Christmas Guide: Advent Calendars

November 17, 2014

Christmas Guide: Advent Calendars

November 17, 2014

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.

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Available designs: Santa’s Workshop, Unicorn Fairyland, Dragon’s Treasure Battle, Police and Pony Farm

Price: £18.99

Where to buy: PlaymobilAmazon (affiliate link), Argos and all other good toy retailers


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.

Advent - Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendars

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.

Homemade Christmas Cups Advent Calendar

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.

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Christmas Book Advent – Babyccino Kids Blog

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.

Advent - LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

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

 

How will you be counting down to Christmas this year?

182 Comments

  • Jane McColl November 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    oooh love the book advent idea! I think I will copy that one

  • Keri Jones November 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I’m going to get my son a toy one for next year and I’m going to get my mother in law a yankee candle one 🙂 x

  • Lisa Everaert November 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    The Book advent idea is superb, think i will copy cat that xxx – great idea!

  • Ela B November 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I usually have a chocolate one, but I love the book idea!!!

  • Jane Willis November 17, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I think the book one is a brilliant idea!

  • Jane English November 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love the book idea!

  • Paz November 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I think I will adapt the book idea as we have SOOO many Christmas books. I will wrap our existing books for a daily story and add a little treat, too.

  • Mummy on a Budget November 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Some great ideas. Definitely like the ones that aren’t sweets & chocolates. There’s so much of that anyway.

  • Mary Dailey November 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I think we only had an advent calender once when we were kids many years ago. I love them so much now, I always get them for the grandkids and I love the ones with the chocolates in them!

  • lorna kennedy November 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    i want to buy a fabric calender to put my own chocolates in for the children next year x

  • Kelly Dudley November 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I might have to steal the book advent calendar idea!

  • sofia ramos November 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    o like the lego idea!

  • Nikki Thomas November 17, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I love the idea of the book advent calendar, we have never tried that one and it is such a lovely idea

  • Pam Francis Gregory November 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Love the idea of the book advent – very inventive!

  • Lynsey Buchanan November 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Love the Lego friends one

  • karen hutchinson November 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    looking forward to the lego one this year

  • Angela McDonald November 17, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I love all types of Advent calendar! Obviously the kids love the chocolate ones but I love the homely ones that hang on the wall so I can count down thew days!

  • Darren November 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Our son has a lego calendar this year and I think I am as excited about opening it as he is.

  • Samantha R November 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    the Christmas cups calendar looks great

  • karen cowley November 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Usually have chocolate advents but loving new ones such as candles and lego, fabulous idea xx

  • Bridget Heather November 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    oooh i like the idea of the fabric one and putting homemade choccies in!

  • Katy Hill November 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    LOVE that Christmas book idea! Although I might stick a few regular ones in there so I don’t go crazy the rest of the year! Lovely post xx

  • elaine dale November 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    with advent calendars

  • Rob Hughes November 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    The book advent calendar is a really good idea

  • Su Tyler November 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    We’ll have a choccie one to share with our Grandson. I used to make my own for our sons.

  • CAROL PATRICK November 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    With a chocolate advent calendar – delicious

  • Maya Russell November 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    The book advent is a fantastic idea!

  • ashleigh November 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Lots of good ideas – I love the book one!

  • Tracy Hanley November 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Love the lego ones , your never to old

  • michaela atkins November 17, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    the book idea is good

  • Deborah Dodge November 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Love the cup idea 🙂

  • Emma November 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    We had playmobil advent calendars once. My daughter had a stable one, I did have to laugh when she got a horse poop one morning! My son has his eye on the star wars one year! To think I was happy with just opening doors with sparkly pictures behind! 😀

  • Kim Carberry November 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I have a Cadbury Dairy Milk one….hehehe
    The Home-made Christmas Cup Advent is a fantastic idea x

  • Wendy Tolhurst November 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I love your idea of the Christmas story every day in the run up to Christmas – I may well choose that for my family as it helps bring out the magic that is Christmas.

  • Mary Keynko November 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    We used to have a beautiful calendar that lasted years, a metal plate painted like a Christmas tree and a series of magnetic decorations that the kids would bout on every day, with the star at the top on Christmas Eve. I love the idea of the book one – what a wonderful legacy! I may have a go at this – for us – I can feel the shelves of the charity shop calling me!

