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Here’s a roundup of some of the most brilliant Advent Calendars for everyone in your family, from baby’s first Christmas through kids and teens and even some fun Advent calendars for mums and dads.

There are some patterns and tutorials for those of you who fancy making an Advent Calendar or crafting one with your kids. There are also some gorgeous reusable Advent Calendars.


Long gone are the days of opening an Advent Calendar to receive a biblical image or small flat chocolate.

Instead, the first day of Advent is almost as excitedly anticipated as Christmas Day itself as everyone piles downstairs to open the first door on their beauty or Lego or gourmet treats Calendar… even Fido the dog and Felix the cat can get in on the act.

If you’re the one who has to find the perfect Advent Calendar or Calendars, here’s a curation of some of the finest around.



  1. Scandi Fabric Fill Your Own Advent Calendar Kit
    £19.95 (at time of publication)

    What better time to buy a reusable Advent Calendar than for your baby's first Christmas?

    Fill this gorgeous Scandi-Style illustrated fabric Christmas advent calendar with little treats to make the countdown to Christmas Day extra special.

    Buy from Etsy
  2. Personalised Baby's First Advent Calendar Tin
    £15 (at time of publication)

    This Advent Calendar helps you to capture 24 daily memories, including firsts like trying Brussels sprouts or visiting Santa. Each day has space for notes and a photo; the set comes in a personalised tin for safekeeping. It's a nice space-saving keepsake.

    Buy from notonthehighstreet


  1. Personalised Wooden Advent With Santa Train
    £58 (at time of publication)

    Perfect for toddlers who love their trains, this calendar can be used year after year through childhood.

    Buy from
  2. PLAYMOBIL Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar

    This Playmobil calendar is great value for money because the toys inside can be played with endlessly after they've been revealed behind the doors. It's suitable for toddlers from a year old. with age-appropriate sizing and rounded edges, it's perfect for little hands.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 09:13 am GMT
  3. M&S Nativity Advent Calendar
    £2.25 (at time of publication)

    Whether you are a believer or not, this Nativity Advent Calendar, filled with 24 chocolates, is a great way to help toddlers understand why we celebrate Christmas.

    Buy from Ocado


  1. Bluey: Awesome Books Advent Calendar
    £25.00 £18.75

    Bluey is popular with kids of all ages, but this calendar would be perfect for 3-7-year-olds who love Bluey storybooks and colouring in. There are 24 books to read or colour.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 03:28 am GMT
  2. Mr. Men & Little Miss Mini Storybook Advent Calendar
    £21.99 £18.25

    This Calendar has 24 individual pockets, each containing a mini edition of a Mr. Men or Little Miss story, many with a Christmas flavour.

    This is great for kids who can't have chocolate, don't like chocolate or when you want to encourage your child's love of reading.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 03:28 am GMT
  3. Play-Doh Advent Calendar

    There are 24 pots of Play-Doh, tools and activity ideas in this bright and fun Advent Calendar. Perfect for keeping little preschoolers' hands busy in the run-up to Christmas.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 06:59 am GMT
  4. Lindt Milk Chocolate Teddy ADVENT calendar
    £13 (at time of publication)

    Lindt teddies and bunnies are now a firm fixture at Christmas. This calendar has 24 teddies and an augmented-reality story for each day of Advent.

    Buy from Boots
  5. Fortnum & Mason Children's Advent Calendar
    £25.95 (at time of publication)

    Fortnum's Christmas shop window displays are legendary so this Fortnum & Mason store-shaped advent calendar will bring a touch of London sparkle to Advent. There are 25 festive-shaped chocolates hiding behind the doors.

    Buy from Fortnum & Mason


  1. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Gemstone Advent Calendar
    £34.99 £32.88

    My daughter and her pals went through a crystal collecting phase in their tweens, so I think this calendar would be perfect for gem-loving tweens. There are 24 polished stones, plus kit to make jewellery with.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 06:28 am GMT
  2. Christmas Buds Advent Calendar
    £125 (at time of publication)

    Now I know this calendar isn't cheap by a long shot! But if you have Lush-obsessed kids in the house, this is going to blow their minds! There's an assortment of 25 bubble bars, melts and bath bombs, and the calendar itself is reusable. So hey, the first year they get Lush, the next few years it's Aldi!!

    Buy from Lush


  1. Joe Sephs Where's Joe Advent Calendar
    £21 (at time of publication)

    14 different mouthwatering flavours behind 24 windows is enough to thrill even the most eye-rolly teen. Think banoffee pie, salted caramel, double chocolate...

