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Monday, 22 November 2021
Every year, the top toys for Christmas list gets longer. I've whittled my way through so many different store and magazine lists to bring what I think is a well rounded top ten toys list.

Squeakee The Interactive Balloon Dino Toy

A new version of last years "Squeakee The Interactive Balloon Dog" this years Dino has come with a lot more personality. This features 70 interactions, movements and will deflate and re-inflate with sound effects, roars, stomps, dancing and much more. This comes with two accessories, a bone and headphones in which you can play tug of war and chicken. Batteries are needed for this toy. 

Lego Elf Clubhouse 

Lego is always a classic, add the Christmas factor and you've got a great gift. With over 1000 bricks and battery operated option lights, this is Christmas memories. This includes pieces such as presents, sleigh rides, ornaments and even waffles! With 4 elf figures, you have to check out the bunk bed for them.

Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron


A chance to experience real magic, cast the spell and conjure your furry friend, Mixie. Adorable and interactive, the Mixie will respond to your touch or the wand included. Other accessories include the cauldron, a spell book, a refill vile, and all the magic ingredients. Other refill packs are sold separately. This is available in Pink and Blue and batteries are needed.

Pictionary Air Harry Potter Magical Family Drawing Game

For aspiring witches and wizards, take the classic family drawing game and bring the magic. Choose a house to play for, take turns drawing pictures, Harry Potter themed of course, using the wand. This is an interactive, on screen game. All you need to do if download the free app and point the in app camera at the illustrator, the sketch will appear as the wand is used.

L.O.L Surprise! O.M.G Movie Magic Studios

Unbox 12 dolls and 70+ surprises and accessories. This set is made for filming imaginative play and even comes with a tripod made for a mobile phone. All ready with cast and crew to shoot your own movie. Includes 4 different staging areas and a cinema green screen. 

Fisher-Price Linkimals Cool Beats Penguin Musical Toy

This is a batteries needed toy. Introducing the flipper flapping, bobbing penguin. Whilst dancing along, it teaches your little one the alphabet, opposites and more with sounds, sounds and phrases. Other Linkimals are available in the collection. 

Little Lives Pets Gotta Go Turtle 

Say hello to Shelbert. He's the funniest, hippest Little Live Pets Turtle. He loves to sing along, cannot stop laughing and repeats what you say. Feed Shelbert his favourite Magic Turtle Food and watch his neck wriggle and wobble as he gobbles it down. Soon enough, you'll hear his catchy "Uh Oh, Gotta Go!" song and he'll go. It's an interactive toy to teach pet nurturing, responsibility and cause and effect. The only difference is the poop will dry into his magic turtle food to reuse and reuse again. Batteries needed.

Batman, Bat-Tech Batcave Playset

This 33 inch tall playset is the action figure adventure of dreams. With over 10 different areas, a batman action figure and lots of accessories to play out catching the super villains, this will also need batteries to activate all the lights and over 40 phrases and sounds. 

CoComelon Interactive Deluxe JJ Doll

The CoComelon Interactive Deluxe JJ Doll is a 32cm doll inspired by JJ, a popular educational YouTube character. You can dress, feed and play with JJ. Even squeezing his tummy to hear him talk and giggle. This is very much the cuddly interactive doll of the year. Batteries needed.

Pokémon Pikachu Plush

What's Christmas without a plush? Pokémon has come back bigger and Pikachu has taken pride of place as the favourite. He's ready for cuddles.

Which toy would you want? Which one are you thinking to purchase?

I'd love to know what you are up to this Christmas or of any gift ideas you have. Leave a comment below or you can find me on  FacebookTwitter & Instagram

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 19 November 2021
Children In Need is all about changing the lives of young people across the UK who are the most in need. 
Poverty, disability, illness, trauma, mental health, child sexual exploitation, hunger...these are just some of the issues that local charities and projects, funded by Children In Need, tackle. 

I know, so many people are still struggling with the effects of Covid. Whether you Donate or Raise Awareness, it's so important to keep these issues at the forefront. The BBC have been at it already, entertaining us to raise money and I wanted to highlight two amazing fundraisers. 

