Boyfriend crafts DIY advent calendar of Fray Bentos PIES

Happy Crust-mas! Boyfriend crafts DIY advent calendar for his girlfriend with each day revealing a Fray Bentos PIE (that he’ll eat… because she doesn’t even like them)

  • Nigel Canning, 37, spent two months making advent calendar for girlfriend Nikki
  • Has different tinned meat pie behind every door and steak puddings for the 25th 
  • 15,000 calorie box weighs two stone and is made with 25 pies bought from B&M
  • But Nigel admits Nikki ‘doesn’t like pies that much’ and plans to eat some himself
  • Have you received an unusual advent calendar from a loved one this year? If so please email [email protected] 

A boyfriend crafted a homemade Christmas advent calendar with a difference for his girlfriend – containing a Fray Bentos pie for every day.

Nigel Canning, 37, from Didcot, Oxfordshire, spent two months making the gift, which has a different tinned meat pie behind every door – and two steak puddings for Christmas Day.

He proudly presented partner Nikki Barton with the huge tinsel and fairy-light clad construction for her 38th birthday on Saturday as a surprise gift.

The 15,000 calorie treat – which weights more than two stone – is made with 25 pies bought from B&M for £1 each. 

Nigel admits that Nikki ‘doesn’t even like pies that much’ – but he loves them and is looking forward to tucking into one every day.

Childcare worker Nikki said: ‘I was gobsmacked. It was just hilarious when I first saw it. I didn’t take offence to it because I know he’s only doing it as a joke. That’s the sort of person he is.

Nigel Canning with his girlfriend Nikki Barton after he gave her a Fray Bentos advent calendar

Nikki herself is not a fan of the tinned pies and will give them to her partner to eat instead 

‘I never thought in a million years that he’d come up with something like that. He’s obviously put a lot of effort into it.’

The advent calendar has now taken its pride of place on the couple’s dining room table.

Nikki added: ‘I haven’t had any of the pies yet. I don’t mind one every now and again but 25 is a bit much.

‘It’s definitely unique and a bit different to a classic chocolate calendar..’

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Nigel, a production assistant, made the ‘pie in a tin’ advent calendar from 25 cardboard boxes he taped together.

Each has a little door with a number on, and is covered in festive wrapping paper, and filled with a 500 calorie tinned pie.

Nigel said he was inspired after his girlfriend of two years got him a pork scratching advent calendar last year.

‘After she got me that I didn’t want to just get her a chocolate one,’ he said. ‘For Christmas last year I got her a Fray Bentos pie as a stocking filler as a joke.

‘It was all wrapped up and she pulled it out and said ‘what the hell is this?’

Nigel Canning, 37, spent two months making the gift, which has a different tinned meat pie behind every door – and two steak puddings for Christmas Day

‘There’s no real reason for it at all. I remember eating them as a kid and they were just so convenient. It’s just a bit of a joke. I can’t imagine she’s going to sit down and eat a pie every morning.’

Nigel admitted he was slightly nervous before handing it over.

‘I thought she’d either love it or I’ll end up wearing it’, said Nigel. ‘She has no fondness of pies as such and I just hoped she didn’t take it the wrong way.

‘I find the whole thing hilarious. We have got that sort of relationship where we have fun. A couple of people have said to me that she might take offence to it but I’ve worked hard on it.

‘She will laugh it off, I’m sure of it.’

Nigel spent £30 building the advent calendar for his girlfriend and joked at how there was a ‘gap in the market’ to exploit with his creation. 

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