Advent Calendars for all Ages and Lifestyles

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I remember the days when advent calendars were an A4 piece of card with a picture behind each door

On Christmas Eve or Day (why do Advent Calendars stop at Christmas Eve?) you’d find a biblical photograph of the baby Jesus, surrounded by hay in a manger. These days most of us demand something a bit more. I have rounded up a few and I am sure you will find one to suit every member of your family:

To keep little minds and hands busy each day Play Hooray Christmas Activity Calendar

The  playPROMPTS Christmas Activity Advent Calendar is perfect for counting down to Christmas. Children can turn one page each day to reveal a new festive activity to do together complete with a detailed description and colourful illustration. From sensory to cooking, crafting and more plus a bonus daily family festive activity idea too, it’s designed to help parents and children make lots of special memories in the build up to the big day. The best bit is that the calendar is reusable to you can bring it out again every year, making it an annual tradition to look forward to. There is also a resource list of everything you need for the activities. RRP £12.50 available from

For an alternative how about Personalised Advent Letters

Back with our fourth edition of magical letters from the North Pole. 24 individually letters addressed to your child. These unique Advent Letters are all brand new stories for 2020 and can be personalised to your child or children, from their very own Elf. 

The letters mention their name, hometown and the other people in their house throughout. Plus you can also add a second elf’s name to feature throughout the stories too! These have proved a huge hit in our house.

24 letters are £22.99 or (if you are a bit late organising) 12 letters £17.99 from

For Lego fans the Lego City Advent Calendar is perfect

We get through our fair share of Lego in this house, we all love it! We’ve had Lego advent calendars before and this year it’s Little L’s turn. He is very excited for December so he can have a new bit of Lego every day. There are different Lego Advent Calendars, including Lego Friends and Harry Potter Advent Calendars. Available from £19.99 from toyshops and Amazon 

For jigsaw puzzle fans, Gibsons Jigsaw Puzzle Advent Calendar

Unbox 24 festive surprises. Behind each door you’ll find a Christmas shaped puzzle, so you can make your own Christmas Tree decorations – glue and ribbon included. Aimed at age 12 and upwards with a RRP £28 available from 

For fans of sweeties the Haribo Advent Calendar 

Adding further fun to the Christmas countdown, the HARIBO Advent Calendar offers a merry mix of themed mini bags including HARIBO Tropifrutti, Goldbears and MAOAM Pinballs. Perfect for those who prefer a twist on the traditional chocolate advent calendar, each window contains a tasty treat which will ensure that the festive celebrations start early. Available from Amazon RRP £7.99

For chocolate lovers (aka Big L) there is the epic Fererro Rocher advent calendar

Ambassador, with these chocolates you’re really spoiling us

Big L wanted a chocolate advent calendar and chose this one. There is one chocolate behind each door from the 3 varieties, does anyone else find the coconut one really messy? The advent calendar was on offer at £10 from Tesco but is also available from Amazon

Adventures that aren’t just for Christmas with Playmobil Advent Calendars

We had the previous version of Santa’s workshop a few years ago and it is still going strong. It’s lovely to have something that builds into a set that can be played with over and over again. Playmobil have several calendars to appeal to all children (and adults) from toddlers onwards, including Back to the Future. Prices start at £19.99 and are available from, toyshops and Amazon

Beanies Flavour Coffee Advent Calendar for coffee lovers

On the first day you get a travel cup, then from 2nd-23rd 2 sachets of different flavour coffee and on the final day a 50g jar of Christmas flavoured coffee. Beanies Coffee is only 2 calories a cup and completely sugar free but the flavour means you can still get a sweet fix without the need to add sugar or sweeteners to it. There are over 20 flavours including Cookie Dough, Caramel Popcorn, Irish Cream, Amaretto Almond, Chocolate Orange and Coconut. RRP £20.00 available from

Keep an eye out for my Christmas Gift Guides – this year they are even more epic that last!

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