These child-sized elf dolls in cute country style are actually Advent calendars from Denmark. Count down to Christmas with tiny gifts hidden in the elves’ numbered pockets, and hang a holiday ornament on their metal rings for each day in December.
Where to buy?
I first spotted the Maileg Pixy countdown dolls at Garnett Hill (unique designs) and found the Calendar Elf/Pixie Boy and Calendar Elf/Pixie Girl designs at Fjorn Scandinavian, but neither of those outlets seem to carry the dolls any more.
Fortunately, it is still possible to find them for sale online.
You’ll find some styles of Maileg at Amazon (both seasonal and all-season decor); some even come with an offer of free shipping, depending on the item and the season as well as your location, which is kind of a nice bonus when it works out.
In fact, I just spotted Maileg’s tall skinny Santa Claus figure there – very much like the boy and girl Elf characters in style – as well as the Advent Pixy elves (both boy and girl figures, last time I checked) themselves. Maileg also has some really cute pieces on Amazon that aren’t actually Advent calendars but soft sculpture fabric decor pieces in this same wonderful elongated style, great for decorative accents all year round. I especially like the mouse and elf figures for a baby’s room, or for a touch of whimsy to welcome guests in an entryway. What appeals most? It’s got to be that distinctive blend of sophisticated nordic design and charming country style – perfect for a casual family home and especially at the Christmas holidays.