BBC Breakfast's Drumathon

BBC Weather presenter, Owain Wyn Evans did a challenge in which he drummed for 24 hours. Joined by many familiar faces over the 24 hours, it was amazing to watch. Why drumming? well Professor Marcus Smith from the University of Chichester and colleagues at the Clem Burke Drumming Project explain the significant impact of drumming on the brain, body and mood. It's been an amazing tool to help children with autism, special needs and other disabilities. It's also used as a form of mental health therapy. So far, Owain has raised an over £3 million and it's still rising! 
Watch some highlights here:

The Great Rickshaw Relay Challenge 2021

Back for it's 11th year, the Rickshaw challenge, fronted by presenter Matt Baker, took on 5 chapters where each rider took a leg of the relay and travelled through their hometowns, visiting places that held significance to them. We learnt so much about the riders and you can see their stories on the BBC Children In Need YouTube page or watch on BBC iPlayer. 
The Rickshaw Challenge has raised over £41 million since 2011 and it's still building. 
Watch the highlights here:

So, When Is Children In Need?

Friday 19th November 2021, on BBC One at 7pm.

How Do I Donate?

Donate online by going to: https://donate.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/
Donate by Phone: 03457332233 (Calls charged at standard geographic rates)
Donate at Banks, Building Societies & Post Offices: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/donate/
Donate by Post: BBC Children in Need Appeal, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB
Donate by Text:
Donate using the ‘70701’ short code;
Text the word ‘FIVE’ to 70701 to donate £5
Text the word ‘TEN’ to 70701 to donate £10
Text the word ‘TWENTY’ to 70701 to donate £20
Text the word ‘THIRTY’ to 70701 to donate £30
Text the word ‘FORTY’ to 70701 to donate £40
Campaign dates: 8th Sept 2021 to 30th Nov 2022

Donate using the ‘DONATE’ key word;
Text the word ‘DONATE’ to 70405 to donate £5
Text the word ‘DONATE’ to 70410 to donate £10
Text the word ‘DONATE’ to 70420 to donate £20
Text the word ‘DONATE’ to 70430 to donate £30
Campaign dates: 8th Sept 2021 to 30th Nov 2022

Donate using the ‘GIVE’ key word
Text the word ‘GIVE’ to 70405 to donate £5
Text the word ‘GIVE’ to 70410 to donate £10
Text the word ‘GIVE’ to 70420 to donate £20
Text the word ‘GIVE’ to 70430 to donate £30
Campaign dates: 10th Sept 2021 to 30th Nov 2022

Remember, if you are a UK taxpayer to gift aid your donation!

How Do I Raise Awareness?

Follow Children In Need on Social Media and repost/retweet/share the appeals

As always, thanks for reading...
Saturday, 6 November 2021
It's another year where Covid-19 is still making things difficult. Being high-risk myself I decided to pack my shoeboxes online but you are still able to pack them and drop them off at many locations between the 15th and 22nd November. 

I have written posts about Operation Christmas Child for the last seven years now, and you can see all the previous ones by clicking the date; 2015201620172018 & 2019 & 2020

Packing a shoebox online is really straightforward so I thought this year I'd repost all the helpful links you may need if you were thinking about packing a shoebox yourself.

Helpful Links

Website Link: Click Here
About Samaritan's Purse: Click Here
About Operation Christmas Child: Click Here
Covid-19 Updates: Click Here
How To Pack A Shoebox: Click Here
Restricted Items: Click Here
Pack A Shoebox Online: Click Here
Make The Donation To Track Your Shoebox: Click Here

Remember, each shoebox needs a donation of £5.00 either put into the box or pre-paid online so it is able to be sent. 

Why I Pack Shoeboxes

I was unsure whether to talk about this but I really wanted to make my stance known as I received some very horrible comments and messages last year for my Operation Christmas Child post. 
There has been a lot of talk about Samaritans Purse, about sending shoeboxes and the view of "forcing religion". Although Samaritans Purse does offer enrolment into their "greatest journey" programme in which the child can receive bible lessons, it is something that the shoebox filler can add on at an additional cost. It isn't something that all children are offered by sending a shoebox. Also, as I said, it's offered. The child can say no. The parents / guardians of the child can say no. 
I also wanted to highlight the notion that offering the chance to study religion isn't a bad thing. I can understand the hesitation as to an organisation offering it. I can understand those who think it's biased because another religion isn't taught alongside it. When it comes to those children who are able to attend school, we don't know what their curriculum is. We don't know what other religions they are learning, if any. It could be that these schools are only teaching Christianity to begin with. It could be that child learns about their own religion from home. There are not that many organisations that will internationally reach like Samaritans Purse do. 
My reasoning for doing the shoeboxes is so I can give a child school supplies, small toys and hygiene products. It's baffling that in this day and age I have to write that. I don't gift the greatest journey because I'll use that money towards another shoebox. Would I gift it? No. I'm still on my own journey when it comes to religion so I don't feel comfortable not being able to give choice. However, that doesn't mean that just because the organisation was founded with Christian morals that I cannot participate in donating. As I said, I'm on my own journey and I came to question, is Sikhism for me? Judaism? Taoism? they weren't, but I still donate to their causes. And before people comment about "helping those in my own country" I do. I highlight this cause on my blog as it's worldwide and if anyone knows of any others please comment them below. That's not to say that a lot of charitable organisations don't take monetary donations, I just like the idea of being able chose the items I'm donating. 

