Posted on 13/09/21

If you already use Advent Calendars, then that's great! But if you are wondering what the fuss is all about, then here the are information.

Gerhard Lang is widely considered the producer of the first printed Advent Calendar in the early 1900s.

Around the same time, a German newspaper included an Advent Calendar insert as a gift to its readers. Lang’s calendar was inspired by one that his mother had made for him and featured 24 coloured pictures that attached to a piece of cardboard. Lang modified his calendars to include the little doors that are a staple of most Advent Calendars today and they became a commercial success in Germany. Production stopped due to a cardboard shortage during World War II, but resumed soon after, with Richard Sellmer emerging as the leading producer of commercial Advent Calendars.

Advent Calendars are now very popular all across the world and now come in thousands of different varieties, some with just pictures in, others with just chocolate, toys, miniature make up and even legos. Here is a list of all the different types of Advent Calendars to suit your budget and where to buy them. Just choose what you want and ForwardVia will do the rest for you.

Chocolate Advent Calendars

Shout out to all chocolate lovers! So many to choose from... yum!

Whittard Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar - Discover inside this advent calendar 2022 a selection of milk, white and dark hot chocolates from our collection, including our signature Luxury and Luxury White and adventurous Sticky Toffee Pudding and Peanut Butter.

Love Cocoa All the chocolate used in this calendar has been sustainably sourced and made without palm oil, and on top of this a tree will be planted in Cameroon for every one purchased. Chocolates inside ranges from plain truffles, to gin and tonic flavoured delights.

Thorntons Milk Chocolate Santa Advent Calendar- Make the countdown to Christmas even more magical this year with a delicious advent calendar designed for our younger customers. It contains 24 Christmas-themed milk chocolate pieces.

Green & Black's - Sleekly packaged and containing dinky versions of its deliciously creamy bars in five varieties – milk, 70% cocoa, 85% cocoa, ginger dark and butterscotch – this one is great for those who prize simplicity and the use of ethical cocoa.

Hotel Chocolat - Deep and smooth, with rich cacao notes, this 70% advent calendar contains 24 dark chocolate reindeer, snowmen, penguins and enchanted spruces.

After Eight 3D Advent Calendar - Advent calendar in three-dimensional Big Ben shape with 24 chocolate peppermint chocolates in seven variations. The calendar is 12.5 x 43 x 12.5 cm tall.

Divine - 70% dark chocolate, Divine exists to help farmers gain a share of the wealth they are helping to create, so even as you savour its range of silky smooth chocolate, you are helping to change the cocoa industry for the better.

Kinder Chocolate Mini Advent Calendar - Open the magic of Christmas with our 135g Kinder Advent Calendar. The countdown to Christmas is even more fun this year, with a Kinder Chocolate Mini or a Kinder Chocolate Mini with Cereals behind every door.

Toys Advent Calendars

If you're looking to steer away from sugar leading up to Christmas, here are some amazing varieties to choose from :

Harry Potter Funko POP! Advent Calendar available to pre order now

Disney storybook collection Advent Calendar -Each door has a brand new mini paperback Disney storybook, so you can enjoy a magical tale about Disney and Pixar animated characters every day in the run up to Christmas

Marvel Advent Calendar- Storybook Collection contains 24 mini paperback books of your super heroes to countdown to Christmas

Smiggle Advent Calendar - Contains an assortment of Smiggle stationery including a Mini Slinky, Lanyard, Rainbow Pen, Slapband, 15cm Ruler, Scented Sticker Pack, Pencil Case and much, much more. As well as some items being exclusive to the calendar, you also have a chance to find 1 of the 30 lucky tickets inside to win a Smiggle shopping spree. PLUS, to celebrate our 10th year of counting down to Christmas, this year the first 10 to claim their ticket will have their prize matched and donated to a school of their choice. Available now.

Kreatif Kraft Advent Calendar - Suitable for children age 3 and up ; This cars advent calendar 2022 is suitable for all children boys and girls from 36 months and up and includes 24 high quality toy cars to play with. Available now.

