Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Christmas Countdown! 10 Cute, Fun & Tasty Advent Calendars for Kids, to Gift or to Treat Yourself!

This year we all need a little something to look forward to, so why not invest in an Advent Calendar this year so your treats are covered every day in December?!

Make your own for the kids, or, to save some hassle we’ve picked our favourites (personally I don’t think you can go past the Disney story books!). We’ve also included a few ideas for you – but if you’re looking for more options, take a look at our last advent calendar list which included some of the most OTT ones we could find!

A month of bedtime stories…


If you’re looking for an advent calendar with a difference for the little ones, this collection is perfect. There’s a Disney storybook for each of the 24 nights, all with a Christmas spin – from Finding Nemo, to Frozen, to Pinocchio to Lady and the Tramp, all your favourites are covered! An advent calendar that makes kids excited for bedtime? You can’t really tell from this pic, but the book is HUGE. I have last year’s and it opens up and inside is 25 pockets with a mini book to unwrap each night, It’s totally magical – and you could easily just use the same book every year.

Disney Storybook Collection: Advent Calendar 2021, $29.99, Available from Paper Plus.

Treat Yourself!

All encased in a beautiful, festive box, this special edition advent calendar from Kiehls includes 24 of their most iconic products, including cleansers, face masks, hair care, facial serums, moisturisers and more. All travel size, there is so much cuteness going on in this box, and it’s a great opportunity to try a few of their legendary products. The entire box is valued at $360. All Kiehls products are 100% paraben-free,  micro-plastic free and utilise green chemistry.

Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $158, available from The Market.

Head to the Hogwarts Yule Ball…


Young or not-so-young fans of Harry Potter will love counting down to Christmas getting to recreate scenes from Hogwarts best festive moments. Mine is 100% the Yule Ball, which thankfully is in this collection, but even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, LEGO offers up several other sets including a Star Wars collection.

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar, $52, Available from The Warehouse.

The One with the Surprises…


Friends has made a huge comeback in 2021 and if you’ve got lost in the fever again, you’ll love this special calendar, filled with 25 surprises. There are keepsakes and trinkets, ranging from fun ornaments, to Friends inspired recipe cards – plus a Holiday Armadillo Surprise…

Friends: the official Advent Calendar: The One with the Surprises, $42.40, available from The Nile

A head to toe pampering


The Body Shop always does an incredible advent calendar and this year they have three to choose from – ranging from the very cute Share the Joy calendar (containing 24 gifts including Strawberry Shower Gel 60ml, Almond Milk & Honey Hand Cream 30ml and Watermelon Lip Butter 10ml) for $189 (valued at $240), through to their very decadent Share Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar (containing 25 gifts including Shea Shampoo 250ml, Avocado Body Butter 200ml and Vitamin E Hydrating Toner 250ml) for $425 (valued at $580).

Share the Joy Advent Calendars, The Body Shop, starting at $189

For the Tweens!

Surprise a Smiggle-obsessed young person in your life with this Advent Calendar Mega Christmas Bundle! It contains 1x Letter to Santa Kit, 1x Scented Pencil Pack x4, 1x Glam Beauty Pamper Cracker plus one of their legendary Advent Calendars. Alone you can pick up an advent calendar for $49.99, which contains 25 stationery treats including a Rainbow Gel Pen, Glitter Glue, a Mini Slinky and Spy Pen.

Advent Calendar Mega Christmas Bundle from Smiggle, $90.96

Get in the Christmas Spirit

This beautifully presented calendar will certainly get you in the jolly Christmas spirit, featuring 24 little 50ml bottles of spirits by Reefton Distilling Co. Handcrafted and small batch distilled in Reefton on the West Coast, this box contains a delectable mix of premium spirits to share with loved ones, including international award-winning Little Biddy Gins – Classic, Pink, Gold Label and Black Label, Little Biddy Gin – plus, Christmas (their new limited edition Little Biddy Gin), Snow, Wild Rain Vodka and Reefton Distilling Co. Blueberry & Toyberry Liqeurs. Cheers!

Reefton Distilling Co. Advent Calendar, $399.99, available from Reefton Distilling Co.

Make it a beautiful month…

Countdown to Christmas with a treat from Clarins each day! All packaged in a beautiful, reusable hanging calendar, this collection includes some of their most coveted products including Velvet Cleansing Milk (50ml), Relax Bath Shower Concentrate (100ml), Total Eye Lift (3ml) and SOS Hydra Mask (15ml).

24 Day Advent Calendar, $200, from Clarins

Steam on through December…

Thomas the Tank Engine fans will be beside themselves over this one. Open a window every day to discover a miniature train engine styled to look like a Thomas & Friends character. There’s 24 delightful little trains to discover. This one is suitable for children over the age of 3.

Thomas & Friends Minis Advent Calendar, $68.92, available from The Market.

Don’t Forget Kevin….

If it doesn’t feel like Christmas until you’ve watched Home Alone, this one is for you! A must for fans of the movie (I mean, who isn’t?!?), this interactive advent calendar features a pop-up tree, 24 paper ornaments recalling the film’s most memorable moments, and a bonus booklet of Kevin’s misadventures. Decorate the pop-up tree with the 24 hidden ornaments to create your own unique holiday centerpiece. Reveal a new ornament each day – each of which is inspired by an iconic moment from the film, from the McCallister’s lawn jockey statue to Harry’s gold tooth! – and watch your pop-up tree come to life!

Home Alone: the Official AAAAAAdvent Calendar (2021 Advent Calendar), $74.95 available from The Nile.

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