I just want to be able to give a child a toothbrush, the tools they need to help their education and something to remind them about being a child, because gosh knows some of them had to grow up fast.

As always. thanks for reading...
Friday, 5 November 2021

L'Occitane Reusable Advent Calendar - £160.00

Description & Contents

"Made from recycled cotton, this Reusable Advent Calendar has been designed in collaboration with UK illustrator Kitty McCall, who is inspired by nature to create colour, pattern and joy for your homes. Each pocket unveils our most coveted products."

- Almond Shower Oil 75ml
- Herbae par L'OCCITANE Eau de Parfum 5ml
- Shea Intensive Hand Balm Travel Size 50ml
- Verbena Shower Gel 70ml
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml
- Almond Supple Skin Oil 15ml
- Intensive Repair Conditioner 75ml
- Almond Crunchy Muesli Scrub 15g
- Sunday Pinknic Intense Fruity Lipstick 2.8g
- Lavender Foaming Bath 100ml
- Relaxing Pillow Mist 15ml
- Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml
- Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm Certified Organic 12ml
- Divine Cream 8ml
- Verbena Eau de Toilette 10ml
- Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette 7.5ml
- Intensive Repair Shampoo 75ml
- Oil-To-Milk Facial Make-up Remover 30ml
- Almond Delicious Hands 30ml
- Immortelle Essential Water 30ml
- Precious Cream 8ml
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 30ml
- Overnight Reset Serum 5ml
- The Petit Remedy.
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

The actual reusable advent has a very similar design to last year it's just a lot fuller and more colourful. The advent contents I did expect to be repeated as you would only need to buy this the once and then worry about the refill being repeated year on year. I was surprised to see a few newer products.

Is it worth the price?

Priced at £160.00 with a £236.00 worth its £6.00 more in worth this year. For me, although the £160.00 point is steep it is worth the money. I believe in the concept, even if you don't want to use L'Occitane every year or buy the refillable calendar. I would suggest, as I always do, that you get full use of the items above before purchasing as that is where you would lose on the worth. 


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

L'Occitane 24 Day Advent Calendar - £120.00

Description & Contents

"Refill your reusable advent calendar with this set of 24 beauty treats. There's one for every day to make your lead up to Christmas extra special. Featuring our most popular body, hair and skincare products, there's everything you need to feel pampered throughout December."

- Shea Shower Oil 75ml
- Divine Cream 8ml
- Terre de Lumière L'Eau Eau de Toilette 5ml
- Intense Hand Balm 50ml
- Almond Crunchy Muesli Scrub 15g
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml
- Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 75ml
- Almond Conditioner 75ml
- Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette 7.5ml
- Oil-To-Milk Facial Make-up Remover 30ml
- Lavender Foaming Bath 100ml
- Relaxing Pillow Mist 50ml
- Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml
- Verbena Eau de Toilette 10ml
- Almond Supple Skin Oil 15ml
- Almond Shampoo 75ml
- Verbena Hand Cream 30ml
- Pomelip Pressed Fruity Lipstick 2.8g
- Immortelle Essential Water 30ml
- Immortelle Precious Cream 8ml
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 30ml
- Overnight Reset 5ml

How is it different to last years?

This is the first year we are seeing this refill as the reusable calendar was only released last year. I do really like this concept, the calendar itself is 100% recyclable and you could use this as an advent calendar on it's own. 

Is it worth the price?

Priced at £120.00 with a £199.00 worth, it has the perfect mixture of the classic and luxury advent calendars. What impressed me the most is that I expected it to be exactly the same as the reusable advent calendar. I like that even if you decided to reuse the calendar from the previous year, you still get something solely for that. It gives the customer more choice from a product and price point. Very impressed. 


