26 Advent Calendars for Everyone on Your List
We found the most fun, creative, and decadent advent calendars for every age, stage, and style to help you count down the days until Christmas.
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What is an advent calendar?
It’s fun to celebrate the holidays with the popular tradition of an advent calendar. The tradition dates back to the mid-19th century when German Protestants put chalk marks on their doors to count down the days leading up to Christmas. From nail polishes and skincare products to chocolates, wines, and whiskeys, we’ve found one for everyone on your list. Searching for the perfect present for the woman in your life? Start with these gift ideas for her.
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For the Star Wars fanatic: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
With 311 pieces this year (31 more pieces than last year), this calendar will not disappoint the LEGO aficionado in your life—just keep it to ages seven and up. This LEGO Star Wars advent calendar includes 24 LEGO buildable characters, including six minifigures and six figures, including Rey, Poe Dameron, and Darth Vader in Christmas sweaters and Tauntaun with a red nose. There are also 12 mini build toys including the Millennium Falcon, A-wing, TIE Fighter, X-wing, Droid Control Ship, Anakin’s Podracer, and Darth Vader’s Castle. You also get a foldout playmat with a Millennium Falcon image for the perfect backdrop. Pair the calendar with one of these 25 best Star Wars gifts for a winning combo.
For your favorite Potterhead: Harry Potter Funko Advent Calendar
Funko Pop! fans will be racing to get Funko’s 2020 Harry Potter advent calendar. Like last year, you’ll get 24 pocket pops, including the wizarding world’s favorite witches, wizards, beasts, ghosts, and house-elves. You never know who you’ll get inside each tiny door—it could be Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, or Ron Weasley. These are not suggested for kids under the age of three. To make the gift extra special, share these 15 tiny details that are easy to miss in the Harry Potter books with the recipient.
For the ’80s fan: PLAYMOBIL’s Back to The Future Advent Calendar
Get rocking with Marty, test out the plutonium with Doc Brown, or grab some wheels to get away from Biff as you open a surprise a day for 24 days. You’ll also get a clock tower, a guitar, a speaker, a Twin Pines Mall sign, a letter to future Doc Brown, and several other accessories. This item is great for ages five and up. Discover the 11 vintage childhood toys that could be worth a fortune.
For the girl with all the charms: FAO Schwarz’s Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar
Delight the jewelry collector in your life with this FAO Schwarz holiday charm bracelet calendar. She gets the bracelet plus 12 unique charms to mix and match. The charms include a heart, a reindeer, a diamond, a Christmas tree, and more, all in pastel hues. Just make sure to gift this one to ages six and up. These are more of the hottest Christmas toys that are sure to sell out.
For young conductors: Fisher-Price’s Thomas & Friends Advent Calendar
All aboard! Journey to the Island of Sodor for the holidays with this Thomas & Friends advent calendar. It’s filled with 24 mini engines and vehicles all decked out for the holidays, including six exclusives. Find out more fun gifts for boys they’ll brag about to their friends.
For the wine snob: Macy’s Wine Cellar 2020 Wine Lovers’ Advent Calendar
Macy’s Wine Cellar is offering a wine lovers’ advent calendar with 24 unique quarter bottles, but it’s first-come, first-served—and last year’s calendar sold out in a flash. That’s not shocking when you consider it’s filled with an elegant Prosecco, a velvety Bordeaux, and a vibrant Pinot Grigio, and that’s just to name a few. To receive the calendar by December 1, place your order by November 17th. Cheers! Check out these cool tech gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself.
For the whiskey know-it-all: The Spirit Co.’s Bourbon and American Whiskey Collection
You’ll get 24 different handmade 30ml wax-sealed drams in this Bourbon and American Whiskey collection from The Spirit Co. From light and creamy to bold and layered, you can explore the best bourbons and ryes from boutique producers and world-renowned brands from all across America. Exact contents are subject to change due to their popularity, but any modified dram will be of equal or better quality. These other gifts for men are sure to make you look like a gifting hero.
