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Perennially popular, advent calendars have come a long way over the past decade or two. It seems we no longer have to be content with gingerly popping a perforated tab on a snowy scene, in search of a chocolate treat. Today’s advent calendars can be elaborate affairs, devoted to your favourite bands, or themed after top TV shows or movies.
With the festive season bearing down, here’s our choice of the coolest advent calendars you can buy right now...
The Beatles advent calendar
Beatlemania is alive and well (just ask Peter Jackson), so why not celebrate with this elaborate festive tribute to the Fab Four.
Available for £109.99 from Eaglemoss, this groovy pop art pop-out features 24 officially licensed Beatles gifts, including a tea infuser shaped like the Yellow Submarine, a Mop Top Bauble for your Xmas tree and coasters sporting classic Beatles album art.
Buy it: The Beatles Advent Calendar | £109.99 from Eaglemoss
Star Trek Borg Cube Advent Calendar
Trekkies and Trekkers alike will want to beam up this Star Trek themed advent calendar. Shaped like an ominous Borg Cube, it contains 24 trinkets for fans to assimilate, each bundled with a backstory trivia note. Countdown to Christmas with coasters designed after the screens from The Original Series, some Enterprise-D socks and an espresso cup commemorating the first warp flight in human history! Available for £119.99 from Eaglemoss.
Buy it: Star Trek Borg Cube Advent Calendar | £119.99 from Eaglemoss
The James Bond advent calendar 2021
Celebrate the 12 Days Of James Bond (that is a thing, right?) with this limited edition advent calendar packed with Bond-inspired goodies. Priced at £199 from the 007 Store, the set celebrates the franchise’s rich history, from Dr. No to No Time To Die. Hidden away behind magnetic drawers is a Casino Royale Prop Chip from the set of Casino Royale (it comes with a certificate of authenticity), a replica bullet prop, as seen in The Man With The Golden Gun, plated in 24ct gold and inscribed with 007, some Lucky Dice inspired by Octopussy and a Dr. No Silk Pocket Square! Who knew the arch villain was such a snappy dresser?
Buy it: The James Bond advent calendar 2021 | £199 from 007store.com
Doctor Who Tardis advent calendar
Everyone knows that the Doctor’s police box is larger on the inside than the outside, which neatly explains how they’ve found room for a Sontaran egg cup and 23 other Gallifreyan advent gifts. Priced at £109.99 from Eaglemoss, this keepsake box also comes with trivia notes and branded tissue paper.
Buy it: Doctor Who Tardis advent calendar | £109.99 from Eaglemoss
Funko Pop Marvel advent calendar
Be a superhero and give this collectable Funko advent calendar to the Marvel comics fan in your family. It contains no fewer than 24 Pocket Pop heroes and villains from the hugely comic book universe - including Iron Man, Venom, Captain America and Thanos - and is currently priced at £51.99 on Amazon.
Buy it: Funko 42752 POP Marvel Advent Calendar | £51.99 from Amazon
Lego Star Wars advent calendar
Even the notoriously grumpy Sith would approve of this Star Wars Lego advent calendar. It features 24 mini Lego builds (there are a few pieces for each kit), themed around The Mandalorian, and comes complete with a themed Star Wars play mat to display them on. Hidden behind each door is a cute assortment of figures and vehicles, including The Mandalorian and the Child in festive outfits, mini builds such as The Razor Crest, TIE Fighter, training targets and the Child’s hoverpram.
Buy it: LEGO 75307 Star Wars Advent Calendar | £24.99 from Smyths Toys
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