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The Best Reusable Advent Calendars For All Budgets

Give single-use the shove this Christmas, starting with this guide to the best eco-friendly and reusable advent calendars. These refillable calendars will delight kids (and even grown-ups) for years to come.

About six years ago I decided to give single-use advent calendars the cold shoulder. After reading some scary facts about the excess waste generated at Christmas, I decided I wanted to lessen my family’s impact over the festive season.

One of the first things I did was to invest in a reusable advent calendar. As well as being friendlier for the planet than single-use advent calendars, can I just tell you how much joy it brings? Reader, it brings my kids so much joy. The whole process of looking in the pocket each morning in December to see what’s there is so exciting for them. More so than with a standard shop-bought chocolate advent calendar.

And do you know what else? It brings me so much joy. Yes, me! I find it so exciting picking out what items are going to go in the calendar. From little chocolates to notes of fun family activities to do, to the occasional treat – I find the whole process of putting it together one of the Christmas activities that I look forward to the most.

Guide to The Best Eco-Friendly and Reusable Advent Calendars

Image showing a Nordic style selection of wooden numbered houses, with a blue text box that says guide to the best reusable advent calendars.

If you are looking to make an eco-friendly switch, then let me share my favourite reusable advent calendars at a variety of different price points. And at the bottom of this post, I’ll also share some ideas of what to pop in the pockets of your reusable advent calendar, in case you are looking for any inspiration.

In order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

Under £10

hessian stockings

Coming in at a budget-friendly £8.33 is this cute hessian reusable advent calendar*, available on Etsy. With this set comprising of 24 stockings, pegs, and 3 metres of string, you’re all set to begin the countdown to Christmas in a budget-friendly and sustainable style. Simply hang it up on your wall or mantlepiece, and slip a little sweet treat into each mini stocking.

Under £25

white felt advent calendar with pockets

This reusable advent calendar* (£22) features a hanging felt house with 25 pockets in varying shapes. Each pocket is embroidered with a number in gold, ready to be filled with tiny treats to enjoy during the countdown to Christmas.

Under £50

reusable advent calendar from Etsy

This personalised reusable advent calendar* (from £49.99) is available in two different sizes, depending on how large you want the pockets to be. This one pictured is the large size. And for an extra sweet touch, this calendar can be personalised with any name, siblings’ names, or just a surname. Your kids will love waking up to this calendar every day!


reusable bunting advent calendar

This pretty bunting style reusable advent calendar* (£32) features 24 numbered flags with pockets to add a little treat each day in the lead-up to Christmas. The calendar is made from natural coloured calico with Christmas patterned pockets, available in different designs. The pockets are the perfect size for chocolate coins or other small treats.

The bunting is approx 2 metres in length, plus there’s enough extra ribbon on each end for hanging. However, if space is an issue, you can buy two shorter lengths of 12 flags each.


Wooden house advent calendar

This adorable wooden house advent calendar* (£33) is one of these reusable advent calendars that will be cherished for years to come. Simply fill the hollow centre of each house, with a sweet treat, to count down the days to Christmas in style.

As well as the 24 houses, you also receive the stand. In addition, there are four decorative green wooden trees and two wooden reindeer for an extra sweet touch.


The Reusable Advent Calendar With A Difference Under £50

build a Christmas village kit

For reusable advent calendars with a difference, try this wooden Christmas Village advent calendar* (from £46). Instead of finding chocolates behind each door, open the suitcase to reveal numbered trays featuring beautifully crafted decorative wooden festive pieces. Day by day you’ll create a charming Christmas North Pole village scene. Here you’ll find Santa and his elves, reindeer, a snowman, a sledge full of gifts, and a beautiful Christmas tree.

After Christmas, the pieces can then be popped back in the suitcase and reused again the following year.

Under £60

Scandi style advent calendar

This Scandi style reusable advent calendar* (£55) has been quilted by hand and is decorated with various Christmas-themed illustrations. This is one advent calendar you’ll be excited to pull out year after year.