For keeping it hot: BYOBHotSauce gift set
If your friend is the type who puts hot sauce on everything save their breakfast cereal, this is the Christmas countdown calendar for them. The spicy gourmet sampler is loaded with 25 mini hot sauces, each with a Christmas-themed label. You’ll spice up their world with sauces including Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion, Ghost Pepper, and more. Discover the top-rated hot sauce brands out there.
For the avid wine taster: Vinebox’s 12 Nights of Wine
With 12 Nights of Wine, Vinebox offers a unique and socially-distanced way to get your world-class wine tasting on. With over 1,000 five-star reviews, this calendar won’t disappoint—plus, you can add a gift message or even sign a friend or loved one up for their club. Discover the history behind 10 more of everyone’s favorite Christmas traditions.
For the party gal: NYX Professional Makeup Diamond & Ice, Please! Holiday Countdown Calendar
In NYX Professional Makeup’s holiday calendar, Diamond & Ice, Please!, you’ll get 24 makeup products in mini and full sizes, including #THISISEVERYTHING lip scrub and lip oil. You’ll also get butter lip gloss, matte lipstick, illuminator, finishing powder, pore filler, eyeshadows, and the list goes on. Bonus: You can look good and feel good about these PETA-certified cruelty-free products. Note that it’s exclusively online. Discover more of the best gifts for moms.
For the divine diva: Charlotte Tilbury’s Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures
Charlotte Tilbury wows us again with its “most divine beauty calendar yet.” She’ll open 12 golden drawers in the Charlotte’s Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures to reveal a mix of full and travel-size makeup and skincare products. Think a clay mask, primer, and lip liner. Do you know the makeup rules everyone should know by the time they’re 40?
For the glam queen: 12 Days of Sigma
Sigma is selling a limited-edition countdown option with 12 must-have beauty products. Perfect for the beauty lover on your list–each pack comes with skin-loving makeup, rose gold brushes, and a chic storage bag. Let the pampering countdown begin!
For that mani-pedi friend: OPI’s Holiday 2020 Shine Bright Collection
Skip the salon and paint your nails from home with OPI’s Holiday 2020 Shine Bright collection. You’ll get 25 mini polishes. It’s been a hard year, so spark a little joy with shades like Snowfalling for You, Naughty or Ice?, and Dressed to the Wines. With so many to choose from, you could even split them up as stocking stuffers to divvy out among your friends, or use one as a white elephant gift.
For spoiling their skin: Kiehl’s 2020 Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar
Not only is the Kiehl’s 2020 Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar packed with 24 minis of fan-favorite products including Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Facial Fuel Moisturizer, and more, and festooned with the designs of Maite Franchi’s Art Deco–inspired illustrations, but it also comes in packaging that’s made with 100 percent recyclable materials and zero plastics. It’s a top seller every year and usually sells out before Christmas, so don’t wait.
For the friend in need of self-care: The Body Shop’s Make It Real Together Advent Calendar
From fragrant bath bubbles to almond milk to honey body butter, she will definitely feel pampered with the 24 surprise treats in The Body Shop’s Make It Real Together advent calendar. This year’s lineup is festive and fruity with banana shampoo and conditioner—plus mango lip butter, which might even lead to some kissing under the mistletoe. Find out more of the best self-care gifts for a friend in need of serious pampering.
For fizzing your cares away: Harper + Ari’s Bath Bomb Beauty Collection
Harper + Ari’s Bath Bomb Beauty collection is perfect for even the most scrutinizing budget. Without breaking the bank, you’ll give them 12 exfoliating sugar cubes for soaking in rainbow-infused baths. Planning to travel this holiday season? Skim these things you need to pack to travel during the pandemic first.
For rustic decorators: Santaland’s Magnetic Sleigh Calendar
For an advent calendar that’s ornamental, we love this rustic wooden magnetic sleigh from Home Depot for your wall, door, or shelf. You mark the day with the cute wooden snowflake magnet. Younger kids can help you hunt for each special day in December—but keep an eye on kids under three.
For the collector: Precious Moments Christmas Countdown Snowman Advent Calendar Cube
This one is a bit of a splurge, but isn’t the Precious Moments collector in your life worth it? The Precious Moments Christmas Countdown Snowman Advent Calendar Cube comes with 33 pieces total, including 18 fabric Christmas ornaments, ten mini figurines, a fabric tree, and a star, to make their holidays. Make it even more personal by attaching one of these DIY Christmas ornaments.
