The 11 Best Advent Calendars

Countdown to Christmas with a daily toy, treat, or little luxury

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Our Top Picks
"These extra-indulgent chocolates will make waiting for Christmas a little more enjoyable."
"Featuring a toy snowman, woodland animals, and the big man himself, kids will enjoy revealing a Christmas scene day-by-day."
"This bundle comes with 24 single servings of wine sourced from around the globe."
"The box is topped with snow-covered pine trees and can be filled with your own small treats year after year."
"You can pick up this set of four Advent calendars for less than the price of one, so each member gets their own daily treat."
"Glam up your holidays with this calendar filled with a mix of makeup, skincare, nail polish, and more holiday-themed treats."
"Featuring a mix of buildable ships, accessories, and minifigures, Star Wars fans and LEGO fans will love this calendar."
"Hatchimal lovers will go bananas for this advent calendar that includes ten exclusive Hatchimals, accessories, stickers, and more."
"Behind each of the 24 doors you’ll find one of the brand's beloved skincare products, including serums, cleansers, masks, and more."
"The calendar includes eight sweet potato mini bones, eight mini candy canes, and eight mini chicken wrapped sticks."

Best Chocolate: Charnbonnel et Walker Theatre Chocolate Advent Calendar

One of the most common Advent calendar treats is a piece of chocolate to make the wait for Christmas that much sweeter. This calendar takes that concept and makes into something truly indulgent. The daily selection from the famed U.K. chocolatier includes milk and dark chocolate truffles and treats for each day of December leading up to Christmas.

Best for Kids: PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 Advent Calendar - Christmas in The Forest

With a toy snowman, woodland animals, and the big man himself (Santa, of course!), kids will enjoy revealing a piece of a festive Christmas scene day-by-day. The large, chunky pieces make this calendar appropriate for kids as young as 18 months. Store it after the season and save it for years to come.

Best for Adults: Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine, Naughty & Nice Bundle

No matter which list of Santa’s you’re on, you’ll find a wine that perfectly pairs with your day. This bundle comes with 24 single servings of wine sourced from around the globe. You’ll enjoy rich white wines and bold reds that will add to your holiday cheer.

Best Classic: West Elm Wooden Tree Advent Calendar

Fill each of the 24 wooden drawers with your own small treat—think an ornament, a piece of chocolate, or a small toy—as you countdown to Christmas. The box is topped with snow-covered pine trees and can be reused year after year for holiday-lovers young and old.

Best Budget: World Market Wawi Chocolate Advent Calendar, Set Of 4

You can pick up this set of four Advent calendars for less than the price of one at other stores, so each member of your family can enjoy their own. Each calendar has a fun, festive illustration and behind every door hides a small piece of German chocolate. Counting down to the holidays has never been as delicious!

Best for Makeup: Sephora Collection Frosted Party Advent Calendar

Glam up your holidays with this calendar filled with a mix of makeup, skincare, nail polish, and more. All 24 Sephora brand products are meant to add some sparkle or relaxation to your holiday season, and 11 of the products are even limited-edition, so the chance you own them already is low.

Best for Boys: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar with Minifigure Characters

This Advent calendar features 280 LEGO pieces— a mix of buildable ships, accessories, and minifigures that the young Star Wars fan in your life will love. While the calendar is sold every year, the pieces inside are switched up—highlights of the 2019 Advent calendar include a Gonk Droid, a porg in a Santa hat, and Poe’s X-wing starfighter.

Best for Girls: Hatchimals Advent Calendar with Exclusive Characters & Paper Craft Accessories

If Hatchimals are on your kid's wish list, they'll go bananas for this Advent calendar that includes ten exclusive Hatchimals, plus accessories, stickers, and more. As the month goes on, your child can craft a fun holiday scene, complete with Christmas trees, a fireplace, and even a sled for their Hatchimals to ride!

Best for Beauty Lovers: Kiehl's Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar

Hidden behind each of the 24 doors, you’ll find one of the brand's beloved skincare products, including serums, moisturizers, cleansers, masks, and more. They all come packaged in a gorgeous and playful calendar designed by artist Janine Rewell. A portion of the proceeds benefits Feeding America. 

Best for Dogs: DreamBone Holiday Advent Calendar with Limited Edition Holiday Dog Treats

Your pup definitely made the nice list, right? Reward their good behavior with a tasty rawhide-free treat every day. The calendar includes eight sweet potato mini-bones, eight mini-candy canes, and eight miniature chicken-wrapped sticks.

Best DIY: QueenBeeInspirations Countdown to Christmas

Cheery elves, flying reindeer, and cute little animals will help you mark the days on the calendar until the big 2-5. You can fill each of the 24 doors with a piece of candy or a small present. The top can be personalized with your child’s name for a holiday keepsake he or she will have forever.

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