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Chanel’s Christmas Fail and Other Disappointing Advent Calendars

French luxury house Chanel has denied blocking a social media user from its TikTok account this week after it ripped its advent calendar to shreds.

TikTok user Elise Harmon has claimed she was blocked by the brand after posting videos on the platform revealing the contents of her limited-edition calendar.

His scathing review comes amid a December unboxing trend, with social media users revealing their own 24 days of disappointment as Christmas approaches.

The Chanel No. 5-inspired calendar had a suggested retail price of $1,140 and was marketed as “a treasure for years to come”.

But according to Ms. Harmon, the high-end calendar was more trash than treasure.

The TikTok user revealed that although the calendar contained expensive items, such as hand cream and a (small) bottle of perfume, it also included stickers, a plastic snow globe and an empty dust bag. .

@eliseharmon

I will expose everything and show you all the content and you can tell me if you think it’s worth it #chaneladventcalendar

♬ Rockin’ around the Christmas tree – Brenda Lee

@eliseharmon

Is it worth it? Probably not but it’s pretty

♬ It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas – Michael Bublé

The unboxing of the advent calendar caused a stir online, with Harmon followers roasting Chanel after Harmon claimed the brand had blocked her.

But a spokesperson said The new daily the claim was “absolutely inaccurate” as the account had never been activated.

Chanel said it was aware of the online comments and “sorry that this calendar may have disappointed some people”.

No monetary value was given for its contents, but Chanel said the calendar was a “true collector’s item whose value cannot be summed up solely in the products it contains”.

The Harmon v Chanel debacle has left us wondering how many other brands have missed the mark with 2021 advent calendars.

What started as a pious tradition of counting down the days to the birth of Christ has turned into a sometimes shameless marketing ploy.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for companies to dump their leftover free samples and make customers pay for the privilege, it seems.

Fortunately, social media users were quick to introduce the worst offenders.

There’s fantasy – and then there’s this

A mini Dungeons & Dragons advent calendar received a particularly hilarious backlash on TikTok, with user @shutthepupup screaming when she revealed her husband ordered it online.

DnD is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game with a host of standard characters that can be customized by players.

Besides the odd packaging and lack of any classic DnD characters, she was in stitches opening what she said was “someone’s trash can”: a miniature figure of Snow White, which had seen better days, a few smurfs and what appeared to be an unopened McDonald’s toy topped the list.

WARNING: Contains offensive language

@shutthepupup

It’s the best thing we’ve ever bought. #Advent calendar #wtfisthis #dnd #dndtiktok #imgonnapee #This is amazing

♬ original sound – ShutThePupUp

What it lacks in taste it doesn’t make up for

Meanwhile, TikTok user Planet Food has taken a look at food-related timelines through December.

The Kinder Mini Chocolates Calendar only received 4/10 due to a lack of variety.

It contained two types of mini-bars and alternated them over the 25 days.

“Go Kinder, more flavors please,” wrote Planet Food.

Chocolate advent calendars have long been a staple of many homes during the Christmas season.

Most parents can calculate the cost of 24 micro chocolates and know they’re getting stolen, but kids love opening a little cardboard door every day to find a sweet surprise.

They also help deter the question: how many nights until Santa Claus arrives?

@thisisplanetfood

Reply to @chloe_chappell13 What’s your favorite calendar so far? 😜 #Christmas #unpacking #Advent calendar #christmas2021 #for you #PlanetFood

♬ All I want for Christmas is you – Mariah Carey

More like the Badvent Calendar

YouTuber Alexandria Ryan, who posts a series of videos titled 25 Christmas Advent Calendarshas more scathing reviews.

A schedule from US broadcaster QVC was particularly disappointing, she said.

The schedule was so bad that Ryan referenced it in future videos, reminding viewers that it “couldn’t be worse than QVC”.

Ryan told her followers that she bought the calendar for US$80 ($113), but it has since been discounted.

The worst things on the schedule were a single dose of powdered Listerine mouthwash (just add water) and a single vitamin in a packet.

As with most advent calendars Ryan reviewed, it featured more expensive brands in smaller quantities and plenty of “free with purchase” samples.

At the end of the QVC video, Ryan admitted that she got angry while opening the boxes.

“I think I was literally offended for everyone who bought this calendar,” she said.

“I kinda know what I’m getting myself into with advent calendars, as most of them really aren’t fantastic.

“There are some really good ones, but most of them just aren’t that great.”

Finally someone said it: most advent calendars are a waste of money.

All hype, no value

The Chanel Calendar shouldn’t have come as a surprise – the full list of items included inside was referenced on the brand’s website.

Not all brands include this information, but to avoid disappointment, it’s best to check these details before buying an advent calendar.

Reddit users also recommend buying the items you want and then putting them in DIY Advent calendars.

At least that way you’re getting stuff you’ll actually use – and it’ll probably work out better value too.

Both of these suggestions spoil the surprise, but they could also save you some costly regret.