The 25 best advent calendars of 2023, from chocolate to Lego
Ask a six year-old what the best advent calendar is and they’ll tell you it’s the one with the most chocolate. Right? Well, maybe in the 1970s. But in 2023 we have Lego advent calendars, Pokemon advent calendars and calendars filled with every kind of sweet and children’s toy you can think of. How can they possibly choose?
For adults, it’s even harder. Do you try to get your hands on one of the best beauty advent calendars, which often sell out as soon as they go on sale? Do you blow the budget on an indulgent food advent calendar or sophisticated drinks advent calendar, and give it to someone as an early Christmas gift? Or do you spoil yourself with a calendar packed with scented candles, jewellery or spa gifts and make every day of December a mini-holiday?
We’ve tried and tested dozens of advent calendars, filled with all sorts of gifts, from affordable chocs to high-priced cosmetics. The full list is further down, but if you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick look at our top five:
Which are the best advent calendars in 2023? At a glanceAre advent calendars worth it?
You only have to look at the value of the products in some advent calendars to see why they sell out so quickly. The Liberty advent calendar costs £250 and has products worth over £1,000. There are similar savings on the Harrods beauty advent calendar. Pandora’s first ever advent calendar went viral this year, due no doubt to the £550 value of its contents (the calendar costs £350).
Not all advent calendars have such dramatic cost-to-value ratios, but the basic principle is that you get more than you pay for. Here are the best we’ve found this year, with plenty of time to buy them before December 1. Unless they sell out!
Best advent calendars 20231. Lego Star Wars advent calendar
£25.99, John Lewis
Best lego advent calendar
We like: not just figurines but mini building projects