For many of us, an Advent calendar is our very first treat of the Christmas season, and a little taster of the festivities to come. If you’re after something extra special this year, we’ve got the perfect range of Advent Calendars to suit whoever the recipient may be, and we’ve put together some of our best festive inspiration to help you choose, design and personalise your Christmas countdown.
Get creative with your Advent Calendar
The thing we love most about our personalised Advent Calendars is that you have full creative freedom, allowing you to take as much control of designing your masterpiece as you would like. For some seasonal hints and tips, we’ve gathered together a few unique ideas for getting creative with the front of your Advent calendar.
A Christmas work of art
If you’ve got an artistic little one in your family, why not sit them down with some coloured pens and pencils and task them with drawing a special Christmas picture? Take a photo or scan in the piece of artwork, upload it to one of our personalised Advent Calendars and watch their face beam with pride when you present their own sketch back to them on 1st December! This would also make a marvellous gift for a grandparent, cousin, or someone else who dotes on your little artist.
Matching your interiors
We know those shop-bought Advent calendars can be less-than-elegant, and if you’ve carefully curated the interiors of your home, you might think twice about displaying one that’s not in keeping with your desired aesthetic. For a more luxurious, high-end feel to your festive countdown, try creating your own design for your Advent calendar. Why not take a lyric from your favourite Christmas song, put it into a fancy font and add a background that matches your interiors? You could even try our new Deluxe Advent Calendar for that added premium touch – the gilded gold numbering and the elegant double doors will steal the show as the centrepiece of any room’s Christmas décor.
Top tip – We love the free online design tool Canva, and we think you will too! Just save your Canva designs as a JPEG or PNG image and upload them to your CEWE Advent Calendar.
Use our templates
If you’d prefer to skip the design work but keep the personalisation, take one of our Christmas templates for a spin! We’ve designed a selection of festive Advent Calendar themes for you to use. You can either add your own photos to a template or choose one of our designs – and as always, you’re free to add text and clip art from our gallery to customise your Advent Calendar even more.
Pick your favourite photo
There’s one sure-fire way to put a smile on the face of a loved one this festive season, and that’s with a picture of something close to their heart. Whether it’s their pet looking cute or doing something funny, a selfie from a romantic getaway this year, or maybe a family photo from last Christmas, add a picture to the front of their advent calendar and treat them to a little moment of joy as they look at it each day of December.
What goes inside?
Fill it with photos
With a personalised Photo Advent Calendar, you can place a photo behind each of the 24 doors for your recipient to reveal every day. Why not use the slots to recount the story of their year, taking them through moments they’ve enjoyed throughout 2018? If the Advent calendar is a gift for a significant other, try bringing together all the pictures from trips and adventures you’ve been on together. They’re bound to love reliving those happy moments every day with a meaningful Christmas countdown!
Top tip – Share a special message with your loved one behind the doors of the 24th December. Use a tool such as this online QR Code Generator to upload a video and create a QR code to place in your Advent Calendar. The perfect way to pop the question on Christmas Eve!
Choose your own treats
The possibilities for fun really are endless with our Fill Your Own Advent Calendars! It’s totally up to you what you decide to include, meaning you can customise the Advent Calendar to perfectly suit the person who will receive it. If your recipient has an allergy, meaning a conventional chocolate Advent calendar is out of the question, make them feel extra special with their own customised version full of allergy-friendly treats. A Fill Your Own Advent Calendar is also perfect for someone who’s not a fan of chocolate, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box with your fillings – you could try adding savoury snacks, beauty products or toys for your loved one to enjoy.
A classic Christmas chocolate
There’s nothing like a good old chocolate Advent calendar to get the Christmas countdown started, and we’re taking the traditional shop-bought version up a notch and bringing with it an extra special touch of Christmas joy! Our personalised Chocolate Advent Calendar features a deluxe chocolate behind each door for you to enjoy and, coupled with the perfect design on the front, is sure to go down a treat with anyone who receives one.
Indulge in Ferrero or kinder®
For something a little more extravagant, our Ferrero and kinder® Advent Calendars are just right for you. A tasty kinder® Advent Calendar is the perfect treat for a little one, and our decadent Ferrero Advent Calendar makes a thoughtful gift for someone special, or as a treat to yourself at Christmas. We can’t promise you won’t want to finish them all at once!
Our extensive range of personalised Advent Calendars makes it easy for you to create the perfect treat. Whether you’ll be using it to reveal a big surprise, revisit the year’s memories or just to share a little love in the run-up to Christmas, we’re sure your loved ones will adore what you’ve created for them. As always, we’d love to see what you come up with, so do share your creations with us on our CEWE Photoworld Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Let the festivities begin!