I love making a big thing out of Advent – we put our tree and decorations up the last weekend before December (more on that soon), start listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas films, and we start baking cookies. I’m not quite at the skill-level of my mum yet, who makes Christmas truly magical, but I’m working my way up there. One thing my parents always did is create hand-made (or at least hand-filled) advent calendars for my brother and me. Last year, I made Isla a little advent house using a whole bunch of Hobbycraft supplies. It looks ‘rustic’, shall we say! But it’s pretty sturdy and kind of cool, so I’ve brought it out again this year and filled it with a mixture of vegan chocolate and small toys.
If you’re not really into crafting your own family’s vegan advent calendars or you just need one to materialise fast because HELLO LAST MINUTE DOT COM AND IT’S ALREADY DECEMBER, I’ve made you a handy list of suggestions below! Something to note: There are lots of toy-filled advent calendars available for kids, which I haven’t included, because they’re kind of obviously vegan. I think they’re a great alternative if you have the spare cash, especially because they’re totally sugar-free ;).
Here’s my list of ready-to-buy vegan advent calendars on the market this year, listed in no particular order. There are plenty of traditional chocolate options, alongside some more creative ones if that’s your groove. Psst – you might need to go for next-day-delivery!
1. YANKEE CANDLE*, £33.90
2. HOTEL CHOCOLAT, £12.50
3. MOO FREE*, £5.90 (also available at various supermarkets, including Aldi!)
4. CANDY KITTENS, £12.00
5. BEANIES*, £19.99
6. LUSH, £75.00