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Our Favourite Advent Calendars for 2017

Can you believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away? No, neither can we. But, we are very excited and can’t wait for the festive season to arrive. Here are some of our favourite advent calendars that 2017 has to offer.

For Children:

Five advent calendars for children. From left to right Vtech Toot Toot Animals, Star Wars Lego, Aldi Blocks, Elves Behavin badly and book advent

1. Vtech Toot Toot Animals – £24.99
Little ones can countdown to Christmas with a Vtech Toot-Toot Animals advent calendar. It features 24 fun play pieces including a Toot-Toot Animals reindeer, a Christmas tree and lots more. The Box panel folds down to become a Toot-Toot Animals play area! Reindeer includes 3 Christmas songs, 6 festive melodies and fun sound effects. The Reindeer responds to SmartPoint™ locations with different phrases, sound effects and more on all Toot-Toot Animals playsets (each sold separately).

2. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar – £24.99
Star Wars and/or Lego fans are sure to love this advent calendar. Behind the doors lie a galaxy of Star Wars Minifigures, starships, vehicles and more. Once all the gifts have been collected, you can unfold the playmat and play out your own epic adventures on desert planet Jakku, Starkiller Base and in deep space. Available from Amazon, Tesco, LEGO and eBay.

3. Block Tech Toy Advent Calendar – £ 5.99
Every day up until Christmas there’s a new toy behind each door of this advent calendar available from Aldi. This advent calendar contains 23 assorted Tech Figures and a Vehicle. Is a perfect alternative to a chocolate advent calendar or if you are on a budget.

4. Elves Behavin’ Badly – from £4.99
Christmas Countdown with a cheeky elf (or two) every day in December. Hide them around the house and create mini scenes for your children to find each morning. Elves Behavin’ Badly are a great alternative to the Advent Calendar and lots of fun. Ideas to include could be a letter from Santa, fun things to do

5. Book Advent – £29.99
Scholastic has two new Advent Packs available this year. Each pack contains a mix of classic and new favourites for children aged 0-7 years old or 7-11 years old. Each set will include 24 seasonally themed books (to be given each day of December leading up to Christmas). If you’re looking for a unique countdown to Christmas for your little bookworms then these packs are certain to be a hit.

For Grown-Ups:

Two beauty advent calendars full of beauty products including nail varnishes, lip balms and eye shadows

1. 12 days of Christmas  Beauty Calendar – £9.99
Behind each door, there’s a fun, festive treat in cute holiday-themed packaging  – one for each of the 12 days of Christmas! Inside the calendar you will find:
1 x 25 ml Hand Cream (Savannah Fragrance)
1 x 30 ml Body Lotion (Savannah Fragrance)
2 x 50g Bath Salts (Savannah Fragrance)
2 x 20g Bath Fizzer (Savannah Fragrance)
1 x 30 ml Body Wash (Savannah Fragrance)
1 x 4g Lip Barm (Cherry)
1 x 4g Lip Balm (Strawberry)
2 x Nail File
1 x Body Puff

2. Mad Beauty Christmas Advent Calendars – £16.99

With two designs to choose from – Pink & Black and Classic Gold the countdown to Christmas has never been so excitingly fabulous. Both contain exactly the same items, behind every door you’ll discover a range of lovely gifts, from lipsticks and lip glosses, to nail polish and eyeshadows, you’ll also find accessories too such as a nail file, festive nail sticker’s, brushes and more. Contents include: 2 x Lipsticks (3.5g), Powder Compact (3.5g), 3 x Nail Polish (5ml), 3 x Lip Gloss (6.5ml), 2 x Lip Gloss (2.5ml), 2 x Eye Shadow (3g), Eyeliner Pencil (0.5g), Lip Liner Pencil (0.5g), Blusher (3.5g), Blusher (2.5g), Sharpener, Toe Separator, Lip Brush, Blush Brush, Nail File, Applicator and Festive Nail Stickers. Available from Find Me A Gift

For Everyone:

three advent calendars. From left to right Reese's miniture peanut butter cup, divine milk chocolate and divine 70% dark chocolate calendars

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Advent Calendar – £4.99

Have a chocolate filled festive countdown with this amazing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup advent calendar! This unique advent calendar is ideal for any fan of Reese’s!

2. Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar – £5 

This grown-up Advent calendar is the perfect choice for those who prefer the intense cocoa taste of dark chocolate, or for those avoiding dairy. The beautiful illustration of a wintery woodland scene will appeal to animal lovers too, and each door opens to reveal a British wildlife fact. In addition, 3p from every calendar sold will be donated to the Woodland Trust. Divine chocolate is committed to sustainability, which is why the calendar is certified by the vegan society and its environmental credentials are featured on the back of the pack. Divine is proudly palm oil free, committed to sustainable farming and only uses recyclable FSC paper and card. Available at Oxfam UK and Ireland, RSPB stores, Spark Etail, wholesalers and independent stores. Is suitable for Vegans.

Divine Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar – £4

Each window opens to reveal the Christmas story step by step and a seriously smooth Fairtrade milk chocolate heart. You’ll also find ‘Merry Christmas’ in a different language from countries around the world where Divine is sold or ingredients sourced, with a corresponding flag behind each window and an educational Fairtrade board game on the back of the pack. The Divine Chocolate Advent calendar is endorsed by Divine partners Christian Aid and Comic Relief. Available at Waitrose, Oxfam, Wholefoods, RSPB stores, Spark Etail, Traidcraft, Liberty London, wholesalers and independent stores.


*We were sent the above products for the purpose of this piece*

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