The festive season is inching closer, and it's almost time to start counting down to the big day...
The advent calendar tells us Christmas is most definitely coming, and it’s never too early to start prepping now! You’ve 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 (Thanksgiving is first though, don’t forget!). Though the kids love the festive apps we’ve downloaded, there’s something more exciting and rather magical about physically opening an advent calendar to tick off the days until Xmas. Here’s our pick of the best advent calendars for kids – and grown-ups – to really get the festive season started!
FOR THE KIDS
Marks & Spencer
We’re huge fans of Frozen, and we’re sure your kids are, too! This Christmas, decorate your tree with Frozen-themed baubles from Frozen II – they’re made from sustainable materials and are shatterproof. Such a cute idea!
From Marks and Spencer, various outlets and 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
Great news online shoppers: now you can shop for a greater variety of advent calendars from Amazon.sg! From Paw Patrol and Hatchimals to Playmobil and Thomas and Friends, there are plenty of options for everyone. Our favourite? Crayola’s Christmas countdown calendar – great for kids who love to craft!
Cost: from $12.48
From Amazon.sg, online
If you love to have pretty stationery on your desk at all times (that would be us then), 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
There’s nothing better than snuggling and reading a book with your kids at the end of the day. This festive season, tuck them in with a Disney storybook collection! Read short stories featuring beloved characters like Pinocchio, Woody, Forky, Anna, Elsa and Olaf.
From Book Depository
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
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
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
We can’t forget the traditional chocolate advent calendars! There are also plenty of jolly picks on Redmart: Lindt, Thorntons, Celebrations, Quality Street, Reese’s and more.
Cost: from $4.95
From Redmart, online
Fans of make-up 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 make-up 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
This luxurious advent calendar from Intercontinental Singapore is unlike any other. Treats include Moet & Chandon champagne, teas from TWG, Dresden stollen, minced fruit pies, Wilkin & Sons jams and marmalade, and many more decadent delicacies for the whole family to enjoy.
From Intercontinental Singapore, online
The Body Shop
The Body Shop promises 25 full days of pampering with its advent calendar. Its calendars are chockablock with the most fantastic offerings including that shower gel you’ve had your eye on, indulgent full-sized body butter and luxurious bath bombs.
Cost: Beauty Advent Calendar, $69; Deluxe Advent Calendar, $99; Ultimate Advent Calendar, from $229
From The Body Shop, various outlets or online
Pamper yourself with this limited-edition, glamorous 12-day advent calendar! The box is full of little beauty pick-me-ups for day and night. By the time your Christmas party comes around, your skin will be on its way to looking radiant and gorgeous.
From Clarins, online
Thirsty Beer Shop
Calling all craft beer fans! Check out Thirsty Beer Shop’s annual craft beer advent calendar, with beers from breweries across America, Australia and Belgium. Perfect for winding down the long day after putting the kids to bed. Can someone say hallelujah?
From Thirsty Beer Shop, 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
There’s no better way to countdown to Christmas than with a L’occitane advent calendar! Every year, L’occitane’s advent calendars fly off the shelves, so make sure you get your hands on one as soon as you can! Psst… you can only get them when you spend $50 or more at its stores.
From L’occitane, various outlets
Wolves in London
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.
Free Our Kids
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!
Pretty Little Party Shop
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!
A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess has got the right idea to get the kids into the festive spirit with a colourful paper advent! All you need are some colourful scrapbook papers, some glue and treats to fill them in with.
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