It’s here! It’s December! It’s officially OK to get excited about Christmas and get that tree down from the loft! Woop Woop! Even though we’re adults now, and Little Mister is too young to really have any Blue’s Clues about what’s going down, we’ve never managed to grow out of advent calendars. Being that we were both still sticking to Lean in 15 when we bought our calendars (although we’ve fallen off the wagon on my partners birthday over a month ago, and not quite managed to get back on…), we opted for the non-chocolatey variety this month. Here’s a run-down on the calendars we settled on:
1) For Mama – Minions Advent Calendar (£13.85)
Cheaper than Lego, I’ve opted for the Mega-Bloks calendar. You truly can never be too old for a good Lego set, although by the end of the month I suspect you can be too old for a mega bloks set. I’m already disappointed with the back of the box giving away exactly what you get (where’s the suspense!?!) but at least they’re not in the same order as the picture (… they wouldn’t do that would they?).
2) For Dada – Lego Star Wars (£25)
The most expensive ones of the Lego annual advent sets, but arguably the coolest, the Annual Lego Star Wars Calendar. It will be interesting to compare the quality of models between the 2 brick sets, although I suspect we already have a winner when it comes to minifigure quality (they may even get their own Ikea Frame like my Lego Simpsons did…maybe).
3) For Nana and Grampa – A tea a day (£5.60 x 2)
Opting for the traditionally more adult option, my parents are going to take a look at this Brew series from the “English Tea Shop”. This was a pack of two for £11, so hopefully there are lots of tasty teas otherwise that second cup is going to be a bit less appealing!
4) Also for Mama – w7 cosmetics (should have been free!)
I saw a post on a money saving Facebook group; buy the w7 cosmetics calendar on Groupon and get reimbursed via topcashback.co.uk (i.e. FREE CALENDER). Unfortunately I left my ad blocker on, which meant I only got reimbursed a meagre £1.70. An expensive lesson learned, but I’ll give the calendar the benefit of the doubt (it’s going to have to wow me that little bit more now I paid for it). It isn’t off to the best start for impressing me – a) the back shows all the goodies you’ll get and b) the numbered doors are in sequential order… where’s the mystery! Grrrr…
With the introductions out of the way, we move to the haul from Day 1.
Minions Advent Calendar
I think I got Bob. The instructions were written on the inside of the door which was a nice touch, but this figurine was a nightmare to put together (those arms just WOULD NOT go in those sockets). The assembly of the figurines will definitely need an adult. However, the final minion is really nice looking with that stretchy eye-piece, and I’m assuming the green dungaree look is exclusive to the advent calendar. I give it a score of 3 “baboys” out of 5.
Lego Star Wars
Like the megabloks, the instructions to today were on the inside of the door. There were a good number of pieces to this assembly, and there were even 3 free parts by then end of it. The only problem we’ve had is working out what vehicle this is?!? If you think you know please let us know in the comments. My partner is giving this the benchmark score of 3 Jedis out of five.
I really like the presentation of this calendar, with each bag in its own box with instructions on how to prepare the brew. Nana makes do commented: “The main overall flavour is Cinnamon, I couldn’t taste the green tea flavour which was good as I’ve not managed to enjoy the green tea I’ve had in the past. I haven’t got a sweet tooth so I didn’t put the honey in to sweeten but if you like things on the sweet side you will probably need it”. She has given today’s tea a score of “I don’t really like it, so 2.5 tea-leaves/5”. The fate of the bag in the second calendar waits to be seen, although I suspect it won’t get drunk in a hurry.
I was disappointed with this calendar today. The plastic was so tight around the package inside it took a good few minutes to pull it out, and the inside of the door had no artwork in it at all (can’t wait to see a pretty much white calendar by Christmas Eve… not). The prize? Some glitter. I’ve not given this a go today as I wanted to go out in public without really being stared at… but it’s glitter, and how wrong can you go with glitter? I’m giving it a 2.5 sparkles/5 score making it the benchmark. Here’s hoping tomorrow’s is a little more exciting.