Advent calendars have come a very long way from the confectionery-filled countdowns found at the supermarket for a few dollars. Nowadays, kids' advent calendars are so impressive and highly sought after, they are known to sell out on pre-orders alone!
In 2019, we're seeing more big brands than ever before bringing out next-level kids' advent calendars, and many of them contain exclusive items that can't be found elsewhere.
The key to getting your hands on the hottest kids' advent calendars of 2019 is to buy early, and in this guide, we'll ensure you know exactly where to head for the best deals in the country.
Ooshies XL 12 Days of Christmas 2019
This Ooshies XL Advent Calendars is quite different to many others because rather than including 24 original-sized Ooshies, they now include 12 Ooshies XL - which are bigger! So far we've spotted Disney Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Ryan's World, Marvel and DC editions in this style; and each calendar includes exclusive Ooshies XL making them fabulous for collectors.
- Big W $19 (sale price)
- Woolworths Online $23.20 (sale price)
- Myer $23.99 (Disney Frozen 2)
- Toy Universe $29.95
- Catch $34.99
- The Gamesmen $29.95
Harry Potter Collectables Advent Calendar 2019
If your kids love all things Hogwarts as much as they love collectables, this is the advent calendar for them. It contains 24 Potter-themed tokens, 12 of which are exclusive charms! Expect to see all the favourite characters in this set, including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore and Hagrid. With a fold-down base and a pop-up Christmas tree included, kids can play out all the best scenes of the novels.
LEGO Advent Calendars 2019
LEGO advent calendars are some of the most popular Christmas countdowns in the world, and this year we've been treated to not three, but four options! The LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar 75964 joins LEGO City, LEGO Friends and LEGO Star Wars themes in what is LEGO's best ever Christmas lineup. Each calendar contains a number of mini-builds and minifigures specific to the theme.
- Myer $39.99 (sale price)
- Target $39 (sale price)
- Big W $39
- Amazon AU From $39 free shipping
- Kmart $39 - $45
- LEGO Shop Australia $49.99
- David Jones $49.95
Disney Frozen 2 Advent Calendar 2019
If your kids are Frozen fanatics and beside themselves over the release of the sequel, the new Disney Frozen 2 advent calendar is one to make a beeline for. It contains 24 individual gifts, and these include stationery items like pencils, sticky notes, stamps, erasers, playing cards - even a jigsaw. There are also some hanging snowflake decorations on the back of the calendar for kids to work on.
- Target $20
Elf on the Shelf OrnaPOP Advent Calendar 2019
If Elf on the Shelf is a tradition in your house, the new OrnaPOP Advent Calendar is certain to be a massive hit this December - and it's quite unlike most other countdowns around. The calendar includes 25 self-inflating balloons, and these can be popped (kids will love that!) or hung as ornaments on the tree. In fact, the calendar even includes silver strings for handing them up. But it gets even better: balloons also include jokes, games or activities on them to keep kids entertained. This is one the whole family will love.
Block Tech Advent Calendar 2019
As far as alternatives to the LEGO Advent Calendars go, the Block Tech countdown is a sensational option - and it's more than half the price! Each of the 24 windows contain a mini Christmas decoration build, and there are even strings included to hang them on the tree. In total, there are 243 pieces included in these sets, and all of them are compatible with LEGO and other brands. This one is superb value for brick builders.
- Kmart $9
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent Calendar 2019
This year's Hatchimals Advent Calendar is smaller than last year's edition, but the good news is that it's just as fun, and comes in at a lower price point (yay!). There are 12 exclusive holiday CollEGGtibles included in the countdown, and kids can either peel away sections to reveal their surprises, or hatch the coloured eggs. Fans of the series will love this one, especially given that they get to add to their existing collEGGtion with never-before-seen newbies!
- Amazon Australia $47.42
Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 Advent Calendar 2019
Given that Woody, Buzz & the gang have pretty much dominated in the popularity stakes this year, you can count on the Disney Pixar Toy Story Advent Calendar selling FAST! It contains 24 unique Toy Story gifts, and all of the favourites characters from the 2019 movie release are in there. So far, we've only seen this available at Kmart, which is even more reason why it could be hard to get your hands on. Our tip is to watch for it to come back in stock online and use free Click & Collect to reserve one.
