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The best Advent calendars for all the family

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Christmas is coming so you don't have long to get an Advent calendar (or three, who's counting?) sorted for 1 December. And from beauty-filled ones to personalised styles that your little one can use for years to come, you'll be spoilt for choice. Have a browse and get inspired by the ones we love – there's something for every budget and age. 

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Reindeer Balloon Advent Calendar (£24,

Guaranteed to delight guests young and old this December, this is a must-have decoration for your home. It’s a balloon calendar: the little ones just pop a chocolate-filled balloon each day as they countdown to Christmas! Available in reindeers or Christmas trees.
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Hotel Chocolat The Advent Calendar (£12.50,

Surprisingly affordable for such a luxe brand, this Hotel Chocolat calendar comes in milk, white, 70% dark chocolate or caramel. Yum.
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Thorntons The Gruffalo (£4.50,

Unusually this calendar has 25 rather than 24 windows to open, but when there’s delicious Thorntons milk chocolate behind each one you won’t hear any complaints about the one day of extra effort…
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Santa Advent Calendar (£12,

Hang this adorable felt Santa on the wall, mantelpiece or back of a door and fill the little pockets with goodies. Soft and cuddly, it’s perfect for younger children.
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Lindt Adorable Teddy Advent Calendar (£10,

Tiny gold reindeer! Cute chocolate teddies! And even a full-size 100g teddy to unwrap on Christmas Eve. So good you’ll need one for every member of the family.
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Prestat Advent Calendar (£22.50,

A mix of dark chocolates with sea salt and milk truffles with caramel, this lovely calendar from Prestat comes in an arty box and is way too smart for little ones. No, best you keep it for yourself. Because you’re worth it.
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Divine Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar (£4,,

Premium Fairtrade chocs, a heartwarming kids-around-the-world illustration on the front from children’s books illustrator Stephen Waterhouse and ‘Merry Christmas’ in 24 languages behind the windows. Love.
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Wentworth Puzzles Jigsaw Calendar (£25,

Here’s a cute idea if you want an alternative to chocolate. The stand-up pieces of this puzzle tell all different stories of Christmas, from penguins and Nutcracker soldiers to Santa and stockings groaning with presents.
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Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar (£19.99,

Feeling the strain of Christmas prep already? This beauty calendar is your reward. It’s packed with weeks’ worth of pampering: 12 miniature soap slices and 12 miniature bath blasters. 
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Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Advent House (£25,

We love this advent house from the posh chocolate brand. Scoff the Sticky Toffee, Chocolate Truffle, Le Crunch and Zesty Orange chocs then refill with your own treats next year. Mother&Baby readers can bag a 20% discount: just enter code LILYXMAS20 when you buy online.
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Playmobil Christmas on The Farm Advent Calendar (£19.99,

If you want something a little longer-lasting than choc treats, try this kit. With tiny figures of farmyard animals, this calendar tells a charming story of Christmas in the countryside. 
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LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (£24.99,

LEGO is not just for Christmas, it’s for life. Add to their collection with this new advent calendar that has all the main characters plus a few bonus surprises.
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Wooden Pyramid Fill Yourself Calendar (£24.01,

Made to last and the perfect gift from grandparents, we love this traditional and rather rustic wooden calendar. Fill the boxes with small gifts and you can re-use it year after year.
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Cancer Research UK DIY Advent House Calendar (£16.99,

All profits from this Scandi-style calendar go towards Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research. Buy online or in the charity shops nationwide. In chic red and white, it’ll look fantastic in a window or on the mantelpiece, too.
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Lakeland Light-Up Advent House (£39.99,

Not cheap, but there’s something a little bit magical about this light-up cityscape calendar. It’s filled with 24 foil-covered milk chocolate balls but next year you can add your own Christmas goodies. A keeper.
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Wax Lyrical Advent Fragrance House (£22,

Time for Mum’s hard-earned treat. There are 24 scented tealights in this calendar, so you can burn them in the glass candle holder every night in December to fill your home with the fragrance of Christmas: Toasted Cinnamon, Vanilla and Cranberry, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh and Frosted Pine.
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The Buttonbag Advent Calendar Craft Set (£20,

Craft-loving mums will have fun with this kit: it contains everything you need to sew a simple cotton and felt calendar that can be used year after year. Even better: you can personalise it with your child’s name. Why not turn it into a project to make with your little one?
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Advent Date Tree (£28,

Little bit of an investment buy, but this Christmas tree-shaped wooden calendar is cool and classic enough to become a much-loved part of your decorations every December.
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Lacura Cuvee Christmas Beauty Calendar (£19.99,

Aldi’s really rather fab beauty brand has an advent calendar this year that groans with pampering skincare samples for mum, from serum to eye cream. But be quick: they’re sure to be a cult buy.
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Studio London Beauty Calendar (£8,

There are only 12 windows in this bargain calendar – perfect for tweens, teens or mums – but there’s a mini nail polish in each one, with some very wearable colours, from festive red to fash-forward grey.
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Advent Calendar for your Dog (£3.99,

Why should the family pooch miss out on a little Christmas countdown fun? There’s a canine treat behind every window.
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Pokemon Advent Calendar (£2,

If your kids loved Pokemon Go this year, then this is the advent calendar for them. And – bonus! – you won’t have to chase around the streets looking a bit of a lemon to find it…

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