21 of the best advent calendars for kids

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

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best advent calendars christmas 2020

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 2020 approaches.

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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 20 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…

Here’s our pick of the best advent calendars for kids…

1. LEGO 60268 City Advent Calendar, £20

Suitable from: 5+

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. This includes 6 LEGO mini figures from the City Adventures TV series, a Christmas tree, Santa’s sleigh and more.

Your child can use their new LEGO to build a Christmas set or add to their existing collection on the big day – always a nice way to keep them occupied.

Available from: Selfridges, Smyths Toys and Amazon

2. VTech Baby Toot Toot Advent Calendar, £25

Suitable from: 12 months+

The toy range comes highly rated, so why not give the advent calendar a go? Your child can create their own winter wonderland in the run up to Christmas with 24 different toys including a penguin, snowman and rocking reindeer sleigh.

Available from: Selfridges and Argos

3. Disney Storybook Collection: Advent Calendar, £12

Countdown to Christmas with 24 Disney stories, featuring classic characters like Elsa, Woody, Dumbo and more. With so much variety, you and your child can enjoy a different story everyday at bedtime in the run up to Christmas.

There’s also a special Frozen version and one for little Marvel fans.

Available from: The Works

4. Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar, £14.99

Suitable from: 3+

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

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

Suitable from: 3+

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: Amazon, Smyths Toys and The Entertainer

6. Peppa Pig Advent Calendar, £20

Suitable from: 3+

Little Peppa fans will love collecting all the toys in this 24-piece set with Peppa, George, their friends and even a Santa! It also includes lots of fun Christmas trinkets so they can create their own Peppa-themed Christmas scene.

Available from: Argos, Selfridges and Amazon

7. Swizzles Advent Calendar, £7.99

A sweet alternative to chocolate, plus you’ll never guess which Swizzles fave you’re going to get!

Available from: Amazon and Down Your High Street

8. Marshmallow Advent Calendar, £15

There’s lots of delicious and unusual flavours in this marshmallow calendar including salted caramel, mint choc chip and candyfloss. You even get a toasting kit to use with your child for extra gooey marshmallows!

Available from: Not On The High Street and The Naked Marshmallow Co

9. Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £15

Suitable from: 3+

Your child can collect festive-themed moulds, stampers and other surprise gifts to shape their Play-Doh creations, and there’s even 2 pots of glittery Play-Doh!

Available from: Amazon, Selfridges and Next

10. Lakeland Bethlehem Advent Calendar, £69.99

For Christian households – or those who want to share the story of the Christmas nativity with their children – this wooden advent calendar is a lovely way to count down to Christmas.

Available from: Lakeland

11. Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25

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, Amazon and Very

12. Hobbycraft LED Wooden Book Advent Calendar, £20

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 

13. Playmobil Christmas Scene Advent Calendar, £25

Suitable from: 4+

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 festive scene, with 93 pieces to collect in total.

Available from: Selfridges, Hobbycraft and Amazon

14. Smiggle Advent Calendar, £28

Suitable from: 3+

Perfect for kids who love collecting stationery, this advent calendar from Smiggle has 25 limited edition goodies from slapboards to landyards, glitter glue, scented stickers and more. Keep an eye out for 1 of 30 lucky tickets that’ll win you £500 to spend in a Smiggle store!

Available from: Smiggle and Selfridges

15. Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar, £65

If you want to go all out, why not invest in a wooden wonderland calendar like this one? Fill with your own treats like gold coins, sweets or toys for your child to open in the run up to Christmas. An amazing keepsake that’ll last for years to come.

Available from: Ella James

16. Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar, £29.99

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

17. Mummy Meagz Vegan Advent Calendar, £4.99

It’s a sweet xmas treat for children who can’t have dairy so they don’t have to miss out on a traditional chocolate calendar – we particularly love the sound of the caramel fondant-filled snowmen!

Available from: Holland & Barrett

18. Moo Free Advent Calendar, £4.99

Another great dairy-free-milk chocolate alternative comes from Moo Free, and this one is also gluten free – filled with delicious organic rice milk chocolate treats!

Available from: Moo Free, Amazon and Superfood Market

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

Inside this super special choc advent calendar you’ll 24 penguin, Santa and snowman sweet treats hidden behind classic cardboard windows – a luxe take on the traditional choc advent calendar.

Available from: Hotel Chocolat

20. Personalised Activity Advent Calendar, £37

If you’re looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy in the run up to Christmas, try this personalised activity calendar. Fill each of the 24 holes with festive activities like making paper chains or baking Christmas cookies, which are revealed each day.

You can choose activity suggestions for the ideas sheet provided or pick your own. Although quite pricey, it’ll make a lovely personalised keepsake you can use over the years.

Available from: Not On The High Street

21. Happyland Advent Calendar, £29.99

Suitable from: 18 months+

Cute and fun for kids who might be too young for LEGO and Playmobil, filled with Christmassy characters like gingerbread men, Santa and snowmen.

Available from: Early Learning Centre

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