- Kmart $29
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar 2019
The Hot Wheels Advent Calendar for 2019 is not just a brilliant Christmas countdown, but it makes an awesome gift for any child obsessed with cars - in fact, it's a complete playset! There are eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles included in the set, along with 16 accessories and a fold-out play mat. The very festive accessories include reindeer, a sled, a snowman - and of course, a ramp.
- Kmart $29
Barbie Advent Calendar 2019
The Barbie Advent Calendar for 2019 is perfect for kids who adore all things Barbie, and who could use some extra accessories for their existing collection of dolls. It comes with 24 unique surprises, and includes a full-sized Barbie doll and a fabulous supply of clothes, shoes, bags and bling to keep the kids busy for ages.
- Kmart $29
Funko Pop! Fortnite Advent Calendar 2019
For Fornite fanatics, advent calendars don't get any cooler than the 2019 Funko Pop! edition. It contains 24 mini vinyl figures, and is the perfect pre-Christmas gift for die-hard fans of the franchise, and collectors of all things Pop!. This calendar was a worldwide bestseller last year, and you can safely expect it to sell like hotcakes again in 2019.
Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar 2019
Given Australia's love of all things Potter, expect the Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar for 2019 to fly out the door the second it is released - on broomsticks. The calendar contains 24 mini vinyls in the favourite characters of the series, including Hermione, Ron and Harry. If you missed out on this calendar last year (and you would be one of many given how limited stock was), the good news is that the 2019 edition is be re-released along with the 2019 calendar. Win-win!
Funko Pop! Marvel Advent Calendar 2019
Like the Fornite edition, the Funko Pop! Marvel Advent Calendar is filled with 24 mini vinyl figures. Kids won't know who they are going to get each morning in the lead up to Christmas - from Avengers to Guardians, all the fan faves are packed into this one, in mini form.
Smiggle Advent Calendar 2019
The Smiggle Advent Calendar is always a hit with school-aged kids (and many of their mums!) for the simple fact that it's packed with awesome Smiggle goodies and it's exceptionally great value. You get over $70 worth of gear in this year's edition, and there are eight exclusive Smiggle items that can't be found anywhere else!
- Smiggle $30 (Limited time offer! Usually $44.95.)
Kmart Stationery Advent Calendar 2019
Kmart's annual stationery-filled advent calendar has become famous in Australia for being such a bargain, not to mention so useful. Like the considerably more expensive Smiggle countdown, this one is filled with pens, pencils, erasers and other stationery items that kids will get loads of use out of in the summer holidays and the school year ahead. As far as value for money goes, this one is hard to top.
- Kmart $10
Schleich Advent Calendars 2019
This year, there are three new advent calendars in the Schleich range: Farm World, Horse Farm, and Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs and Farm World are recommended for kids aged three and above, and Horse Club is suitable for ages five and above; any of these calendars is the perfect gift for collectors of Schleich figures. There are 24 unique surprises within each calendar, and when you consider than individual toys can cost up to $15 each, the calendars are actually excellent value.
Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2019
The 2019 Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar comes at a much lower price point than many other toy-filled calendars, but it's large format and 24 mini Disney stories make it just as fun, and something to enjoy well beyond the festive season. This was a massive hit last year, and will no doubt be a bestseller in 2019.
- Aldi$19.99 (in stores Wednesday 13th November)
- Book Depository $35 (free shipping)
- Mighty Ape $36.99
- Angus & Robertson $38.35
- Booktopia $38.25
Crayola Advent Calendar 2019
The Crayola Advent Calendar is absolutely brilliant for crafty kids, and the beauty of this one is that it's packed with not only excellent Crayola tools, but activities as well - including Magic Model packs for kids to create their own festive ornaments. You can also expect to see the 2018 Crayola Advent Calendar on offer again this year, which is quite similar, but with different activities.
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