Advent Calendars are a great way for kids to countdown to Christmas!
They sure have expanded since I was a kid when a chocolate one was pretty much the only option. Now, there are advent calendars for every interest.
We’ve tracked down some of the best ones below, candy and candy-free options too!
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We love doing advent calendars at our house. We’ve done both candy and candy free versions with little gifts. It’s so fun to open them up together each day leading up to Christmas.
The candy pieces inside are usually small if you want to go that route. But, I totally understand if you don’t want to give your kids candy every day so the non-candy ones are a great choice too if a bit pricier.
There are even various reusable advent calendars now that you can fill with your favorite small treat or toy!
Advent Calendar with Chocolate
If you're a traditionalist the classic advent calendar with a small chocolate piece every day is always a hit. There are many other similar designs to choose from too!
Custom Advent Calendar
If you want something truly unique you'll want to look at these custom-made advent calendars on Etsy.
They are beautiful and there are several styles. Just know that it will take a little bit longer for them to get to you so order ASAP!
These can be used year after year and filled with candy or gifts of your choice.
North Pole Table Top Advent Calendar
Another reuseable option is this cute one from Target. it's available to ship only so don't look for it in stores.
Melissa and Doug Christmas Countdown Calendar
I love this Melissa and Doug option as it's not candy and it's reusable! Kids can decorate the tree with magnetic ornaments, then after Christmas you can pack it away for next year. Make it a part of your holiday traditions.
Disney: Storybook Collection Advent Calendar
This advent calendar from Disney comes complete with 24 tiny stories, one to read each night leading up to Christmas!
The books are geared more towards toddlers. After all they have to be small to fit in an advent calendar!
Play-Doh Advent Calendar
Little play-doh lovers will love this advent calendar. It's filled with the small tubs of play-doh, molds, and play-doh mats.
It even includes a few Christmas themed pieces to add to your creations.
Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar
My toddler loves Mickey mouse. For your Mickey loving kids grab this advent calendar with 32 Mickey & friends toys.
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
This 4 wheeled advent calendar is filled with hot wheels cars and accessories! It says it includes 8 actual hot wheel cars.
Dinosaur Advent Calendar
Roar! Add 24 new dinosaurs to your collection with this dinosaur-themed advent calendar. Comes with a play mat for your new toys too!
Which is your favorite? If you need gift ideas be sure to check out our Gift guide page filled with ideas for everyone on your list!