  • Cass November 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    These are all amazing – my 12 year old has a make up calendar that has a mini lip gloss or nail varnish every day!

    How times have changed!!

  • Trish November 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Loving the homemade one plus the book idea. We have a large embroidered calendar my mum made for our son when he was born. It is hung up in the hall every year and usually filled with choccies. My son is away at Uni now but it will be put up to welcome him when he comes home.

  • Sandra Lane November 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    It’s always a chocolate one for me though I sometimes cheat and steal two days worth.

  • liz Burton November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Love these ideas, we tend to go with homemade.

  • Mummy Barrow November 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Did you see the one that Wedgewood have made that’s £12,000 !!! It’s bonkers

  • Anthony Harrington November 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    some great ones. makes our look very dull!

  • Sonya Cisco November 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    We had a playobile advent one year and it was ace! Seriously loving the book idea, gonna have a hunt and see if I can find enough books – or I may just do it for the week leading up to Xmas!

  • Sharon Hingley November 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Love the book idea , now that is definitely something I will have a go at. Great idea.

  • Pinkoddy November 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Some great advent ideas there – we have gone with Lego this year.

  • Lorraine Tinsley November 17, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    I love the idea of a book calendar, but my daughter will only have one book for bed, the same book for the last 6 months if not longer. We all know the words off by heart!!

  • jacqui brett November 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    chocolate advent, 1 marvel & 1 frozen

  • Emma Fox November 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I sometimes have an advent candle however it is no longer practical since my son was born.

  • Megan Adams November 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Its always been a tradition in the house to get the Cadbury Dairy Milk ones, but I’m mighty tempted by the Playmobil ones!!

  • Michele Elton November 17, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    The Lego and Playmobil ones look great. I have brought my daughters a Christmas card advent calendar this year which has little pictures behind each door and we have also got an advent candle to count down this year too.

  • jo hutchinson November 17, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    advent calendars have become very exciting

  • kim neville November 18, 2014 at 6:21 am

    my kids love counting down with their advent calendars. The Playmobil one looks fab

  • Cheryl Pasquier November 18, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Love the Christmas cup idea – so simple but very effective 🙂

  • b November 18, 2014 at 7:18 am

    oh they all look fab…I want one this year just for me!

  • Sarah Taylor November 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Love love love the book advent calendar idea. Feel inspired to do something similar with my son now. Thank you!

  • Helen Atkins November 18, 2014 at 8:11 am

    My children love their advents, may give the lego ones a go.

  • Angela Spicer November 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

    I love the idea of a book advent. We have the chocolate one ready for this year. Good luck with your homemade ones

  • Alana Walker November 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

    The book advent calendar is brilliant! Will be trying that one out this year.x

  • Alice Hassall November 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    WOW how awesome is that book one! I was allergic to chocolate growing up and advent calendars were just there to taunt me! I had boring picture ones that made me mad. I love the variety of ideas now. PERFIC!

  • Tobys proud mummy November 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    This year my little one will really start to take an interest so it would be nice to have a different kind of calendar than the traditional choc one loving the book calendar

  • Donna November 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I love counting the days down till Christmas. I really love the book advent calendar

  • Alison Turnnidge November 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I love the idea of an advent calendar which can be used over and over again like the Playmobil and Lego ones, we usually have a chocolate one but did make the cup one last year which was fun

  • Claire Eadie November 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    the playmobil advent calendar looks brilliant, my boys would love it x

    • Emma November 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      We have two LEGO and one Playmobil this year. I LOVE them.

  • Anna Laird November 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    We also love advent candles, though last year made the mistake of buying a thick one – took ages to burn every night!

  • Linda F McGarrigle November 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I adore the idea of the book advent think I might try that if I can find enough decent ones already have a few x

  • leigh boyle November 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    we love counting down and seeing what tricks our elf gets up to x

  • tina edwards November 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    my three daughters are all grown up but i still buy them a chocolate advent calendar, this year there will be an extra one as we now have a new addition to the family a gorgeous granddaughter

  • Jenny Harper November 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I am loving the Christmas books idea!!! My kids would totally go for that. If I can find the time I am definitely giving that a go… thanks.

