When it comes to counting down the days to the holidays, nothing does it better than an advent calendar! From miniature books to LEGO bricks, we’ve rounded up the best countdown calendars of the season that will get your kids in the spirit in no time. Keep scrolling and let the excitement begin!

Kids

My Kindness Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas––the kind way. My Kindness Advent Calendar ($56) encourages kiddos to give, rather than receive as they prepare for Christmas. Each kit comes with a reusable calendar, 25 reusable stickers plus 5 customizable stickers that can be used year after year. Stickers include thoughtful ideas like "making cookies for a neighbor" and "give a toy to a child in need."

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Harry Potter Ornament Advent Calendar

Firebox’s Harry Potter Deluxe Advent Calendar is a colorful cube featuring 24 small doors which open to reveal a different ornament and an assortment of other Harry Potter-themed tchotchkes. The ornaments include mini versions of the characters including Harry, Ron, Voldemort, Ginny, Hedwig, Professor McGonagall and more, as well as an assortment of wands. The calendar also features a mini snow globe and character pins.

The Harry Potter Deluxe Advent Calendar is available exclusively at Firebox for $78.

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Pint-Sized Tree

Give your little ones their very own Christmas tree to decorate as they count down the days until Christmas. Melissa and Doug's Magnetic Christmas Tree comes with 25 bright, festive ornaments ready to put up on the tree one by one. It's a sturdy, kid-friendly advent calendar.

Available at worldmarket.com, $19.99.

Petit Collage Festive House Pop Out Advent Calendar

The Petite Collage Festive House Pop Out Advent Calendar is packed full of festive holiday fun. Each day your kiddos will open a new door to reveal a character and base that slot and notch together. When Christmas arrives, everyone has a fun festive scene to play with!

Available at worldmarket.com, $22.99.

Woodland Winter Wonderland

Pick up Favor Favour's adorable Woodland Folk Art Advent Calendar, and you'll be well on your way to creating a warm, cheerful start to the holidays. The small boxes are sized just right for a few chocolates or tiny toys. After emptying out the boxes, they double as delightful ornaments.

Available at etsy.com, $37 for 25 boxes.

Mickey Mouse and Friends Plush Advent Calendar Wall Hanging

Get in the Christmas spirit with this new Disney advent calendar. The plush Mickey Mouse and Friends calendar comes with 25 pockets filled with friends from kiddo's fave Disney movies, like Frozen and Lilo and Stitch. The gorgeous collectible and reusable calendar is adorned with a gold Mickey topper and will quickly become a holiday tradition.

Available at disney.com, $55.95.

Twinkling Christmas Village

Add an extra dose of holiday magic to your holiday decor with Pottery Barn's Light-Up Stacking Glitter House Advent Calendar. The sparkling village lights up for an extra special touch. You can stock the houses with treasures and reuse this calendar year after year.

Available at potterybarn.com, $149.

Elf on the Shelf Orna-POP Advent Countdown

The Elf on the Shelf Orna-POP advent calendar ($15) is pure family fun. Coming with 27 self-inflating mylar balloon ornaments and a keepsake poster, each day your kids will be treated to fun jokes and riddles as they prep for the big day. Use the included silver cords to hang each balloon on the tree when you're done for the ultimate Elf on the Shelf holiday.

Hatchimal Christmas

Catch the Hatchimal craze with this adorable Hatchimals advent calendar. Packed full of exclusive toys and accessories, it's perfect for your little Hatchimal lover. The little extras, like stickers and papercraft decorations, make the calendar interactive—kiddos can decorate the calendar itself. Plus, at under $20, it leaves enough money left over for the elves to pick up an extra stocking stuffer.

Available at amazon.com, $19.97.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

The 2019 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar ($40) also features 24 doors that reveal tiny gifts. The gift set, which is designed for kids six and up, includes 13 collectibles, like a First Order Star Destroyer, Kylo Ren’s Shuttle, Stormtrooper blaster and Poe’s X-wing. It also features six minifigures, four droid LEGO figures and a festive Porg.

Little People Advent Calendar

This is hands-down the cutest calendar of the year! Fisher-Price's Little People Advent Calendar ($35) is perfect for toddlers, and will help add to your growing Little People collection. Enjoy 24 days of minifigures and accessories!

American Girl Advent Calendar

If you've got an American Girl fan at home, a Mega Construx advent calendar filled with AG buildable pieces is just the thing for a holiday countdown. Each of the 24 windows brings a new buildable minifigure or accessory in the winter-themed set that includes a puppy, snowman, sleigh and more—in addition to two American Girl figures. 

Available on amazon.com for $44.95.  

Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar

With 17 articulated 2.5” figures and 7 accessories, the Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar ($50) will be a hit this holiday. The festive take on the classic game will have you shouting "It's-a-me, Mario!" in no time!

LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar

The 2019 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($40) is designed for kids seven and up and features 24 little gifts for your brick builders including seven minifigures and a micro Hogwarts Express train.

Target's Sock Advent Calendars

Target is ready to countdown to the holidays! The bullseye retailer has released seven sock advent calendars for adults including Mickey, Harry Potter, princesses, Game of Thrones, Lilo & Stitch, Marvel and Star Wars. For $15, your feet will have 15 comfy pairs of socks to celebrate the season.

Christmas in the Wizarding World Advent Calendar

This year's Christmas in the Wizarding World Advent Calendar ($50) contains 24 gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Expect to find goodies like magic socks, magnets, pins, tattoos, crests, phone stickers, sticky notes and more.

