Christmas only happens once a year, but that doesn't mean the magic of the holiday needs to be fleeting. While the faces of kids of Christmas morning may be the best thing of all, we've got handfuls of fabulous festive finds that'll make the lead up to the event extra special. From alternative advent calendars to glitzy dress-up for little Christmas angels, here's the holiday bits you won't want to forget about.

THE BIG COUNTDOWN

You wait all year long for Christmas, but those 24 hours are over before you know it. Build up the excitement for your little one with a fun countdown to prolong that holiday magic. Advent calendars are nothing new, but we've scouted out some of the best kid-friendly options going. If you want to stick to choc, the Play in Choc design has 24 drawers, filled with a yummy tried and tested allergen-free treat as well as a recycled cardboard puzzle to build. Looking for something that you can personalise? Engel have a great fill-it-yourself advent calendar, with bags and string to suspended them from. Choose their advent puzzle and pop a piece in every day or use bounty you've got from elsewhere. Pre-loved matchbox cars or pocket-sized dolls make great second-life advent fillers, for that sustainable but much-loved twist.

DECKING THE HOUSE

Forget boughs of holly, pick out stylish decorations that'll be pleasing to your eyes as well as the kids... and not a scratchy bit of foliage in sight. For the tree, mantlepiece or even for spreading a bit of the magic into their bedrooms, we've got pretty awesome decor pieces by Meri Meri. From magical unicorn tree decs to felted woodland animals, there are different styles to suit your Christmas vibe. If you prefer a monochromatic look, Wee Gallery have come up trumps with black and white stockings and wall hanging calendars. Simple in style but big on impact, they'll look awesome in modern spaces for the whole season.

FESTIVE PLAYS & PARTIES

Festive plays and parties are all a part of the Christmas period aren't they? And while you may have to roll in to work an hour late after seeing your little one dancing around on stage, we've got their pretty costumes sorted, as long as they aren't given the role of the nativity ewe... From tulle angel wings to reindeer ears and sequin crowns, there are plenty of festive dress-up choices by Meri Meri. If they are invited to a holiday disco or you are planning a special trip to have breakfast with the big man, why not treat them to some new fancy footwear. TOMS have come through with special, Christmas-worthy pumps that'll have their feet looking as happy as their faces.

THE NIGHT BEFORE

Christmas Eve, it's exciting huh? Whether you are the kind of person who spends most of the day preparing the next day's grub, are up to the eyeballs in wrapping gifts or choose to chill out and watch festive flicks on the television, you can keep the kids occupied with little holiday treats. Ideal for Christmas Eve boxes, Fabelab and Selfie Clothing Co. have the best crafty kits. From making their own wreath or felted gingerbread house to a DIY, colour-in stocking, they are the best boredom-busting activities, which build excitement too. And don't forget those new pyjamas. Great for Christmas morning photos, we've got stylish choices from KIDLY Label and Bernie and The Beanpole.

Like this? There’s more. Check out our full selection of present ideas in our Christmas gift shop.

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