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Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids (and Adults!)

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Christmas is full of fun traditions and one great way to get your family excited about the holiday season is by giving them Advent Calendars. It’s a fun little tradition that the kids look forward to this time of year. But why should the kids have all the fun? This year I pulled together a list of advent calendar ideas for kids plus lots of unique advent calendars for everyone in your family!

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Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids

Kids love this annual tradition! Children have so much fun finding a daily surprise each day leading up to Christmas. There are lots of unique advent calendars to try, you are sure to find the right type of advent calendar that is perfect for your child.

Advent calendars have come a long way since I was a child. We had a little paper Christmas countdown calendar with a little piece of chocolate behind each daily “door”. Even though it was little it was a special treat that we looked forward to and quickly became one of our favorite memories.

Below is a huge list of Advent Calendar ideas for kids. You’re sure to find something special for this year!

Make your own DIY Advent Calendar

Below are some fun advent calendar ideas that you can make yourself. Making a homemade advent calendar is a fun activity to add to your Christmas traditions. There are so many different ways to make your own advent calendar. You can create a simple advent calendar made with paper bags or gift tags, or put together a collection of Christmas books that are read each night leading up to Christmas morning.

make your own advent calendar for kids

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

Make this muffin tin advent calendar to have a gorgeous calendar you can reuse year after year! Make your own using the tutorial, or use the free printables to make it easier!

DIY Lego Advent Calendar

Keep little hands busy this holiday season with a Lego Advent calendar! Get the free printable to count down the days with projects!

Paper bag Advent Calendars

Creating an advent calendar doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Paper bags are the perfect size to fit small gifts or treats. This DIY Advent Calendar For Kids is super easy and affordable! It makes the perfect Kids Christmas Countdown!

Book Advent Calendar

One of the sweetest advent ideas for children is to do a daily Christmas book. Gather up 12 or 25 kid’s Christmas books and (optional) wrap each one. Keep them in a basket or under the Christmas Tree and let them open one book each night to read. You can find some of my favorite Christmas books for kids HERE.

Advent Calendars That Don’t Require Gifts or Candy

Paper chain Advent

All you need is some construction paper to make this fun Christmas Count Down activity!

24 days of Random Acts of kindness Advent Calendar

Put the focus back on giving this Christmas with this Acts of Kindness advent calendar! Use the free printable list for ideas of what to include, or make up your own!

Printable Christmas Countdown

Count down to Christmas with this candle advent calendar and activity book!

2021 Lego Advent Calendars for Kids

There are so many awesome ideas out there. Our all-time favorite is a lego advent calendar. These are classic toys that our children always loved. They still love opening up the little gifts every day leading up to Christmas day.

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Lego Friends

These are the most popular toy advent calendars out there and they sell out FAST! Choose from several different themes. Our children have received these every year, thanks to their grandparents and they always look forward to opening a new toy every day. (for ages 6+)

Lego City Advent Calendar

Lego Friends Advent Calendar

Lego Harry Potter Lego

Lego Star Wars

More 2021 Advent Calendars for Kids

Paw Patrol

I hear Paw Patrol is still all the rage with toddlers! This is the perfect advent calendar for little ones who love the show!

2021 Pokémon Advent Calendar

Thomas and Friends (Thomas the Train!)

This is a cute advent calendar for a child who loves Thomas the Train.

Fluffy Slime

Because I know my daughter will never have enough slime. This is a great advent calendar for the slime-addicted child or the “I refuse to make slime” mom. It includes all the fun types of slime – foam, cloud, jelly cube, fishbowl, and more.

Countdown to Christmas Activities

I love the idea of this Advent Calendar because instead of just getting toys all month this advent calendar offers a new activity each day!

Harry Potter Funko  – Recently on sale! Save $20

Every Harry Potter lover will want this advent calendar this year. It includes fun “pocket pops” of all your favorite Harry Potter characters.

Marvel Funco

Maybe your kiddo (or big kiddo) isn’t a Harry Potter fan and they prefer a superhero theme. This Marvel Funco advent calendar is another fun option.

