How many sleeps until Christmas?
Gone are the days of a cardboard advent calendar (remember those?) Today, its all about stationary, small sustainable toys and crafts hiding under those 24 little windows (or neatly packed into pretty boxes) as they count down until the big day. Get a little head start with a few of our favourites – as you need to get your skates on – the best ones sell out fast!
Here’s our top advent calendar for children for 2019…
For those who like Scandic-Chic (& easy baking)
KalenderHaus Klassic by Clever Gretal is a beautiful pre-baked gingerbread house that you put together and decorate each day of advent. And, hello how beautiful is the packaging for a start? Presented in a keepsake wooden box. The inside of the box then becomes the advent calendar – where you can place the 24 pre-packed and numbered bags that contain a little treat to decorate your house with – and the lid is your cake board to build the house on. Still with us?
KalenderHaus also come with a pliable ready-made icing tub and icing bag – that you just need to load up and keep in fridge so it’s ready to use each day when you need to ‘glue’ on or down either an edible treat or a special hand-selected decoration. Creative and editable come Christmas Eve. A win–win.
** Also check out the KalenderHaus II which is slightly less expensive but offers all of the above except for the wooden presentation box (comes in a card box) – or, is a great refill if you have the original.
For those who love to Stationery
And, frankly who doesn’t? 24 days filed with pens, pencils, notebooks and more than you should look no further than this advent calendar from Paperchase. This Stationery Advent is a limited edition and available online only.
For some toddler sensory play
The Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar is a timeless keepsake that will delight children for years to come. With 24 magnetic baubles and a shining star for the top of the tree – small hands can re-arrange over and over again
For the Lego addicts
Each year the Lego advent calendar offering gets bigger and bigger – and each promises to be as collectable as the next. If you have kids addicted to Lego (and who doesn’t?) then they will enjoy a little daily ‘buildable treat’ and watching the Christmas scene come together in the festive run-up. We love this years LEGO Harry Potter version with 7 mini figures (including Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Flitwick and Hogwarts Architect) and a micro Hogwarts Express train, buildable fireplace with Christmas decoration, and Great Hall table with accessories and even Hedwig.
For those who love the original story of Christmas
If you’re more of a nativity fan than Lego fanatic, then a traditional calendar may be more your style. This gorgeous modern take on the nativity scene from Petit Collage is made from recycled card and includes pop-out pieces that fit together to make a bright 3D puzzle scene. Also comes in a winter wonderland version.
For those who like small toys
Kids can speed into the festive season with this amazing City Vehicles and Accessories Advent Calendar exclusive to John Lewis & Partners. With cars, figures and road signs each day with her them creating their own cityscape full of bustling traffic – and, what’s more they can re-use the box as a roadmap.
For those who want a touch of luxury
This year’s Biscuiteers limited edition advent calendar is possibly our favourite ever. Created in collaboration with luxury designer Sophie Conran this hand-embroidered cloth calendar is the ultimate in luxury. An investment buy that will soon become part of your Christmas year after year with its gorgeous Scandic-styling and vibrant colours – inspired by prettily painted Swiss chalets and the gingerbread house creations which feature every Christmas in the Conran household. With 24 little pockets to fill with sweets or treats – or, why not go for the full Biscuiteers experience and add its luxe advent calendar biscuit tin in each pocket ?
For the kids bedroom wall
If you have a plain wall this Kidscapes Personalised Advent Calendar Tree wall Stickersadvent is ideal – and can also be considered part of your Christmas decor. A colourful tree wall sticker that can be personalised (on the tree pot and gifts) – with the idea to stick a new tree ornament on each day until you reach the star on the top. Great for the kitchen wall or kids bedrooms.
For those that love to colour
The Selfie Clothing Co.Colour In Christmas Advent Calendar will bring days of crafty Christmas fun colour. Coming with 8 fabric pens (and a practice sheet) this fabric printed calendar makes for a few minutes quiet each morning (or evening) as children can colour and create to their hearts content.
What’s more we love that there is no waste as the fabric pens will be clipped together to form a rod, which is then inserted through the hem at the top of the calendar – allowing the calendar to be hung in the family home, making a display that children will be proud to show off! This can also be personalised for an extra special touch.
This cotton Colour in Pillowcase Advent by Eggnog is another option. Maybe the kids can colour before bedtime or when they wake -up – allowing you a few extra minutes in bed (we can dream!)
>> BUY HERE
For those that love Extra surprises
After the success of last years L.O.L. Surprise! Outfit Of The Day – this year sees the Winter Disco advent #OOTD. On day 1, an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll can be found and then each day after a brand new Winter Disco L.O.L. doll outfit with a whole host of accessories. The question is will they be able to wait 24 days without opening it all at once?
For a nostalgic touch
We can’t believe Cath Kidston hasn’t produced a keepsake advent calendar before. But, it was worth the wait, as this is a beauty. A gorgeous Christmas Village advent that you’ll be proud to hang up and refill with sweets, chocolate coins and treats year after year.
>> BUY HERE
For the Eco conscious
Having previouly scooped a Junior Design Award we were bound to love the PLAY in CHOC advent calendar. With 24 drawers each containing a 10g organic (and vegan friendly) chocolate with touch of coconut, a 3D puzzle and fun facts card. This environmentally responsible calendar then becomes an eco toy to play with on Christmas eve – just replace the drawers (back to font) to form a new picture and open out the outer sleeve to creat a landscape.
For something a little different
This fun Nativity Puppet advent calendar from Oxfam is perfect for the run up to Christmas for smaller children – and encourages storytelling and creativity. As each day of the advent features a fun eco certified card finger puppet from the Nativity story.
For classic toy lovers
Fans of Schleich figures will delight at this advent especially all those dinosaur fans! Delightful hand-painted, sculpted figures and accessories. Encouraging learning through imaginative play – and what’s more it offers repeat play once the Christmas tree is down. There is also pony, wildlife and farm animals versions.
For those who want to start with a bang
Literally! We just love this Reindeer Balloon Christmas Advent Calendar from Bubblegum Balloons. The kit includes a gold string of numbered reindeer faces and comes with pre-stuffed (with a chocolate) mini red balloon noses to burst. Each ballon simply need inflating with a hand pump and its recommend to inflate them a week at a time to ensure the balloons give a satisfactory pop everyday throughout December
For those that like Christmas decor
This gorgeous wooden advent is ideal for all the family- and is sure to become a family heirloom. Just bring it out year after year, hide little treats behind the doors and enjoy the countdown – as there is a little message behind each door telling you how many days are left until Christmas.
For those that love badges
This cute Enamel Pin advent calendar includes a themed box with numbered trays each revealing a bright and colorful enamel pin, that can be worn over and over again for lots of fabulous accessorising long after the decorations have come down.