Advent calendars – it’s time for a different approach

Advent calendars – it’s time for a different approach

I don’t know about you but I feel the craze for advent calendar is getting a little bit out of control. People are now spending up to £100 (sometimes more) with all sorts of calendars available including gin, candles, stationary, beauty products, Greggs, the list goes on and on.

Now these calendars are really good fun, I had the Marks and Spencer beauty calendar last year and it was great. But when you realise that the average spend for British people during the festive season being £645 (this includes gifts, food and drink, party hosting and all the other lovely festivities) it all begins to feel a bit too much about how much money we spend.

That’s why this year I’ve decide instead of buying a beauty advent calendar I’m going to donate to charity & give something back.

There are lots of ways to give back and they don’t all include you needing to spend money. You can declutter and donate items you don’t need to a local charity shop. I recently decluttered my wardrobe and was amazed how many items I had in there that were in really good condition but I knew I would never wear.

You can donate to a local food bank (don’t forget a lot of them accept hygiene products too), buy a homeless person a coffee or donate to a local charity.

My plan

I’m a bit worried I’ll forget a few of the days, as December is quite busy, so I’ve decided to get and donate the below at the start of December.

I’ll be donating the items below to the Trussell Trust in my local Tesco store before the 2nd of December so people in need before Christmas:

  • Pasta x2
  • Pasta sauce x2
  • Baked beans
  • Tin of soup x 3
  • Tinned fruit x 3
  • Tinned veg x 4
  • Cereal
  • Rice x 2
  • Sanitary towels and tampons x4 (because periods are bad enough without having to worry about not being able to afford sanitary towels & tampons)
  • Washing up liquid x 2

I’m also donating £5 to social bite which will go towards someone getting a meal or hot drinks.

If you’re not sure what to donate the Trussell Trust has suggestions on their website.

Christmas is a great time of year but for some people it can be really difficult, so if you’re in the position to give something back it can really help make someone’s Christmas a little bit better.

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