My alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping is Advent Calendar shopping. And I don’t mean shopping for Advent Calendars, lol.

The idea came to me after I received this gorgeous Bonne Maman Advent Calendar filled with limited edition mini fruit spreads and honey. I can’t wait until December 1st to start opening the little doors!

Grand Maman Advent Calendar

Bonne Maman Advent Calendar

I was also inspired by the chocolate Advent Calendars at Anna Stubbe Chocolates & Confectionaries. I purchased one for my daughter so she has something to help her count down the days until she comes home for Christmas.

Chocolate Advent Calendar from Anna Stubbe Chocolates & Confectionaries

Chocolate Advent Calendar from Anna Stubbe Chocolates & Confectionaries

But, how will my Advent calendar work? Starting on December 1st, you – my Keeping Abreast subscribers – will receive an email each day featuring a COKANNA design. It will give you some gift giving ideas for loved ones on your Christmas list. And, I hope it will give you some ideas for your own wish list.

Some of the items will have a discount so don’t forget to check your email each day. And if you already get too many emails, just delete and move on. No harm done.

It’s been fun creating the Advent calendar so I hope it will be fun for you too. You don’t actually get to open little doors but you do get to open up an email with lovely photos. At the very least, it should put you in the holiday spirit and give you some gift ideas.

And before I go, here’s a friendly reminder to grab your tickets for our Holiday Sweets & Shopping Fundraiser. It’s this Sunday, December 4th from 1 to 4 pm. It’s an opportunity to pick up some of those gift ideas in-person. Heidi McLaren from Wanderlust Scarves and Barbi Defazio from Red Raspberry Studios will be here with even more fabulous gift ideas.

Holiday Sweets & Shopping Fundraiser, Photo of Colleen's dog, Oliver, in an elf hat.

Oliver will greet you at the door

Your $10 ticket fee will be donated to the Ottawa Food Bank for their Holiday Food Drive. Click here for your tickets and all the details.

Holiday Sweets & Shopping Fundraiser

We look forward to seeing you there!

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday, Photo of Colleen Kanna and her dog Oliver

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.