Peppa Pig Advent Book Collection - 24 mini books inside to help your little one to countdown to Christmas. Stories include: Peppa's Theatre Trip, Peppa Plays Football, Pedro's Pirate Treasure, Peppa Goes Swimming, Miss Rabbit's Day Off, George's Noisy Dinosaur, Tooth Fairy and Peppa's Special Christmas Eve.

Frozen 2 Advent Calendar -This Frozen 2 advent calendar is an official Disney advent calendar 2022 featuring 24 new accessories for girls based on the characters from Frozen 2. Available now.

Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar - There are more than 50 surprises loaded in this box, including 10 Hatchimals collectibles, 12 accessories, five paper crafts, four tiny presents, four sticker sheets, five bows and five nests.

North Pole Advent Train Calendar - Count down to Christmas with a train-shaped Advent calendar filled with daily surprises that create a colourful, playable Christmas tree farm and railway. It’s the chugga-chugga cheeriest way to add playtime fun to the season!

Super Mario Advent Calendar - Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar containing 2.5" Nintendo figures and Accessories

Pokemon Advent Calendar - Featuring pearlized 5cm Pokémon toy characters that include Pikachu, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Vulpix, Eevee, Yamper, and more of your favourites! Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Wooden Melissa & Doug Advent Tree - Each day, kids get to select a magnetic ornament and "hang" it on the tree. Available now.

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar - 274 pieces in this box; will delight any Lego and Harry Potter's fans!

BRIO World Christmas Advent Calendar - This BRIO World Christmas Advent Calendar 2022 has wooden train track pieces, carriages, and lots of accessories to add to your BRIO (or BRIO compatible) wooden train set. Available now.

LEGO advent calendars - LEGO has a variety of calendars that you can choose from. It includes LEGO City Advent Calendar 2020, LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2022, LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2022, and LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar 2022.

Thomas & Friends MINIS Advent Calendar - This calendar has a Thomas & Friends MINIS engine behind every single door and the front folds out to make a play mat with tracks to play with the engines on. Available now.

Playmobil Advent Calendars 2022- From Christmas Toy Store, City Action, Farm, Back to the Future and many more

Funko Pop - Various Funko Pops advent calendar are now available from Magic Madhouse. Choose your favourite characters

Beauty Advent Calendars

A treat for yourself or that someone special ?

The Body Shop Advent Calendar - It’s jam-packed with unexpected treats to uplift, pamper and rejuvenate – the perfect way to recover from all the festivities!

L'Occitane En Provence Advent Calendar - Packed with 24 best selling luxury skincare and body products, just a little treat to spoil yourself.

Harrods - Luxury advent 2022 calendars available now from Harrods

Boots Beauty Advent Calendar- Filled to the brim with exquisite Bath & Body icons for utter self indulgence, Make Up essentials to perfect the ultimate look, as well as some special accessories. Behind these coveted doors is a celebration of Ted Baker's beauty experience.

Lush Advent Calendar - Contains 24 bath, shower and body treats which includes the Thundersnow Bath Bomb, The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar and the Keep It Fluffy Perfume.

Soap & Glory Advent Calendar -24 glorious mini products which includes A Cream Come True Luminous Body Butter In Magnifi-Coco, Pout About It Hydrogel Lip Mask, Clean On Me Hydrating Body Wash In Original Pink and many, many more.

Meri Meri Hair Accessories Advent Calendar - this cosmetic free and chocolate free calendar is a great alternative the little ones.

ASOS Face and Body24 Day Calendar - Jammed packed with iconic products such as Elemis, Clinique, MAC, Revolution, Estee Lauder and much more. For a smaller version of this you can get the ASOS Grooming 12 Day Calendar. Pre-order now.

Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar -25 drawers contain a host of innovative skin, hair and body products from the likes of Aromatherapy Associates, Cult 51 and Bramley. Available from 24th October 2021.

Cult Beauty Advent Calendar -Set to outshine every gift on your Christmas list, the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2022 is overflowing with 38 beauty favourites, each carefully chosen to delight you throughout December. Available from October 2022

Origin 12 Days Calendar - Behind each of the 12 doors is a long-loved brand favourite, from the Mega Mushroom range to the energising Ginzing line. Not available yet.. keep checking!

