Children's advent calendars have come a very long way from the ones we had when we were kids, and there are some wonderful advents available now. You can get them filled with toys, stationery, minifigures, kids jewellery and lots more so your kids can get a little gift every day as they count down to Christmas.
Here's our pick of the very best Children's Advent Calendars 2018, where to buy them and the best prices.
Paw Patrol Advent Calendar, RRP £25
Paw Patrol fans can countdown to Christmas with 24 Paw Patrol themed gifts to build up a winter scene, with 17 figures and lots of accessories.
Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar, RRP £20
The most festive of the Playmobil advent calendars, this set lets children create a Christmas scene with 24 Playmobil toys. Includes Father Christmas, his helpful elves, a sleigh pulled by a reindeer and lots of accessories.
Playmobil Advent Calendar 'Royal Ice Skating Trip', RRP £20
Build a magical scene for the king and queen to go skating in the forest, with 24 Playmobil gifts. It includes three Playmobil figures, animals and lots of accessories including a wearable bracelet.
Playmobil Horse Farm Advent Calendar, RRP £20
Countdown to Christmas with 24 Playmobil gifts to build a Horse Farm scene. Includes 5 horses, 3 Playmobil figures, plus lots of extras and accessories.
Lego City Advent Calendar, RRP £22.99
One of the original and best toy advent calendars, the Lego City Advent Calendar is packed full of 24 mini builds, including 5 minifigures to get your children building Lego every day.
Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar, RRP £49.99
Christmas 2018 sees the very first Harry Potter Advent Calendar, made by Funko who make the cute Pop Vinyl figures! It will contain Harry Potter Pop! Mini figures, has an RRP of £49.99, and is a limited edition. Once they're all sold that's it and there will be no more, so this could be a highly sought after collector's item.
PJ Masks Advent Calendar, RRP £25
It's the first official PJ Masks Advent Calendar, and it's packed with 24 toy surprises to countdown to Christmas. They will get figures including Catboy, Gekko, Owlette, Romeo and Luna Girl, plus lots of accessories to play with.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar, RRP £22.99
Perfect for Lego Friends fans this advent calendar includes 24 buildable gifts, including a Christmas tree, Santa mini-doll figure, animal figures, candy cane, gingerbread man and a surprise to represent each of the 5 friends from Heartlake City.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, RRP £24.99
The Star Wars version of the Lego Advent Calendar is packed with 24 minibuilds including LEGO minifigures, starships, vehicles and more. When kids have built all the the gifts, they can unfold the playmat and create action-packed desert and ice-planet scenes.
Happyland Advent Calendar, RRP £25
ELC's wonderful Happyland Advent Calendar has just been launched, and it's on sale for £25. You get 24 Christmas characters to make a Christmas scene, and it's a good choice for younger children as it's suitable from 18 months.
Peppa Pig Advent Calendar, RRP £25
This year's Peppa Pig Advent Calendar is likely to sell out just as fast as last year's did, so it's one to snap up nice and early. You get a toy behind every window, with 12 Peppa Pig character figures and 12 accessories. The front of the box folds down so that children can create a festive scene with the toys.
Match Attax 2018/2019 Advent Calendar, RRP £20
The Match Attax Advent Calendar was another big seller last year, with stocks selling out way before December, so it's another to grab early. It contains 24 packs of Match Attax football trading cards including a Gold Limited Edition Card.
Wilko Blox Advent Calendar
Okay so it's not actual Lego, but we all know that this cheaper Wilko's own brand of building bricks is "compatible with the market leading brand", and it's a hell of a lot cheaper! The regular price for the Wilko Blox Advent Calendar* is usually £10, but it's now on offer at only £6.
Available only at Wilko*, was £10 now £6.
Smiggle Advent Calendar, RRP £25
Always popular, the Smiggle advent calendar includes 25 days of limited edition Smiggle stationery surprises that are worth more than £40. Plus if you find one of the 25 lucky golden tickets hidden inside your calendar you win a £500 Smiggle shopping spree.
Available exclusively at Smiggle*, sold out online, may be available in stores.
My Little Pony Beauty Advent Calendar, RRP £15
This beauty advent calendar is perfect for My Little Pony fans, as it's packed with kids treats like lip balms, hair accessories, and clip in hair extensions so that they can look like their favourite pony!
Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar, RRP £25
The Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar is another good option for younger children, as it contains 24 VTech Toot-Toot Christmas gifts including a Father Christmas MagicPoint character, a MagicPoint Christmas Sleigh, reindeer, elf and more to play with. Put Father Christmas on the MagicPoint location and he will sing songs, say fun festive phrases and has lights too.
L.O.L. Surprise! Outfit Of The Day Advent Calendar, RRP £29.99
Disney Store Disney Animators’ Collection Advent Calendar, RRP £25
This gorgeous Disney advent calendar is filled with 13 Disney Animators' Collection figures, and 11 accessories to make a 24 piece playset for children to enjoy. It's due in stock from 22nd October 2018, and you can pre-order online only at Shop Disney, the official Disney store in the UK.
Available at Shop Disney* for £25.