Disney Advent Calendars

Amazon has already stocked two brand new Disney Advent calendars! Choose from Mickey Mouse or Disney Jr. options that come packed with minifigures, stickers, accessories and more, ranging from $30 to $33.

Playmobil Christmas Ball Advent Calendar

This sweet new Playmobil Christmas Ball Advent Calendar ($25) is perfect for preschoolers. It comes with 24 surprises that all add up to a fun magical ball with a royal family! Your littles can expect to unwrap four figures, presents, a decorated tree, and plenty of other accessories in this 93-piece calendar!

Harry Potter Pop-Up Advent Calendar

One part advent calendar and one part festive decor equals a whole lot of fun for Harry Potter fans all December long with this Harry Potter Pop-Up Advent Calendar ($40). The beautiful pop-up display will have young wizards feeling like they’re celebrating Christmas in the Great Hall.

 

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar

Disney's Storybook Collection Advent Calendar is available on Amazon, but probably not for long! and This cute countdown calendar features 24 of Disney’s “timeless tales” and has a list price of $29.99. You can expect to find mini books of some of your fave stories, like Frozen, Cars, Coco, Pinnochio, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast and The Incredibles.

Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Accio Christmas! The limited-edition Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($48) comes packed with 24 vinyl characters to add to your growing collection. This unique roundup is perfect for Pop collectors.

Adults

Pour Over Coffee Advent Calendar

This fancy box is just one of the treats that await you when you snag Copper Cow's Pour Over Coffee Advent. The limited-edition calendar comes with 12 of the best pour-over coffees and creamer, like lavender lattes and coconut creamer. It's the perfect gift for a coffee lover, or to keep for yourself!

Pre-Order at Copper Cow, $65.

Loacker Reindeer Advent Calendar

Hailing from Italy and packed with the world's #1 wafer cookie brand treats, this advent is perfect for a late-night snack. Each calendar comes with 24 chocolates or wafers that would probably be delicious with a cup of tea or coffee.

Order yours from Yummy Bazaar, $19.95

Godiva Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar

Christmas never tasted so good. Godiva's Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar is chock full of 25 decadent chocolates that include faves like Ganache Bliss, Chocolate Carres and fun penguin and Santa shapes.

Dig into your own advent by shopping your local Godiva boutique or Godiva.com, $29.95

ALDI Cheese Advent Calendar

ALDI's coveted Cheese Advent Calendar is returning this year! Made specifically to pair with the ALDI Wine Advent, the savory calendar comes with 24 snack-sized European cheeses. Make sure you head to your local ALDI come Nov. 6 when the calendar is released alongside the beer and wine version because it WILL sell out.

Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine

The Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar ($129) is back for the fourth year! Coming in two versions this year, Naughty or Nice, each calendar comes with 12 choice wines that are a perfect pairing for the chilly days. Are you a little of both? Then you'll want to snag the Naughty & Nice bundle ($220) that comes with 24 bottles! You can pre-order both beginning Friday, Sept. 27 for shipment starting Nov. 4.

ALDI Beer Advent Calendar

ALDI's limited edition Beer Advent Calendar is a must for ale lovers. The 24-pack comes in individual 11.2 oz bottles and is made up of seven exclusive varieties, two ALDI finds and six core range selections. Bottoms up! 

Target's Cheese Advent Calendar

Another addition to the adult advent calendar lineup is Target's cheese calendar. The 12-day countdown includes 24 individually wrapped cheese pieces. They come in seven varieties: Jarlsberg, Applewood, Ilchester Mature Cheddar, Ilchester Red Leicester Cheese, Ilchester Wensleydale with cranberries, Ilchester Edam and Limited Edition Ilchester Wensleydale with Gingerbread (yes, gingerbread). Can we just say…yum!

Available at SuperValu, Sprouts, Schnucks, Meijer, Jewel, Lidl, Publix, Target and more!

12 Days of Socks

Looking for a quick countdown? Disney's 12 Days of Socks calendar offers a mix of cozy crew socks and toasty ankle socks sure to please the Disney superfan in your life. Bonus: this festive Christmas countdown is practical, too, since the socks will be worn long after you've packed up your stockings and ornaments.

Available at amazon.com, $26.98.

Costco's German Beer Advent Calendar

Looking for that perfect gift for a grown-up? Whether it’s for your S.O., your in-laws, your boss or anyone totally into the taste of hops, this German beer advent calendar from KALEA is the gift of the season—and you can totally get it at Costco, to boot! Count down the 24 days before Christmas with 24 different 16.9-ounce cans of German beer deliciousness. The calendar, which retails for $59.99, also comes with a tasting guide and an integrated evaluation sheet.

Available at Costco, $59.99

Pets

Sam's Club Advent Calendar for Dogs

Your pup will pounce on this Sam's Club Advent Calendar ($9.98). Coming with 55 grain-free treats, these all-natural goodies are made with 95 percent real meat and only contain two ingredients.

DreamBone Holiday Advent Calendar

You can't forget your favorite pup this holiday! DreamBone's Holiday Advent Calendar comes with rawhide-free treats, such as eight sweet potato mini bones, eight mini candy canes and eight mini chicken wrapped sticks. Happy snacking!

Bark it up on Amazon, $15.

Trader Joe's Dog Advent Calendar

Even your fur baby can get in on the fun this year! Because the product hasn’t yet hit stores, it’s unclear whether the countdown to Christmas will be a 12- or 25-day advent calendar, but we bet it will be packed with prime puppy goodies. If TJ’s dog treats are anything like their super-tasty treats for humans, we bet puppers far and wide will go dog wild for them.

Available soon at Trader Joe's. 

––Karly Wood

 

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