  • Hannah Lord November 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    I have bought chocolate ones for my 3 with Minnie Mouse, One Direction and Transformers, I’d love one of the make up ones for me 🙂

  • Angela Campbell November 19, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I’m filling a re-useable cardboard advent calendar again which I re-fill every year, although the book idea above is too cute!

  • Leanne Perrett November 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

    i love the little buckets i think the ones you fill yourself make it all the more special

  • MANDY DOHERTY November 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

    My grandson would love the Playmobile one

  • Deb Alexander November 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I love the playmobil or the Lego ones! My 3 children would love one!! xxx

  • Becca Staples November 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Love that there’s so much more choice on advent calenders now, fab! x

  • Fran H November 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Christmas starts with the advent calendar!!

  • auntygeek November 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Never knew there were so many amazing ones except for ordinary chocolate 🙂

  • Louise Smith November 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    My little girl had asked for one with a little present in this year, so expensive though

  • Samantha Sugden November 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Love advent calendars such a wonderful way to count down to the big day

  • Stephanie Whitehouse November 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    We used to have a cardboard village, where you assembled a new bit and added it each day – so pretty

  • Tracy Alder-Ashwin November 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    It’s nice to see more variety on the markets now. I love the wooden box kind that you fill with your own treats. Will last many years to come. My kids love the chocolate ones.

  • Claire Petley November 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My mum did numbered gifts for my boys last year as their advent calander from her, they loved it, it’s different to the shop mass produced ones.

  • Joy Dehany November 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Nice! We’re doing all sorts of things. We have a homemade advent calendar as well as chocolate, and the homemade one has pockets for treats and chocolates, this year I’ll be putting craft activities in it too.

  • sazp2012 November 20, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I may have to have a chocolate and a different type of advent calendar this year lol x

  • Simon Ward November 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wooden one with doors on it

  • Michelle Twin Mum November 20, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Wow the cup and book ones look awesome, I know my kids would love a Lego calendar but I am thinking we will make one this year! Mich x

  • Anne Dalzell November 20, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Love a nice choccie advent calendar and bought my friend a new Ciate nail polish advent calendar. The new beauty ones are incredible.

  • Claire Wilkinson November 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    love the book idea

  • amanda davis November 20, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    what a lot of interesting ideas for advent calendars

  • Carolin November 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    The Playmobil calendars are just the best for boys, great value for a huge amount of fun 🙂

  • gwynnington November 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I usually get a old fashioned image one. Im not a fan of chocolates in the morning when I open my window. this year I have a spiritual one, with new age sayings and images, but it only goes up to the solstice on the 21st. I have had a lego city one before and that was brilliant (if expensive)..big kid really!

  • Laura Pyper November 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    kids will be counting down with choc advent calanders

  • Lucy Bishop November 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I LOVE the idea of the book advent – I will definitely do this for my son when he’s older!

  • Claire Barker November 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I made a Christmas tree advent calendar out of hardboard, felt & a lot of glue a few years ago for my partner’s niece & nephew. I made 24 mini sacks, each had a little decoration to put on the tree and chocolate coins so the tree was decorated by Christmas day.

  • Sarah JG November 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    LOVE the advent book idea. will be used at my house next year!

  • claire griffiths November 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    love that there is so many different ones about now a days we have a chocolate one this year and a cardboard village one were you make a bit a day

  • Linda Bird November 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    We’ve come a long way since the cheap cardboard calendars with just a picture behind each window that I had when I was a child. While the Lego ones are probably very nice to have they are expensive and more like a gift than a calendar…think I will just stick with a chocolate one!

  • MANDIE TAPLIN November 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    We will no doubt have a chocolate advent calender as useful to help autistic son countdown to Christmas and have a little treat each day. i do like the idea of the paper cup advent though and may possibly do this if i get the time within the next week. Thank you for the idea!

  • pam butterfield November 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    i love chocolate advents

  • Carroll Marsh November 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Mine always have those lovely character ones with a little choc behind each window!!Big hugs and wishes X

  • Heather Walsh November 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I love the home-made christmas cup advent. I might have to give it a go.

  • barbara madden November 21, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    its a chocolate one with there favourite characters on the box so they know which one is there’s

  • sandy hill November 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I love the cups one – but we have been given a chocolate one and will dig out our Playmobil scene from the loft.

