Destiny Jewellery

This advent calendar will most definitely put a sparkle in your (or that special someone's) eye! Available at Takealot.com for R1 800 (on special at the time of writing this) and Zando, the Destiny Jewellery Advent Calendar with Crystals from Swarovski, will delight with this dainty box containing a variety of sparkling jewellery pieces. The box contains four pairs of earrings and four pendants with crystals and pearls from Swarovski; and 13 charms (some with crystals from Swarovski). There are also two necklaces and a bracelet for your charms. And to ensure that you are buying authentic crystals from Swarovski, the Swarovski seal comprises the latest security features. To establish the authenticity of the Swarovski seal tag or sticker, you can verify the tracking number on the Swarovski website. How fabulous!

swarovski advent calendar

M.A.C. Cosmetics

Another one for the makeup lovers! If you're a big fan on M.A.C.Cosmetics, then be sure not to miss out on the opportunity of purchasing the limited-edition Boom Boom Wow Mini Advent Calendar. Filled with 12 M.A.C. Cosmetics makeup surprises, this is a fun and exciting way to add to your makeup collection and count the days until Christmas! This is another advent calendar that sells out fast, so be sure to visit M.A.C. Cosmetics online store and get yours now!

MAC Cosmetics Advent Calendar

The Body Shop

We all know and love The Body Shop! And this year, they're making Christmas extra merry with some cool advent calendars, jam-packed with your favourite Body Shop goodies. There are three options for you to choose from depending on your festive budget. First up, there's the Make It Real Together Ultimate Advent (from R2 750*). If you're not keen on spending that much, there's the Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar (from R1 800) or the Make It Real Together Advent Calendar (from R1 200). A few goodies include the Mango Hand Cream (30ml); Moringa Fragranced Bath Bubble (28g); Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub (50ml); Coconut Lip Butter (10ml); Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter (50ml); and much more.

The Body Shop Advent Calendars 2020

Clarins

Do you love Clarins beauty and skincare products? If yes, then you're definitely going to love this! Available online at Clarins.co.za ONLY, you can get your hands on their 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar from R1 985! Enjoy 24 make-up and skincare surprises that will give you a gorgeous glow during the festive season! They also have a 12 Days of Beauty & Wellbeing Advent Calendar for R1 050 with 12 Clarins best sellers if you're looking for a smaller option. Please note, these sell out FAST! So, order yours online before it's too late!

Clarins 12 Day Advent Calendar

Yuppiechef

Count your way down to Christmas with the festive Mood 12 Mini Gins Collection Box from Yuppiechef! This is a deliciously refreshing rollercoaster of flavour, featuring 12 fun-sized 40ml bottles of gin from a variety of local distillers. It's the perfect opportunity for you to savour and explore the South African craft gin scene. It's also a great gift for a loved one who enjoys a good G&T. A few gins you can expect in this advent calendar includes 48 Gin Pink Gin, Cape Town Gin Rooibos Red Gin, Monks Mary Jane Gin and Indlovu Original Gin, just to name a few. Be sure to order this beauty before stock runs out!

Mood Gin Advent Calendar

Essence Cosmetics

This one is for the makeup lovers! If you have a fondness for essence cosmetics, then be sure to pick up their 2020 essence Ho Ho Home for X-Mas Advent Calendar (R499* exclusively from Takealot.com). Each day until Christmas Eve is a surprise with this stunning calendar, gifting you with 24 carefully selected and lovingly arranged Christmas-themed presents from Essence. Jam-packed with beauty favourites from the standard range in original size and limited products in a Christmas design, it is THE must-have for the festive season.

essence

Lindt

Christmas is not Christmas without chocolate! And Lindt has the perfect advent calendar for all you chocoholics. Take your pick from the LINDOR Advent Calendar (158g) filled with milk, dark and white chocolates with a smooth melting filling OR the LINDT TEDDY Advent Calendar filled with even more sweet thrills. As for prices, you'd have to visit a Lindt store near you. You can also find these at select Clicks and Woolies stores, or order them online!