Do note that this wall hanging has three loops at the top for you to add your own wooden pole for hanging. Pick this up at any DIY store.


pom pom numbered bag kit

If you’d rather make your own reusable advent calendar, then try this pom pom advent calendar craft kit (£54)! First choose your pom pom colours (neon, pastel, or natural). Next, iron on the wool-blend felt numbers before sewing on the yarn pom poms. Then you are all set to fill the 100% cotton drawstring bags with treats!


Finally, this reusable advent calendar box* (£59) is another unique way to count down the days until Christmas. Featuring optional personalisation, The wooden box is individually made, hand-sanded, and personalised in the UK.

The box has 25 sections for you to fill with your own treats or gifts. You can choose to add 25 linen bags to the product for an additional £15, or you can simply wrap your 25 little parcels yourself.

What to Fill Your Reusable Advent Calendars With?

You might be wondering what to fill your reusable advent calendar with?

I do mostly stick to chocolate. It’s cheap and easy, and it’s easy to find plastic-free chocolates. I go for foil-wrapped small chocolates, which are easy to find at Christmas time in any shop.

Some days I like to mix things up, and instead add a note about an activity to do that day. I find this helps to shift the emphasis away from stuff towards experiences at this often consumer frenzied time of year. For example, the day’s note might say things like:

I try to put these in the reusable advent calendar pockets on days when I know that I will have time to do the activity, or would correspond with when we plan to do a particular activity. Some evenings I have to admit that I have reorganised the order of notes to fit a change in our plans!

For more ways to green your Christmas, do check out my ultimate guide on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas. I have tons of ideas in there, taken from almost a decade’s worth of writing here on Moral Fibres. From the most eco-friendly Christmas tree to zero-waste decorations you can make, to gift ideas as well as Christmas dinner ideas, it is all there!

Life & Style, Special Occasions

5 Eco-Friendly Christmas Hampers to Bring Joy

Are you looking for eco-friendly Christmas hampers or gift boxes to gift to a loved one this festive season? Well look no further – I’ve found five sustainable hampers for Christmas, with vegan, Fairtrade products or socially conscious and environmentally friendly options.

Christmas hampers offer an easy and stress-free way to gift the ones we love with delicious food and drink items. However, it’s not a new concept – the act of giving hampers goes back a long way. Apparently, the tradition of giving a hamper originates from the 11th century, when William the Conqueror, the then English monarch introduced the concept to England from his native France. Perhaps one of the nicer things he did, during his bloody reign!

Despite, being around since 1066, up until very recently, there were few ways to commercially buy eco-friendly Christmas hampers. Thankfully, things have changed, and there are now several sustainable and environmentally conscious options when it comes to hamper gifting.

Five Eco-Friendly Christmas Hampers

Image of a festive hamper, surrounded by decorations, with a blue text box that says eco-friendly Christmas hampers to bring joy this festive season

Here are my top five eco-friendly Christmas hampers that tread lightly on the planet. From socially conscious products to products that are handmade or are palm-oil and cruelty-free, there’s something to suit all ethics.

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Social Stories Club Eco-Friendly Hampers & Gift Boxes

social stories club eco-friendly Christmas hamper

Edinburgh-based Social Stories Club* is an online gifting company supporting over 30 social enterprises around the UK. Each product inside its sustainable gift boxes or hampers has a unique story of people coming together to give back to social or environmental causes that matter. From festive winter spiced dark chocolate that empowers local cacao farmers, or crunchy apple cinnamon crisps that help to fight food waste.

The eco-friendly Christmas hampers range from between £45 and £162, and vegan hampers are available. Some hampers even come with non-edible treats – from ethical socks to eco-friendly notebooks, or similar, for an extra special gifting experience.

Social Stories Club also offers corporate gifting on their range of hampers, should this be something you are looking for.

Buy hampers direct from Social Stories Club*.

