Posted on 23/09/20

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

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.

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.

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.

Godiva - Last year, the brand went for a traditional snow-capped house design with 24 windows that concealed some of their most indulgent chocolates: milk chocolate carrés and a selection of milk, dark and white sujets filled with hazelnut praline or chocolate ganache. Check the website for updated information on Godiva's 2020 range.

M&S - Contains 24 Marc de Champagne chocolates and a 20cl bottle of Prosecco for the big day. Perfect combination!

Cocoapod A really special Christmas Advent calendar with solid handmade white chocolates. 24 chunky white chocolates with patterns that have been specially designed by Cocoapod, the numbered transfers are in black & white with gorgeous gold numbers. There are 3 flavour options, all milk, all dark or all white chocolate.

Whittard - 24 days dedicated to all things hot chocolate. Indulge in 12 delectable flavours, from signature classics to creative, cutting-edge concoctions, with double servings nestled in each drawer. Showcased in a glamourous art deco-patterned calendar, it's a gift that can be treasured for years to come.

YawnBrew- Hot chocolate made from real flakes of Chocolate! Drinking chocolate as it should be. Silky smooth real belgian chocolate lovingly crafted for the perfect toasty mug of cocoa.

Bettys - Luxury fabric advent calendar which comes with 24 novelty chocolates inside the pockets.

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. Estimated release date : 31st October 2020

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. Available from Amazon

Disney Jr. Advent Calendar -comes with 11 mini surprise figures, five holiday accessories, five character stickers and three gift boxes. There are also calendars with just Mickey Mouse and friends, or Pixar's Cars, too. Available from Amazon.

Marvel Advent Calendar Storybook Collection contains 24 mini paperback books to countdown to Christmas, at £19.99. Order at Amazon

Smiggle Advent Calendar - Contains an assortment of Smiggle stationery including a Mini Paint Set, 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. Available at Smiggle

Little People Advent Calendar -This one comes with 24 Little People figurines and accessories, which are perfectly chunky for little hands. Available at Amazon

Peppa Pig Advent Book Collection - 24 mini books inside to help your little one to countdown to Christmas. Stories include: Peppa Goes Skiing, Ballet Lesson, Treasure Hunt, A Trip to the Moon, Miss Rabbit's Taxi, Grandpa Pig's Greenhouse and Peppa's Perfect Christmas. There's even a special Christmas story on Christmas Eve. Available to pre order from Amazon This title will be released on 1st October 2020.

Frozen 2 Advent Calendar - Anna and Elsa star in this playset, and every day they get to open a door of surprises that include clothes, toys and accessories. Shop from Amazon

Moshi Squishies Advent Calendar - This set comes with a mix of holiday-inspired squishies and regular, cute animals. Order from Amazon

Barbie Advent Calendar - 24 surprises in this advent calendar, which includes items like wrapped gifts, a camera, or a hairdryer in addition to fashions and accessories. There are even a few treats for the kids themselves. From Amazon

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. Order from Amazon

The Elf on the Shelf North Pole advent Train - Fans of The Elf On The Shelf don't have to get a regular old advent calendar - they can get an Advent Train! This is an advent calendar you can play with, as it's a cardboard train with 24 North Pole themed surprises in 4 train carriages. It's even the perfect size for you to pop your own Elf On The Shelf in the train engine to 'drive', so that should help lots with those December adventures? Pre order at Amazon. Release date : 30th September 2020

DIY Advent Calendar - The Kid Made Modern advent calendar comes with 25 DIY crafts and prompts for different projects.

Pop-Out Petit Collage Advent Calendar - Kids will entertain themselves playing with these pop-out characters to create a Christmas scene — then you get to pack it all away for another year. The figures are made from recycled paper printed with vegetable inks. Order from Amazon

Super Mario Advent Calendar - Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar containing 2.5" Nintendo figures and Accessories! Order from Amazon

Pokemon Advent Calendar -A mini Pokemon figure or toy behind every window. 16 of the 24 toys are 2 inch tall Pokemon figures. Pre order at Amazon ( release date: 5th October 2020) or Smyths ( stock expected 11th October 2020)

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

Harry Potter Stationery Advent Calendar - You get stationery goodies like mini notebooks, erasers, pencils, gadget decals, sticky notes, self-inking stamps (and is that a wand I see?) and more memorabilia to collect. Pre order from Zavvi. Release date: 9th October 2020

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar Playset - Count down the days to Christmas by adding to the car collection! This one comes with up to eight new Hot Wheels vehicles and 10 toys. Order from Amazon

BRIO World Christmas Advent Calendar - This BRIO World Christmas Advent Calendar 2020 has wooden train track pieces, carriages, and lots of accessories to add to your BRIO (or BRIO compatible) wooden train set. Pre order from Amazon. Release date: 25th October 2020

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 2020, LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2020, and LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar 2020.

