The 10 Best: Advent calendars


1. Caroline Gardner


Greetings card specialist Caroline Gardner this year offers a range of five advent calendars. The 12 days of Christmas is really enchanting.


2. Clippy


These clever free-standing cardboard calendars put you in charge of the decorations. This gingerbread house comes with 24 stickers.


3. Hotel Chocolat


A great one for couples, with two luscious truffles behind each window, so there'll be no squabbling – just a blissful run-up to Christmas.


4. Lakeland


This beautifully illustrated pop-up 3D advent tree will have your little cherubs squealing with delight as they open a window each morning.


5. Great Little Trading Company


Beautifully crafted, felt advent calendar with pretty stitching and lovely little pockets.


6. Lakeland


The Bethlehem advent stable lets children discover the story of Christmas by opening the 24 doors and discovering the figures inside.


7. Cadbury's Dairy milk


Nothing quite says Christmas like a Cadbury's advent calendar. The chocs may not be that fancy but the nostalgia more than makes up for it.


8. Lego


With 24 gifts, including iconic mini-figures, vehicles and accessories, the Lego Star Wars advent calendar will get kids excited.


9. Melt


For anyone who doubts a mere advent calendar can offer stylish minimalism and chic, feast your eyes on this.


10. Cocoa Bean


No need to buy another advent calendar ever again with this vintage Nordic-style wooden house with its red and white painted finish.