Christmas

Advent calendars that give back to charity

Knock your socks off

Who could possibly say no to some daily cheer in tootsie-decorating form? Wearing a brightly-coloured sock as an outfit clincher is one of life’s simple joys, and SOCKSHOP have got any sock lover covered with their ’25 Days of Socks’ calendar. Available in ladies’ and men’s sizes, 15% of each sale is donated to UK homelessness charity, Emmaus. Santa hats, holly, candy canes and Brussels sprouts… the whole Christmas gang is here to adorn your feet.

25 Days of Socks Advent Calendar, £59.99, sockshop.co.uk

Beauty bonanza

£2 from the sale of every one of these beauty calendars goes to Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity helping people with cancer live better. You’re getting some great beauty value here as the products included are worth over £130, with some skin saviours from Liz Earle, Soap & Glory’s famous scrub, make-up tools from MASQD and soothing solutions from Botanics for a peaceful night’s sleep.

24 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, £42, boots.com

Branch out

Love Cocoa chocolate is all-natural and free from palm oil – and the sale of each calendar will ensure the planting of three trees as part of the brand’s ‘Plant A Tree’ initiative, which aims to plant 500,000 trees in northern Cameroon to fight deforestation and climate change. Truffle fiends won’t be disappointed as there are 11 days’ worth, alongside 24 chocolate squares (one for the morning, one for whenever you fancy) with flavours including gin & tonic, orange milk and salted caramel.

Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar, £20, lovecocao.com

Festive brew

If you’re a curious craft beer sampler, this calendar is an open bar to some of Edinburgh’s top breweries. The calendar is helping to raise funds for the Edinburgh Food Project, with £1 from any purchase donated towards providing emergency food supplies and support to people in crisis. The box has been designed by Edinburgh illustrator Susie Wright, and the swigging opportunities encompass new releases, seasonal specials and craft beer classics.

Edinburgh Craft Beer Advent Calendar, £64.99, edinburghbeer.co.uk

24 days of donations

The Advent of Change calendar is a countdown of giving – instead of receiving something each day, you open a door to find a donation to 24 different charities across the UK and overseas. Each door represents a 50p donation and tells you what you’re contributing to, whether providing food and medicine for those in need, or giving to environmental causes. The calendars also use compostable and recyclable packaging, so a helping the world thumbs-up all round.

Advent Calendar, £17.95, adventofchange.com

Fancy a cuppa?

Scottish whole leaf tea company, Eteaket, have launched a calendar featuring 25 sachets of speciality loose leaf teas and infusions (including two limited-edition Christmas blends). All handmade and completely plastic-free, there’s also a daily tea routine on the back of each door, to encourage you to chill and enjoy your brew in peace. For every calendar purchased, Eteaket are donating £2 to health & wellbeing charity, Health in Mind.

Tea Advent Calendar, £29.95, eteaket.co.uk

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