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 at Asda George or Amazon

Playmobil Advent Calendars 2020 - Five new styles revealed so far;

Advent Calendar - Christmas Toy Store. Order at Asda George / Playmobil

Advent Calendar 'Battle for the Magic Stone. Order at Asda George / Playmobil / Zavvi

Advent Calendar - Farm. Order from Very / Playmobil

Pirates Advent Calendar. Order from Zavvi

Back to the Future Advent Calendar. Order at Zavvi / Smyths

Beauty Advent Calendars

A treat for yourself of 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.

Dove Nourishing Secrets Nourishing Ritual 12 Day Calendar - Filled with mini Dove Nourishing Secrets products and beauty trinkets.

Macmillan Beauty Advent Calendar -Filled with variety of brands such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek and Real Techniques. £2 from every purchase goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Lush Advent Calendar - Contains 24 bath, shower and body treats which includes the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, the Candy Cane Bubble Bar and the Snow Fairy Shampoo Bar.

Soap & Glory Advent Calendar -24 glorious mini products which includes The Scrub of Your Life Body Buffer, Sexy Mother Pucker Plumping Lip Gloss, A Cream Come True Body Butter and 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 MAC, Elemis, Clinique, Sunday Riley, Emma Hardie, Too Faced and much more. For a smaller version of this you can get the ASOS Face & Body 12 Day Calendar.

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar - The 25 drawers contain a selection of the most sought-after beauty products from all around the world. It even has Augustinus Bader’s brand new face oil in it!! There’s also Chantecaille, Decorte, Guerlain, Natura Bisse and more!

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 Sisley.

Cult Beauty Advent Calendar -A 32-piece edit of the biggest names in make up, ‘Skindie’ icons and the best emerging acts in hair care, body care and everything in between. £15/€17 from every calendar sold to Beauty Banks; a charity geared towards helping those living in poverty access the hygiene essentials and personal care that are vital for health, wellbeing and self-esteem.

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. Available from 1st October 2020.

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 Beauty 12 Days Calendar - Benefit believe that happiness and laughter are the best cosmetics around – resulting in quirky, smile-inducing products that actually do what they promise. In fact, their oh-so iconic offerings are bound to trigger an addiction or sustain a long-term love affair.

*ForwardVia can help you ship you products worldwide except for products containing alcohol and flammable liquid like perfume, nail varnish, and spray.

Fun & Unique Advent Calendars

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

ASOS 12 Days Advent Calendar for Men- Grooming calendar, contains eight full-size and four travel-size products; a mix of skin, body and hair care.

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.

Wild Feet 25 pair Advent Calendar - A whopping 25-day men's advent calendar has a surprise pair of fun socks for every day up to Christmas, and Christmas Day itself.

Sparks & Daughters, 12 Days Sock Advent Calendar - The advent calendar is made from kraft card which is 100% recyclable, and a ribbon which an be reused for wrapping presents. The advent calendar doesn't feature any plastic packaging. The sock designs include one pair of navy with initials of your choice (printed in gold) and one pair of navy printed with the message 'Merry Christmas'.

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!

YAWN, Coffee Advent Calendar - The new and improved 2020 coffee advent now has windows to open each day. The calendar has double the amount of coffee from last year with 18g in each sachet, a quarter of the blends are also new. This year the sachets and box are biodegradable!

ME AND MY CAR Vm Camper Van Advent Calendar - Each day of advent build your 1:43 scale model of the 1963 VW Bulli camper van by opening the dated box and completing the instructions for the day.

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.

Chilli Lovers Advent Calendar , Amazon - Comes with 24 pouches of hot-sauce to test you taste buds, with mixes like Thai-riffic, Hawaiian Lava Flow, Egyptian Fire Scarab, Death Valley and My Outback Is Burning.

Grenade Carb Killa Advent Calendar - This advent calendar full of Grenade bars might just be the perfect purchase for those who prefers the gym rather than the pub. Available from 19th October 2020

Waterdrop Advent Calendar - A little bit of everything: All your favourite flavours are waiting for you, including a popular Limited Edition, accompanied by 7 brand new accessories!

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.

Harrods Wedgewood Advent Calendar - Contains 24 mini baubles 4.5cmx3.4cmx0.4cm approx.

Happy Socks Advent Calendar - Behind every door of this advent calendar is a fun and exciting pair of men's socks from Swedish-design Happy Socks.

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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