LEGO®

Why not gift your little ones with the joy of LEGO®? They have a variety of LEGO® advent calendars that are sure to delight this Christmas. This is certainly a fun way to get into the festive spirit, with 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the season. There's the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar (R349.99), the LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (R549.99), and the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar (R449.99). Take your pick and have a blast building a mini LEGO® world! Do keep in mind that these sell fast, so be sure to get your hands on them ASAP! If they are out of stock, simply just provide your details on the desired advent calendar page and they'll notify you when they receive more.

LEGO Advent Calendar

Funko Pocket Pop!

How about something different this year? We're absolutely loving the Funko Pocket Pop! advent calendars this year! Head to Takealot.com and add the Funko Pocket Pop!: Harry Potter Advent Calendar (R1 249) to your cart! Each calendar has miniature figurines of your favourite Harry Potter characters, making it the perfect addition to any Funko Pocket Pop! collector.

harry potter funko pop

NetFlorist

Another great treat before Christmas is NetFlorist's 12 Days Of Christmas Gourmet Advent Calendar. A unique touch for this calendar is the fact that you can personalise it with your name or the name of the person you're gifting it to, along with a festive message for the holiday season. Now onto what's important - what's inside! Each day brings an envelope filled with candy and treats. The envelopes contain Kit Kats, Skittles, M&Ms (peanut and chocolate), Haribo Happy Cola sweets, Oreos (original and golden), Jelly Teddies, Cadbury Nutties, Cadbury Astros, Liquorice Allsorts and creamy vanilla pieces. This advent calendar costs R499.95 and can be ordered online at NetFlorist.

advent claendar

Or Simply Make Your Own!

Not keen on any of these? Not to worry, there's always the option to create your own for your family and friends, and have them do the same for you! All you need to do is by a ready-made advent calendar box – Takealot.com has one, the Christmas Toyshop Advent Calendar! It's a great option for the kids, but you can use it for anything and anyone. It's R595 per box* but the best part is you can reuse it every year. Or why not get your hands on the Christmas Tree Advent Calendar for R1 095? Now for the fun part – buy 24 bits and bobs that you know your kids/partner/recipient will enjoy. This definitely adds a lovely personalised touch to the advent calendar.

Make your own advent calendar

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WWF-SA is the national office part of the global World Wide Fund For Nature network. This local NGO has worked to inspire South Africans to live in harmony with nature for 50 years. Now, as the festive season rolls around, WWF-SA are bringing good tidings and a waste-free Christmas to the country.

We all know just how messy and wasteful the holidays can be. With all the excess food, drink and gift wrap lying around, our well meaning recycling projects and plastic-free goals can be easily forgotten. Amidst all this wastage, WWF-SA is encouraging all South Africans to remain eco-conscious over the festive period. Urging us all to "refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle".

Following this four-step plan to a waste-free Christmas is a lot easier than it may seem. It starts by simply asking yourself whether you truly need the item you are purchasing. Not only does this reduce waste, but it's an excellent way to save up for the new year! The next step is to ensure that you take your own reusable bags to the store, as well as cutting down on plastic packaging, choosing reusable, durable goods over single-use items instead. 

WWF-SA

"Once you’ve followed all these steps, we also want you to recycle as much as possible." Says Eitan Prince, Digital Communications Manager with WWF-SA. 

The Good Tidings Advent Calendar

To help you on your way to a waste-free Christmas, WWF-SA have introduced their handy Good Tidings Advent Calendara fun, interactive way for consumers to make better choices this festive season. This advent calendar is filled with 24 nifty ways to curb waste over the holidays. These come in the form of videos, demos, blogs, photo galleries, recipe cards and more, created with support from WWF ambassadors, including Chef Zola Nene, media personalities, Zoe Brown, Carl Wastie, Claire Mawisa and sustainable fashion guru, Jackie May.

Here’s a sneak preview on what you can expect from the calendar:

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1. All that glitters is not gold

Sparkly glitter is undeniably festive, but much of it is made from microplastics, which can end up polluting the environment or be consumed by fish, birds and other animals. Consider plastic-free decor, such as glass jars filled with beautiful succulents and decorations made from fabrics or ribbon.