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

L'Occitane Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar  - £99.00

Description & Contents

"In the Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, every drawer will bring you a special body, hair or skincare treat. 24 days of utter pampering. Exclusive to L’Occitane Official Website and Boutiques. Strictly limited stock available."

- Almond Milk Concentrate 50ml
- The Petit Remedy 15g
- Oil-To-Milk Facial Make-up Remover 30ml
- Fruity Lip Perfector 28g
- Shea Honey Hand Cream 10ml
- Cherry Blossom Shimmering Body Lotion 35ml
- Immortelle Precious Cream 8ml
- Repairing Shampoo 35ml
- Shea Shower Oil 35ml
- Shea Intensive Hand Balm 10ml
- Nude Infusion Fruity Lipstick 28g
- Almond Shower Oil 50ml
- Almond Crunchy Muesli Scrub 15g
- Gentle & Balance Micellar Shampoo 35ml
- Verbena Shower Gel 30ml
- Divine Cream 4ml
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml
- Repairing Conditioner 35ml
- Shea Milk Extra Gentle Soap 25g
- Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 35ml
- Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 10ml 
- Overnight Reset Serum 5ml
- Shea Rose Heart Hand Cream 10ml
- Herbae par Eau de Parfum 5ml
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

The number of repeats has decreased from 10 to 8 this year, a step in the right direction! The luxury advent calendar has kept the same chest of draws structure but changed the design and colour palette to show off this very festive green. With such a simple design, it's perfect for reuse.

Is it worth the price?

Still the same £99.00 price but the worth has gone up by £6.00 to £141.50. With the lower number of repeats, I would say this is worth the money this year. The repeats are mainly hand creams and the favourites amongst body care. It's something most brands do with repeats, go for the bestseller but the difference with L'Occitane is that they've listened and decreased where they could with keeping the same structure.


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

L'Occitane Giant Advent Calendar - £499.00

Description & Contents

"Exclusive to L’Occitane Official Website. Strictly limited stock available. Hidden within each drawer, you will find hand selected full size L’Occitane’s bestsellers including skincare, fragrance, bath and body luxuries for moment of surprise and delight each day."

- Immortelle Divine Cream 50ml
- Overnight Reset Serum 30ml

- Almond Shower Oil 250ml
- Youth Hand Cream 75ml
- Intensive Repair Shampoo 300ml
- Verbena Eau de Toilette 100ml
- Almond Milk Concentrate 200ml

- Cherry Blossom Shower Gel 250ml
- Herbae par L'OCCITANE Eau de Parfum 50ml
- Shea Butter Hand Cream 30ml

- Immortelle Divine Eye Balm 15ml
- Immortelle Divine Foaming Cleansing Cream 125ml
- Relaxing Pillow Mist 100ml
- Almond Delicious Hands 30ml
- Intensive Repair Conditioner 250ml
- Shea Intensive Hand Balm 50ml
- Immortelle Precious Essential Water 200ml

- Petit Remedy 100g
- Shea Extra Rich Soap 250g
- Almond Delicious Soap 50g
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 30ml

- Purifying Face Mask 75ml
- Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel 50ml
- Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 30ml
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

This has the same box structure, colour scheme and most of the contents as last year. I wasn't overly surprised as this is such an indulgent advent calendar full of L'Occitane's best sellers that you only need to purchase it the once. 

Is it worth the price?

Priced at £499.00 for £671.00 worth, as I said, it's an indulgence and in my honest opinion, I could never justify paying out so much for a calendar like this. Purely because I wouldn't get full use from the products and I have no need for all the products. It's one of those products that will have such a niche market but I would say, do not buy it for the sake of getting a saving or for the sake of getting a huge haul at once if you are new to the brand. 


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

L'Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar - £55.00

Description & Contents

"Start everyday of December (re)discovering the best of L’OCCITANE products, including our latest novelties. This advent calendar features our most popular body, hair and skincare products. 24 days of pampering – what’s not to love?"

