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Best UK Advent Calendars For 2023

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6 Nov 2023

Christmas is on its way which means the start of Advent. Discover the best UK advent calendars for 2023 to help you count down to the big day. 

With the choice of UK advent calendars growing each year, it can be hard to decide on the perfect calendar to please the whole family.

To give you a helping hand we have put together our top picks of advent calendars for 2023.

Disclaimer: Some Of The Gifts Below Were Sent To Us For Review And Or Photography Purposes And Some Links Are Affiliate Links (See Here). However, The Items Had Been Carefully Selected Beforehand And Our Opinions Are Of Our Own.

Plus-Plus Advent Calendar 

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Aimed at over 5’s

The Plus-Plus Advent Calendar is a great way to keep the kids busy on the run-up to Christmas.

Packed with exciting creative surprises behind each of the 25 doors, there will be a new Christmas-themed construction to build every day. There’s also an added extra project on Christmas Day. 

Recommended for children aged 5 years and over, once all the builds are completed they will discover a full Christmas scene for display on a snowy backdrop.

For those not familiar with the award-winning STEM toy, Plus-Plus is a double-cross shape that stimulates fine motor skills, patience and creativity. 

It is also hygienic, fully recyclable and made from eco-friendly plastics. 

The Plus-Plus Advent Calendar is available to purchase from Amazon here.

Science Advent Calendar, Thames & Kosmos

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Aimed at 8 to 12 year olds

The Thames & Kosmos Science Advent Calendar offers kids the chance to discover something new and amazing each day on the run-up to Christmas.

Each day there will be a new experiment complete with the materials and equipment. Each experiment can be done quickly and any additional items needed are commonly found in every household. 

The experiments come in 24 beautifully designed boxes and the instructions and illustrated and easy to follow. 

The Thames & Kosmos Science Advent Calendar can be purchased here. 

EXIT The Game Advent Calendar – The Silent Storm

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Aimed at over children 10 years plus 

Send the kids on an adventure with the Exit The Game Advent Calendar.

Both an EXIT game and adventure story, you are tasked with getting out of Santa’s workshop.

The Christmas workshop has never been busier and as one of the chief toymakers in the workshop, you’ve been working hard as ever.

When a violent storm lashes the building snow begins to billow in through the window. Hastily you close it, however, a terrible silence has fallen over the workshop. 

You need to find Santa, but first, find your way out by opening a calendar door and solving the riddle each day.

The puzzles take 10 to 15 minutes to solve and no tech is needed. 

To purchase the Exit The Game Advent Calendar see here. 

Schleich Wild Life Advent Calendar 

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The Schleich® Wild Life Advent calendar is sure to delight any wildlife and small world fans.
It features a fun Schleich®surprise behind each of its 24 little doors including 7 ‘wild’ animals with some babies, a ranger and all kinds of accessories such as binoculars, rucksack, treasure map, food and more.
It offers all the quality you can expect from Schleich®, hours of playing fun and is great to keep little ones occupied on the run-up to Christmas.
Schleich® also have other advent calendars in the range including Farm World and Horse Club. 

Disney Game And Puzzle Advent Calendar

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A great advent calendar to keep the kids busy is the Disney Game and Puzzle Advent Calendar by Shuffle.

Little ones can open the 24 doors to collect 16 favourite Disney character figures and game pieces. Once all doors are opened the calendar transforms into a fun board game ideal for playing on Christmas Eve and over the holidays with the family.  

Disney characters included in this calendar with a difference include Mickey, Minnie, Olaf, Sven, Elsa, Anna, Belle, Buzz and more. 

Check out and to purchase the Disney Game and Puzzle Advent Calendar by Shuffle on Amazon here.

PLAYin CHOC Advent Calendars

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£27.50 to £55.00

You don’t have to choose between a toy or sweet treat calendar this year with PLAYin CHOC Advent Calendars.

Behind each window, the PLAYin CHOC calendar features chocolate and surprise toy advent calendars offer a 10g mini-chocolate bar, a 3D puzzle toy, 3 stencils to use for creative drawing, and a fun facts educational info-card.

