As a child, there are few things more exciting than receiving your very own advent calendar, to help you count down the days to Christmas. If you are reading this round-up, it is likely that you now have your own children, or that you have kids in your life in some capacity - maybe as a parental guardian, as their fun aunt or uncle, or even their babysitter.
Whatever your reason for wanting to find an advent calendar that the littles ones in your life will love, we have got you covered with our pick of the best kids advent calendars. We have even divided up our featured products into separate categories, so that you can use the links below to jump straight to the section that is most relevant to you. The obvious choice would be to buy your little munchkin a chocolate advent calendar, so that they can wake up with glee every morning and start their day off with a delicious (if not exactly nutritious) square of chocolate.
While a small piece of chocolate once a day during advent will hardly make your children’s teeth fall out, we also understand that some parents may prefer not to give out chocolate advent calendars, especially when the festive season is already so full of sugary treats. If that is the case for you, there is no need to worry, as there are tonnes of toy advent calendars to choose from too, which feature miniature action figures, stickers or buildable toys that can help your child to develop their creativity and design skills. We have even included an entire section of our round-up dedicated solely to Lego, one of the most enduringly popular activities for children (and some grown-ups too)!
Read below to discover our pick of the best kids advent calendars you can buy online in 2021.
Chocolate Kids Advent Calendars
We’d argue that you never really tire of the excitement that an advent calendar brings (even as a grown-up), but this is especially true for kids. The chocolate advent calendars below offer up fun designs and recognisable brand names, so are sure to be embraced by little ones this festive season.
Hotel Chocolat ‘Up To Snow Good’ Advent Calendar
What: Advent calendars don’t come much cuter than this one! The calendar features 24 chocolate ‘sculptures’ and if you’re wondering about the need for that fancy name, it’s because these aren't your usual plain chocolate squares. Instead, they are mini chocolate slabs depicting festive figures like penguins and Father Christmas.
How much: £8
Buy the Hotel Chocolat ‘Up To Snow Good’ Advent Calendar
Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar
What: Are you the type of parent who doesn’t let the family crack open the Heroes sharing tub until Christmas Eve? Well, why not treat your little ones to a little early festive fun by buying a Heroes advent calendar? There are 24 chocolates to try, including favourites such as Twirl, Fudge and Creme Egg Twisted.
How much: £4.99
Buy the Cadbury Heroes Advent Calendar
Dairy Milk Advent Calendar
What: It doesn’t get much more classic than Dairy Milk. The chocolate brand’s advent calendar for 2021 will delight youngsters with its festive cartoon packaging, and you can even write the name of the recipient on the calendar, so that there’s no squabbling with siblings over whose is whose.
How much: £2.19
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Cadbury Dairy Milk Pop Up Advent Calendar
What: If you are not quite brave enough to let the kids help you with decorating the family Christmas tree, you can instead let them decorate their advent calendar. This fun version from Cadbury’s features a pop-out tree and decorations, so that little ones can get creative.
How much: £6
Buy the Cadbury Dairy Milk Pop Up Advent Calendar
Toy Kids Advent Calendars
If you don’t love the idea of your child eating a square of chocolate first thing in the morning, why not try a toy advent calendar instead? These Christmas countdowns are filled with action figures, stickers and similar fun objects, with plenty of them modelled after some of the most popular children’s TV shows and video games too.
Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar
What: If your children can’t get enough of J.K. Rowling’s tales of the wizarding world of Hogwarts, then this Harry Potter Advent Calendar is a must. In place of sweet treats, you will instead discover a series of miniature action figures inside, depicting your favourite characters - think Hermoine, Hagrid, Dumbledore and many more.
How much: £45
Buy the Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
What: Do you have a future racing driver on your hands? Fuel their ambition with this Hot Wheels calendar, which allows kiddies to build their own North Pole inspired ‘test track’. The calendar also includes a handful of Hot Wheels cars to keep them entertained for hours on end.