- Shea Butter Hand Cream 75ml
- Immortelle Precious Cream 5ml
- Verbena Cooling Hand Gel 10ml
- Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm 2ml
- Almond Shampoo 35ml
- Verbena Body Lotion 30ml
- Rose Hand Cream 10ml
- Almond Delicious Hands 10ml
- Citrus Verbena Shower Gel 35ml
- Overnight Reset Serum 5ml
- Shea Honey Hand Cream 10ml
- Almond Shower Oil 35ml
- Shea Light Comforting Cream 5ml
- Almond Conditioner 35ml
- Citrus Verbena Body Lotion 35ml
- Cherry Blossom Hand Cream 10ml
- Repairing Shampoo 35ml
- Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream 5ml
- Shea Milk Extra Gentle Soap 25g
- Shea Intensive Hand Balm 10ml
- Verbena Leaf Soap 25g
- Repairing Conditioner 35ml
- Verbena Shower Gel 30ml
- Shea Butter Foot Cream 10ml
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar?*

How is it different to last years?

The design is very pretty, not overly festive but definitely on brand. There are 18 repeated products in the advent calendar this year. 

Is it worth the price?

With such a high number of repeats I was concerned with the £55.00 RRP, £2.00 more than last year. With a whopping £99.50 worth, over £10.00 more than last year, I could see the money went into bigger sized products. I did umm and aah about whether this is worth the money, again because of the repeats. Then I saw that L'Occitane are offering 5 different advent calendars this year! If you brought this last year, then maybe one of their others would be better suited.


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 4 November 2021

Soap & Glory 24 Days To Prep Advent Calendar - £42.00

Description & Contents

"For 24 days of beauty-filled festive fun, our advent calendar is the yule-timate Christmas countdown. With treats galore behind every door, come December 25th, you'll be prepped and pouty!"

- Clean On Me Hydrating Body Wash 75ml 
- The Righteous Butter Body Butter 300ml
- The Scrub Of Your Life Smoothing Body Scrub 200ml
- Hand Food Original Hand Cream 125ml
- Hand Food Original Hand Cream 50ml
- Heel Genius Foot Cream 50ml
- The Righteous Butter Body Lotion 50ml
- The Rushower Dry Shampoo 50ml
- Call Of Fruity Hand Cream 50ml
- Face Soap & Clarity Vitamin C Face Wash 50ml
- Bright & Beautiful Sheet Mask
- Puffy Eye Attack Under Eye Brightening Patches 
- The Fab Pore Sheet Mask
- Think & Fast Mascara
- Puffy Eye Attack Eye Makeup Remover 150ml
- Pout About It Lip Mask
- Clean-A-Colada Hydrating Body Wash 75ml
- Flakeaway Body Scrub 50ml
- A Cream Come True Body Butter 50ml
- Call Of Fruity Body Butter 50ml
- The Marvellous Massaging Face Mitt
- Soap & Glory Nail File
- Soap & Glory Headband
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

Last year we had 24 days to roam now we have 24 says to prep. Keeping to the signature pink colour scheme they've used a vintage black and white Christmas living room set up image on the front. I really like this. I find it a lot more festive than previous designs. The downside, there are 15 repeated products in the advent this year. 

Is it worth the price?

At the same £42.00 price, I would not recommend this advent calendar. I am actually really disappointed to see Soap & Glory take an even further step back. In 2019, the calendar had such a shake up where repeats were low and product contents were fuller. The 2020 and now 2021 calendar has gone back to high repeats. For someone new to the brand they won't know the difference but for someone who always wants this advent calendar for Christmas, I can see them being fed up of the same products. I can understand a few repeats, but over half the contents, I'd stick to their gifting ranges.


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Charlotte Tilbury Dreams & Secrets Advent Calendar - £150.00

Description & Contents

"Darlings, may all of your beauty dreams come true this Holiday season with my new Beauty Dreams & Secrets beauty advent calendar! Discover a magic makeup or skincare icon in every jewel-handled drawer! This treasure chest of beauty secrets includes three full-sized, and nine travel-sized products so you can create a full look!" Charlotte Tilbury.

- Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Spotlight, Full Size
- Colour Chameleon Pillow Talk, Full Size
- Matte Revolution Pillow Talk Medium, Full Size
- Multi Miracle Glow, Travel Size
- Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Travel Size
- Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, Travel Size
- Charlotte's Magic Cream, Travel Size

- Wonderglow, Travel Size
- Walk of No Shame Eyeliner, Travel Size
- Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara, Travel Size
- Lip Cheat Pillow Talk Medium, Travel Size
- Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, Travel Size
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

There are 7 repeated products in the advent calendar this year. It's disappointing but they have again increased the number of full sized products from 2 to 3. I'm more gutted at seeing the same design, although festive and on brand, I just like seeing something new in that area.

