Your Home's ultimate Advent calendars under £40…

Your Home's ultimate Advent calendars under £40…


Posted 20th November

We've reviewed a handful of this year's most popular Advent calendars to let you know who came out on top…

 

The official countdown to Christmas is just around the corner, and to help you celebrate, the Your Home team has trawled through a variety of Advent calendars on offer this year to give you our top 14 picks! Whether it's chocolate, socks, or even chilli, there's something for everyone – trust us!

 

1. Marshmallow Advent calendar, £15 (plus £3.95 for the toasting kit), The Naked Marshmallow Company

  

Number of doors: 25

Appearance: 9/10

Quality of daily product: 10/10 

Value for money: 10/10

Overall rating: 10/10

Out of all the calendars we reviewed, this was the one that we went back to again and again. Each window concealed a large chunk of delicious marshmallow, including salted caramel, candy floss, strawberry cream, gingerbread, mint choc chip and s’more flavours, all of which tasted fantastic! We loved the retro design, and the addition of the small marshmallow burner and bamboo skewers made the whole calendar such a wonderful experience.

 

 

2. Ilchester's cheese Advent calendar, £8, Sainsbury's

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 7/10

Quality of daily product: 9/10 

Value for money: 10/10

Overall rating: 9/10

This calendar had to live up to some very high expectations and it really didn't disappoint. Although the front wasn't the prettiest, it did have a lovely festive design when opened up. Each day features a miniature round of Jarlsberg, Wensleydale with cranberries, Edam, Red Leicester, Applewood, Cheddar or Wensleydale with gingerbread, and at a price of just £8, we think that's a bargain! The only downside to this calendar is you will have to keep it in the fridge, and as we all know, fridge space isn't in abundance at Christmas.

 

 

3. Artisan chocolate Advent selection box, £23.50, Chococo

Number of doors: 25

Appearance: 7/10

Quality of daily product: 9/10

Value for money: 7/10

Overall Rating: 8/10

This advent calendar is great for adults who want a sophisticated countdown with no gimicks. The packaging features a wonderfully ornate and compact design, meaning it won't take up heaps of room, however it doesn't have the traditional perforated windows. Featuring flavours such as Conkered Coffee, Salcombe Gin and Pink Grapefruit, and Gingerbread Caramel, these artisan chocolates were truly delicious! Though the price point is a bit higher than a conventional calendar, we think the quality of the chocolate justifies it. 

 

 

4. Luxury chocolate Advent calendar, £10, Green & Black's

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 8/10

Quality of daily product: 8/10 

Value for money: 9/10

Overall rating: 8/10

The design on the front of this calendar was a particular favourite of ours – the gold lettering was a lovely finishing touch. Including 24 individually wrapped sea salt, salted caramel or praline chocolates, the quality of chocolate and the variety was fantastic, plus all the chocolate is ethically and sustainably sourced.

 

 

5. The Big Chilli Advent Calendar 2018, £29.95, Sous Chef

Number of doors: 25

Appearance: 7/10

Quality of daily product: 10/10 

Value for money: 8/10

Overall rating: 8/10

If you're a fire eater who loves everything with a kick, then this is the calendar for you. Despite the packaging lacking a festive flair, we thought the quantity and variety of product was top notch! Featuring 25 individual packets of chilli products, including a smoky Mexican chipotle, Indian bhut jolokhia and even a Carolina Reaper, we definitely think you get your money's worth. Plus, there is also a paper Advent calendar to tell you what today's chilli is, and a recipe for each day!

 

 

6. Teddy Bear Adorable Advent House, £10, Lindt

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 8/10

Quality of daily product: 8/10 

Value for money: 7/10

Overall rating: 7/10

The stand out feature of this Advent calendar had to be its overall quality. The design of the doors enabled us to access each day easily, without crumpling any of the packaging, and each chocolate had Lindt's iconic creamy taste. There is a nice selection of product, including reindeer, mini bears, and then a sizeable golden bear for Christmas Eve, but we did think the mini chocolate balls were a bit too mini for our liking!