    Buy from Boots
  2. Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar
    £20 (at time of publication)

    There are 25 deliciously gooey pieces of heaven to savour throughout Advent. Plus, festive jokes and fun facts to thrill teens over breakfast! Think vanilla bean, salted caramel, candy floss, S'mores...

    Buy from The Naked Marshmallow Co
  3. Friends TV Show 24 Beauty Days Advent Calendar

    My teen loves Friends reruns. If yours does, too, this Advent could be the one with the 24 Beauty Days Advent Calendar that they love!

    It's official merch, with a lovely selection of beauty treats.

    Buy from Amazon
  4. OPI Nail Polish Mini 25 PC Advent Calendar
    £69.90 (£74.56 / 100 ml)

    There are 25 festive mini OPI nail polishes in this Limited Edition Advent Calendar.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/06/2023 08:33 pm GMT
  5. Revolution 25 Days of Glam Advent Calendar
    £48 (at time of publication)

    The Revolution 25 Days of Glam Advent Calendar will sleigh (see what I did there?!) for make-up-loving teens. There's everything from lip glosses to eyeliners and beauty accessories.

    Buy from Boots


  1. VW Bulli Advent Calendar Metal Model Kit

    This is a great Advent Calendar for parents who love a bit of nostalgia or love heading to a festival in a camper van. The model is 1:43 scale and there's an instruction book.

    Buy from Amazon Buy from
    12/06/2023 06:23 am GMT
  2. Lakeland Lights Limited Edition Wax Melt Advent Calendar
    £42.99 (at time of publication)

    Each soy wax melt has a scent from a different beautiful area of the UK. This Advent Calendar includes a ceramic melter, but you can buy the Calendar without the melter for £29.99.

    Buy from Lakeland
  3. Fortnum & Mason Beauty Advent Calendar
    £260 (at time of publication)

    What I love about Fortnum's Beauty Advent Calendar is that there are only a couple of make-up items (a nude lipstick and an eyebrow liner), and 22 of the 30 products are FULL SIZE, which means it stands apart from many other beauty advent calendars that have a bunch of make-up that isn't going to suit everyone and loads of mini or sample size products. This, in my opinion, is THE beauty advent calendar to buy in 2023.

    Buy from Fortnum & Mason


  1. Dog Advent Calendar | Christmas Dog Treat | Scrumbles
    £6 (at time of publication

    This calendar contains four types of tasty treats: duck, lamb, turkey and chicken behind 24 doors.

    Buy from Battersea
  2. Scrumbles Good Inside Out Merry Kittymas Cat Advent Calendar
    £8.00 (£250.00 / kg)

    There are 24 delicious chicken treats behind the doors of this super cute kitty calendar.

    Buy from Amazon
    12/05/2023 08:08 pm GMT


Want to make an Advent Calendar instead of buying one this year? Here’s a roundup of easy-to-make homemade Advent Calendars.

I’ve found some lovely patterns on Etsy and then rounded up some of the loveliest ideas and tutorials for homemade Advent Calenders from around the Blogosphere.

One of the things I love about homemade Advent Calendars is that you can fill them with treats and mini gifts of your choosing.

You can even mix in little notes with details of surprise outings or activities for your kids to do, rather than every pocket having an actual gift in it.

  1. Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Pattern
    £15.42 (at time of publication)

    This is a PDF pattern for a felt Christmas tree advent calendar over on Etsy. It's an instant digital download, so you can literally buy it and start making it.

    Buy from Etsy
  2. Reindeer Christmas Advent Calendar Sewing Pattern
    £18.50 (at time of publication)

    This reindeer advent calendar pattern has step-by-step instructions and a detailed material list. It's designed especially for beginners with clearly written directions and beautifully illustrated photographs. It guides you through creating what could become a gorgeous family heirloom.

    Buy from Etsy
  3. Big Pocket Family Advent Calendar Pattern
    £8.40 (at time of publication)

    This is a PDF digital sewing pattern for a Big Pocket Advent Calendar. The expanding pockets are large enough to fit three packets of sweets or small gifts so that they can be filled with treats for the whole family during Advent.

    Buy from Etsy


Pop over to the Gifts section for gift ideas for kids of all ages, from babies through teens.

Chelsea J

Friday 15th of November 2013

Oh my goodness these are fantastic! I don't need to look anywhere else for an advent calendar idea! I made a magnetic cookie sheet one last year, but I would love to make more!

Tammy N

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Loved seeing all the advent calendar ideas. Such a fun tradition..