sweets and enjoy!


The paper envelope advent calendar is another simple but sweet option that requires 25 small paper envelopes, a large frame to store them in plus an assortment of sweets, toys and trinkets.


The final DIY advent calendar on today’s list is another inexpensive idea: purchase 25 small jar candles, assign a date to each one and light one candle per day to celebrate the festive season.


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