DIY versus Luxe | Advent Calendars, Decorations & Crackers

Christmas is a popular time of year for excessive web browsing – either dreaming up the perfect DIY Christmas on Pinterest, or loading up imaginary baskets with goodies from Selfridges and John Lewis. Make sure you drop by our homepage every day on the run up to Christmas to check out the latest amazing deal in our advent calendar!

Here’s our round-up of the best of the best: from DIY decorations, to super luxe crackers. We want them all!

If you’ve grown out of chocolate advent calendars, why not upgrade to this ultra grown-up version from Ciate, featuring 24 mini nail polishes to keep your nails looking stunning well into 2015.

Mini Manor Advent Calendar

Or try an advent experience calendar. What is an advent experience calendar you may be asking… simply print out the free cards from Ella Claire and fill them with all of your favourite winter activities (go ice skating, watch Frozen, drink hot chocolate in the park… you get the idea). Then you’ll have enough fun activities to keep the festive sprit alive until the big day!

Advent Calendar

Given the choice between homemade salt dough tree ornaments stamped with pretty little birds, or ceramic baubles adorned with corgis, we’re not entirely sure which we’d pick. Suffice to say that we love both options from Oleander And Palm (left) and Aiga Ceramics (right).

Salt Dough Ornaments

Aiga Ceramics Corgi Bauble

If it’s that lovely wintery fragrance you’re after,  look no further than these delicious cinnamon and apple sauce ornaments from Katy Elliott that will fill your house with delicious smells until New Year. Or go luxe with a Christmas staple – The White Company Signature Winter candle. It’ll fill your home with the delicious smells of cinnamon, clove and a touch of orange.

Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

TWC Winter Candle

And finally, if you’re feeling particularly crafty before the big day, how about these DIY marbled Christmas crackers as demonstrated by Fall For DIY? They’ll update the usual red and green colour palette – just pair with pure white linens and your best silverware. Or, treat your Christmas guests to these gorgeous crackers from Jo Malone – not a corny jokes or naff hats in sight, just miniature versions of some of their favourite products.

DIY Marbled Crackers

Jo Malone Christmas Crackers