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The 10 Best: Advent calendars


1. Caroline Gardner

£4.95, carolinegardner.com

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


2. Clippy

£11.99, firebox.com

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


3. Hotel Chocolat

£25, hotelchocolat.co.uk

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

£7.99, lakeland.co.uk

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

£30, gltc.co.uk

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


6. Lakeland

£59.99, lakeland.co.uk

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

£2.50, ocado.com

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

£24.99, lego.com

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


9. Melt

£32, harrods.com

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


10. Cocoa Bean

£29.99, cocoa-bean.co.uk

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