BEST ADVENT CALENDARS FOR KIDS

We’ve selected 24 of the best advent calendars for kids this Christmas

Whether you’re looking for something traditional in the shape of wood or fabric calendars you can fill, or you want to get the latest and exclusive toys from Smiggle or Playmobil, we’ve got a great selection of advent calendars, all still available in the shops.
TRADITIONAL

Modern Calendar, West Elm £59
Count down to Christmas with this cotton Advent Calendar from West Elm. Its pockets hold gifts or candy for a fun way to get into the holiday spirit all month long. Gifts and sweets not included.
www.westelm.co.uk
National Gallery Advent Calendar £7.50
Featuring a festive exterior scene of the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square where Santa meets Nelson it is finished with shimmery highlights. Each numbered door opens to reveal a different detail from the National Gallery Collection, including Constable, Manet, Botticelli and many more.
www.nationalgallery.co.uk 

Coppenrath Victorian Christmas Garland  £14.00
This Christmas Garland Large Advent Calendar by Barbara Behr is shaped like a traditional festive decoration. The countdown to Christmas spreads over 24 angelic doors, with images the whole family is sure to enjoy.
www.johnlewis.com

Meri Meri Railway Advent Calendar £29.00
Tasteful and no plastic in sight! Count down to Christmas with this sweet railway advent calendar, featuring 24 beautiful wooden pieces and a keepsake bag.
www.merimeri.co.uk

FOODIES

play in choc £65
24 organic chocs + 24 toys within 24 drawers. Beautifully crafted, the chocolates are dairy free, gluten free, soy free and with no refined sugar. The toys feature 18 endangered animals to learn about. Once each drawer is removed, replace back to front to form a new picture which will be completed on Christmas Eve. The outer sleeve of the advent can also be opened up into a landscape to play with all 24 toys.
www.playinchoc.com

Betty’s £49.95 
Featuring a new, exclusive design for Bettys by Poppy Treffry. A festive chocolate novelty awaits in each of the 24 pockets of this cotton advent calendar. Limited availability.
www.bettys.co.uk

The Biscuiteers 24 luxe biscuit tin £55
24 hand-iced biscuits presented in a square-edged keepsake tin. Can be personalised with a free message card at checkout.
www.biscuiteers.com

Divine Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar £4
With a new illustration by Stephen Waterhouse of the nativity, this calendar combines Fairtrade chocolate with a traditional nativity theme. The reverse of the calendar brings extra delights for children, featuring a Bean to Chocolate game.
www.divinechocolate.com/uk

Hershey’s Cookies n Crème £5.00
Like Hershey’s? You’ll like this calendar filled with cookies and creme chocolate.
www.ocado.com

 

CREATIVE

Cotton Twist Personalised Make Your Own Advent Calendar Kit £12.95
This kit contains stickered envelopes to fill with messages or treats and pegs and twine to fix into position. All is made by hand by little Elves in Chiswick.
www.cottontwist.co.uk

Play Doh £20
Different crafting gifts each day such as a snowflake stamper, tree mould, playmate and five cans of Play-Doh.
www.jdwilliams.co.uk

Mari Meri Christmas Tree Advent Calendar £13.50
Open the windows of this charming advent calendar to reveal a different delightful tree decoration every day.
www.merimeri.co.uk

Crayola £17.99
Kit includes 24- day calendar of surprises for a daily dose of creativity for every day of Advent. Think craft projects, homemade gifts, finger puppets and colouring activities.
www.amazon.co.uk

BIC £19.99
For the pen and writing lover find 24 writing products during Advent. Six Magic Felt Pens, six Coloured Pencils, four Colouring Crayons, one Glue Tube, one Graphite Pencil, one Eraser, three Ball Pens, 24 Postcard & 20 Stickers to colour.
www.amazon.co.uk

Oxfam Puppet calendar £4.99
A large design with metallic foiling; each day of advent features a fun finger puppet from the Nativity story.
www.oxfam.org.uk

COLLECTABLES

Hatchimals Colleggtibles £29.99
There are over 50 surprises to discover so you can build a Christmas scene. Paper craft decorations, small presents, stickers and accessories for your Hatchimals are all included. There are also exclusive characters and nests that you’ll only find in this calendar.
www.amazon.co.uk

Paperchase Eraser Advent Calendar £10
This popular high street store has a great selection of calendars. We’ve picked this one with 25 (yes – the idea of advent plus one) different puzzle eraser gifts behind these windows.
www.paperchase.com

Tinc £28.00
Slide away the full colour sleeve to reveal 24 individually nested boxes, each containing a unique, Tinc-branded and exclusive gift. This year’s calendar is reportedly bigger, funkier and of higher value than last year’s. And gender neutral!
www.johnlewis.com


Smiggle Advent Calendar £25
25 limited edition stationery surprises behind each door, plus 25 lucky tickets to win a massive £500 Smiggle shopping spree! Suitable for 4yrs+. Please note, this is now sold out online.
www.amazon.co.uk

TOYS

Schleich – Farm World £25.00
Schleich figurines and accessories are concealed behind 24 little doors.
www.debenhams.com

Playmobil Santa’s Workshop £19.97
As each box is opened the building of a Christmas scene will begin.  With sleighs, elves, toys and angels, by Christmas morning the magical tableau will be complete. With beautiful Playmobil detail, tiny carrots for the reindeer and gorgeously wrapped presents are a cute finishing touch to the scene.
www.johnlewis.com

 

FOR OLDER KIDS

Gibsons 12 Days of Christmas Puzzle Advent £20.00
Behind each door you’ll find an 80 piece jigsaw. The twelve puzzles eventually create one panoramic Christmas scene.
www.shop.rnli.org


Juniqe The Animal Kingdom £59.95
The large box features 24 different posters rolled up inside numbered gift boxes. The index lists all 24 artists names. This is a limited edition of 1000.

www.juniqe.co.uk

Miss Pink Advent Calendar £15
The perfect countdown to Christmas with the Miss Pink advent calendar with a treat behind every door. Calendar contains 1 x 7g lip balm, 6 x bath fizzer, 10 x 5ml fragrance, 5 x 30ml bubble bath, 1 x nail polish, 1 x nail stickers.
www.next.co.uk

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