Did you ever receive an advent calendar as a child?
I adored them.
Even though I’d only find a cheap piece of milk chocolate behind each flimsy cardboard door, I couldn’t wait to punch out the next day’s number as we counted down to the most magical day of the year.
Just for fun, I searched for the advent calendar I remember growing up and guess what? They still make it!
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A Recent Discovery
Last year, I watched an Instagram friend open up her advent calendar from Olive & June each day on Instagram and was introduced to the world of advent calendars for adults.
Of course, by the time I saw her post, we had marched well into December. But I vowed that next year, I’d jump on this festive trend and grab an advent calendar for myself!
Because advent calendars are not just for kids anymore.
24 surprise gifts not only adds to the magic of the season, they also brings child-like delight to the days leading up to Christmas. Anticipatory joy is real. (It’s why I’m such a huge fan of bucket lists for mental health!
So out of the dozens of advent calendars out there, I pulled the very best ones for this post—from classic Christmas treats to more unique options—to make this year’s countdown to Christmas better than ever.
All cost less than $100!
HEADS UP: Most companies only make a small number of advent calendars per year because they don’t want extra inventory. That means calendars sell out quickly. So if you want a specific one, scoop it up now before they run out!
19 Delightful Advent Calendars for Adults
Enjoy this thoughtfully curated selection of advent calendars across multiple categories, including advent calendars just for your furry friends! You’re bound to find something fun to help you celebrate this magical season.
Food Advent Calendars
Williams Sonoma peppermint bark advent calendar
Melt-in-your-mouth peppermint bark every day for 24 days. Can you imagine? Plus, they rotate in four different mini character shapes!
Harry & David deluxe advent calendar
Discover a sweet surprise inside every drawer from gourmet truffles to mini mints. A luxury upgrade to the classic chocolate advent calendar!
Beauty Advent Calendars
Olive & June Nail Polish advent calendar
This popular beauty brand offers a ton of variety within their calendar from polish to nail stickers to press-on nails. It’s the perfect starter set from O&J!
Advent Calendars for Men
Unique Advent Calendars
Advent Calendars for Dogs & Cats
Out of all of these, I’m tempted to buy the NYX beauty calendar because it’s on clearance (and I do love a good deal!). But I’m also eyeing that Olive & June advent calendar since it was the first calendar that started my search.
No matter which one I get, I’m 100% IN on this trend!
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Did you have an advent calendar growing up? What do you think of the trend for adults?
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