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Best advent calendars: Santa's Workshop by Playmobil, 2018
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Best advent calendars

The world of advent calendars goes far beyond chocolate, so grab a good one and get counting down to Christmas

By Danielle Goldstein
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Few things say Christmas more than a calendar. And sure, chocolate's great – but you can now find some more exciting gifts hidden behind the advent doors. From stationary to figurines, you name it and you'll find it somewhere, boxed up Christmas style. Here's our selection of the best advent calendars available this festive season.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our full Christmas gift guide.

Best advent calendars

Best advent calendars: BIC advent calendar, 2018
Best advent calendars: BIC advent calendar, 2018

BIC advent calendar

Show off a creative side with all the stickers, postcards, crayons and 'magic' felt tips in this BIC calendar.

£19.99. www.amazon.com

Best advent calendars: Revell Millennium Falcon, 2018
Best advent calendars: Revell Millennium Falcon, 2018

Revell Millennium Falcon

Christmas will arrive in no time when you've got this Millennium Falcon to distract you. Each day you get a new piece to add to the project.

£29.99. www.shopdisney.co.uk

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Best advent calendars: Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions, 2018
Best advent calendars: Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions, 2018

Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minions

Those mischievous Minions strike again, this time with a thoroughly festive theme. Each window contains different blocks for you to build your own Christmassy Minion scene.

£16.84. www.amazon.com

Best advent calendars: The Naked Marshmallow Co, 2018
Best advent calendars: The Naked Marshmallow Co, 2018

The Naked Marshmallow Co

Fluffy, festive mallow in flavours like salted caramel, candy floss, gingerbread and s’mores. Plus, for £3.95 extra you can get a toasting set too.

£17. www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Best advent calendars: Bethlehem Advent Stable from Lakeland, 2018
Best advent calendars: Bethlehem Advent Stable from Lakeland, 2018

Bethlehem Advent Stable

This one may be a bit pricey, but if you've got the cash to splash and the nativity is a big deal in your household, this 24-piece keeper is the calendar for you.

£67.99. www.lakeland.co.uk

Best advent calendars: Santa's Workshop by Playmobil, 2018
Best advent calendars: Santa's Workshop by Playmobil, 2018

Santa's Workshop by Playmobil

Any kid would be thrilled to get this advent calendar. First of all, the box doubles as Santa's workshop, so once all the toys are out you can set it up. Secondly, it comes with a lantern that lights up (battery included).

£15.99. www.amazon.com

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Best advent calendars: Schleich dinosaur calendar, 2018
Best advent calendars: Schleich dinosaur calendar, 2018

Schleich dinosaur calendar

Add a couple of raptors and other prehistoric gems to your dino collection with this fun calendar.

£24.99. www.argos.co.uk

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Best advent calendars: Thorntons White Chocolate Snowman, 2018
Best advent calendars: Thorntons White Chocolate Snowman, 2018

Thorntons White Chocolate Snowman

Add the personal touch with this white chocolate wonder. The best bit is it doesn't cost any extra to add a name (up to ten characters).

£5. www.thorntons.com

Best advent calendars: Jar of advent biscuits, 2018
Best advent calendars: Jar of advent biscuits, 2018

Jar of Advent Biscuits

If you don't mind a little disorder, this jar of hand-decorated biscuits makes for a nice alternative to the typical advent calendar.

£40. www.notonthehighstreet.com

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