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Family advent calendars for the Christmas countdown

Family advent calendar

Christmas is quickly coming so you don't have long to get an Advent calendar (or three, who's counting?) sorted for 1 December. We love the idea of a family advent calendar that you and your little one can do together, whether it's taking in turns to have a chocolate, curling up with a new book every evening or simply building a Playmobil set. 

If we've inspired you, have a browse and get inspired by the ones we love.

Kick off your countdown to Christmas with Thornton's Santa advent calendar. For just £6, this calendar is packed with 24 mini milk chocolate pieces and a larger piece for the big day.

If you want something a little longer-lasting than choc treats, try this kit. With 89 pieces to unpack, this calendar tells a charming story of Christmas in the toy shop. 

This personalised family Advent Calendar Jar is full of 24 birch wooden tokens, each with a creative activity idea for every day of Advent. Each activity suggestion needs only a few minutes - ideal for when you just need five minutes.

If your favourite chocolate is the luxurious Lindt, then this Lindt Advent calendar is the one for you. Count down to Christmas and open a door a day and find a selection of delicious Lindt chocolates such as colourfully wrapped Lindt Teddies, delicious Icicle with ground hazelnuts, Snowballs with a creamy double milk filling and more.

Made to last and the perfect gift from grandparents, we love this traditional rustic wooden calendar. Fill the boxes with small gifts and you can re-use it year after year.

The Tea Advent calendar by Bird and Blend Tea is packed with their new Christmas tea blends as well as some traditional favourites, all selected by their tea mixologists. Ther are two bags a day behind each window so both you and your other half can enjoy. You can also choose between a regular or a caffeine free version.

This impressive truck features a festive red and gold livery with a sparkly dusting of snow. On top sits a lovely winter village scene with two little wooden chalets, snowman, traditional lamppost and snowy Christmas trees. It features removable drawers, numbered 1 to 24, so the whole family can enjoy opening little surprises whilst counting down the days of Advent.

How could we miss Cadbury's off of the list? If your favourite chocolate is Cadbury's, you're bound to love waking up every morning knowing you have a Hero waiting for you. Filled with all the Heroes miniatures, you'll no longer feel the chore of waking up in the morning in the lead up to Christmas! 

This fantastic advent calendar is packed with 24 acts of kindness for your family to do. Specifically designed to be sustainable, it can be used year after year to get your whole family into the Christmas spirit. It comes complete with a traditional tartan ribbon, ready to hang and can be personalised with your family's name. 

Make a fun festive model everyday with this plasticine advent calendar which contains instructions hidden behind each day’s window as well as the Plasticine needed to model festive favourites like reindeer, snowmen, holly and Father Christmas.

From children’s craft company toucanBox, The Very Merry Advent Calendar is stashed with 24 boxes of festive fun. Featuring exciting Christmas crafts such as a snowball juggling bear bauble and snowman puppets, scrummy recipes for gingerbread reindeer, hot chocolate spoons and more, plus five enchanting STEAM inspired story books.

We're big fans of Mr Men and Little Miss so we were excited to see they have their very own advent calendar! It features 24 individual stories for you and your child to reveal during the Christmas countdown so you can curl up and read stories such as Mr Tickle Saves the Day and Little Miss Sunshine Cheers Everyone Up.

By opening this fun Christmas advent calendar, you can piece together a puzzle to reveal a Disney game board to play together on Christmas day.

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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