  • Holly Hadjigeorgiou November 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    My brother had a playmobil advent calendar one year, it was just as much fun putting the calendar together as it was getting a new piece each day!

  • claire sen November 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    we just love our chocolate advent calendars in this house!

  • Jane Middleton November 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Love the idea of homemade advent calendar

  • Rachel King November 21, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I love these, I would love to do a ‘homemade’ calendar, but i never leave myself time.

  • Jackie Chapman November 21, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I just bought my cadburys calendar 🙂 never too old!

  • Sarah Ballantyne November 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I dislike chocolate advents but the kids find the plain picture ones boring so I’ve been a fan of the playmobil and lego calendars for a while. I love these homemade ideas though, especially the book advent. My daughter has just started to read – a mix of early readers for her and some xmas stories for me to read would make a great advent. Now to get organised and find some books xx

  • emmasfabulous November 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Well I’m hoping my hubby takes the hint and gets me a beauty advent calender like the lovely No.7 one! I do like the book calender idea, I already have a tradition of Christmas Eve pressies of new pjs and a Christmas book to read before bed, kids really look forward to that.

  • Jessica Low November 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I think I’ll try the book advent calendar next year (or maybe even this year!). I buy so many books in charity shops for 20p/25p it wouldn’t take long or cost much to get 24 good ones.

  • Lesley Bain November 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    The Christmas book Advent is such a lovely idea! <3

  • Georgia McAllister November 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I love the advent cups, great idea.

  • Roslyn Marshall November 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I love that homemade advent calendar idea with the cups! So easy and variable! Im already thinking of things you could put in the cups! Thanks x

  • Jill Fairbank November 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

    It’s very exciting in out house we use the advent calendar for the birthday 23Rd December and then Christmas

  • Cathy O November 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Love the countdown to Christmas.

  • danielle stewart November 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

    My lovely mother, bless her, has very kindly bought me the Yankee candle house advent calendar 🙂 Would love the Playmobile one for my sons, they love playmobile and have a few bits under the tree for xmas 🙂 x

  • Zoe Bryan November 22, 2014 at 9:54 am

    i love the idea of handmade advents its so personal

  • claire wilkinson November 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

    thanks for the tips – im making my own this year

  • jessica newman November 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I’d love to make my own calendar for my boys

  • Kate Wedge November 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    What beautiful ideas xx

  • Laura Cooper November 22, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I like the books one – could get expensive though!

  • sarah stevens November 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    love the thought of a handmade advent xx

  • Susan B November 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    What a fab selection of advent calendars. I love the handcrafted one but am not sure I’d be patient enough to make one.

  • Rosie Holloway November 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Kids have a chocolate calendar each and I’ve got a fabric one from Lakeland that I got years ago that we put up each year,

  • stacey kavanah November 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    love the Christmas story idea might do this next year as love reading Christmas books to my girls

  • sarah pearce November 22, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    great ideas,love the home made cup advent x

  • Rachel B November 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    The Christmas book advent calendar is such a lovely idea 🙂

  • olivia Kirby November 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I relly love the playmobil and lego advent calendars

  • Gemma Chantler November 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I really love the idea of a book advent calendar, but don’t have room for 24 new books!!!

  • Nicola Holland November 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    We wrap up 24 Christmassy stories and open one a night during December!

  • christine ann wilson November 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Love the lego friends one very girlie

  • Vikki D November 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Playmobil advent calender is so cool

  • Sarah Parker November 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    My kids love the chocolate ones 🙂

  • Carrie Talbot-Ashby November 22, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    In our house we have this one big book, and it has 365 stories in with the date on and it was given to me when I was little, and every day throughout the year we try to read that day’s story. This book gets remembered about more at Christmas, so every day in december without fail my two little girls will sit with me and hubby and listen to the well known Christmas tales! Our Advent calender is an old 3D cardboard house and you open the windows each day, its looking a little worse for wear after years of use! 🙂 x

  • jayne underwood November 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    love the idea of the christmas books advent, may have to try that one!