Net-A-Porter 25 Days Advent Calendar -Packed with an array of full-sized and travel-sized products, this carefully curated collection of 25 covetable treats is unmissable – exclusively priced at just a fraction of its combined retail value.

Benefit The MORE, The Merrier Advent Calendar - From Benefit’s brow bestsellers & mascaras, to pore primers & face powders, this gorgeous gift has it all! Open one door every day for the 12 days of Christmas.

ForwardVia can ship perfume, nail varnish and other flammable products to selected countries. Check here to find out more.

Fun & Unique Advent Calendars

If you are looking for something different, then here are some 'out of the box' ideas :

Menkind - The Bearded Man Advent Calendar - has 24 2ml minis of a variety of 100% natural beard oils.

Man'Stuff by Technic Advent Calendar - This mega men's calendar contains everything from grooming tools to shaving cream, body washes and moisturisers.

The Sock Shop 25 pair Advent Calendar - The SockShop 25 Pair Christmas Advent Calendar is available for both men and ladies. Both calendar boxes are filled with a curated collection of either our men's or women's socks, with both sets containing a different, very varied mix of quality bamboo socks.

The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar - features a selection of tasty pork crackling hidden behind festive doors, including the flavours Pigs in Blankets, Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple, Black Pepper, Salt 'N' Vinegar and Perfectly Salted. Count down to the big day with a daily treat, courtesy of The Snaffling Pig.

Giant Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar - Behind 24 festive cubbyholes discover 19 unique flavours of our award-winning gourmet popcorn! Currently out of stock.

YAWN, Coffee Advent Calendar - For 2022 we have some exciting new coffees, including the juicy delicious medium roast Peru Tapir Andino (87 CS) and our first coffee from Myanmar, a super tasty light-medium roast (84 CS). Pre-order now.

Personalised Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar - Sold with a set of 24 Christmas advent calendar hessian sacks with a choice of metallic numbers in copper, gold, silver, pink, green and red. Now also available in red glitter and black and white non metallic.

Menkind, Electronic Games Advent Calendar - Get a kick out of this advent calendar where you collect one electronic component a day to create games from Code Breaker to Whack a Mole.

12 Days of Hot Sauce - Chilli Advent Calendar - 12 days of spice for chilli lovers !

Waterdrop Advent Calendar - A little bit of everything: All your favourite flavours are waiting for you, including a popular Limited Edition. Comes in small, Medium and Large sizes.

Harrods Truck Advent Calendar - For a versatile addition to your holiday collection, the time-honoured classic is here given a new lease of life as a toy truck – with an adorable bear as the driver – which they can play with long after the special 24 days are over.

ForwardVia pick Pokemon Advent Calendar

There is no need further introduction. Highly popular and collectable Pokemon toy has now released Pokemon Advent Calendar. Here are our picks of the 2022 Pokemon Advent Calendar:

Pokemon Advent Calendar - Featuring 16 5cm Battle Figures and eight accessories, this 24-day calendar holds a holiday-themed Pokémon toy for each day

Pokemon Holiday Calendar - In this Pokemon advent calendar you will find eight foil promo cards, including two Pokémon V and one powerful Pokémon VMAX; six Sword & Shield Series booster packs; six fun packs with more cards; as well as a code card for Pokémon TCG Live.

How to buy it and ship abroad?

To avoid the stress and last minute dash to the shops, shopping online is the way to go. Advent Calendars from the UK is the best you can get. It can be in whatever budget you have and plenty to choose from.

We hope that you found the perfect Advent Calendar from the list above. You are just a few clicks away to making the countdown to Christmas more fun and special. Order your favourite Advent Calendars now and let us at ForwardVia handle the hassle of shipping for you. Simply sign up with ForwardVia and get a UK address to shop instantly. Once you have the UK address, use it on checkout. After a few days, it will arrive at ForwardVia's warehouse and you can order to ship it to your door step using DHL, UPS, Royal Mail and many more.

Happy Shopping!


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