Is it worth the price?

Again, £150.00 for 12 days of products is expensive and I always encourage you to look at the contents. I know there are those who want a surprise, but why pay that much money if you won't get use from the products? 
For this advent calendar, if you don't mind the repeated products go for it. Those who have tried and love the brand go for it. I would say for those new to the brand, I'd direct your attention more towards their gifting sets. I wouldn't pay £150.00 to try out.


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...
Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Yankee Candle Tree Advent Calendar - £79.99

Description & Contents

"Build your own Christmas Tree Advent Calendar & let the countdown begin. The Countdown to Christmas is a magical time of year filled with twinkling lights, festive treats, and the joy of sharing heartfelt gifts with family and friends. Make each moment of the festive season merry and bright, with the inviting glow of candles."

Small Jar Candles: 
- 1 x Christmas Cookie
- 1 x Christmas Magic 
- 1 x Cinnamon Stick
Votive Candles:
- 1 x Twinkling Lights
- 1 x Tree Farm Festival 
- 1 x Letters to Santa
- 1 x Christmas Eve Cocoa
- 1 x Holiday Hearth
- 1 x Christmas Magic
- 1 x Christmas Eve
- 1 x Warm Cashmere
- 1 x Cinnamon Stick
- 1 x Christmas Cookie
Tea Lights: 
- 12 x Christmas Cookie
- 1 x Snow In Love
- 1 x Christmas Eve
- 1 x Snowflake Cookie
- 1 x Candlelit Cabin
- 1 x Twinkling Lights
- 1 x Angel's Wings
Accessories: 
- 1 x Wick Trimmer
- 1 x Snuffer
- 1 x Votive Holder
- 1 x Tea Light Holder
* Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

On original release, there was no content list for the tower advent last year. This year they've rebranded it as a Christmas tree and included the contents. Thanks to other bloggers and content creators I was able to find a contents list to compare. There are 6 repeated votive candles, 2 repeated tea lights and all 4 accessories are repeated, which wasn't a surprise. With the same blue colour scheme and design, This advent comes boxed with the products in individual boxes, ready for you to build into a tree.

Is it worth the price?

At £79.99 there are £73.40 worth of contents. It's disappointing to see. When the Tower advent was first released, it was the best out of the three. Now, it looks like the restructure into the Christmas Tree advent means paying more for packaging than the contents. Although I love the design on the calendars this year, it is a mask. I actually feel the gift sets are better value for money as you aren't paying as much on packaging and getting the worth from the contents. 


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

Yankee Candle Book Advent Calendar - £34.99

Description & Contents

"The Countdown to Christmas is a magical time of year filled with twinkling lights, festive treats, and the joy of sharing heartfelt gifts with family and friends. Make each moment of the festive season merry and bright, with the inviting glow of candles."

Votive Candles:
- 1 x Twinkling Lights
- 1 x Tree Farm Festival 
- 1 x Letters to Santa
- 1 x Christmas Eve Cocoa
- 1 x Snow in Love 
- 1 x Christmas Cookie 
- 1 x Snowflake Cookie 
- 1 x Christmas Eve
- 1 x Christmas Magic 
- 1 x All Is Bright 
- 1 x Holiday Hearth 
- 1 x Cinnamon Stick
Tea Lights: 
- 2 x Candlelit Cabin 
- 2 x Christmas Cookie 
- 2 x Twinkling Lights
- 2 x Tree Farm Festival
- 2 x Letters to Santa 
- 2 x Christmas Eve Cocoa 
Accessory: 
- 1 x Dot/Star Votive Holder
*Highlighted products are repeats from last years Advent Calendar*

How is it different to last years?

There are 7 repeated votive scents, two more then last year but no repeated tea light scent. This has the same colour scheme and design as the other calendars released this year and I really love it. It's simple, festive and stands out. 

Is it worth the price?

This is the same pattern as previous years. The £39.99 price point comes with £35.86 worth of products, a lot closer to the price point than the wreath advent but still not great. I can understand where you would pay a few pounds for packaging but an advent is supposed to showcase the best of your range and with the high number of repeats, I don't feel this is doing that. I also feel that, a calendar should be a saving because companies that do advents have gifting ranges with savings. So why not do it for the advent calendar too?


I'd love to know what you think. You can find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, use the hashtag #CalendarCountdown or comment below.

As always, thanks for reading...

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