How much: £20
Buy the Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
Pokemon Advent Calendar
What: Whether your kids love the Pokemon franchise or you’re a die-hard fan who wants to introduce them to it, they are bound to fall in love with this Pokemon advent calendar. Behind each door, you will find either one of 16 Pokémon battle figures or one of eight holiday-themed accessories. You gotta catch ‘em all!
How much: £35
Buy the Pokemon Advent Calendar
Magical Mermaids Advent Calendar
What: Fans of all things mermaids can dive straight into this advent calendar, which comes complete with 83 pieces to collect before Christmas Day. It also includes special cubes that you can add to water to turn it pink and aquatic animal figurines which change colour in the water, ensuring that bathtime will be extra fun in the run up to Christmas.
How much: £30
Buy the Magical Mermaids Advent Calendar
Wild Life Advent Calendar
What: You can take a walk on the wild site this Christmas with this educational yet fun calendar, that has been built with future park rangers in mind. Inside, you will find a variety of jungle-themed miniature figures, including African elephants and wild cheetahs.
How much: £25
Buy the Wild Life Advent Calendar
Royal Picnic Advent Calendar
What: If your child loves to host pretend picnic and afternoon teas, this is the advent calendar for you. Presented in a pretty box, the calendar features a ‘family’ of four figurines, as well as picnic accessories, a floating boat, a poodle and a swan. The best part is that because it isn’t really Christmas themed, you can use the toys all year round.
How much: £21.95
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Minecraft Advent Calendar
What: You might not understand the ins and outs of Minecraft, but your little ones are probably far more knowledgeable about this wildly popular video game. The calendar features 12 mini figures based on fan-favourite calendars as well as 12 Christmas-themed stickers, which your child can add to their school books or bedroom wall (if allowed, of course!)
How much: £30.13
Buy the Minecraft Advent Calendar
Super Mario Advent Calendar
What: If you are raising a Nintendo fan, then you can’t go wrong with this Super Mario advent calendar. In place of the traditional chocolatey treats, you will instead find a whole host of fun surprises behind the numbered doors - including 17 figurines and seven accessories.
How much: £46.11
Buy the Super Mario Advent Calendar
Lego Kids Advent Calendars
Yes, that’s right, Lego advent calendars are so popular that they are deserving of their very own section. Below, you will find a handful of calendars which feature Lego versions of your child’s favourite books, TV shows and films, so they can really get creative this Christmas.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar
What: Lego lovers will be thrilled with this interactive advent calendar, which allows juniors to get their creative juices flowing. Inside, there are five Lego Friends as well as various festive-themed buildable toys, including a Christmas tree and a stocking.
How much: £20
Buy the Lego Advent Calendar
Lego City Advent Calendar
What: Another Lego option for 2021 is the Lego City Advent Calendar, which depicts an urban landscape during the winter. There are 24 compartments to open, with each one featuring either a miniature figurine or a buildable toy, such as ice hockey players, Christmas carolers and even Father Christmas himself.
How much: £20
Buy the Lego City Advent Calendar
Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar
What: Combining two childhood favourites - Lego and Harry Potter - is always going to be a winning combination. Behind the doors of this advent calendar, you will find miniature action figures and buildable toys, all of which will keep young wizards and witches entertained throughout the festive season.
How much: £25
Buy the Lego Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar
What: In a galaxy far far away, Lego’s most creative minds have been busy designing a Star Wars advent calendar and this is the fantastic end result. Aspiring Jedi Warriors will be able to discover 24 buildable surprises behind the calendar’s various numbered doors, including the much-loved Baby Yoda.
How much: £25
Buy the Star Wars Advent Calendar
Lego The Avengers Advent Calendar
What: Budding superheroes can count down to Christmas with this fun Avengers-themed calendar. Behind each door lies a miniature action figure or a buildable toy - look out for famous faces such as Iron Man and Spider-Man.
How much: £25
Buy the Lego The Avengers Advent Calendar
Now that you’ve got the kids sorted, treat yourself to our pick of the best food and drink advent calendars for 2021.