Advent calendars 2018: cheapest places to buy Cadbury, LEGO and beauty calendars


Updated on 30 November 2018 | 0 Comments

From Lego to Cadbury's, a look at the top toy, chocolate and beauty advent calendars for 2018 and where to find them cheapest.

Just a few years ago, you knew what you were getting with advent calendars. That is, they cost a few pounds, and were invariably filled with revoltingly sweet kids’ chocolates (more on those below).

Then came along the beauty and alcohol advent calendars, with even traditional John Lewis flogging a £600 ‘Wedgewood Advent House’, with a different ornament for every day.

But is there some common ground between the two extremes? A stylish way to count down to Christmas without getting out one’s credit card?

We went looking for great and original advent calendars under £10 and here’s what we found:

Make advent your own

Gold Scratch Advent Calendar, £4.25, Party Pieces.

Rather than filling an advent calendar with treats or tidbits, why not promise a kind deed or even a joke for every day?

Party Piece’s stylish advent calendar enables you to write down your own messages and then cover them up with stickers, waiting to be removed like a scratchcard.

It's now been reduced to £4.25, not including shipping.

Ginger Ray's Gold Scratch advent calendar (image: Ginger Ray)

24 days of glamour

Superdrug Flutter Beauty 12 Day Calendar, £8, Superdrug

Lip gloss, blusher, eyeshadow, nail polish, lipstick and a nail file: there’s a lot packed into this ball-shaped advent calendar from Superdrug.

It’s currently on sale a £8, previously £16, in-store and online.

Do they know it’s Christmas?

Cat and dog advent calendars, £1.50, Wilko

Make sure every member of the family is enjoying the Christmas countdown with Wilko’s advent calendars for cats and dogs, featuring catnip treats for the former and dog-safe chocolate treats for the latter. You may need to open the doors for them.

Just £1.50 each (previously £2), online and in store

A treat with your name on it

The Gruffalo Advent Calendar, £5, Thorntons

Inspired by the classic children’s’ story and now film, the centrepiece of this advent calendar is a chocolate bar hand-iced with your child’s (or indeed partner's) name. Getting this advent calendar personalised doesn’t cost anything extra.

On sale for £5, or you can three for £10, not including delivery.

Thorntons' Gruffalo advent calendar (image: Thorntons)

Pass the parcel

Peel The Pudding Game And Christmas Countdown, £10, Not on the High Street

Perhaps the most bizarre of the advent calendars, these tissue paper Christmas puddings have 25 layers of treats and jokes to peel off in time for Christmas. There are even Santa and even Brussel sprout-themed equivalents available.

Not on the High Street's parcel advent calendar (image: Not on the High Street)

Lego advent calendars

Ok, these aren’t under £10 but as your children are likely to demand one, it’s worth knowing where to get it cheapest.

Lego is offering three different advent calendars this Christmas: Lego Star Wars, Lego City and Lego Friends.

Lego City Advent Calendar (image: John Lewis)

You can generally find the calendars online for £19.97 - now increasingly sold out - but we've seen Argos selling the City version for £12.99.

Alternately, Lego’s own website is selling a ‘Lego Christmas Build Up’ set for £9.99. It’s not an advent calendar per se but does includes bricks and instructions for 24 different models: you take the model apart and rebuild it as something else the next day.

Cheapest chocolate advent calendars

If you just want chocolate in your advent calendar, it's possible to get one surprisingly cheap.

Cadbury's classic Dairy Milk 90g calendar is on sale at the supermarkets at £1.50. It's possible to get Galaxy and Nestle equivalents for the similar prices.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk advent calendar (image: Cadbury)

If you're happy to go own-brand, Tesco is offering a chocolate advent calendar for just 75p.

If you are going luxury

Even if you ignore John Lewis’ Wedgewood house, it’s quite easy to blow more than £50 on advent calendars for loved ones, particularly if you’re looking for branded booze or beauty products.

If that’s the case, then save yourself some money by going through a cashback site, such as TopCashback or Quidco.

Combine that with a cashback credit card, which you can use to get money back from almost all your Christmas shopping and gift buying. Just make sure you can pay the balance in full every month (set up a direct debit), so the high interest rates don’t kick in.

Compare cashback credit cards on loveMONEY’s comparison site

More ways to save money:

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Cheapest online supermarket delivery deals

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