The festive period comes around every year, and every year I struggle with what to get people, particularly those close to me, who I want to get something special for. Usually when I'm getting a selection of presents for someone, I like to go with a theme, or a selection of boxes, each box with a different theme. This year, when it came to the boyfriend, I was really struggling on what to get him; I wanted to get him something he wanted, but also something sentimental. Then I thought, why not make him a custom advent calendar, filled with 24 gifts tailored to what he liked. To me, this was perfect. It fit a theme, could accommodate a variety of gifts, and was also just something really fun to make and do. I was also kind of hoping it would get my Scrooge of a boyfriend into the festive spirit!
As part of my 12 Days of Christmas series, I thought I'd break down my selection process when it came to the gifts, from the sentimental, to the ones he really wanted, the the slightly cheaper gifts that could bulk up ten or so of the days, as buying 24 nice gifts can get pretty pricey!
The Cheap "Filler" Gifts....
Gifts like sweets, chocolate, or a pack of beers can really bulk out an advent calendar, and are fairly affordable, so you're not left penniless by Day 12. They can also be tailored to whoever you're making the calendar for. My boyfriend is a huge sweet fan, particularly things like Nerds and Refreshers. So I just went to Poundland and stocked up on twelve days worth of sweet treats for him. In terms of beer, I picked up this 5 pack from BHS for £16. As it was a "World Lager" set, I felt that it was something a little bit more special than just your regular five pack, and means that you get to experience a different beer each time. The back of the box also came with information about each beer, which I copied onto a card to put alongside each corresponding one.
The Sentimental Gifts...
My boyfriend isn't really one for romance, so when it came to getting him something sentimental, I stuck to the traditional photo album and pictures. I actually wrapped up the album first, and then scattered various photos, that I'd got printed from Snapfish, throughout the rest of the days. However, you could just as easily give an entirely filled photo album, or a nice picture frame.
The "Just Them" Gifts...
These are the gifts that embody the person you're creating the calendar for. The gifts you know they want. For my boyfriend that was all things film related, comic books, and a history module book for next term (cause Santa can be educational too!!) For me, these are the gifts that the person will really appreciate, the ones that will make them tick. The great thing about making this advent calendar is that its one that your loved ones will truly love, and the joy you see on their faces when they find out what each new day holds is truly wonderful.
In terms of the actual advent calendar itself, there's a variety of different DIY calendars you can buy, such as these ones from Etsy and Notonthehighstreet. You can also wrap your present and number them for each day, or like my Mum does for my Dad's advent calendar, hide the presents around the house and write a corresponding clue.
I hope you enjoyed this little DIY post, and come back tomorrow for more festive fun as my "12 Days of Christmas" series continues!