  • Ruth Davies November 22, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    such a lovely concept and it does not always have to be about chocolate

  • laura jane coulson November 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    i love love love the christmas book advent would give me and my 4 kiddies the excuse and snuggle down together

  • Emma Davies November 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I love the book calendar idea. May have to try it next year

  • laura jayne bates November 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    the book one is fab

  • Wendy Tyler November 22, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    We already have lots of Christmas stories so the story book idea could be doable!

  • Jo Glasspool November 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    These all look great xx

  • k dunn November 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    oh the book one looks good! we usually have two: one chocolate, one with pictures and then let our two kids alternate! love the idea of the lego ones to! Might have to get my nephew one of those!

  • Lorraine brown November 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    We love chocolate advent calendars, but we’ve had Lego ones and Moshi monster ones and they were fab too

  • Irene Gilmour November 22, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    some great ideas love the book one

  • Tim Gillett November 22, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Watching the kids open their calendars every morning with huge smiles is the best count down ever 🙂

  • Samantha Bresnahan November 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I love the lego ones, think we will have them this year as a change

  • sam fernley November 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Love the Christmas Book Advent idea! There are so many gorgeous Christmas books to choose from.

  • Andrea Johnson November 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

    love the lego

  • Lynne OConnor November 23, 2014 at 12:25 am

    These have come on so far since the picture ones of my childhood

  • Jennifer Baker November 23, 2014 at 2:57 am

    The Lego is fab !

  • Sue Wickins November 23, 2014 at 5:37 am

    great looking stuff

  • Phil Oneill November 23, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Like the xmas book calendar idea.

  • Karen Louise wright November 23, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Love the book advent idea might do that this year x

  • elizabeth barker November 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

    The book advent calendar is an amazing idea.

  • Victoria gillings November 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    We’re starting a new family tradition by doing a book advent this year

  • Kirsteen Mackay November 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

    This is great. I love the book idea. We have a pile of Christmas books in the loft that we take out every year, so this year we will wrap them up and do as you suggest. I think we’ll also try out the advent cup idea. What fun!

  • carole carr November 23, 2014 at 10:38 am

    The book advent is a brilliant idea my youngest nephew loves books and won’t go to sleep without a bedtime story

  • lisa owen November 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

    my kids would love the playmoblie one x

  • Theresa Thomas November 23, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Love the Christmas book advent idea xxx

  • stephanie campbell November 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    i love the alternatives to just a bog standard chocolate advent

  • siobhan November 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    these calanders look so good

  • justine meyer November 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    We will have the usual advent calenders but i think we will go for something different this year after looking at the above

  • Rachel Butler November 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Oh I just love the homemade cup idea!! It’s so cool! And the books….my little boy loves storytime! Xx

  • DENISE WILDEN November 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I have allready bought the cadburys chocolate advent but love the idea of a book advent

  • Tricia cowell November 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Christmas book Advent idea sounds great

  • LEE HARDY November 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Great review, thank you.

  • Gill Mitchell November 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Some fab ideas here, thank you.

  • Lucy Chester November 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Love the playmobil one

  • Krystina Smith November 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Hopefully we’ll be counting down with the Playmobil calendar this Christmas if we win the competition!

  • Mark Hayes November 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    The Xmas advent book version neat idea keep the kids guessing 🙂

  • Mark Hayes November 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Xmas advent (book) excellent idea

  • Tina L-D November 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Love items that are personalized to the child like the cup and book advent

  • esther james November 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I have to agree that the chocolate in cheap advent calendars is not the best!

  • Kay Lou Smith November 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I love the variety of advent calendars that are now on offer 🙂

  • Rachael Fearn November 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    The playmobil one is fab!!!

  • Kay panayi November 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I remember when I was younger you either got a milky bar one or daisy milk no real choice

  • D Winfield November 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Love all these advents

  • Debbie skinner November 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Cadburys are the best ones x

  • Stacey Kennedy November 23, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Absolutely adore the book idea! Will definitely be doing this for our daughter next year when she’s old enough to enjoy being read a book!

  • Kirsty Caffrey November 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Probably with the usual chocolate advent,.,… although the book idea is fab!

  • Rebecca Phillips November 23, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    i love the book idea! i think ill do that for my 2 next year

  • Natalie Gillham November 23, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    great advent calendars, thanks for the ideas 🙂 x

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