19 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...


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 2018 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 Friends 41353 Advent Calendar, £20

lego friends

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 500 pieces to make 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: John Lewis

2. Personalised Train Advent Calendar, £25

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Why we love it: Choo-choo! The wait for Santa’s arrival begins, but he’s not cruising in on a sleigh. Instead, the crimbo countdown’s taking place on this gorgeous, wooden, personalised train set.

Available from: Bloom Boutique at Not On The High Street

3. VTech Baby Toot Toot Advent Calendar, £24.99

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Why we love it: The toy range comes highly rated, so why not give the advent calendar a go?

Available from: Very

4. Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar, £15

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Why we love it: Bright, colourful and full of Christmas cheer, this wooden, magnetic calendar is sure to be a kids’ fave this Christmas

Available from: Argos

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

lol surprise outfit advent calendar 2018

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 blind toy. 

This calendar’s a limited edition – so stock is limited. Smyths Toys are expecting new stock soon (28 Sept – 5 Oct 2018) so keep your eyes peeled.

Coming soon to: Smyths Toys

6. Hatchimals Colleggtibles 24 Day Advent Calendar, £25

hatchimals colleggtibles advent calendar 2018

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

Available from: Selfridges

7. Swizzles Advent Calendar, £4 – 5

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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 Tesco

8. Play-Doh Advent Calendar, £15

playdoh advent calendar amazon 2017

Why we love it: Duh… it’s Play-Doh!

Available from: Selfridges and 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 advent calendar (which is def an investment) might work for you.

Available from: Lakeland

10. Hobbycraft Wooden Tree Advent Calendar, £15

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Why we love it: A DIY advent calendar which crafty little ones can help decorate. Since it’s wooden, you can keep their work of art for years to come.

What it costs: £15, from Hobbycraft

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

playmobil advent calendar 2017

Why we love it: The LEGO calendar is hard to come by at this late stage in the game, but the Playmobil one is one for little one’s to love.

Available from: John Lewis

12. 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

13. Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar, £16.99

crayola advent calendar 2017

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

14. Holland & Barrett Choc Alternative Calendar, £4

holland barrett vegan advent 2018

Why we love it: It’s a sweet xmas treat for children who can’t have gluten, dairy or nuts (but not too sweet, there’s no added sugar). 

Available from: Holland & Barrett

15. Moo Free Advent Calendar, £10

moo free advent calendar 2018

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

Available from: Ocado

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

hotel chocolat kids advent

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

17. Accessorize Magic Castle Advent Calendar, £10

accessorize advent calendar

Why we love it: Filled with stick-on earrings and cute, patterned rings for your mini jewellery fan… also, it’s a castle!

Available from: Accessorize

18. Eat Your Greens Chocolate Sprout Advent Calendar, £26

eat your greens calendar

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

19. Happyland Advent Calendar, £20

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. Plus it’s currently £20 instead of £25. That’s a £5 saving. Woo!

Available from: Early Learning Centre

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