For that someone who shines bright: The Voluspa Advent Calendar Mini Candle Set
Brighten their holidays with the Voluspa Advent Calendar Mini Candle Set. Each of the 12 candles from the Japonica Collection is hand-poured in California and features a delicious scent, such as Santal Vanilla, Panjore Lychee, Japanese Plum Bloom, and Santiago Huckleberry. You can feel good about these sustainable products, made of a clean-burning coconut-wax blend that’s free of phthalates, parabens, and sulfates.
For the jam lover: Bonne Maman’s 2020 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
These little jams are almost too cute to eat, but with new exclusive holiday flavors including apricot-lavender, cherry-elderflower, fig-cardamom, and orange-cinnamon, they’re impossible to resist. This is the difference between jelly and jam.
For warming up with your favorite mug: Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar
The holidays get so hectic, there’s nothing better than winding down your day with a hot cup of tea—yet this Pukka Herbs Tea advent calendar manages to do it one better. Each day they’ll get a sachet of organic tea ready to steep a tasty brew. It’s filled with favorites including elderberry & echinacea, peppermint & licorice, wild apple & cinnamon, and more. Include tips on how to steep tea like a pro in your gift card.
For the milk chocolate fan: Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Advent Calendar
Each delicious bite from Cadbury’s dairy milk advent calendar, imported from the United Kingdom, notes that we’re one day closer to the big day. With a two-pack, you can even give one to a neighbor or friend (or eat them all by yourself—we won’t tell). Love sweets around the holidays? These are the best Christmas cookies from every state.
For the chocolate snob: Godiva 2020 Holiday Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar
They’ll enjoy ending each day with a piece of indulgent chocolate from Godiva. The countdown calendar includes exclusive Christmas-themed chocolates—think a jolly Santa and wintry penguin—along with classic Godiva milk chocolate favorites including the raspberry star and dark mint medallion, and more.
For the Christmas tree decorator: Creative Co-op’s Metal Tree Advent Calendar
Count down the days until Santa’s arrival with this rustic green-and-silver metal Christmas tree. Move the magnetic star daily until it reaches its place on the top of the tree. If you’re able to pick it up at the store, Nordstrom will gift-wrap it for you for free.
For your furry friend: DreamBone’s Holiday Advent Calendar
With the DreamBone holiday calendar, your best four-legged friend can get in on the countdown fun, too. It comes with 24 real chicken rawhide-free chews for small doggies. They are vitamin- and mineral-enriched—plus, they help to maintain healthy teeth. Your pooch will enjoy the three varieties: sweet potato mini bones, mini candy canes, and mini chicken-wrapped sticks. These are more of the best holiday gifts for dog lovers.
For the pampered cat: Fancy Feast Feastivities Advent Calendar
Your feline friend can get in on the countdown to Christmas too with this first-ever Fancy Feast advent calendar. Each day reveals a can of wet food that your kitty is sure to love. Add it to the list of best gifts for cat lovers.
Omnom Chocolate Advent Calendar
This year’s Omnom chocolate advent calendar includes four tasty treats–one for each Sunday of advent. The Icelandic winter can be long, so the warmth of a candle and yummy treats with family and friends makes the holiday season extra special. Start with roasted almonds covered in Madagascar 66 percent chocolate with finely dusted raspberries. Next, move onto raisins that have been soaked in rum for four months, then covered with creamy mocha chocolate. If your taste buds aren’t overloaded yet, try the salted almonds engulfed in delicious sea salted toffee chocolate. Last, give in to scrumptious toasted hazelnuts covered in luscious milk of Nicaragua chocolate.
For the Pikachu fan: Pokemon 2020 Holiday Advent Calendar
Each day your favorite Pokemon addict will get to open up a door to reveal a new character (16 in total) or accessory (8 in total) in the first ever Pokemon advent calendar. The characters are two-inches high and in addition to Pikachu include Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Eevee and other favorites from the trading card series.
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