From floristry to photography, Japanese ice cream to charity donations (and some chocolate too), here’s our pick of the loveliest Advent calendars this year…
Enchanted Advent Wreath
£39.99 plus £6.00 UK standard delivery (overseas shipping POA)
Designed by Cotswolds-based Enchanted Floristry, you can enjoy building your Advent wreath step by step over 12 days. Each door reveals new items to add – preserved foliage, dried blooms and succulents, fir cones and wooden spheres, all while exploring the basics of floristry. It’s simple and fun for all skill levels. Each wreath will be completely individual!
Personalised Treehouse Advent Calendar by Penelopetom
£20 plus postage
A beautifully designed 3D Personalised Treehouse Advent Calendar. Pop out and slot together the wonderful treehouse, find the festive part of the day, match the number and construct and decorate the treehouse every day until Christmas. Choose to make the calendar extra special by having the door of the treehouse personalised with the child’s name or the family name.
Filled with a delicious selection of pralines with dark and mil chocolate, croquant with milk chocolate, flambeed marzipan and marzipan.
There’s nothing better than a chocolatey treat each day in the run up to Christmas so why not choose a photo advent calendar with a sweet treat behind every door? With the option of Kinder Chocolate or Ferrero Rocher, you’ll be able to have a countdown to Christmas that is rich in memories – as well as delicious chocolate!
Children’s Charity Advent Calendar
Advent of Change and John Lewis
Celebrity-endorsed social enterprise Advent of Change has pioneered the UK’s first charity advent calendar where, instead of receiving something each day, you give something: 24 donations to 24 incredible charities. Each day you discover what you’ve given, from helping to provide safe housing for a homeless person, to providing a dream day out for a sick child. Advent of Change calendars are plastic-free, use compostable and recyclable packaging, and made in the UK.
Illuminated advent calendars add seasonal sparkle and enhance the magical experience of opening the drawer and discovering what’s inside. Fill your calendar with whatever makes your loved one’s morning more festive, whether it’s sweets or a hand-written note.
Mochi Advent Calendar
Little Moons, Selfridges
Little Moons, makers of the delicious Japanese ice cream dessert, is launching the world’s first-ever mochi advent calendar for the festive season. Exciting and irresistible flavours include Vegan Tropical, Vegan Choc and Pistachio & Coconut.
PLAYin CHOC is an award winning premium chocolate brand made using just three natural, organic ingredients, suitable for those who are vegan or with allergens. Each calendar drawer contains: 10g organic vegan m•lk chocolate, 3D puzzle toy and fun facts card. Replace each drawer back to front to form a picture, completed on Christmas Eve. The outer sleeve can be opened up into a landscape to play with all 24 toys. Dairy, nut, gluten, soy & plastic free. The film is home compostable.
Milk & White Advent Calendar
Just one of the Montezuma’s range, which also includes a milk chocolate alternative and Absolute Black (100% cocoa) Advent calendars. This one is perfectly sized for kids and features a smaller treat behind every door, as well as festive colouring-in pictures on the back.
Included in this selection are such delights as 3 Star Gold Great Taste Award-winning Blackcurrant, Devon’s Salcombe gin with pink grapefruit, crunchy roasted Madagascar origin cocoa nibs in golden caramelised white chocolate… As the days get closer to Christmas, the chocolates get even more festive. The final chocolate to enjoy on December 25 is a Christmas Pudding Chococo-style – spiced praline, orange & popping candy for a festive fizz!
Shortbread Advent Calendar
Delivering a daily dose of Christmas cheer, the new advent calendar design features Walkers’ favourites including the Pure Butter Shortbread Fingers, Rounds and Mini Chocolate Chip Shortbread.
Divine Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar
Booths, Libertys, Ocado, Oxfam, Traidcraft and Wholefoods
The theme of this year’s Divine advent calendars is ‘sustainability’ – so you don’t just get a delicious chocolate each day, you also get to learn about sustainable cocoa farming. Choose between Divine’s dark vegan or smooth milk. Behind each window you’ll learn how to say ‘merry Christmas’ in different languages. Designed by the illustrator & author, Stephen Waterhouse.