20 of the best advent calendars for kids

Toy calendars, wooden calendars, unusual chocolate calendars and gluten/dairy-free calendars - we’ve got the perfect choices for the 24 days of Christmas...

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To find yourself a classic milk choc advent calendar with a cartoon character on the front, all you need to do is nip down to your local shop as Christmas 2019 approaches.


But do you want a calendar that’ll last years to come – or will fit your own homemade treats inside? Maybe you’re just after something a bit different to the norm for your little one?

Here we’ve found 18 of the best advent calendars: everything from alternative chocolate advent calendars, to wooden calendars, crafty DIY advent calendars and (of course) the hottest toy calendars…

1. LEGO 41382 Friends Advent Calendar, £22.99

Why we love it: LEGO advent calendars always go down well (and sell out pretty quickly), so we’re just as excited as the little ones to find out what the 24 buildable gifts will be.

Suitable for 6 years +, this calendar comes with 24 festive home trinkets, perfect for decoration a dollhouse or existing LEGO set.

Your little one can use their new LEGO to build a Christmas set on the big day – always a nice way to keep ’em occupied.

Available from: Smyths Toys, The Entertainer and Asda

2. VTech Baby Toot Toot Advent Calendar, £25.99

Why we love it: The toy range comes highly rated, so why not give the advent calendar a go? Your little one can create their own winter wonderland in the run up to Christmas with 24 different toys including a sleigh, reindeer and a Father Christmas who sings!

Available from: Amazon and Argos 

3. Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar, £15

Why we love it: Bright, colourful and full of Christmas cheer, this wooden, magnetic calendar is sure to be a kids’ fave this Christmas. Fill the numbered outlines on the tree leading up to Christmas with a shining star for the final day.

Available from: Amazon and John Lewis

4. LOL Surprise OOTD! Outfit Of The Day Advent Calendar, £29.99

Why we love it: The LOL Surprise cute collectibles phenomenon is real, and this calendar would be the ultimate treat for mini fans of the popular toy. Unbox your doll on the first day and gradually build up her outfit with accessories in the run to Christmas.

Available from: The Entertainer and Amazon

5. Hatchimals Colleggtibles 24 Day Advent Calendar, £24.99

Why we love it: 24 days of mini Hatchimals figures (some exclusives), stickers and ‘holiday nests’ to build a 3D winter scene – non-stop fun for little ones who love collectibles.

Available from: Smyths Toys and Amazon

6. Swizzles Advent Calendar, £4 – 5

Why we love it: A sweet alternative to chocolate, plus you’ll never guess which Swizzles fave you’re gonna get!

Available from: Wilko and Amazon

7. Marshmallow Advent Calendar, £19.99

Why we love it: There’s lots of delicious and unusual flavours in this marshmallow calendar including butterscotch, gingerbread and mint choc chip. You even get a toasting kit to use with your little one for extra gooey marshmallows!

Available from: Amazon and Not On The High Street 

8. Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £15

Why we love it: Your little one can collect moulds, stampers and other surprise gifts to shape their Play-Doh creations, and there’s even glittery Play-Doh!

Available from: Amazon

9. Lakeland Bethlehem Advent Calendar, £67.99

Why we love it: For Christian households – or those who want to share the story of the Christmas nativity with their little ones – this wooden advent calendar is a lovely way to count down to Christmas.

Available from: Lakeland

10. Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25

Why we love it: Another tasty non-choc alternative! We’ve been lucky enough to try some of the unique popcorn flavours in this calendar, with our favourites including orange chocolate and toffee apple & cinnamon.

Available from: Joe and Sephs and Amazon

11. Hobbycraft LED Wooden House Advent Calendar, £20

Why we love it: A DIY advent calendar which crafty little ones can help decorate with paint, glue and glitter. The LED lights make this an extra special purchase and since it’s wooden, you can keep their work of art for years to come.

Available from: Hobbycraft 

12. Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar, £19.99

Why we love it: If you can’t get hold of the LEGO calendar, Playmobil’s version is a great alternative. Each box contains a different toy to piece together your very own Santa’s workshop.

Available from: John Lewis, Argos and Amazon

13. Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar, £65

gingerbread avent house

Why we love it: If you want to go all out, why not invest in a wooden wonderland calendar like this one? You do have to put your own treats in the windows, though…

Available from: Ella James

14. Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar, £22.99

Why we love it: Perfect for crafty kids and crayon artists who don’t gravitate towards the likes of LEGO. Projects, finger puppets and colour-in sheets galore.

Available from: Amazon

15. Holland & Barrett Vegan Advent Calendar, £2.49

Why we love it: It’s a sweet xmas treat for children who can’t have gluten, dairy or nuts so they don’t have to miss out on a traditional chocolate calendar.

Available from: Holland & Barrett

16. Moo Free Advent Calendar, £4.99

Why we love it: Pricey at £4.99, but gluten and dairy free – filled with delicious organic rice milk chocolate treats!

Available from: Ocado and Amazon

17. Up To Snow Good Kids’ Advent Calendar, £8


Why we love it: 24 penguin, Santa and snowman choc treats hidden behind classic cardboard windows… a luxe take on the traditional choc advent calendar.

Available from: Hotel Chocolat

18. Frozen 2 Jewellery Advent Calendar, £12

Why we love it: Filled with Frozen-themed stick-on earrings and cute, patterned rings for your mini jewellery fan!

Available from: Accessorize

19. Eat Your Greens Chocolate Sprout Advent Calendar, £24

Why we love it: This one’s a bit crafty – trick your kids into loving sprouts by offering up these deceptive choc versions. Worth a shot, right?

Available from: Not On The High Street

20. Happyland Advent Calendar, £29.99

happyland advent calendar

Why we love it: Cute and fun for younger kids (18 months – 6 years), filled with Christmassy characters like gingerbread men, Santa and snowmen.

Available from: Early Learning Centre

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