12 of the best advent calendars

Wooden calendars, dairy free, 99p bargains and even beer advent calendars, we’ve got the perfect choices for the 24 days of Christmas

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  • Frozen, Peppa Pig calendars £1 each

    Available from: Poundland

    Set to be one of the most popular calendars this year, the Frozen advent calendar comes with chocolates behind the 24 doors, and amazingly isn't on sale in the usual high street stores. 

    No, it's Poundland that's selling them – for the bargain price of (you may have guessed) £1.

    In fact the discount store has a wide range of the most popular kids characters on its cardboard choccy advent calendars, such as Thomas The Tank Engine, Peppa Pig, The Simpsons, Hello Kitty and Spiderman. All for, you guessed it, £1.

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  • Wooden Train calendar, £45

    Available from: Marks & Spencer

    Parents of train loving children take note; there is a wooden advent train that can bring your child little surprises on wheels.    

    This gorgeous seasonal train is made up of three carriages and each carriage has small pull-out boxes, perfect for hiding little delights.

  • Traditional Advent Calendar, 99p

    Available from: Aldi

    Why not go back to basics this Christmas with Aldi’s traditional advent calendar? 

    It may not be full of frills or superstar branding, but this paper Xmas treat is filled with chocolate and features a cute festive design – but the best part is it’s only 99p!   

  • Felt Buckets Advent, £15

    Available from: John Lewis

    If you’re looking for an alternative advent calendar, these felt buckets work as perfect storage for little treats while you countdown the days to Christmas.

    They also work as a festive garland for your tree. That’s great multi-tasking. 

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  • Reindeer Advent Calendar, £12

    Available from: Asda

    This elegant wooden reindeer calendar has a wonderful festive feel, with removable drawers to put little gifts or sweets in.

    And what’s more, it’s sturdy enough to be used again year-after-year.

  • Dairy free Moo Free Chocolate Advent Calendar, £5.99

    Available from: Amazon

    Have a child with a dairy allergy or intolerance? Now there's an advent calendar your child will be able to enjoy. Dairy free chocolate maker Moo Free has produced a good value calendar featuring organic milk-free chocolates. Perfect for vegans too.

  • Woodmansterne Battersea calendar, £6

    Available from: John Lewis

    From Hertfordshire-based stationary makers Woodmansterne, this paper advent calendar is inspired by the UK’s oldest and most famous home for dogs and cats – Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.  

    Although no proceeds from the sale of the calendar go to the charity, Woodmansterne donate 90p from every pack of Battersea Xmas cards to the charity.

    It also makes charity cards for the British Heart Foundation, Childline, Shelter, Marie Curie and Crisis and has so far raised almost £3 million pounds. 

  • Undecorated Wooden Advent Calendar, £15

    Available from: Hobbycraft

    Want to spend some quality time with the family and give your house amerry makeover at the same time?  Then this undecorated advent calendar might be just the thing for you.

    The freestanding wooden house is sold plain and ready to decorate, so you can make your very own unique calendar and build family moments at the same time.

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  • Playmobil Advent calendar, £17.99

    Available from: Toys R Us

    With these calendars your little ones can build their own pirate adventure or magical land full of unicorns while counting down the days to Christmas.

    Filled with toys and not sweets, you won’t have to worry about your children eating too much chocolate.

  • Prestat The Finest Chocolate Truffles Advent Calendar, £30

    Available from: Ocado

    Chocoholics rejoice! This Xmas you and your family can eat like royalty with these truffles from Prestat, the purveyors of chocolate to The Queen.

    Suitable for vegetarians, the treats are wrapped in a beautifully adorned box - the main problem with this advent calendar is that it is impossible to resist eating only one chocolate a day!   

  • 12 beers of Christmas, £49.50

    Available from: Not On The High Street

    This one is just for adults! Sweet treats or toys not your style, then how about a beer?

    Featuring an eclectic collection of award-winning beers from around the world, beer lovers will certainly get merry with this advent calendar.

    Delivered in a Christmas tree cut-out there is one drink for every day from December 14th to Xmas day. Now, for next year, they just need to make one for wine drinkers...

  • Wedgwood porcelain advent calendar, £12,000

    Available from: Harrods

    What do you get the family that has everything; a very expensive advent calendar from iconic pottery firm Wedgwood.

    A stunning porcelain Georgian house, it has been painted in alabaster and iconic Wedgwood blue and handcrafted in the UK. 

    Only three have been made, making them a very limited edition. Oh, and did we mention, the price tag is 12 grand. Nice.  


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