It’s December, my favourite month (along with August for obvious work-related reasons!) which means advent calendars. Despite requesting a simple chocolate one this year, Ian surprised me with Ciate’s latest offering.
I had a Ciate nail varnish advent calendar last year and, being an absolute addict, loved the daily additions to my collection. This year, the box is a stunning London theme with many recognisable features from the skyline, all in a stylish red, black and grey design.
I will be doing daily Instagrams of what is behind each door and a proper review a bit later in the month but it’s fair to say I had a lot to live up to in the advent calendar stakes. However, I think this year I surpassed myself…
Ian is a huge fan of real ale (and drags me to many ale festivals throughout the summer months) so I wanted to do something a bit special. It took a while, but I managed to buy 25 different ales to create his very own advent calendar!
Here they all are pre-wrapping:
I tried to get a good selection including speciality Christmas ales, a delicious sounding salted caramel one, nearly all from different breweries.
I couldn’t face wrapping 25 bottles with proper wrapping paper (bottles are such a pain!) so opted for the easy yet effective approach of good old tin foil! It took me a matter of minutes to wrap all the bottles and the look on Ian’s face when I revealed my surprise made the weeks of carrying heavy bottles and trying to find hiding places for them all over the house worth it!