The altruistic one - Unicef advent calendar
WE're starting good this year - no chocolate in this one but guaranteed to give you a warm inner glow because every day contains something YOU have given to children across the world living in tough situations.
And it’s PADDINGTON?! SO worth checking out.
The traditional one - part A chocolate -
Ok, moving on - other traditional options. Becuase some people just want to buy you the usual things ... So here we are - Cadburys chocolate behind each window.
It’s not gonna rock your world, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it … We’ve shaken things up a bit here with this one, none of those teeny tiny moulded chocolate pieces supposedly the shape of a stocking or whatever it is - this one is CHUNKS of chocolate. Now you’re talkin’ …
The traditional one - part B - picture based
this one is for everyone, or everyone’s older Auntie or traditional grandparent who said ‘that’s not the traditional style, the old ones never had chocolate in them in my day …’
Beautiful Christmas scene, doors to open each day - perfect. Maybe get a bag of chocolate to go with it?!
The traditional one part C - nativity
For anyone who needs an advent calendar to actually say something about the Christmas story.
Actually, we say traditional but you wouldn’t want us to stay totally predictable, so this one has a twist - as you open it, you make a 3D nativity image throughout December.
Awesome! WE WANT ONE!
The ‘this’ll keep you quiet over breakfast’ one.
Ok we're onto the more interesting options now. Need something to do whilst you eat your chocolate from the stash of advent calendars you’ve been given? This one is perfect - the ‘where’s wally’ calendar.
Hours of ‘driving you to the edge of your sanity’ searching fun.
The sugar loading one - mmmm marshmallow!
There are SO many more interesting ways to get your daily December sugar fix this year than chocolate. But this is our favourite: daily fresh marshmallow, in all kinds of AMAZING flavours.
Ordered back in October in my household to make sure we didn’t miss out :)
The ‘well its Christmas when else could you?’ one - pork scratching.
Possibly more for Mum, or Dad? But mmm pork scratchings every day?
They’re really little bags so it's not quite as bad as it sounds, and the author of this certainly DIDN’T have this one last year and save each week’s up before enjoying them every Friday evening all in one go. Of course not.
Note - Love their argument that this one is a high protein snack. Yeah, it's healthy. Absolutely.
We also love the ‘Auld lang Swine’ option here - so if you’re too late to order someone an advent one there’s a new year option … check out the website for that!
This one is really just for Laura on our team, but if you love cheese as much as her, check this out. Cheese for every day in December!!! And you can say ‘have a gouda time’ as you give it …
The ‘build it yourself’ one - yes, it’s LEGO!
Because it wouldn’t be Christmas without lego - and who can beat Harry Potter? To be honest we could have done an entirely separate list all of Harry Potter advent calendars but we restricted ourselves to one - because this is AWESOME, coming with a whole set of the figures, plus a miniature Beauxbaton’s carriage and hedwig, for goodness’ sake?!
Get someone to buy it for you NOW!!!
The ‘bring some pandemic cheer’ one
We LOVE this, especially for this year. The ‘kindness’ advent calendar may not look fancy but the magic is in what it brings out of you - every day there’s a kindness challenge to reach out to someone else.
One to stick on the wall and do together - or club together with mates and see how many you can achieve between you?
Brilliant way to know you are actually spreading light and life and a bit of anti-coved doom defiance this year - and we can’t think of a better way to spend December. I’m off to order one right now. Genuinely.
I know - I said top ten - and this is no.11. But OH MY GOODNESS THERE'S A PRINGLES ADVENT CALENDAR?!