Disney Princess Fairytale Beauty Advent Calendar, RRP £15
Available at Amazon* £15
Revell Star Wars Solo Millennium Falcon Advent Calendar Kit, RRP £29.99
This looks like a great advent for Star Wars fans, as it includes 24 push-fit pieces so that you can piece together your very own model of the Millenium Falcon!
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar, RRP £24.99
One of the hardest to get hold of, the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendarcontains 50+ surprises hidden behind the 24 doors. The calendar opens up to a winter scene, and you'll also find exclusive characters and nests inside. Behind the last door is a Christmas-themed egg that features a blue ombre shell with a purple snowflake.
Thomas & Friends MINIS Advent Calendar, RRP £30
The Thomas & Friends MINIS Advent Calendar* sells out really fast every year, and it has just been launched at Asda George online, so if you want one you'd better be quick! There's a different MINIs engine behind every door, including 6 that are exclusive to this calendar, with special festive decorations.
Available at Asda George* was £30, now £15 (oos)
Disney Store Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar, RRP £80
It may not be cheap at £80, but this Disney Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar contains 25 special edition Tsum Tsum soft toys, all dresses in festive clothing! It's due in stock from 22nd October 2018, and you can pre-order online only at Shop Disney, the official Disney store in the UK.
Available at Shop Disney* for £80.
Toot Toot Drivers Advent Calendar, RRP £24.99
This fab fun calendar is a great option for toddlers as it's suitable from 1 year. It includes 24 play pieces including a Toot Toot Drivers Train, SmartPoint trailer, Christmas decorations, signs and loads more mini surprises, plua the box panel folds down to become a Toot Toot Drivers railway. The sleigh also includes will play 3 Christmas songs and 6 festive melodies.
Schleich Dinosaur Advent Calendar, RRP £25
The Schleich Dinosaur Advent Calendar includes large models of Compsognathus and the Velociraptor, and they are only available in this advent calendar. You also get lore of other dino gifts including a Stegosaurus skeleton, a baby T-Rex, dinosaur cards, stickers and more.
Available at Argos* £24.99
Playmobil Christmas On The Farm Advent Calendar, RRP £20
A cute Playmobil advent calendar for children aged 18 months and over, with 28 pieces to build into a festive scene, including Santa and his sleigh, a reindeer and lots of animals.
Available at Argos* £19.99
VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar, RRP £25
The third style of Toot-Toot advent calendars, this one is a super festive scene with lots of animals to play with. It includes 24 gifts including a Toot-Toot Reindeer that sings 3 Christmas songs, plays 6 festive melodies and has sound effects too.
Playmobil Top Agents Advent Calendar, RRP £20
A brand new Playmobil advent calendar theme for 2018, with Playmobil top agents who are working on various gadgets and weapons. It includes an LED 'super weapon' toy, two Playmobil figures, a vehicle and lots of accessories.
Play-Doh Advent Calendar, RRP £15
This is a great advent calendar that will keep the kids busier than some of the others, as it comes with 5 cans of Play-Doh, a playmat, and 24 surprises like dough cutters and moulds so that they can make something different every day.
Available at Debenhams* £15 (oos)
Crayola Christmas Advent Calendar Kit, RRP £19.99
This is a great way to keep kids entertained in the run up to Christmas, as it's packed with Crayola goodies including things to make craft projects, homemade gifts, finger puppets and colouring activities.
Available at Amazon* £17.99
Accessorize Christmas Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar, RRP £15et, followed by 23 novelty charms like sparkly snowflakes, classic decorations and Santa too.
Available at Accessorize* £15
Barbie Doll Advent Calendar, RRP £35
This Barbie doll advent calendar gives you a Barbie doll on day one, and then 23 career themed clothing items and accessories so that Barbie can be a ballerina, baker, pop star, pet vet and skier.
Mega Bloks Monster High Advent Calendar, RRP £24.99
The Mega Bloks Monster High Advent Calendar has 24 unique, Monster High surprises for building a new toy each day, including buildable mini fashion figures of Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf, and Draculaura, with style accessories.
Available at Amazon* £24.99
John Lewis & Partners City Vehicles and Accessories Advent Calendar, RRP £25
Kids can countdown to Christmas as they open each door to reveal favourite city vehicles from buses to helicopters, plus lots of accessories to find, including little police officers, speed signs and workers.
Available at John Lewis & Partners* £25.
Disneyland Paris Mickey and Friends Pin Advent Calendar, RRP £149
Now this is something very special from Shop Disney, but it's certainly not cheap! The Disneyland Paris Mickey and Friends Pin Advent Calendar costs £149, so it's strictly for serious collectors only! It contains 24 bauble-shaped pins and 3D Christmas tree to hang them on, and it's a limited edition with only 1000 available worldwide. There's a limit of one per guest, two per household for the first 24 hours of release to help prevent those pesky re-sellers getting hold of them. It's due in stock from 22nd October 2018, and you can pre-order online only at Shop Disney, the official Disney store in the UK.
Available at Shop Disney* for £149.
Baby Born Advent Calendar, RRP £35
I haven't seen a Baby Born Advent Calendar in previous years so this is perfect for any little ones who love playing with dolls. It includes 24 Christmas themed accessories and outfits for Baby Born and for Baby Born's sister, with accessories including a Christmas outfit, Christmas stocking, dummy, bottle, shoes and more.
Available at Look Again* for £35.