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The Best Advent Calendars 2021!

The countdown to Christmas is getting closer and with advent calendars growing in popularity over the past few years, we check out the best ones out there for the whole family to enjoy…

L’occitane Reusable Advent Calendar, £160

This product was a sellout in a week last year when it launched so be sure to be quick this time round. Made from recycled cotton, it has been designed in collaboration with UK illustrator Kitty McCall, who is inspired by nature to create colour, pattern and joy for the home. The Reusable Advent Calendar contains L’occitane’s most coveted products from skincare favourites Immortelle Overnight Serum and Divine Cream, to body care heroes Petit Remedy and Almond Supple Skin Oil.

Elfie’s Christmas Advent Calendar Letters Bundle, £38.95

For a truly magical spin on Christmas, bring to life the true magic of Christmas with this extra special advent calendar. From the aptly named International Elf Service, this beautiful letter bundle brings a daily dose of Christmas magic into the home. 26 hand-illustrated letters are all personalised and addressed specifically to your children, including one from the main man himself.  Each letter is a creative addition to any household elves to help them spread mischief, magic and keep the spirit alive in a household of believers brining to life a fun Christmas story through the month of December.

PLAYin CHOC ‘Countdown to Christmas’ advent, £27.50

For a great eco friendly option, PLAYin CHOC brings the fun to chocolate guilt free. Behind each door is not only a tasty chocolate, but a sustainable toy for youngsters.  Each day, the keepsakes can be added to build a scene with the outer packaging for hours of fun. A great options for those with allergies, all the chocolate is allergen-free and vegan.

Popcorn Shed Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £20

Six delectable popcorn flavours lie behind 24 doors of popcorn goodness. Opening a door a day reveals a different scrumptious flavour.  Tempt the taste buds with the award-winning Salted Caramel; Berry-licious raspberry and dark chocolate; Buttery Nuts peanut butter, caramel and chocolate; Pop N Choc – enough said; Pecan Pie caramel popcorn with roasted pecans and Say Cheese, another award-winning cheddar delight.  The generous-sized bags pack a real daily treat for any popcorn aficionados.

The Gruffalo’s Child Musical Advent Calendar, £24.99

Oh no, it’s a Gruffalo! Watch out for the Gruffalo with this all singing and dancing musical, interactive calendar. Behind each door youngsters can uncover unique pieces that helps to build a beautiful festive scene as the days of December build. In addition, there are magnetic characters that cleverly glide through the scene to provide lots of creative play while soaking in the official soundtrack composed by Rene Aubry.

Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, £23.99

Kick start each day with a little surprise on your breakfast toast. This beautiful calendar from Bonne Maman contains 23 charming mini jars of all your favourite jams and marmalades. Mixing it up, you can discovery a new fruit variety or tasty blends in each jar. This year the calendar also features two surprise gifts – the first to start the Advent adventure on day one and the other on Christmas Eve!

Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs/Cats, £10

Extended members of the family of the four-legged variety shouldn’t have to miss out on all the fun.  Lily’s Kitchen has a range advent calendars for cats and dogs to enjoy a special daily treat.  Generously filled with a selection of delicious treats, including Rise and Shines and the famous Bedtime Biscuits, pets and pet parents can countdown to Christmas together.

Gibsons Merry Mischief Jigsaw Puzzle Advent Calendar, £30

This is a fantastic option for the whole family to enjoy – an arts and crafts jigsaw puzzle advent calendar. Behind each door you’ll find a festive shaped puzzle to complete. Each design features a mischievous animal getting in the Christmas spirit. And behind two doors are puzzle glue and ribbon so you can craft your own decorations.

Cry Babies Magic Tears Rosie Advent Calendar, £24.99

This super cute calendar features a daily pre Christmas surprise, including an exclusive Rosie doll. Behind each door is a surprise, miniature collectible that can be used on the 3D scene to have some fun playing out a festive scene. 

Bird & Blend Tea Co. Christmas, £38

If you love a cuppa or know someone that does then check out this fantastic option. Fresh from indie tea company, Bird & Blend, they’re looking to mix things up literally with some wonderfully festive flavourings. Keep an eye out for the special Snowball, Mulled Cider and beautifully named Fairytale of NY tea blends that form part of the 48-bag calendar. We also love that this one is completely plastic free with all recyclable packaging (and plastic free tea bags!). Regular and decaf versions available!

toucanBox Very Merry Advent Calendar, £45

Popular subscription box brand, toucanBox, has released its first ever FIRST, Advent Calendar for children aged 2-8yrs.  Bursting with crafts galore, each of the 24 boxes feature a gift destined for festive fin. Crafts include a snowball juggling bear bauble and snowman puppets, scrummy recipes for gingerbread reindeer, and hot chocolate spoons.

The Nutcracker from Niederegger, £16.99

Celebrate the lead up to Christmas with a traditional German marzipan. Each day unveils an almond sweet treat features tasty flavoured marzipan bars from Niederegger that has origins in marzipan capital of the world, Lubeck. Beautifully presented, it makes a great gift or special treat to start the day off just right!

Flying Goose X Sous Chef 12 Days of Srircacha, £39.99

For those that like things with a little spice, this is a fun calendar that features 12 days of pure Sriracha. If you’re unfamiliar with the sauce, it’s a chilli sauce that makes a great accompaniment to burgers, meats and sushi! The calendar is the result of an exclusive partnership between ingredient specialists, Sous Chef, and world-renowned sriracha makers, Flying Goose

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Advent Calendar£25.99 

This fun Toot-Toot Drivers calendar 25 fun play pieces that are great to add to any existing or new Toot-Toot track set.  Our favourite door hides an interactive Toot-Toot Drivers Sleigh that comes complete with Christmas songs and festive melodies.

Montezuma Truffle Advent Calendar, £29.99

We love this one from Montezuma that is filled with a deliciously decadent selection of its best-selling truffles.  Lose yourself in the American Idol milk chocolate and salted caramel, or mouth-watering Secret Squirrel, a milk chocolate & hazelnut praline.

Organix Advent Calendar

You’re never too young for an advent calendar and this one from Organix is a great healthy food option for toddlers. Behind each door is one of Organix’s best-loved snacks that feature no nasties so youngsters can kick-start the day with an oaty bite or scrummy biccie. Priced £9 from

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