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Why is a Mum of older children writing about advent calendar ideas for teens? Well, for those of you with children under 10 years of age, I have an announcement for you:
TEENS DO NOT GROW OUT OF ADVENT CALENDARS!
How disappointed was I when I discovered that? I’ve always found them a bit of a faff. When our girls were young, I seemed to end up with too many or none at all. When I was superbly organised and bought all three girls a calendar in early November, various members of the family and friends also sent them! This resulted in a very unhealthy intake of chocolate before leaving for school. Alternatively, it would be 11.45pm on 30th November, no calendars had been forthcoming from relatives and I ended up dashing to the 24hr supermarket where there was a limited supply of what I will generously term ‘less than popular items’ left.
Advent calendars have resulted in hum dingers of arguments when I failed to label them clearly with each girl’s name and ‘someone’ had eaten another person’s chocolate treat. This is almost a capital offence in my house.
Yet, it seems that the agony will be ongoing because they show no sign of growing out of them. I have suggested that this was a family tradition that we could, perhaps, let go of. I was asked if I had taken leave of my senses (or words to that effect). So, why not go with the flow?!
Here is a quick guide to advent calendars that you may like to buy for your tween or teen. I have to warn you that there is a huge range in price. Obviously, the more expensive ones are more of a Christmas present in themselves rather than a precursor to the big day!
If you have a student who is away from home for the first (or second or third) time in the lead up to Christmas, I guarantee that they will LOVE receiving an advent calendar from home. Here are my advent calendar ideas for teens.
Oh, and if you have more than one child, for goodness sake don’t forget to label them!
5 advent calendar ideas for teens
The student advent calendar
Most of the young adults in university right now will have been raised on the glorious Grufallo books. I still have them all as I cannot bear to part with them. This calendar only costs £6 so it’s the cheapest of the advent calendar ideas for teens. What student could resist a Gruffallo advent calendar? They will love it!
You can give teen girls a real treat with a luxury advent calendar packed with gorgeous cosmetics. It costs £90 but the products in here will last a lot longer than a month! I have yet to find a teen boy equivalent so if you know of one please do let me know in the comments!
The environmentally friendly advent calendar
To get around the excess packaging in advent calendars you can make your own that you can use year after year. Many years ago I purchased some small boxes and the girls decorated them. I still drag them out every year and it is one of my favourite advent calendar ideas for teens.
Or check out these cute boxes from the Amazon US site.
You can get a selection of small gifts, sweets and chocolates to put in the boxes and it can cost as much or as little as you want. Wrap them in un-coated recycled paper and printed using environmentally friendly vegetable inks just like this:
If you are super creative, you can have a go at making your own boxes using the guide in this video:
The tweens advent calendar
If tweens don’t like the idea of a chocolate calendar, you could try the Smiggle Advent Calendar which contains little items of stationery.
You could try the Topps Match Attax Premier League 2018 Christmas Advent Calendar for £20 or a Lego Calendar or a Haynes Build your own FM Radio Calendar Kit
Young adults advent calendar
Strictly for the over 18’s and little touch of luxury for your young adults. This Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar (£100) of 25 mini 5cl gin bottles. Enjoy a variety of tastes including clean, fresh and spicy on-the-nose gin. Delighting the palate of gin connoisseurs, hints of juniper, pine, floral, lavender, soft spice and citrus wait behind each calendar window!
I’ve got some awesome Christmas gift ideas for students and young adults for under £10 for you to check out here.
Do your teens still like an advent calendar and which one do they prefer?
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Some further alternatives are a Cheese Advent Calendar from Asda,and a Pork Scratching Calendar!
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