−−− BY LINZI DAVIES −−−
Next month sees the start of Advent and the countdown to Christmas – it seems to come around faster every year! Advent Calendars have grown in popularity over recent times, when once they were just for children with a small chocolate treat behind each door, now everyone can get involved including adults and even pets! Here is a selection of Advent Calendars available this year.
RRP £14.50 from
This is a calendar with a difference. Rather than a treat behind every door there are instead simple and fun festive activities and play ideas. With a handy resource list on the back parents can be prepared before December. Ideal for those who want to promote healthy play!
RRP £50 from www.JohnLewis.com
Each drawer in this award-winning calendar contains a mini choc, puzzle to build and a fact card. The calendar sleeve turns into a playmat for all the puzzle characters. Allergen and plastic free, and vegan.
RRP £5 from most supermarkets and retailers
A great chocolate alternative, this colourful calendar from HARIBO has festive and seasonal themed mini bags of treats behind each of the 24 windows.
RRP £5 from M&S
This calendar features the ever-popular Percy Pig on the packaging. There is milk chocolate behind every door and a special pack of the nation’s favourite piggies to tuck into on the big day!
Harry Potter Enchanted Forest
RRP £12 from M&S
This uniquely designed Advent Calendar is filled with milk chocolate snowballs, soft enchanted animals, and solid milk chocolate gold discs, as well as a special Harry Potter quiz. A must have for all wannabe wizards!
RRP £35 from www.selfridges.com
Super luxury 25 window calendar featuring a classic carousel design. You get more than one treat a day of marzipan, truffles, and pralines. A decadent choice for the grown-ups!
Pets at Home Christmas
RRP £2 – £25
Don’t forget your four- legged family members this Christmas! There is a wide range of calendars for dogs, cats, and small animals. Our dogs enjoyed the carob flavoured treats, and the bunnies in the family really liked their dandelion leaf treats.
RRP £23.99 plus P+P from
www.bonnemaman.co.uk, or Costco
This Advent Calendar contains 23 adorable mini jars of jams and marmalades to enjoy at breakfast, plus a special surprise gift on Christmas Eve. Exclusive flavours include apricot and mango jam, lemon and yuzu marmalade, fig and cardamon jam plus many more.
RRP £8.99 from www.montezumas.co.uk
and John Lewis
This bright and colourful Advent Calendar is a great choice for vegans. The milk chocolate alternative is high in cocoa, smooth and creamy but with absolutely no milk! Great for the environment too with 100% recyclable packaging.