I absolutely LOVE an Advent calendar! I still have such fond memories of opening those doors as a child and counting down to the big day and I want my boys to both enjoy the whole build up to Christmas as much as I did.
These days, there’s so much more choice out there than simple chocolate advent calendars for kids too. And if you’re budgeting a bit more and want something extra special (and a little less sugary!) then a toy advent calendar is a really great option. There are LOADS to choose from too and here are some of my personal favourites.
V Tech Toot Toot Animals Advent Calendar
My two year old has been enjoying the Toot Toot toys since he was about 10 months old. And our 7 month old is enjoying them now (though they are technically recommended from 1 – 5 years). We have more vehicles than animals but our oldest son would love this calendar.
There’s a Toot Toot reindeer included as well as loads of little Toot Toot Christmas decorative bits. It generally has really positive reviews too. At the time of writing, the 40+ reviews average at over 4 stars. So it looks like a good bet for bringing Christmas early to the younger kids.
V Tech Toot Toot Drivers Advent Calendar
At the same price at the animals Advent calendar, there is the V Tech Toot Toot Drivers set. And this is the one I think our oldest son will probably end up with this year. The 24 gifts include a Toot Toot sleigh and trailer and tonnes of road accessories our son would then undoubtedly use on his Toot Toot city set.
The box also folds out once the advent calendar is empty to be used a road.
It looks like cracking value, I think, considering what you get in it. And at the time of writing, it is reviewing at 4.4/5 stars.
Playmobil Christmas Set Advent Calendar
Designed for the slightly older child, Playmobil is aimed at those aged 4 to 10 years. Our son is 2 and a half and has a Playmobil aeroplane and boat and he’s fine with them (we did remove one or two smaller pieces from the boat). I love the fact that the figures from each set work well on the other. It does mean we have a dive boat rescue diver regularly piloting a passenger jet, mind!
This Playmobile advent calendar is one of a couple available from the brand and this centres on a Christmas themed farm scene. Lovely looking set and one of the lower prices toy advent calendars we’ve seen.
It is reviewing phenomenally well. At the time of writing Amazon has it as 4.7/5 stars.
Playmobil Ice Skating Set Advent Calendar
Another advent calendar from Playmobil, again aimed at those aged 4 to 10, is this ice skating set one. The branding and packaging clearly aims itself at girls and I really am not a fan of this whole, ‘let’s make it pink for girls’ thing – but this would appeal both the boys and girls my extended family I think.
Again, it looks like a really great value offering in terms of all the pieces included and averages (at the current time) 4.6/5 on Amazon reviews.
Another solid option for counting down to the big day.
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
Just when I thought we’d settled on the Toot Toot drivers offering this year, I find a Hot Wheels Advent Calendar. Although Hot Wheels is aimed at children aged 3 or over, our two and a half year old has been playing with them since his second birthday and really does enjoy them.
It includes 8 actual vehicles plus 16 other accessories and bits and pieces including stickers. That does represent a proper Hot Wheels vehicle every 3 days or so, which seems like pretty good value to me.
Barbie Advent Calendar
An absolute essential for any Barbie collector. This advent calendar is packed full of 24 Barbie Fashion accessories.
This is another toy advent calendar that looks to reflect reasonable value as well as being something that fans of Barbie will simply cherish opening each morning in the run up to Christmas.
At the time of writing, it is reviewing on Amazon at a 4.2/5 stars.
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar
My son absolutely loves Paw Patrol. He’s a huge fan and so are most of his nursery class. So this advent calendar is likely to have huge appeal amongst younger children.
It’s much lower priced (at the time of writing it’s half price, you see) than many others on this list, but the contents don’t look necessarily as high value. They do include figurines and stamps, amongst what look like stickers and similar.
It’s a good option, I think, for younger children who are fans of the show.
At the time of writing, it is reviewing at 4.4/5 stars.
Lego City Advent Calendar
Aimed at children aged between 5 and 12, this is definitely one our son won’t enjoy for a few years, but it looks like a super option for primary school aged children.
It is one of several Lego advent calendars on the market in 2017 and includes 6 mini figures (one of which is Santa!), buildings, vehicles and other festive accessories. As you’d expect, they’re all perfectly compatible with Lego classic bricks and accessories.
At the time of writing, this advent calendar is polling a near perfect 4.9/5 on its Amazon reviews.
Play Doh Advent Calendar
Who doesn’t love Play Doh? My oldest son has had loads of the stuff since he turned 2 and he absolutely loves it. And the thing I love most about this advent calendar is the fact that the 5 pots of Play Doh are in addition to the 24 surprises. I imagine the surprises will be cutters, stencils and other things to help you craft your Play Doh to perfection.
I love the look of this and I really do think Play Doh is timeless. I’m 32! And it’s typically me suggesting we play with Play Doh to my two year old rather than the other way around.
At the time of writing, the Play Doh advent calendar is reviewing a perfect 5/5 on Amazon.
Thomas the Tank Engine Advent Calendar
As it stands, this is the most expensive toy advent calendar on our list (by quite some way). But it also looks to represent pretty great value.
Every single door reveals another Thomas and Friends Minis figure, so that’s 24 of them. And 6 of are completely exclusive to the Advent Calendar so can’t be obtained anywhere else.
It is at the pricey end of the scale for an advent calendar, granted. But it is firmly aimed at the Thomas super fans aged 3 and over. There will be some kids who’d absolutely love this. And if you know one of them, maybe you can think of it as an early Christmas present rather than an Advent Calendar. It may help to justify the spend!
Which advent calendar are you buying this year?
So which ones are you getting for your little ones? And have I missed any amazing toy advent calendars off this list? Get in touch and give me a shout if you can think of one that should be added!