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  1. Wee finds: Best Advent Calendars for 2014

    Advent Calendars with a Difference:  The Little Pine Cone Advent Calendar by Crank Bunny.

    Happy 1st of December! Do you have your Advent calendar up yet? I’ve dug out our old-school German Advent calendar to hang on the fridge, but we’ve already forgotten to open up the first door!

    I’ve noticed a growing trend for DIY Advent calendars this year, featuring boxes or pockets that can be filled with your own selection of trinkets or treats.

    Here’s a round-up of some of the best Advent calendars for 2014 – with a difference.

    1. DIY Advent Calendar Kit by Blank Goods

    5 Creative Advent Calendars, via WeeBirdy.com.

    DIY Advent Calendar Kit, $45, from Blank Goods.

    Advent Calendars with a Difference: DIY Advent Calendar Kit from Blank Goods, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Australian stationery brand Blank Goods have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years, with their immaculate range of plain paper, kraft card, envelopes, boxes and stickers that invite all manner of crafty customisation.

    This year, their DIY Advent calendar kit has proven to be a huge hit on Instagram, with the completed wall hanging ticking all the so-on-trend-it-almost-hurts boxes.

    The kit includes small and large number stamps, black ink pad and a selection of coloured boxes, kraft boxes, mini kraft bags, cotton muslin bags, circle and star stickers, starburst stickers, coloured cord, glassine bags and washi tape. DIY Advent Calendar Kit, $45, from Blank Goods.

    2. Scandinavian Christmas String Advent Calendar

    Advent Calendars with a Difference: Scandinavian Christmas string Advent calendar from Lark.  Advent Calendars with a Difference: Scandinavian Christmas string Advent calendar from Lark.

    Inspired by simple Scandinavian style, this hanging advent calendar includes 24 individual wooden Christmas tree pegs for attaching small gifts. I love the idea of pegging Quality Street chocolates for each day of Advent. Their brightly coloured foil papers look amazing lined-up on a wall. Scandinavian Christmas string Advent calendar, reduced to $28, from Lark.

    3. Snug Studio Advent Calendar

    Advent Calendars with a Difference: Snug Studio Advent calendar from My Messy Room.

    Snug Studio Advent calendar, $49.95, from My Messy Room.

    Advent Calendars with a Difference: Snug Studio Advent calendar from My Messy Room. Advent Calendars with a Difference: Snug Studio Advent calendar from My Messy Room. Advent Calendars with a Difference: Snug Studio Advent calendar from My Messy Room.

    This German Advent calendar is perfect for design lovers, featuring 25 flat-packed cardboard boxes that are ready to be assembled and filled. You can create endless Tangram-style designs with the red and white removable stickers. Snug Studio Advent calendar, $49.95, from My Messy Room.

    4. Pine Cone Advent Calendar by Crank Bunny

    Advent Calendars with a Difference:  The Little Pine Cone Advent Calendar by Crank Bunny.

    The Little Pine Cone Advent Calendar, $20.50, by Crank Bunny.

    Advent Calendars with a Difference:  The Little Pine Cone Advent Calendar by Crank Bunny.

    Advent Calendars with a Difference:  The Little Pine Cone Advent Calendar by Crank Bunny.

    This quirky little pine cone can be found on Etsy at Crank Bunny’s shop. The pop-up design can be hung on a wall as a decoration, or perched on a sideboard using the 3D stand. It would also make a festive centrepiece for your dining table throughout December. Each advent calendar is handmade and intricately cut by “one set of marshmallow fingers.” The Little Pine Cone Advent Calendar, $20.50, by Crank Bunny.

    5. T-Mod’s Scratchie Advent Christmas Tree Card

    Advent Calendars with a Difference:  Scratchie Advent Christmas tree card by T-Mod.

    The innovative Sydney-based T-Mod girls have used their trademark ‘scratchie’ design to create a Christmas tree Advent calendar – which can also be used as a greetings card. The card is packaged in an envelope with a heart charm for ‘scratching’ each window on the tree. Scratchie Advent Christmas tree card, $12.95, by T-Mod.

    Tell me: which Advent calendar takes your fancy?

    You can find more Advent calendars and Christmas decorations over on the Wee Birdy Etsy Tastemaker’s Page.

    Also, you might like to check out the Wee Birdy shop on GREAT.LY for more amazing Advent calendars and presents for Christmas.

    Disclosure.
    • Jenbug

      Some different ones there! Freddie has a little calendar from his first Christmas that I’m reusing…before he knows about chocolate ones!

    • Sandy

      I just love that little pine cone one. It’s so original & would look beautiful as a centrepiece on the table over the festive season.

    • Danie

      Thank so much for including our Advent Calendar Kit and your very sweet words! xx Danie from Blank Goods