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Alternative Advent Calendars

There doesn’t have to be 24 choccy-filled days


Yes, it’s the middle of November already, and time to start thinking about all things festive. We have some lovely Christmassy things in store for you, but this week we’re kicking off with advent calendars. Not so long ago the choice was simple: the traditional paper kind or a supermarket-shelf chocolate-filled one (where the little chocolate squares somehow always tasted better than chocolate you could eat at any other time of the year). How things have changed. Now there are all sorts of ways to enjoy the countdown to Christmas. Whatever your budget, preference or interest, you’ll find an advent calendar to suit every child (and big kids, too – LP’s mum still buys her one every year). Here are our Fussy favourites for 2015.

Our favourite? We love a twist on a theme, so they’re all pretty appealing, but the fabric one gets our vote. Something you can fill with all sorts of wonders and delights and bring out every Christmas as a family tradition you can pass down, it’s something they will never grow out of.

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The last of our Christmas gift guides! And there's something extra special about Christmas when there's a baby in the family, even if they don't know quite what's going on (and, let's face it, you're so tired, neither do you...). Here's our gorgeous selection of gifts, featuring small and unique Brands We Love so you can support the independents as much as we do.

Festive gift inspo for the little lords in your life. Whatever they're into, we think we've found something to bring a smile to their face this Christmas morning. Focusing on classic, quality gifts that will inspire curiosity and encourage creativity, these should keep them busy beyond Boxing Day.

Festive gift inspo for the little ladies

We love to review toys for Busy Bird - but sometimes the best review is just watching a child open the toy and play with it, that way you get their honest reaction. And this is just what happened when we were asked to be part of an 'unboxing' for recently. Let's just say Wet Head is no fun when it's Mummy's head getting wet...