Best DIY reusable advent calendars for Christmas 2020

You can get a Christmas advent calendar for every kind of person these days, from the beauty obsessive to the gin lover and stationery fan.

Typically made from cardboard and covered with festive decorations, they’re the subject of a rollercoaster of emotions; highly coveted before the big day, shoved aside and forgotten afterwards.

The result? Millions of empty boxes ready to join the mountains of rubbish criss-crossing the planet.

Recycling empty advent calendars is one way to minimise Christmas’s effect on the planet, but the process takes time and energy.

Luckily, there are ways to enjoy the excitement of advent without trashing the environment – with a reusable advent calendar.

From beautiful hand-stitched designs to toughened cardboard structures, each of our selected calendars is made to withstand years of use.

With the right care and storage, they could even become a Christmas heirloom, to be passed down through the generations.

The bonus? Apart from being kinder to the planet, buying a reusable calendar means you can curate the gifts behind each window to create a more personal and meaningful gift.

If you’re looking for wooden advent calendars, see our separate list of sustainable advent calendars.

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Worldwide Christmas Advent Calendar
A fabric advent calendar patterned with traditional Christmas house scenes – what could be more festive? It already looks like a cherished piece of holiday decor thanks to the rich, dark colours used, as well as plentiful retro details like the Scottie dog on the doorstep, a jolly carrot-nosed snowman and Father Christmas and his reindeer flying over the top of the mansion through a starry sky.

It’s as if an 80s Christmas card was transformed into an advent calendar, and we love it.

The handmade piece comes with three red ribbons at the top so you can easily suspend it from a door, mirror or frame. There are 24 pockets, each measuring 7.5 x 6.5cm which should provide enough space for tiny treats.

Calendar measures 68 x 54cm, free delivery.

L’Occitane Reusable Advent Calendar
While reusable calendars have been around for years, it’s heartening to see big brands adopt the style for the festive period. Sticking to the same rustic French aesthetic, L’Occitane’s cotton calendar is finished with botanical illustrations by artist Isla Simpson.

It comes packed with the mini versions of the brand’s best-sellers – think Divine Cream, Shea Butter Foot Cream and Immortelle Precious Overnight Mask.

John Lewis & Partners
Inspired by the Impressionists, this calendar makes an elegant addition to your holiday decor look.

Following a cool silver and blue theme, the 25-drawer piece is inspired by snowfall and offers a creative way to fill your own and countdown to Christmas this year.

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