We’ve researched the best advent calendars for your family’s countdown to the big day. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional picture windows, those stuffed with toys and chocolates or even the calendars that allow you to personalise each window with your own little gifts, here you’ll fine inspo for all.


Flash back to the 80’s and early 90’s when the advent calendars were no frills but it was just so damn exciting to see what picture was behind a new door each morning.

There is something quite special about a traditional advent calendar.

Mansion, Fortnum and Mason

Snowy Street, Cotswold Trading

Woodland Animals, National Trust

Night Before Christmas, John Lewis


There are so many different types of toy advent calendars on offer, from Harry Potter and Frozen to Toot Toot, LEGO and Marvel, whatever your child is into there is sure to be an advent calendar to suit.


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If you’re into personalisation, we’ll leave the gift buying up to you. Here are some gorgeous options:


If it’s all about chocolate in your house like it is in mine, there you won’t have trouble finding your favourite brand. Here are a few of our favourites:

NOMO Advent, Holland and Barrett

Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, Thorntons

3D Advent Calendar, Cadburys

Chocolate Advent Calendar, Fortnum and Mason

Up to Snow Good, Hotel Chocolat


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