12 Advent Calendars Your Kids Will Absolutely Want this Christmas!

12 Advent Calendars for Kids This Christmas!

12 Advent Calendars for Kids This Christmas!

Blimey, I can’t believe I’m already mentioning the C word. Where did the year go? I feel like it’s flown but in reality it’s gone no faster than any other year. We’ve had some wonderful times and some lovely holidays. We’ve also gotten through the achilles injury that mr d was afflicted with earlier this year. So yeah, its’ been mostly good. We’re happy and mostly healthy which im grateful for.

Today on the blog I’m looking at Advent Calendars. I know it’s early but come on, I need to get my bum in gear and get organized. To help you too, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite ones for kids. This post does contain affiliate links, which basically means I get a small commission if you buy said calendar through the links below. Don’t let that put you off though, there really are some fun calendars here!

Other links you might like: How to make your own book advent calendar and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas.

Trolls Trollific Advent Calendar
Trolls Advent Calendar

This one is so cute and perfect if you have a Trolls fan! For just under £16 it isn’t cheap but if you want something a bit different from the same old chocolate ones then this is cute. The gifts inside are all beauty-related so think hair clips and lip balms.

Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions Advent Calendar

Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions Advent Calendar
Next up is this Minions Mega Bloks calendar. The price tag is just under 12 quid, so again not a cheap one. The gifts look super cute though and you can combine them with other Mega Bloks toys.

VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar

VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar
This advent calendar is perfect for any Toot-Toot animals fans! The actual box panel of the calendar folds down to make a small play area for your new toys. The reindeer includes a number of Christmas songs and tunes too. You can pop this on any Toot-Toot animal play sets as well.  This one isn’t cheap and retails at £24.99.

Thomas and Friends Advent Calendar

thomas the tank engine advent calendar
Now this one really isn’t cheap at nearly an eye-watering Fifty quid but go with. Behind each little door is a Thomas and Friends MINIS characters, 6 of which are exclusive holiday characters. If you have a die-hard Thomas fan then maybe this one is for you! The trains are the same size as the MINIs in the blind bags, so you’re basically getting 24 blind bags. They retail around two quid a bag so yeah, I can see why the whole calendar would set you back a bit.

Playmobil 5494 Christmas Advent Calendar Santas Workshop

playmobil advent calendar santas workshop

I couldn’t include a round up of kid’s advent calendars without including something from the Playmobil range. They have so many to offer but I picked this cute Christmas themed one. The sleigh is so cute!

Schleich Horse Club Advent Calendar

Schleich Horse Club Advent Calendar

We reviewed a few Schleich toys earlier this year and although pricey, they are great quality. If you have a horse-mad child then this one might be up your street.

Fireman Sam Christmas Advent Calendar

Fireman Sam Christmas Advent Calendar

B is a huge Fireman Sam fan and this calendar looks really fun for the £20 price tag. You get a lot of accessories and the calendar doubles as a play area too!

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

melissa and doug tree calendar

Hands up Melissa and Doug fans? Yep?

This calendar is a little different in that it isn’t 24 tiny toys to get lost in the ether of toy mess. Instead it is a magnetic wooden tree, decorated with 24 ornaments and a star for the top of the tree. Each day you take one ornament off the tree and countdown to the big day.

Doh-Vinci Play Doh Advent Calendar

doh vinci play doh calendarThis Doh-Vinci advent calendar is a great choice if you don’t want to spend a small fortune. At £7 it’s a lot cheaper than the others on offer. Behind each door are a number of tools and crafty bits to help you work on a Winter Wonderland craft project.

LEGO 60155 City Advent Calendar

lego city advent calendar

Now this is the one I want on December 1st! I’ve become a bit obsessed with Lego and love building things with B’s Lego. They offer a number of advent calendars but I love this Christmas themed City one.

Finding Dory Advent Calendar

Finding Dory Advent Calendar
This Finding Dory advent calendar retails at just under £15 and is a bit cheaper than the others I featured. An added bonus is that the calendar is reusable after Christmas for storing trinkets and treasure in.

Haribo Advent Calendar

Haribo Advent Calendar
This will be what I get the hubby this Christmas. He is obsessed with Haribo!

What advent calendar do you go for? The traditional chocolate one? A picture one? I love those! A “fill your own” type or one of these toy-themed ones? It seems advent calendars are becoming more complex each year!

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Don’t forget to pin for later so you don’t forget the ones you like 🙂

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  1. I have not bought advent calendars for the girls that are not chocolates but this year I really want to buy something different. This list is great so I have now lots of options to choose from. I will probably get some lego ones. Thanks for sharing this list! 🙂 xx

  2. Advent Calendars have got so much more extravagant haven’t they? We have a pocket one that I fill and my Mum always buys me and my son a chocolate one every year. With Artie thenElf making an appearance from the 1st dec and a baby making an appearance in December, this year is going to be manic! I’m planning on keeping it simple #KCACOLS

  3. We’ve already snapped up a Lego calendar for my eldest but we still need to decide on one for the 3yo. That Minions one looks good. He would love the Thomas one too, but that’s a little out of our price range. Great guide! #kcacols

  4. We are big Schleich fans here! (Oh, actually, I should say *I* am, as my boys have probably moved on! If you come across a good Paw Patrol one do let us know! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  5. What a great selection! My mum bought Cygnet a wooden advent calendar a couple of years ago. Each year, my Mum fills it up with a variety of small presents. Cygnet loves it and I am delighted to say that it saves a lot of money.

    Pen x


  6. I love them all! But the vtech one would be particularly popular in our house I think. Brilliant finds here to suit all kids x #kcacols

  7. Great selection! The Smiggle ones look good too 🙂 I normally avoid chocolate as my little boy is dairy free but I managed to get a df one so this year the girls can have chocolate too 🙂 #KCACOLS

  8. Great list. I have already got the a farm and horse schleich calendars for my children as we’re obsessed with schleich. I also want to get my son the Thomas minis one 🙂 #KCACOLS

  9. Wow! So many choices! I think we’ll stick I chcocolate for now. For the appealing sum of £2 in Asda. I know as little one gets older though I’m so gonna get sucked into these. Apparently Smiggle do one too. There’s fab ones for adults too with gin in. Wow.


  10. My children would love these, my five year old daughter had a poppy one that lit up last year, she has asked for it again this year but every time we go shopping and she sees more she wants them xxx

  11. There are so many of them! And even more than the ones here. It is lovely there is such a variety now. My youngest can’t have a lot of dairy, so toy options are a lot better, as some of the free from still contains soya; which unfortunately effects a lot of CMPA children.

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