If you’ve ever had an Advent calendar for the days leading up to Christmas, you know how much fun it is to get a little surprise every day, opening those tiny doors to reveal a miniature toy or a wee piece of chocolate. If you were patient (or had parents who enforced patience), then you got to have a tiny present every day.
No matter what style your advent calendar — whether it was the cardboard kind, a treasured family heirloom, or maybe even a DIY muffin-tin kind — it was probably relatively small. After all, it’s 24 days of presents — how big could it possibly get?
Well, if you’re Benjamin Hewins of London, big. Like, really big.
Hewins built a massive Advent calendar by hand, then placed a gift behind each of its 24 hinged doors. And all 24 gifts were for his wife.
“She is quite creative and is always making me cool things, so I wanted to do something for her this year that was a bit quirky, creative, and original,” Hewins said.
Using plywood, power tools, and lots of paint, he created a completely handmade, totally customized Advent calendar that’s making him the envy of gift-givers everywhere.
Check out how he created this incredible Advent calendar below, and get some inspiration for next Christmas!