 

 

7. Christmas tea Advent calendar, £35, Teapigs

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 7/10

Quality of daily product: 8/10 

Value for money: 6/10

Overall rating: 7/10

We loved the double-sided design on this Advent calendar – handy for those short on surface space! The overall design was pretty and very sturdy, plus each window had a handy corner cut-out, making it really easy to open. This calendar definitely has the devoted tea-lover in mind, and we really liked that there were traditional tea blends, such as Earl Grey and Darjeeling, as well as a few fruity numbers. Plus, you can request your calendar to be vegan-friendly as well.

 

 

8. Pork crackling Advent calendar, £17.50, The Snaffling Pig

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 6/10

Quality of daily product: 8/10 

Value for money: 7/10

Overall rating: 7/10

We loved the taste of these little packets of pork scratchings – they'd be perfect as a daily snack. The seasoning was just right (not oversalted, like traditional pub-style snacks) and there was a great variety of flavours, including Pigs in Blankets, Low & Slow BBQ, Maple, Black Pepper, Salt 'N' Vinegar and Perfectly Salted. The design wasn't the most magical we had seen, but the little packets were easy to access and contained a good amount of product!

 

 

9. Disney bauble Advent calendar, £15, Primark

Number of doors: 25

Appearance: 8/10

Quality of daily product: 8/10 

Value for money: 7/10

Overall rating: 7/10

Bursting with 25 gorgeous Mickey Mouse baubles, this really is the ultimate calendar for any Disney fan. We loved the old fashioned Mickey and Minnie Mouse illustration on the front of the calendar, and thought that each bauble was finished to a really high standard. With an array of glittered designs, this calendar would be a really fun Christmas addition for any little Disney fan.

 

 

10. Reese's peanut butter cups Advent calendar and mug set, £15, Debenhams

Number of Doors: 24 (plus a mug)

Appearance: 5/10

Quality of daily product: 6/10

Value for money: 5/10

Overall rating: 6/10

If you're a peanut butter lover, then this calendar is the one for you. Though the packaging was a bit logo heavy, we liked the snowman and penguin illustrations. There wasn't a great variety of product behind the windows (every window conceals a mini peanut butter cup), but if you're already a Reese's lover, you won't be let down.

 

 

11. 7 days of Sockmas Advent calendar, £15, Debenhams

Number of doors: 7

Appearance: 5/10

Quality of daily product: 7/10 

Value for money: 7/10

Overall rating: 6/10

This calendar is ideal for those in need of a sock stock-up before Christmas. We really liked the quality of the socks, and the funky patterns, but were just a little let down by limited number of doors. That being said, this calendar works out at £2 per pair of good-quality socks, which is pretty good in our books!

 

 

12. Glow beauty Advent calendar, £10, Wilko

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 9/10

Quality of daily product: 5/10 

Value for money: 8/10

Overall rating: 6/10

We loved the appearance of this Advent calendar. The blush and rose gold tones will look great in a variety of interior schemes, and the paper itself was a great quality. Though it says it is a beauty calendar, it's really geared towards bath products, rather than make-up, and there are a fair few repeat products. However, we really liked the products included inside the calendar and thought that the amount of product made it great value for money - especially the sparkly nail varnishes!

 

 

13. Personalised Make Your Own Advent calendar, £12.95, Cotton Twist

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 7/10

Quality of daily product: 6/10 

Value for money: 6/10

Overall rating: 6/10

We really liked the idea of making our own advent calendar, and this one would be great for grandchildren. The envelopes had some lovely designs on them and we really liked the coloured pegs. It's probably a good idea to use the personalisation service though, as a few of the generic cards do double up – for example, 'We’re going to post your letter to Santa today' and 'We’re going to write a letter to Santa today'. But if you'd like to have a go at making your own calendar, then this is a great starting point.

 

 

14. Goddiva's Festive Selection Advent Calendar, £15, Ocado

Number of doors: 24

Appearance: 7/10

Quality of daily product: 5/10

Value for money: 6/10

Overall Rating: 5/10

The design on this calendar was lovely and festive – we especially liked how it opened up to display a snowy scene. However, the chocolate wasn't as high-quality as we had hoped for, and at times did taste a little granular. But it did have a good variety of milk, dark and white chocolates.

 

Have you found your ideal Advent calendar? Maybe you're making your own? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!






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