The 14 Best Advent Calendars for Christmas 2018
If you want something more special than your average morsel-of-chocolate calendar, then look no further for a festive treat for your children.
We’ve found the best, most unique and fun advent calendars around to keep the kids quiet(ish) until Santa’s been - and beyond...
1. Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar, from £39.60
Keep the kids amused with a Hatchimal Winter Wonderland. With over 50 surprises inside the advent calendar, the littleuns can craft a Christmas scene every time they open a door. Gifts include exclusive characters and nests, craft decorations, stickers and accessories until their Hatchimal-loving heart is content.
2. Playmobil Advent Calendar - Santa’s Workshop, from £19.99
Every child (and adult) loves Playmobil and these advent calendars don’t disappoint. There’s a variety to choose from, including Christmas on the Farm Advent, Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent, Horse Farm Advent, Jewel Thief Police Operation Advent and Top Agents with LED Super Weapon Advent. Includes two to four festive figures so they can create a Christmas scene behind each of the 24 doors.
3. LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41353, from £22.99
If the little ones love their LEGO, then keep them busy and building towards the Big Day with the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar. With 24 secret surprises including a Christmas tree, candy cane, gingerbread man and something from each of the five friends from Heartlake City. Every day the kids can build a new decoration for you. (NB. This may or may not make it onto your tree).
4. LEGO 75213 Star Wars Advent Calendar, from £22.99
Are your kids wowed by Star Wars? Then let them find a star-studded collection of LEGO minifigures, starships, vehicles and more in this advent calendar. Unfold the playmat and let them create their own dynamic desert and ice-planet scenes, featuring five minifigures and three figures. May the force be with them; and the festive cheer be with you.
5. LEGO 60201 City Advent Calendar 2018 Christmas Countdown Building Toy for Kids, from £22.99
LEGO’s for life, not just for Christmas. The LEGO City Advent Calendar includes five minifigures including the big man Father Christmas himself, a husky dog and 24 different buildable gifts including vehicles and festive-themed goods. All they need to build up their LEGO legacy.
6. Match Attax Advent Calendar, from £20
Kick off Christmas with this Match Attax Advent Calendar and keep your footie fans happy with this must-have. Each product contains 24 Match Attax packets including an exclusive Superstar Limited Edition Player, new cards and brand new foil sets for festive gameplay. A necessity for all Premier League pros.
7. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar with Mini Cars Toy Mattel, from £20
If your kids are into Hot Wheels they’ll be, ahem, Wheely into this. Countdown to Chrimbo with 24 surprise windows for a daily treat. This advent calendar includes eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories, along with a foldout playmate for a Wheely good time.
8. Smiggle; Smile Advent Calendar, £18
Is your child the princess of pampering? This advent calendar from Smiggle includes twelve days of funky jewellery and hair accessories leading up to Chrimbo. Perfect for those who like to play dress up, containing colourful hair bobbles, earrings, clips and coloured bows. Essential for any dress-up diva.
9. Smiggle; Tricks Advent Calendar £18
Do you have the perfect prankster who loves mini magic tricks and Whooppee Cushions? Then they’ll love this Smiggle Advent Calendar of Tricks and bits to keep the audience entertained while unlocking their inner David Blaine.
10. Smiggle Advent Calendar, £25
Who isn’t a fan of Smiggle; the Willy Wonka of stationary stores? If your kids are, then treat them to 24 days of limited edition stationary surprises from the whacky and wonderful shop.
11. L.O.L. Surprise! OOTD Outfit Of the Day, £29.99
Treat the kids to an L.O.L Surprise! Advent Calendar. They can unbox an exclusive L.O.L. doll, and then follow it up every day until Christmas with an outfit or pair of shoes, which should keep them LOL-ing into 2019...
12. Play-Doh Advent Calendar, from £14.99
Unleash the kids' creative side with this Play-Doh Advent Calendar including five pots, along with two sparkly versions, perfect for the festive season. It also has a holiday shaped stamp and accessories for 24 days of treats until the Big Day’s here.
13. Disney Frozen 53262 Olaf's Adventure Advent Calendar, £20
If the kids can’t Let It Go and they’re still obsessed with Frozen, then they’ll love Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. This Arendelle-inspired Advent Calendar features 25 characters and accessories from the film’s famous winter wonderland.
14. Moo Free Dairy Free Advent Calendar, £4.99
If your kids love chocolate but it doesn’t love them, then this is the Advent Calendar to get. Suitable for vegan, soya intolerant, dairy-free, lactose-free and gluten-free, they need not miss out. Including 24 organic choc treats made from a mix of cocoa, rice and sugar - while still being super yum.
With so many to choose from, there’s something to keep every little or big one happy this season. And that means there’s more time for you to do the important stuff... putting your feet up with a glass of mulled wine.
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