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If you're looking for a more long-lasting and sustainable option this year, why not invest in a wooden advent calendar that you can reuse, year after year, and fill with 24 small things you know your loved one will really appreciate?
If you're a bit of a DIY whizz, you can even paint the drawers yourself to personalise the calendar. Better still, why not ask the kids to help decorate theirs for a fun, festive activity?
If you're struggling to think of what you could put in your very own family advent calendar, here are some of our favourite ideas for all the family:
Bitesize sweets and chocolates
Craft materials such as glitter glue or bead sets for jewellery-making
Hair clips and accessories
Lip balm or eye-shadow
Small kids toys such as Lego and stickers
DIY coupons for a loved one, e.g. breakfast in bed
Pet treats and small toys
Mini bottles of alcohol for the over-18s in your life
If this seems like the type of tradition you'd like to start, we've found the best wooden advent calendars on the high street that are ideal for years to come – and prices start at just £15.99.
Best wooden advent calendars you can make your own
Wooden Advent Calendar with LED Lights | £15.99 from Amazon
What makes this Wooden Advent Calendar extra special is the backlit LED lights, perfect for brighting up your home and adding a little festive touch to the advent experience.
Shoppers say it's a "really beautiful" design and for only £15.99 it's an absolute bargain.
DIY Craft Storage Drawers | £34.95 from Amazon
This calendar is our top pick for craft-lovers, as it's simple design allows you to put your own stamp on. Shoppers love the "really generous" and different sized drawers, as it gives you more leeway to get some slightly bigger bits into the calendar too.
One five-star review said you can easily fit multiple small chocolates in the larger drawers, as well as hair accessories, lip balm and small beauty bits.
Wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | £18 from The Works
This Wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar is our top pick for a family decoration session, pick up some crafty bits and you're sure to create yourself one festive looking tree.
With over 100 reviews, many say it's a "brilliant bargain and great quality". Lots of shoppers also confirmed it's a great family project: "Great fun for us all to do. Designed, painted, glued and glittered with the little ones. Hopefully it will last many years for them."
Wooden Cut-Out House Advent Calendar | £18 from The Works
Craft-lovers might like to fit LED backlights to the festive scene to make it even more magical. Customers say the drawers are a "brilliant size" too.
Personalised Wooden Advent Calendar | £89.99 from RavenSkullMagic on Etsy
This Personalised Wooden Advent Calendar is a truly beautiful and timeless addition to your home. It's a little more expensive than some of the DIY options, but we think there's a good reason for that.
It's personalised to your family, lights up in the most intricate way; with lights coming on in each of the windows of the festive scene, and lastly, it's something you can keep forever and pass down for generations.
Christmas Advent Calendar Houses | £35 from EnchMoments on Etsy
This unique Christmas Advent Calendar House can not only be personalised with your family name, but our favourite part is that it's made up of mini houses instead of drawers.
"This calendar is so unique. I got it personalised and it looks beautiful" reads one five-star review, while another customer said "every detail shows how much care went into your order."
Postcard Letterbox Advent Calendar | £55 from Lisa Angel on Not On The High Street
This wooden advent calendar is quite something to feast your eyes on and had a lovely little added touch in the form of a post box slit at the top for your little ones to send their letters directly to the North Pole.
"Gorgeous product, beautiful design and will become a family tradition for years to come" reads one five-star review.
Personalised Wooden Advent Calendar Light Box | £52 from Lisa Angel on Not On The High Street
This special Personalised Wooden Advent Calendar Light Box has been created by Lisa Angel, who is the queen of intricate wooden advent calendars. Each name is laser-cut into the wood and backlit with LED lights, giving you a beautiful advent calendar that will stay with you throughout your child's life.
Fortnum's Musical Piccadilly Advent Calendar | £175 from Fortnum & Mason
The Fortnum's Musical Piccadilly Advent Calendar may be pricier than the other options, but this beautiful heirloom can be passed down to generations and provides stunning festive entertainment.
Depicting Fortnum & Mason's iconic Piccadilly façade, upon opening each door the calendar will serenade its recipient with recognisable festive songs including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Oh Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells and Silent Night.
Santa House Advent Calendar | £63.99 from Wayfair
Last but not least, the Santa House Advent Calendar depicts a fun, festive scene that has been hand-painted to be a winter wonderland.
Shoppers say it looks "gorgeous" and "really well made" so you and your children will enjoy year after year.