Fashion Jewelry 

This would be a super fun gift for a child who loves a little fun play jewelry, it begins with a nice bracelet on day 1 and then each day after charms are added to the bracelet.

Kids Vehicle Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar includes 24 pieces. Vehicles, police cars, diggers, and more. Perfect for the creative child.


I grew up with Playmobile toys and these bring back so many memories! The little characters are adorable in this Santa’s Workshop. This is a great advent calendar for young boys or girls ages 4 to 10.

Super Mario Advent

Have a Super Mario fan? This is a fun advent calendar for the

Squishy Advent Calendar

Another fun (and affordable) Squishy Advent Calendar.

Christmas Advent Calendar Gifts for Women


L’Occitane is a well known and loved beauty company. Each day includes one of L’occitaine’s popular products.


This is another very popular advent calendar. It comes in 3 sizes: Entry, Deluxe, and Ultimate.

Behind every door, you’ll get a fine beauty treat for your skin. It includes vegan products including skincare, body care, makeup, and more.

Rituals Skincare

This Rituals gift pack is filled with 24 luxury products that anyone would love to receive. Each day you’ll find a unique item including four special advent candles.

All in One Makeup Bundle

Morris and Co  *May be out of stock

Beautiful and affordable – great hostess gift or gift for mom. Each day you will find an assortment of bath and beauty products created in England. This set is also vegan and cruelty-free. *This item ships from the UK. Shipping time may vary. (ie order now!)

Advent Calendar Gifts for Men

Man’s stuff – *May be out of stock

Finding gifts for your guy can be hard! This advent calendar is full of essential men’s bathing products.

Wire Puzzle

My husband loves these little puzzles and would probably really like getting a new little wire puzzle every day. Each day the puzzles get hard and harder.

Hot Sauce

This Advent Calendar is HOT this year! Another great gift for a man in your life that likes things spicy (I can’t help myself!) This is a great gift for a foodie too!

Chocolate & Candy Advent Calendars

Godiva Chocolate Advent Calendar

Byers Chocolate

This is another beautiful wooden advent calendar that can be reused year after year. Each day includes a delicious piece of chocolate.

Lindt Chocolate

Traditional chocolate Advent Calendars – lots to choose from this year!

Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates

Cadbury chocolates are our family’s favorite chocolates! We enjoyed them when we lived in Ireland and look forward to enjoying a tin of Cadbury chocolates every Christmas. I love that there is an advent calendar, this would be a fun way to have delicious chocolate treat every day leading up to Christmas.

Haribo Candy

These are another favorite of ours from our time in Ireland.

Culinary Advent Calendars

Bonne Maman

This is such a unique and fun advent calendar! It sells out quickly, so grab it if it is still available! Behind each day’s little window you’ll find a delicious fruit spread or honey. This would be a brilliant hostess gift or gift for your mom or loved one. Who doesn’t love buttery toast with your favorite jam on top?

McCrea’s Caramel

I feel like most advent calendars come with chocolate so when I found this Caramel advent calendar I thought it was a great idea. I love all things caramel! This is another great advent calendar to gift or just order one for yourself, I won’t tell.

Kinder Mini Mix Advent

This Geman-made Advent calendar is delicious. 12 Kinder milk chocolate pieces are included in this calendar. 

Coffee and Tea Advent Calendars

David’s tea

Have a tea lover in your life? You’ll want to hurry and purchase this Advent Calendar. It is such a lovely collection of David’s Tea’s most loved teas. You’ll actually get TWO portions of loose tea behind every door so you can share it with a friend! There are also several little extra surprises in each calendar.

Nespresso Original Line Advent –

Your Nespresso lover will receive 2 Nespresso pods/day during Advent this Christmastime!

Vahdam Teas

12 coffees of Christmas – (Kcup compatible)

Coffee lovers will love this fun advent calendar. Each day includes a holiday flavored coffee pod (Keurig 2.0 compatible)

Hot Chocolate Advent Calendars

12 Days of Cocoa

12 Days of Grinchmas Cocoa Advent

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If you are looking for a way to simplify Christmas you can read about our 4 Christmas Gift Rule.

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