The whole calendar is 100% plastic-free, the toys are made from recycled cardboard and the chocolate is vegan, cruelty, allergen-free. 

Plus there are two calendars to choose from the 12-Day Advent Calendar which costs £27.50 and the 24-Day Advent Calendar which costs £55.00

To purchase either of the PLAYin CHOC advent calendars see here. 

Joe & Seph’s Classic 24-Day Advent Calendar 

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Count down to Christmas this year with Joe & Seph’s Classic Popcorn Advent Calendar.

Behind the 24 festive cubbyholes, you’ll find a 7g bag of popcorn with 19 unique flavours including classics such as caramel to the festive such as Brandy Butter and gingerbread and so many more. 

The Advent Calendar also opens up like a giant Christmas storybook and depicts a snowy scene of Joe’s Popcorn Kitchens at Christmastime. 

To purchase the Joe & Seph’s Classic 24-Day Advent Calendar here. 

Swizzles’ Advent Calendar 

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For those with a sweet tooth, check out the Swizzles’ Advent Calendar.

It contains 24 days of delicious sweet surprises and features everybody’s favourite Swizzels treats, including Squashies, Refreshers, Love Hearts, Drumstick and more.

Plus features a cute Mr Swizzles Sweetshop Christmas-themed design on the front. 

The Swizzles’ Advent Calendar is available at most major supermarkets or available to buy online from Swizzles. 

To purchase the Swizzles’ Advent Calendar from Swizzles here. 

Love Raw Advent Calendar 

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Vegans looking for a choc treat eat day will love Love Raw’s new Advent Calendar. 

With 24 doors it contains their signature m:lk choc which is not only plant-based but palm oil free. 

The Love Raw Advent Calendar is available here. 

Personalised Advent Calendar, CEWE

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From £19.99

Add some extra magic to your chocolate advent calendar with the Personalised Advent Calendar from VistaPrint.

Kids and adults alike can enjoy a chocolate treat a day with 24 doors to open.

Not only does this advent calendar contain tasty chocolate, but it can also be personalised with an image of your choice.

The calendars come in two sizes, are made with FSC® certified cardboard and a vegan option is available. 

To order your personalised Vista Print advent calendar here. 

Craft Gin Advent Calendar, Craft Gin Club 

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The ultimate advent calendar for gin lovers, The Craft Gin Calendar by the Craft Gin Club features 25 different festive and flavoured gin surprises behind each door.

Each day you will discover a miniature bottle with a double-measure craft gin brewed in different locations around the world.

This year you can enjoy 7 brand new and exclusive gins including a very special Tarquin’s gin created especially for the Craft Gin Club. 

The Craft Gin Advent Calendar is only available to purchase via the Craft Gin Club website see here. 

Perfect Cellar’s Limited Edition Fine Wine Advent Calendar

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For the ultimate advent calendar for Wine lovers check out Perfect Cellar’s Limited Edition Fine Wine Advent Calendar.

The award-winning Perfect Cellar works with Master Sommelier Christopher Delalonde, the winner of the Best UK Sommelier Award, as well as other trade experts to bring customers the best wines available.

Their Limited Edition Fine Wine Advent Calendar, features 24 x 100ml servings of fine wines, from various elite wine regions making it an ideal gift for the countdown to Christmas.

Wines featured include Chateau Vimieres Tronquera Margaux 2009, Decelle-Villa Nuits St George 1er Cru 2017, and Tommasi Amarone DOCG.

Advent of Change 

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From £17.95

For an Advent Calendar with a difference, we love Advent of Change.

Perfect for gifting or displaying proudly on your mantlepiece, this advent calendar donates 50p each day to one of 24 charities doing incredible work at home and around the world.

Each day you can discover how your donations have supported the vital work of organisations such as Farms for City Children, Willow, Tommy’s, Winston’s Wish and Woodgreen The Animals Charity. 

Along with their original design feature, there is also a premium version available. 

To find out more about the Advent of Change Advent Calendars see here. 

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