When I was growing up the only advent calendars were chocolate ones. Plain and simple, and we were always thrilled with the result. Nowadays there is a whole range of options for counting down to Christmas. I’ve scoured the market to find what I think are the best advent calendars for 2018 – and here they are:

Crayola Christmas Countdown

An art lovers dream, 24 days of creativity to keep kids occupied right up to Christmas.

Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar

The Hatchimals craze shows no sign of ending, so I’m sure the¬†Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar is going to be a huge hit this year.

Lego Star Wars

Lego has many advent calendar options, but the Star Wars one is my favourite. Suitable for ages 6-14, there are 24 doors to open to keep the kids occupied right up till Christmas.

Yankee Candle

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the scents associated with it. This advent calendar has everything you need to get your home smelling lovely in the run up to Christmas.

Bomb Cosmetics 12 Days Of Christmas

12 days of bath bombs – the perfect excuse to soak in the tub!

Q-Ki Beauty Advent Calendar

24 Days of Beauty from Q-Ki with the Paris themed advent calendar. These days I purely lust over this sort of calendar, as the reality is I don’t wear much make-up anymore and am completely out of touch with how to apply it. But I can think of lots of people that I know would love to open one of these ever day.

Craft Beer Advent Calendar

JHogg is a craft beer fan, and I know this would be right up his street. 24 craft beers from 24 different breweries, and 8 of the beers are exclusives. Just enough to tickle your taste buds while wrapping presents in the evening.

Gin Advent Calendar

While JHogg is opening a beer calendar, I would love a gin one. One of our favourites things to do is try out new gins, but it can take us quite a while to drink a bottle. 24 miniatures means that I could try 24 different gins in December.

Coffee Advent Calendar

Because who doesn’t need a caffeine boost the morning after the Christmas party?!

Haribo Advent Calendar

I had this last year. It made a nice change from the usual chocolate calendars and is a bargain price too.

If none of these take your fancy, then how about making your own? Use the Threaders Advent Calendar Fabrikit to make your own Christmas tree design calendar and fill it with your own items to make each day exciting in December. Designed for beginners you will have a home made advent calendar in no time.

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I was sent a Threaders Advent Calendar Fabrikit for inclusion in this guide. All words and opinions are my own.

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