10 Of The Best Advent Calendars

The countdown to the countdown is on, and we’re childishly excited about this year’s crop of advent calendars.

The moment you open the first tiny door on 1st December is the moment that Christmas begins in earnest. Your advent calendar sets the tone for the most wonderful time of the year, so it pays to make sure it’s a good one. Turn up the Bing Crosby and feast your eyes on these beautiful numbers.

£125, Fortnum & Mason

They don’t come more classic than this. Fortnum’s Wooden House Advent Calendar is modelled on F&M itself, aka London’s most Christmassy shop. Behind each wooden door lies a festive treat, from chocolate coins to sweet Santas. Best of all, it’ll last a lifetime: you can re-fill it every year henceforth.

£6, John Lewis

We love a traditional advent calendar – and this one comes with a lovely twist. Coppenrath Nostalgic Christmas House Mini Advent Calendar Lantern is a miniature 3D joy, beckoning you into a tiny Dickensian world, and doubling up as a lantern (with a battery-powered tea lamp, sold separately). You can’t choose from the four options, but who doesn’t love a Christmas surprise?

£58, Biscuit tin | £125, Advent calendar, Biscuiteers

Sophie Conran for Biscuiteers’ hand-embroidered advent calendar is limited-edition beauty. We love its folky, Scandi-style; plus, it’s designed to be re-filled every year – and what better with than with Biscuiteers’ 24 biscuits in a specially designed tin?

£34, Mini Maison

Mini Maison’s Meri Meri Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar is packaged up in a cute wooden suitcase which, each day, reveals a wooden piece – animals, characters, stable – to be used over the month to build a nativity scene. An absolute delight.

£55, Menkind

Christmas is set to be extra magical with this Harry Potter advent calendar, which contains figures of all Hogwarts’ favourites in miniature. All together Potterheads big and small: accio calendar!

£75, Selfridges

Crafty, alternative folk will adore Enchanted Wreath’s take on the advent calendar: a daily step-by-step make-your-own wreath. Sure, it’s only for 12 days, but the thrill of making your own decoration equals double the excitement.

£14, Ashmolean Museum shop

This Pop ‘n’ Slot Advent Calendar packs a whole lot of festive magic. Made from paper card, it is easy to construct and promises hours of dolls’ house fun.

£12, V&A Shop

Katie Vernon’s 3D calendar has a dreamy fairytale vibe. We’ll buy it for our kids, but secretly, it’s for us. Win-win.

£33, Not on the High Street

You don’t need to be a train fanatic to love this classic wooden number by Lime Tree London, which happens to come with drawers for all your advent treats. Plus, the rest of the year it doubles as a toy. Genius.

£16, Jojo Maman Bébé

We think this large, wooden refillable calendar is an absolute steal. Bigger than it appears in the picture, the drawers are large, and can fit treats for more than one child. Ideal for big families.