The Best Advent Calendars 2017

Christmas is coming! Get all your family in the festive spirit with these lovely advent calendars:

John Lewis Dog Lovers Advent Calendar

Children who love their waggly tailed friends will adore this scene of dogs gazing up at Father Christmas and his reindeer in the night sky. £5.00 johnlewis.co.uk 

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Gingerbread House Hanging Advent Calendar

These cardboard gingerbread houses are the perfect size for filling with small treats, tiny presents or chocolates. Arrange them hanging from twigs, a painted branch, off the tree, or along the mantlepiece and countdown to Christmas. £29.95 Bread & Jam for notonthehighstreet.co.uk 

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Liberty Traditional Advent Calendar 

Editors Choice: complete with glitter, Santa in his sleigh, reindeer, and a snowy Christmas tree this is a Londoners dream. £8.95, libertylondon.com

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Roger La Borde Christmas Treehouse Pop and Slot Advent Calendar 

This Pop and Slot Advent treehouse is simply dreamy. Make the treehouse and slot the festive scene together day by day. £12.50 paperturtle.co.uk

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Fortnum & Mason Treasure Chest Advent Calendar 

Designed by Alison Gardiner, this Fortnum's beauty is proper childhood magic. A traditional paper calendar, uncover more hidden treasures every day in the run up to Christmas. £18.00 fortnumandmason.com

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Harrods Wooden Telephone Box Advent Calendar 

A family heirloom that can be used year after year, this advent calendar features 25 little drawers set into a traditional British telephone box. Fill each drawer with sweets, tiny treasures or ideas for Christmas activities written on strips of paper. £99 harrods.com

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Biscuiteers Limited Edition Advent Calendar

Limited edition Biscuiteers advent calendar by Susie Watson. £60 just for cloth advent calendar or £99 including advent biscuits biscuteers.com

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North Pole Train Station Advent Calendar by Ella James

Little ones will love this fun railway station advent calendar. It comes packaged in a charming little cardboard box which is also the train station. Inside the box, there are 24 windows each hiding a beautifully embellished railway piece, including a train, conductor, tunnels and festive scenery. £29 notonthehighstreet.com

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Kelloggs '24 bowls until Christmas' cereal advent calendar 

This year Kellogg's have launched the UK's first ever cereal advent calendar. With '24 bowls until Christmas' the countdown is on! Available exclusively at Tesco£4.

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IXXI Studio BOOT Christmas advent calendar

This is a mega one 120cm x 80cm – peel and reveal each day until you have a fab Christmas tree! £79.00 selfridges.com

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Wee Gallery Advent Calendar 

Screen-printed in black on white 100% organic cotton twill with a pocket for each of the 24 days leading up to Christmas, this is a lovely eco-friendly option that will last through the years. 

£58.00 hiplittlepeople.com

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And finally...The Reverse Advent Calendar 

We love this idea: this year instead of or even as well as your traditional calendars, why not create your own reverse advent calendar. Just take a box, and on each day in the run up to Christmas donate one thing. It could be anything - tinned food, toiletries, dolls and toys, a pair of socks - whatever you like! And then on Christmas eve or in the run up to Christmas, donate the box to charity. 

 

Lots of charities will accept gifts at Christmas time and organise for them to be delivered to those who need them most. Make sure you get in touch with your local branch of these charities to check that they will take your items:

Crisis.org for food and clothes

FareShare for food

Salvation Army for toys and gifts

Great Ormond Street Hospital for games and entertainment gifts

The Trussell Trust for food

Samaritans for toys and toiletries

Barnardo's for toys, toiletries

The British Heart Foundation for toys and clothing