2. Gift wrapping alternatives

Wrapping paper - it's festive, it's fun, it's fleeting. Each year, tons of it finds its way to landfills. So why not use leftover birthday wrapping paper or gift bags? Experiment with covering gifts with fabric, old newspapers or put them into any attractive tins, boxes or jars you may have lying around your home or office. 

3. Show love to local producers

There are many local designers and producers making exciting and innovative products from sustainable materials. The newly revamped WWF e-commerce site features a number of these local gems, such as Uzwelo, a brand that teams up with local communities to convert banners to fabric to make functional, fashionable and affordable bags. These bags are the perfect Christmas accessories for both kids and adults, with funky lunch boxes, laptop bags, beach bags, school bags and shopping bags. 

The WWF online store also has a great range of eco accessories and gifts. We love their eco-friendly reusable coffee cups, which are decorated with the iconic WWF panda logo. Their collection of plushies, recycled jigsaw puzzles and snap cards are also great stocking fillers for the kids. Show your support for the WWF-SA waste-free initiative by stocking up on these goodies or one of their custom hoodies, t-shirts or active wear apparel items. With ladies', men's and kid's clothing, there is something in their store for everyone this Christmas.

Sign up to receive your Good Tidings Advent Calendar here.

For More Information 

Visit the WWF website for more information about their initiatives. You can also follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/WWFSA

Twitter - twitter.com/WWFSouthAfrica

Instagram - instagram.com/wwfsouthafrica

Contact them via email at [email protected].

Black Friday, Every Friday, At Cresta!

Black Friday is the busiest Friday for Cresta Shopping Centre. However, there’s only so many deals shoppers can get their hands on in one day. This year, the centre is hosting its first-ever Black November with FIVE consecutive Fridays for shoppers to cash in on fantastic deals, enjoy various promotions and also enter Cresta’s Black November competitions!

Black Friday

Safer Shopping During Black November

Since Black Friday comes with large crowds and Cresta Management have the safety of shoppers and tenants as a key priority, they have upgraded their security detail to ensure a safe Black Friday for all shoppers.

The safety of our shoppers, tenants and employees is of utmost importance to Cresta Shopping Centre. We want to enhance the overall experience of our shoppers and safety is a priority. We are also turning things around this year not only in terms of security but also in terms of engagement and offers. We always want to help shoppers not miss out on the best deals from their favourite brands and stores. By creating opportunities for customers to have more time to shop leading up to the official Black Friday means better deals on more products and shoppers can ultimately Imagine – and shop – More. For retailers, it means better stock management so no one misses out! In these difficult economic times, saving is top of mind,” says Virginia Bester, General Manager, Cresta Shopping Centre.

Cresta Shopping Centre encourages shoppers to visit the centre every Friday in November to pick up the best deals from select stores like @Home and avoid the online shopping frenzy of Black Friday too. What’s more, many retailers are extending their deals beyond Fridays to every day in November.

Black Friday Advent Calendar

This November, if you spend R400 or more in single or multiple transactions at Cresta, you could win yourself a Cresta Shopping Centre voucher worth R1 000 to spend at any store in the centre. All you have to do after shopping is look out for the Black Friday Advent Calendar inside the centre and produce your receipts to be entered in a lucky draw. Winners will be selected every Friday afternoon in November.

Customers who want to know just what’s in store (and in-store) for them, can find out on Cresta’s countdown advent calendar which will be placed at different locations inside Cresta Shopping Centre over the month.

Black Friday

Spin & Win With Cresta

Shoppers can also take advantage of the Spin & Win online game which will go live on the Cresta Shopping Centre website on 18 November and run for 5 days. Shoppers just need to visit the centre’s website where they will be directed to the Spin & Win platform to stand a chance to win one of the prizes behind the online wheel.

For More Information

For more information about Cresta Shopping Centre and their exciting events, offers and news, visit www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 678 5306.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news.