Christmas Countdown: starts today with this gem from Yankee Candle


Oh, I just love an advent calendar – adding to the general anticipation of Christmas, there’s also something so charming about opening the little doors each morning to discover a cute little festive picture inside or tiny chocolate just waiting to be eaten.

This Holiday Party version from Yankee Candle, £24.99, has got to be the best ever and it’s the ideal gift idea to kick off my very own Countdown to Christmas blog feature. This year marks the sixth year that I have highlighted some of the most stylish home and beauty gift ideas. It is just like your own virtual advent calendar, with each day bringing one new gift idea for friends and loved ones (albeit mine actually starts today in November rather than 1 December!)


Yankee Candle’s limited edition Advent Calendar has a scented tea light candle behind each door with a larger votive candle behind door 24 – the perfect find for Christmas Eve. They are scented with one of the brand’s seven festive fragrances: All is Bright; Festive Cocktail; Christmas Cookie; Macaron Treats; Snowflake Cookie and Star Anise & Orange.


The calendar has a Christmas tree design, and is double sided with doors on each side of the triangle shape. It’s such a lovely gift – especially one to for you to keep! It has also inspired me to kick off a new Christmas ritual this year – and I will be lighting the daily candle in quiet contemplation – perhaps with a warming drink or a glass of bubbly – and think about the year that’s gone and the new year ahead to the warm glow of the flame.


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