Social Supermarket Eco-Friendly Christmas Hampers

social supermarket eco friendly christmas hamper

Social Supermarket*, a UK-based social enterprise marketplace, has curated a delicious range of eco-friendly Christmas hampers packed with socially conscious food and drink treats.

These collections of indulgent treats – all from social enterprise brands with impact at their core – ensure that your gift gives back socially and/or environmentally.

To help understand what each hamper supports, under each hamper listing you’ll see a series of impact icons. These icons stand for the positive ripple effect of each purchase across the world.

For example, the eco-conscious icon signifies the brands that prioritise doing right by nature. From zero-waste products to those that plant a tree for every product sold. Meanwhile, the economic empowerment icon signifies the brands that are taking care of people – particularly those who are socially disadvantaged. From those who make our clothes and grow our food, to those who offer valuable employment and training opportunities to those that need them.

Catering for both vegans and non-vegans, and with prices ranging between £25 to £269.99, there’s something for every taste and every budget. Social Supermarket can also send Christmas hampers direct to your recipient with a personalised message inside. And similar to Social Stories Club, Social Supermarket also offers a corporate gifting service.

Buy these eco-friendly hampers for Christmas direct from Social Supermarket*.

Bird & Blend Gift Boxes

Bird and Blend tea hamper

Bird and Blend*, the plastic-free tea people, have put together a great range of tea-based eco-friendly Christmas hampers, for tea lovers.

This particular hamper – the Dreamy Sleep Time Hamper – is packed with over 75 cups of their best-selling sleepy time loose leaf teas, in three delicious flavours. The hamper also includes handmade bath time goodies, including bath soak and bath bomb infused with Bird and Blend Dozy Girl tea. This blend is packed with chamomile, lavender, and rose to help send you into a blissful sleep. 

To cover all bases, other hamper options include a tea and chocolate hamper, a tea cocktails hamper, and a chai tea hamper.

The boxes are made from certified wood paper pulp that’s sourced from responsibly managed forests and mills. The material is both eco-friendly and compostable and the printing design is done with water-safe paint. 

Buy direct from Bird & Blend* from between £25 to £35.

Bloomtown

Bloomtown beauty hamper

If you aren’t sure about gifting food, then have you considered a beauty hamper? Bloomtown* makes for a great sustainable choice when it comes to this type of gifting.

Their eco-friendly Christmas beauty hampers feature Bloomtown’s relaxing bath & body products. These sumptuous products are all made in small batches in Cornwall. What’s more all of Bloomtown’s products are certified palm oil-free, vegan & cruelty-free! They are also safe for pregnant women.

The wrapped gift box includes a scented botanical wax candle, organic hand and body wash, an exfoliating sugar scrub, and a nourishing bath and body oil, all in the scent of your choice. With a choice of five scents, you’ll find something for most tastes. You’ll also find a lip balm and roll-on perfume oil in the box too. Talk about spoiled!

For that extra special touch, the gift box comes with a complimentary gift card, where you can have your own personalised message printed. And, for the final flourish, the box is wrapped in the complimentary gift wrap of your choice.

Buy via Bloomtown’s Etsy page* for £47.92.

Wild About Flowers Hamper

Wild about flowers eco-friendly gift box

Finally, Wild About Flowers* offers a gift box of luxury comforts. From a hand-poured eco-friendly soy wax candle in the scent of your choice to natural handmade soap, an ethically produced chocolate bar, and a low-maintenance house plant. This makes for a great eco-friendly option to the more traditional Christmas hampers.

The gifts are presented in Wild About Flowers sustainably sourced gift box. This is filled with homegrown complimenting petals, herbs, and grasses, for that extra special touch. And to make it personal, you can add a complimentary gift message to your box.

Buy these ethical gift boxes via the Wild About Flowers Not On The High Street store* for £40.75.

For more gift inspiration, do check out my guide to eco-friendly Christmas gifts. I also have loads more festive ideas in my guide on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas. From decorations to trees, to food, to secondhand gift ideas, and more – it’s all there!