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The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and there is certainly a chill in the air. Christmas is most definitely on it’s way.
Now is the time to start considering which advent calendar you will use to count down to the big day!
Gone are the days of finding a simple chocolate behind a door (though I am still totally on board with that), you can now get an advent calendar of virtually anything your heart desires – If you can pop it in a box you can make it into a calendar.
Here are some of the best advent calendars of 2019, there’s something for everyone.
Best Advent Calendars for Kids
Personalised 24 Sleeps ‘Til Christmas Advent Book
This lovely little Advent Book can be personalised with your child’s name a short message. Each page contains a fun, Christmas fact and a daily festive activity. With recipes, mazes, dot to dot, colouring and so much more. This Advent book is perfect for your little ones and will keep them entertained throughout advent. The Advent book also has a small hanger so it can be hung up once the activity has been completed.
This advent calendar is full of magical gifts for your Harry Potter fan, my daughter is clamouring for this one! With notepads, pencils, pens, erasers and much more, they will love this HP themed calendar. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Calendar is available from ASOS, IWOOT, Menkind and Amazon. Superdrug currently have the calendar on offer at £20.00
The Gruffalo’s Child Musical Advent Calendar
The Gruffalo offering for this year is one to treasure! This musical Advent calendar features beautiful music from The Gruffalo film, fun facts about the characters, stickers and magnetic characters that can skate around the scene using a magnetised mechanism. The calendar can be easily stored and bought out for the family to enjoy year after year, becoming a tradition within itself.
Costing £25.00, you can find the Gruffalo’s Child Musical Advent Calendar at Danilo.com.
Lego City Advent Calendar 2019
Lego now has a fantastic range of advent calendars including Star Wars and Harry Potter but I will always favour the classic Lego City advent calendar. Full to the brim with mini-kits and mini-figures, it won’t just be the kids wanting to create their own festive Lego scenes this year. You can buy this years Lego City Calendar from loads of places for varying prices including The Entertainer, John Lewis and B&M.
You can also find it at Amazon here.
So Free Advent Calendars
So Free advent calendars are ideal for kids (and grown ups) who are dairy intolerant, the whole range is dairy and gluten free. You can choose from the So Free Organic advent calendar, all the taste of dairy milk chocolate without the dairy; the So Free White Chocolate Alternative advent calendar made with a blend of cocoa butter, sugar and rice or the new So Free Smooth advent calendar, dairy milk chocolate without the dairy and with less than 4% sugar.
Reasonably priced at £4.95, these calendars can be purchased directly from Plamil Foods, it’s also worth checking out the rest of their festive goodies while you’re there!
Best Advent Calendars for Families
Scratchvent Bucket List Advent Calendar
This beautifully illustrated A3 poster has 24 festive activity ideas for you and your family to get into the Christmas spirit. We tend to be unable to agree on anything so will take turns in choosing which activity we will do each day. Once an activity has been completed, simply scrape off the foil to reveal a cute Christmas picture. Activities range from singing a festive song and eating a candy cane to building a gingerbread house and doing something for charity. You may not get a physical item each day but you will get to do lots of fun, festive things together as a family and that’s the joy of Christmas!
The Morse Toad Secret Message Advent Calendar doesn’t just give your recipient a tasty treat for breakfast, but it also reveals a message, letter by letter, over the advent period. Whether you want to hint at a gift, tell your family to pull their finger out before Santa arrives or let a loved one know you like their sparkly baubles – this could be the perfect way to pass your message on.
Simply open a door to reveal a letter, make a note of the letter and then eat it. You just need to make sure that your message is 30 characters or less (including spaces) and all will be revealed by Christmas Day!
The Secret Message advent calendar is available on the Morse Toad website for £12.95. In the spirit of Christmas, Morse Toad are offering you 15% off your order by using the code CHOCPOST15BL . What are you waiting for? Follow this link to order yours!
John Lewis Craft Advent Calendar
This advent calendar is great for families who like to get crafty, jam packed with all you need to create 24 Christmas decorations to adorn your house just in time for Christmas. With fun little crafts to do together, this advent calendar is great for keeping you all entertained as well bringing out your inner artist.
At a time when 14 million people are living in poverty, food banks are finding themselves helping more people each year – 2018-19 saw provision increase by 19%. This advent calendar is a little different but is a great way of reminding our kids (and ourselves) that not everyone’s Christmas is about abundance.
Grab a cardboard box and during advent, put an item a day (or more) in it. Toiletries, food and maybe even a few little treats. This box can then be taken to your local food bank or local collection point where the boxes will be distributed to families who need them.
You can find details of your local Food bank and where to donate at The Trussel Trust website.
Best Advent Calendars for Adults
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
In what is beginning to look like Christmas tradition, the bestselling Aldi Wine Advent calendar is back and ready to countdown to Christmas 2019. This year’s calendar contains 24 of your favourite miniatures; six bottles of red, eight bottles of white, eight bottles of sparkling and two bottles of Rose. At £49.99, the advent calendar includes treats from The Exquisite Collection Macon Villages, Calvet Cap d’Agde Rose and JP Chenet Ice edition (to name a few) you can raise a glass to the festive season in style.
This Aldi Wine Advent Calendar is always popular and once it’s gone it’s gone. In fact, it’s already sold out online. There is still time to pick one up in store, you can find your closest Aldi here.
Thornton’s Continental Advent Calendar
As always, Thornton’s have been busy getting their Christmas range ready for us! The Cheeky Reindeer was always a staple in our house at Christmas. This year he’s had a bit of a make over and is back with his shiny red nose and tiny bell collar. This year he is joined by Snowy Bear, perfect for those who prefer white chocolate! Cheeky Elf is also back for the second year, causing mischief (and tasting good).
This is guide is about advent calendars though. The Santa and the Elf advent calendars are great for little ones but what about us grown ups? Say hello to the Continental Advent Calendar, beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to eat. Containing assorted continental chocolates you’ll be lucky enough to get your favourite flavour more than once, perfect for sharing (or not). Day 25 holds an extra special treat too. This calendar has an RRP of £11.00 but can be found cheaper if you shop around.
Why not head over to Thornton’s to check out the whole festive range, or just treat yourself!
That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar
Fancy something a little more decadent and a little less chocolate? That Boutique-y Gin Company advent calendar might just be the one for you. With 24 different, 3cl wax sealed bottles not only do you get to countdown to Christmas but you also get to try a variety of Boutique-y’s amazing flavours and even try a gin created with botanicals that have visited the Stratosphere! You can find The Boutique-y Gin Company advent calendar from £49.95 at Masters of Malt or Drinks by the Dram on Amazon.
The Protein Ball Advent Calendar
We all know that one person. The super healthy sort, does running ‘for fun’, doesn’t really eat lots of chocolate and doesn’t want gin for breakfast – My husband! This is the perfect advent calendar for them!
The Protein Ball Co. have released this limited edition advent calendar, full to the brim with six vegan flavours of protein ball goodness for your healthy buddy. The protein balls are entirely natural with no sugar, gluten, wheat or soy – nice and healthy. As I mentioned, this is a limited edition calendar so it’s first come first served.
Go to the Protein Ball Co. or Amazon and get yours ordered now!