Christmas is a magical time of year, putting up the decorations, writing lists to Santa and selecting the perfect advent calendar that will help you countdown the days until Christmas. Advent calendars have universal appeal whether you are 1 or 99 years old, however whilst some like to pop up an advent calendar to find a deliciously chocolatey treat hidden behind the door others prefer to open up a new book or DVD to enjoy or maybe a new addition to their toy collection.
I’ve gathered together my top 5 advent calendars to share with you, hopefully inspiring you to open something different this advent and make the countdown to Christmas that little bit more special.
Playmobil Advent Calendars
Tigger recently received his first Playmobil set for his birthday and has really taken to the different characters with it. Playmobil is an amazingly interactive set of toys that really capture a child’s imagination. Available in so many different designs and sets it is a really versatile toy, so what better way to add to your child’s Playmobil collection than by getting them a Playmobil advent calendar, available in five different designs to cater for everyone’s favourite Playmobil series.
Available designs: Santa’s Workshop, Unicorn Fairyland, Dragon’s Treasure Battle, Police and Pony Farm
Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendars
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a chocolate advent calendar, however don’t all into the trap of buying those cheap £1 chocolate calendars – when you wake up in a morning you want to be greeted by the glass and a half milk chocolate that is Cadbury’s.
Choose one of the three new cheerful designs of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendars that will help you count down to the most magical, exciting and special time of the year.
Price: £2.19 for 90g calendar – look out for 2 for £3.00 deals
Where to buy: Your local supermarket and some good convenience stores
Home-made Christmas Cup Advent
Last Christmas I came across this amazing advent calendar idea over on Actually Mummy, who was inspired by the amazing Red Ted Art. This has to be the best home-made advent calendar idea I have seen and what’s more it is so simple and cheap to make.
Inspired by this home-made advent calendar I have decided to make it for my work colleagues this year, although I need to make three (early, late and night shift) as I don’t want to miss anyone out – wish me luck!
Price: Craft Supplies – under £5.00 / Advent treats – depends on what treats you include
Where to buy from: Gather the cups, napkins, string and pegs from Poundland, your local supermarket or craft store.
Christmas Book Advent
As a child I can remember listening to my Mum read me Christmas stories, falling in love with the magic before drifting off to sleep. This year I want to start a new Christmas tradition with Roo and Tigger by reading a different Christmas story each day.
By wrapping up 24 Christmas stories, which can be a mixture of ones that you already own, bought from charity shops or new titles bought from your local book store. Then evening unwrap one book, read it together as a family and bring the magic of Christmas alive.
Price: Various – depending on where you purchase any new books you require
Where to buy: The Works and The Book People always have fabulous deals on, try local charity shops and jumble sales – or even swap titles with your friends
LEGO Friends, Star Wars & City Advent Calendars
Earlier this year we spent two days at Legoland Windsor and during our time there it reignited Mr Boo’s childhood love for all things LEGO. So this year Mr Boo will be counting down to Christmas with his very own LEGO Star Wars advent calendar, along side Roo who will have her trusty LEGO Friends advent calendar like she has done for the past two years.
Featuring 24 gifts, each enclosed in its own compartment the LEGO advent calendars are sure to be a hit with any LEGO fan, no matter how young or old they are!
Available designs: LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Friends
Price: From £19.99
Where to buy: Amazon (affiliate link), Argos and all other good toy retailers