Make your own beauty advent calendar

Advent calendars stuffed with beauty goodies have seen a massive rise in popularity over the past year or two, however the price tags can sometimes be a little eye watering and not in everyone's budget.

It doesn't have to be expensive though. If you're anything like me, you might have some unused sachets, travel sizes or even full size products knocking around at home. Why not use these to make yourself your own beauty advent calendar and use up your stash at the same time? 

Make your own beauty advent calendar beauty goodies
Get 24 sample sizes/sachets/stash items together
Make your own beauty advent calendar materials needed
Get some wrapping paper, scissors, pen, sellotape and paper to make labels with
Make your own beauty advent calendar numbered labels
Write 24 numbered labels
Make your own beauty advent calendar labelled and wrapped goodies
Wrap your goodies up individually and at random, stick a numbered label on to each item
Make your own beauty advent calendar finished calendar
Pop them all in a Christmassy bag ready for 1st December

Here's what I did:

Find 24 samples, sachets, unopened products. Mine are a mix of nail polishes, hair treatments, makeup, skincare samples and the sneaky bit of chocolate for good measure. 

You'll need Sellotape, sticky labels, a pen, scissors and some wrapping paper. 

Wrap up each of your chosen items, and set aside. Once they are all wrapped, number your stickers one to 24 and at random stick one to each of your wrapped up goodies.

Place in a Christmassy bag and put aside until December. On the 1st December, have a little rummage and find number one for your first surprise! 

If you have a little bit of budget, you could always buy something special for day 24, or even a little treat for Christmas morning. It could also be a nice idea as a gift swap with a friend as then you'll both get lovely surprises each morning, without having to spend a fortune. 

So that's my take on a homemade beauty advent calendar. What do you think of this idea? Will you be making one yourself?



  1. i love that idea! i dont have 24 items around, but maybe one day ill have a go!


  2. I'd love to do it with a friend so I can get surprise every day! :)

  3. Such a good idea! I've got so many samples and sachets thrown in my drawer and never used!

    Hayley www.mylifeasabeautyaddict.blogspot.com

  4. This would make such a good beauty swap too xx

    Beautyqueenuk xx

  5. That's such a great idea! I couldn't bring myself to pay out for beauty one because they're just too much but I may just do this for myself :) xx

  6. I love the idea of doing it with a friend as I'd want the surprise element! Shame most of my friends are boys!

    Agree it'd be a great swap idea too, I'm considering suggesting it to someone if I can find the funds... ooh exciting! xx

  7. Such a clever idea! Really love this :) x

  8. What a neat idea! Now how do you keep someone like me from opening the whole calender in one go? LOL!


  9. This could be a great idea for a friend who wants to try new products x


  10. What a great idea - and after all it's the thought that counts right?! Xx


  11. I have to say this is a great idea!! We al all guilty of hoarding samples and forgetting about them. I am going to make one for my friends, they will love it!

  12. Brilliant Idea! I'm going to make one for my Mum!


  13. Love this idea, so original :) I think I'll make one for my bestie, and then it'll be a surprise xx

  14. This is a brilliant idea! So nice for a friend or sister, and such a good way to use up all those bits and pieces


  15. Flipin' Genius idea! Also means that you can use the samples that have been sitting in a bottom of a draw for ages AND instant blog review entry :) x

  16. Id love to do this as a swap so it's a surprise every day :-) great idea because some of the beauty ones on sale right now are so expensive xx

  17. Great idea! Plus there's a higher chance you'll like the products x

  18. What a great idea! How did this never occur to me? :) Lovely blog by the way, so glad I found it


  19. My boyfriend actually did something really similar for me last year and this was one of the reasons why I started blogging, because I ended up with so much new stuff! He bought a wooden house advent calender from Waitrose and although it wasn't big enough to put the products in he put sweets in each day and when I opened it he then gave me that days gift. He got kind of carried away with buying the stuff for me though and some items were small and reasonably priced but several others were higher end and much more expensive. It was fab, I was thoroughly spoiled! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  20. I love this idea! I have all these samples that I haven't used yet so this is a great way to force me to use them, and get an extra surprise each day.


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