One of the best parts of Christmas is definitely the anticipation, and the excitement of opening a door of an advent calendar in the run up to the 25th of December is part of the fun!
There are so many different types of advent calendars for kids available theses days. I remember those classic slim cardboard ones that reveal a teeny tiny piece of milk chocolate, but advent calendars since my days have really moved on since then.
Now, it’s not just about just revealing a chocolate behind every door, there are cool toy advent calendars – from Lego to Jojo Maman Bebe and beautiful wooden toys to movie favourites Harry Potter.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar
It really isn’t just the youngsters that will feel the excitement building a new Christmas-themed construction each day with the Lego Friends advent calendar. It has 24 gifts perfect for decorating a bedroom or hanging in the tree. Love the gingerbread house, cake, snowflake and gift boxes. But be aware of the very tiny parts, so best to play away from kids under three years old or distract them with the larger Duplo!
£23 | Argos | Buy it now
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar
It’s Christmas time in Hatchtopia! This advent calendar has more than 50 surprises to discover and allows children to build up a winter wonderland each day. Expect to discover paper craft decors, small presents, stickers and accessories plus 10 exclusive characters. Great for kids aged five and above due to small parts.
£24.99 | Amazon | Buy it now
Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar
For younger children, it’s the perfect countdown to Christmas and create their version of Santa’s Workshop at the same time. Each of the 24 doors opened features Father Christmas and his trusty elves. The highlight is the sleigh pulled by a reindeer.
£15 | Argos | Buy it now
Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar
There are seven mini figures in this advent calendar featuring Harry, Hermione and Ron. The mini Hogwarts Express Train is a hit as well as the buildable fireplace with Christmas decor. Perfect for Harry Potter fans who will be ecstatic over revealing a surprise Harry Potter-related toy everyday for 24 days.
£19.50 | Argos | Buy it now
Jojo Maman Bebe Snow Scene
For the more environmentally conscious, Jojo Maman Bebe’s Snow Scene advent calendar is a great buy because it is reusable. Each little box comes with a wooden figure inside and the front folds down to use as a play area with the little toys. Great for kids aged three and above or even younger but with adult supervision.
£25 | Jojo Maman Bebe | Buy it now
PAW Patrol Advent Calendar Assortment
There is no stopping these heroic canines. They dominate the toy scene with their Jet Command Centre tipped as one of this Christmas’ top toys kids will be asking for and their advent calendar definitely does not disappoint as fans are treated to mini PAW Patrol figures and accessories to create a festive mini version of Adventure Bay. Small parts included but good for children from three years old.
£15 | Argos | Buy it now
12 Days of Christmas stationery advent calendar
It’s so good, I wish it had 12 more doors, so we had 24 painstakingly cool stationery items to reveal in the run up to Christmas. But the nice thing about this is that the gifts don’t have to stop on Christmas day. This one is geared towards the 12 days after Christmas, ending on the 6 January. Who says you can’t have Christmas twice in one year? Highlights are the colourful pens, pencils and desk accessories.
£12 | Paperchase | Buy it now
Peppa Pig Advent Calendar
Another TV sensation dominating the toy scene is Peppa Pig. In this advent calendar, create a fun Christmas party with Peppa, her little brother George, Santa and friends. There are 24 cute little pieces to collect including a host of festive accessories including a micro Christmas tree.
£20 | Argos | Buy it now
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