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The best children’s advent calendars

There’s not too long until we are in December and the countdown to Christmas is such a magical time for children.   To build on the festive spirit throughout the month of December, we have hand picked some of our favourite children’s advent calendars that are guaranteed to add a little something special in the lead up to the big day…

Milledeux Advent Calendar

Uncover a beautiful new hair accessory each day with this gorgeous Milledeux calendar filled with the brand’s pretty clips, bows and bobbles.  Available in a silver of gold selection, the drawers each hold an attractive gift to create 24 festive looks that will delight little ones in creating an elegant look to see them through the most stylish season. Priced £90 from www.milledeux.com

Playmobil Christmas Toy Store Advent Calendar

An advent calendar designed on the magic of Christmas, each door holds a figurine or piece to a magical, festive toyshop filled with Christmas joy.  Once all the surprises have been discovered, the box folds open into a backdrop to complete the scene for lots of creative fun. Priced £19.99 from www.playmobil.co.uk

Christmas Around the World Calendar Puzzle 

Jigsaw fans will love this calendar with 22 beautifully illustrated puzzles that each make up different festive shapes highlighting Christmas festivities from across the globe.  Two bonus doors are filled with all the bits of kit to make your very own Christmas decorations. Priced £28 from www.gibsongames.co.uk

Niederegger Advent Calendar

For the ultimate sweet treat, this Christmas carousel is filled with the yummiest marzipan and chocolate pralines.  As you open the doors one by one, your child journeys through a whimsical tale that takes them to the German city of Lubeck, with a stop off at Santa’s grotto and the iconic Christmas markets before hitting Santa’s sleigh to deliver the gifts on Christmas eve. Priced £35 from John Lewis

Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar

Leave the real tree to the experts while letting the kids get artistic with decorating their own Christmas tree this year! This advent Christmas tree set includes 24 magnetic ornaments plus a shining star for big day – all of which fits neatly in the attached box at the base. Each day children can select their favourite design to go onto the tree filling it daily as they get ever closer to Christmas. Priced £21.89 from Amazon

The Snowman Musical Advent Calendar

25 gift doors contain all the lovable characters from the two iconic Snowman stories. These include the likes of Billy, his dog, The Snowman, Father Christmas and of course, the skiing penguin! The characters are attached to magnets to interact and move together with a magnetic “ice rink” which is positioned on the bottom half of the bi-fold calendar.  Priced £24.99 from www.danilo.com

Divine Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar

We had to include a traditional chocolate calendar within our top picks so for the ultimate chocolate delight, this one from Divine is filled with the smoothest, most velvety chocolate hiding behind each door.  In addition to tasting delicious, cocoa farmers in Ghana cooperatively own a stake in Divine, which means the farmers receive a share of the profits they help to create, giving them more to invest in their families, farms, and communities.  Priced £5 from Waitrose

Advent of Change Advent Calendar

This reverse advent calendar is all about giving back. Instead of receiving a daily gift, each day you find out more about your gift to one of 24 incredible UK charities.  The daily donations of 50p are made on your behalf simply by the purchase of the calendar.  Details behind each door provide more information on your daily contribution, from helping to provide shelter to a homeless person, fulfilling the wish of a sick child or helping to support frontline workers. Priced £17.95 from www.adventofchange.com

Woodland Christmas Advent Calendar 

Count down the days to Christmas with this beautifully crafted, wooden advent calendar. Featuring 24 doors, it’s all about DIY and customisation so you can choose to fill each one with whatever your child would like.  The quality ensures that it will be a staple Christmas decoration for many years to come. Priced £45.00 from the Great Little Trading Company.  

Lakeland Christmas Plasticine Advent Calendar Kit

This calendar will keep kids entertained for hours with a challenge a day to create a charming Christmas character.  Behind each door lies everything you need to get crafty with colourful plasticine and instructions.  Unlike many similar types of putty, the plasticine doesn’t go hard so can be used time and time again once the festive season is over. Priced £14.99 from www.lakeland.co.uk

Livia’s Advent Calendar 

Food intolerances can often mean some children feel they have to miss out on a chocolate advent calendar, but Livia’s has lots of treats that are all gluten and dairy free and vegan.  Each door holds a natural, mouth-watering delight including their popular Nugglets, Million Squares and Dunx dips. All the packaging is also fully recyclable meaning it’s not just good for little tummies, but the environment too! Priced £39.99 from Selfridges. 

Aquabeads Advent Calendar

Indulge in some crafting and encourage your child to design some beautiful creations with this Aquabeads calendar.  Discover a new template behind each door to help guide you to produce a different festive design daily that will leave you with a full set of beautiful decorations come Christmas day! Priced £19.99 from www.jacinabox.co.uk