Tomorrow is the 1st of December and if you've not got your Advent Calendar already so you can countdown towards Christmas, then today is your last chance to get one. You may opt for the old fashioned card with picture windows or the modern day acceptable dodgy chocolate variety, but we thought we'd show you some alternatives which may tickle your festive fancy. One maybe a little beyond your budget (check out the insane one from Porsche!) but some might even inspire you to make your own!
1. Wrapping with Numbers
Designer Angelo Stitz approached the concept of creating an Advent calendar by looking at graphic design behind the shape and look of numbers and how they could be used in a repeat pattern to create wrapping paper - these designs are then used to individually wrap 24 presents! We love how each font used is a typographical journey through the ages.
2. Coded Christmas
This illustrated Advent calendar called 'Inky Advent' by Johanna Basford features 25 hidden QR Codes as digital doors, which when scanned by your phone, reveal a secret festive piece of artwork. Such a clever use of technology and such beautiful monochromatic artwork too!
3. Literally the 'Porsche' of Advent Calendars
Do you have a spare $1 million dollars? Six years ago, Porsche created five of these extravagant brushed aluminium cubes so the very rich could celebrate Christmas in style. Each glowing door contained a range of gifts from a pair of 18 carat gold sunglasses, aluminium fountain pens, to a lambskin jacket, a limited edition chronograph watch, and a customisable designer kitchen. And behind Door 24? Only a mere a luxury eight-meter yacht! Can't think why they didn't sell more of these?!
4. Box It Up!
From the ridiculously expensive to another more simpler Advent calendar you can make yourself. This gorgeous concept by Sally J Shim uses very simple cardboard boxes. Shim shows you how to create her festive calendar via her blog and the idea came about when her family was based in three different places and she wanted to make a calendar which was portable and could be split up into parts. This one will bring out the craftsman in all of us and any lovers of miniature Japanese stationery what with the use of kraft boxes, stickers and tiny gifts inside.
5. Wine Windows
Finally, not exactly designer but we had to include this calendar available to buy from Virgin Wines for obvious reasons! If you're bored of the old chocolates versions, then this one will let you countdown the days to Christmas with exquisite 'taste'. What's not to love, with 24 various mini bottles of red, white, Prosecco and even a festive port. One to definitely open only in the evenings though.