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25 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...

Advent calendars for kids 2021

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 2021 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 for 2021

1. LEGO 60303 City Advent Calendar, £20

LEGO City advent calendar

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 snowman and a snowy city fold-down play board, as well as lots of other suprises.

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: Argos, IWOOT and Amazon

2. Playmobil 70188 Christmas Grotto Advent Calendar Playset, £20

playmobil 70188 christmas advent calendar

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 Christmas grotto, with 89 pieces to collect in total.

Available from: Home Essentials, ASDA and The Entertainer

3. Fruit Salad Jewellery Advent, £35

fruit salad jewellery advent calendar

Suitable from: 3+

Perfect for kids who love collecting things, this calendar has bracelet charms and pin badges in lots of fun and vibrant colours and shapes. Once all collected, they make a lovely link bracelet or cool accessories for clothing or a rucksack.

Available from: Stych

4. Advent of Change Children’s Charity Advent Calendar, £17.95

childrens charity advent calendar

Make the days leading up to Christmas meaningful and special with this children’s charity advent calendar. Little ones can learn about giving back whilst also having fun trying to find Santa’s lost presents behind each door!

Your child can discover each day which charities they are supporting, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, BBC Children in Need, Made by Dyslexia and more. 24 donations are included in the price of the calendar and the calendar itself is eco-friendly, plastic-free, sustainable and recyclable.

Available from: Advent of Change

5. Strode Park Book Advent Calendar, £16

strode park charity advent calendar

This is another advent calendar with a difference that helps a worthy cause. Each book advent calendar is made up of 24 new and pre-loved books (some are used but they’re in a great condition). All profits will go to Strode Park Foundation and the vital work they do to care for children and adults with disabilities.

Available from: Strode Park

6. JB Treat Carts Candyfloss Advent Calendar, £34.99

candyfloss advent calendar

Suitable from: 5+

Count down to Christmas in the sweetest way with 24 candy floss flavours such as chocolate orange, bubblegum and Christmas pudding. This would be great to share (or not!) and you could conceal the labels so you and your family could try to guess the candy floss flavour each day as you approach Christmas.

Available from: JB Treat Carts

7. Nomo Vegan Choc Advent Calendar, £5

nomo vegan free from advent calendar

Everyone can join in the festive countdown, even if they have dietary requirements, with this No Missing Out calendar. This calendar is filled with a selection of caramel & sea salt choc and creamy choc drop shaped pieces, all vegan and suitable for people with milk, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut allergy.

Available from: Holland & Barrett

8. Marvel Storybook Advent Calendar, £10

marvel storybook advent calendar

Suitable from: 4+

Any big superhero fans will love the collection of adventure stories that unfold each day towards Christmas! Superhero favourites range from Black Panther, Thor, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Captain America to Spiderman and many more.

Available from: Hobbycraft and The Works

9. The Make Arcade Craftvent Sewing Kit, £34

The Make Arcade Craftvent Advent Calendar Sewing Kit

Suitable from: 14+ years

Any crafty kid would be delighted with this adorable sewing kit advent calendar. With a 12 day countdown, it has everything your child needs to make a dozen beautiful Christmas decoration for your tree, including felt, glitter, ribbon and trims as well as a sewing kit with needles and thread.

Available from: John Lewis

10. The Colour in Christmas Advent Calendar, £25

colour in christmas advent calendar

Suitable from: 3+

Once completed, this set of illustrations becomes a colourful wall hanging that makes an especially great alternative to the usual sweet treats! It comes with all the fabric pens and items you need to get creative immediately. It’s perfect for any little creatives who enjoy colouring in.

Available from: Not On The High Street

11. Brio Advent Calendar 2021, £37.99

brio advent calendar 2021

Suitable from: 3+

If your child loves trains then this calendar will make the countdown even more exciting! There are 24 toy pieces including Santa Claus, Christmas train and tracks, animals and accessories. Lots of festive adventures and fun can be created with this advent calendar and makes a great choice for your young child.

