The advent calendar tells us Christmas is most definitely coming, but don’t fret, you’ve still got plenty of time to get everything in order, whether it’s decorating the Christmas tree, ticking off the Xmas shopping list or preparing for the most festive meal of the year. The countdown’s just about to start and although the kids love the festive apps we’ve downloaded, there’s something super exciting and really rather magical about physically opening an advent calendar to tick off the days until Xmas eve. Here’s our pick of the best advent calendars for kids – and grown ups – to really get the festive season started.
Smiggle’s always been one of our top picks when we go back-to-school shopping but this is one calendar that really counts down to Xmas in a rather special way: 25 days of limited edition Smiggle stationery! Let’s get a big “Woohoo!” to that. Plus, if your small elves find one of 25 lucky tickets, they’ll win a whopping $1000 worth of Smiggle goodies. It’s no Wonka’s chocolate factory but who needs sweets when you’ve got glitter pens?
From Smiggle, various outlets or online.
If you love to have pretty stationery on your desk at all times, get the Eraser Advent Calendar and you’ll be welcoming every day with a smile. Just pop open the box of the day and receive a special shaped eraser and a gratitude prompt – useful and cute!
From kikki.K, various outlets or online
Stuck on You
How many sleeps until Christmas? Keep track with this cute sticker poster. Just cover up the next number every day and before you know it, Santa will be landing on your roof in a sleigh laden with gifts galore!
From Stuck On You, online
The kids are sure to be the jolliest elves in town when they get to uncover a brand new Lego figure every day. Choose from City, Friends or Star Wars themes, but snap yours up quick as they’re always fast sellers.
Cost: From $34.99
From Toys R Us
We’ve definitely fallen for these cutie-patootie gift boxes from IKEA. Being able to decide what each gift will be like definitely takes the stress out of finding an unsavoury surprise in your advent. Plus, this way the kids will be unwrapping little gifts every day until Xmas day, keeping them sweet all the way.
From IKEA, various outlets or online
Here’s a stylish calendar you can reuse year after year. Have yourself and the kiddos a merry little Christmas with this wooden pull-out calendar that you can fill with their favourite goodies. The only downside to this amazing Christmas deco? The kids can totally peek in and even sneak a treat when you’re not looking!
From Next, various outlets or online
Melissa and Doug
Countdown to Christmas with this fuss-free magnetic wooden calendar from Melissa and Doug. Kids can decorate the tree day by day and rearrange the pieces as much as they like leading up to 25 December. There’s even a holiday poem on the back to be read aloud to help everyone into the Christmas spirit.
From Pupsik Studio, online
Of course we didn’t forget the traditional chocolate advent calendars. Next time you’re at Cold Storage for your weekly shop, just grab a chocolate advent calendar for $5 to $15 (we’re loving the Celebrations one pictured above). Or how about heading to M&S to pick up an epic Star Wars Advent Calendar ($13.90) or My Little Pony Advent Calendar ($13.90)? There’s even a card game on the back you can play when all the sweets are gone. There are also plenty of jolly picks starting at just $3.50 a pop over on Redmart.
Fans of makeup brand NYX are bound to get a sugar rush from the range of goodies to be uncovered on a daily basis in its advent calendar. From exclusive shades of powders including eyeshadow, highlighters and blush, your Christmas makeup is going to be looking fab every day (as long as you can squeeze it into your already busy daily routine!).
From Sephora, various outlets or online
The Body Shop
The Body Shop promises 25 full days of pampering with its advent calendar. Step into the Enchanted Forest, chockablock with the most fantastic offerings including that shower gel you’ve had your eye on, an indulgent full-sized body butter and a refreshing face mist. On day 25, the calendar turns into a trivia for you to bust out the questions during gift giving time.
Cost: Deluxe Advent Calendar, $199; Ultimate Advent Calendar, $429
From The Body Shop, various outlets or online
H&M is back for with more festive cheer with a blazing red advent calendar. Embellish your OOTD with a new accessory every day until Christmas. From earrings, to charms, necklaces and keychains, the Christmas themed jewellery is sure to get you into the festive spirit.
From H&M, various outlets or online
Here’s an advent calendar for all you queens out there – an enchanted fairytale castle advent calendar. We’re loving the absolutely magical design and the 24 surprises hidden within from makeup to bath products. It’s going to be a magical Christmas for sure with this to swoon over every day.
From Sephora, various outlets or online
Lucky dip your way through the 12 Days of Christmas with bath bombs, shower gels, bubble bars and body conditioner. Uncover a new surprise every day with the smooth feeling of almond oil and shea butter in a Puddy Holly or look forward to all-time honey favourite Shoot For The Stars. And don’t forget to indulge in some fresh citrusy Christmas fun from the Christmas Cracker. Lots to look forward to with the whole box filled with delightful smells and promises of a beautiful bath. Warning: it’s hard not to cheat and open early.
From Lush, various outlets or online
1. For Wolves In London’s whimsical calendar, iron on or label some drawstring bags with a cute design of your choice, fill them with goodies and then string them up for the countdown.
3. Check out Hobbycraft’s envelope advent calendar and string up your finished masterpiece for a festive countdown. You can also repurpose leftover envelopes by sending out Christmas cards in them and decorating them with glitter, stickers or washi tape. Two craft projects in one, people!
4. Using number stickers and leftover party cups and twine, make a party cup calendar using this easy tutorial by Pretty Little Party Shop. Pop the bottom open every day for a new prize!
5. Hello Sandwich has got the right idea to get the kids in the festive spirit – throw all of the above together with any and all bits and bobs lying about the house to make the funkiest (and cutest!) advent calendar ever.
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