We don’t want to scare you, but we’ve got six weeks to go until Christmas – and with the sound of sleigh bells in the distance, it’s time to get advent calendar ready. Chocolate has long been the filling of choice, but in recent years there’s been an influx of more offbeat calendar choices, from beauty and alcohol-stuffed versions to socks and even pork scratchings. But these can easily get pricey – last year, John Lewis sold a Wedgwood Advent House filled with the brand’s ornaments for a whopping £600.
The answer? Fill-your-own calendars. Cheaper than high-end versions and better for the environment than the classic cardboard-and-plastic single-use chocolate ones, we’ve found the best DIY calendars you can use again and again. No longer restricted to just one type of tiny gift, you can load them up with anything from Celebrations to nail polishes. Plus, there’s something for everyone – from simple naughty-or-nice tick lists to ornate wooden houses, these are the calendars to add to your collection this year.