Available from: Hello Baby Direct

12. Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar, £15

marshmallow advent calendar

There are lots of delicious and unusual flavours in this gourmet marshmallow calendar including salted caramel, mint choc chip and candy floss. You even add a toasting kit for an extra £3.95 to use with your child for extra gooey marshmallows!

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

13.  Hobbycraft Wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, £15

Hobbycraft wooden advent calendar

Suitable from: 3+

This is a beautiful DIY advent calendar that crafty little ones can help decorate with paint, glue and glitter. Each door opens out so you can fill it special treats, and since this calendar wooden, you can keep their work of art for years to come and make it a festive tradition.

Available from: Hobbycraft

14. Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25

gourmet popcorn advent calendar

Suitable from: 3+

Another tasty non-choc alternative! Joe & Seph’s popcorn advent calendar contains 24 packs of handmade gourmet popcorn. We’ve been lucky enough to try some of the unusual popcorn flavours, with our favourites including orange chocolate and toffee apple & cinnamon.

Available from: Joe and Sephs, Very and Amazon

15. LOL Surprise 2021 OOTD Advent Calendar, £29.99

lol surprise advent calendar

Suitable from: 6+

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 fun fashion accessories in the run to Christmas.

Available from: Amazon and Very

16. The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Book Collection, £19.99

gruffly advent calendar book collection

Suitable from: 3+

Another alternative to the traditional advent treats is this collection of 24 mini Gruffalo adventure books – a wonderful gift for the count down to Christmas and perfect for big fans of The Gruffalo.

Available from:Jojo Maman Bebe

17. Melissa & Doug Wooden Advent Calendar, £18.49

Melissa and Doug advent calendar

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 and John Lewis

18. Smiggle Advent Calendar, £30

Smiggle advent calendar

Suitable from: 6+

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

Available from: Smiggle and Selfridges

19. Woodland Christmas Advent Calendar, £38.40

Woodland Christmas advent calendar

Suitable from: 3+

Featuring Father Christmas and his woodland friends, this beautiful set includes a Christmas tree with twenty-five numbered animals/festive-themed decorations to add to the tree every day during the countdown to 25th December. All the pieces are made from wood and are durable and safe for little hands and enthusiastic tree decorators. Each decoration piece is numbered and corresponds to a position on the tree itself.

Available from: Great Little Trading Co

20. Personalised Activity Advent Calendar, £37

personalised activity advent calendar

Suitable from: 3+

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. Winter Ballerina Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar by Meri Meri, £36

winter ballerina charm bracelet advent calendar

Suitable from: 8+

Open the trays each day to get a gold tone charm bracelet, and charms to place on it – to have a very special accessory to wear for Christmas day and beyond. The box is a great keepsake to keep the bracelet stored in too.

Available from: Tether & Float

22. Peter Rabbit Advent Calendar, £34.99

peter rabbit advent calendar

Suitable from: 12 months+

A beautiful wooden advent calendar including all the favourite Beatrix Potter characters and all their Christmas essentials! This is a great choice for your younger children to play with with supervision. Made entirely from sustainable wood, the packaging contains no plastic and is completely recyclable.

Available from: Beatrix Potter Shop and Jojo Maman Bebe

23. Organix Christmas Advent Calendar, £8.99

organic advent calendar

Suitable from: 18 months+

Get your little ones into the festive spirit with this Organix advent calendar. There are yummy snacks for your toddlers to discover and munch on during the countdown. The flavours range from raspberry & apple oaty bites, jammie monster biscuits and apple & orange mini oaty bites. The treats are all organic and vegetarian & vegan friendly.

Available from: Tesco, Organix and Ocado

24. Christmas Plasticine Advent Calendar, £18.50

christmas plasticine advent calendar

Suitable from: 5+

Make a festive model every day with plasticine! This is great to get stuck in with the kids and create figures including Santa, a snowman, holly and more. Behind each little window is a set of easy to follow instructions and together with a sculpting tool, you can create 24 fun festive themed objects leading up to Christmas.

Available from: Crafty Arts, Menkind and RNLI Shop

25. Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar, £59

wooden gingerbread house advent calendar

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

Available from: Ella James

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