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10 Best Advent Calendars for Women

Advent calendars are the holiday gift that keeps on giving. But it’s time to forget everything you know about the age-old present because there are a bunch of cool, new iterations on the market that are far from the traditional take. Swapping kitschy ornaments and small trinkets for elevated alternatives, brands across categories are putting their own spin on a tried-and-true classic to make it feel more relevant.

Wine aficionados will appreciate Vine Box’s sampler-style version. While your fashionable friends would be excited to receive MISSOMA’s highly-coveted box, filled with different pieces of jewelry. Now, there’s essentially an advent calendar that’s a fit for every woman’s interests.

As the gifting season creeps onto your radar and the 2021 editions start rolling in, there will be plenty of options at your disposal. To help you get started in the right direction, below is a roundup of the best advent calendars of the season.

Advent Calendar

Missoma’s second-edition advent calendar is chock full with everyday pieces that your loved one will be excited to receive.

12 Nights of Wine

Kick off the holidays with a festive wine tasting kit to get a feel for your favorite.

10 Days of Magical Self Care

Help them bring in the new season with a clear mind, body and soul, thanks to Smudge Wellness’ highly-curated gift box.

A Chocolate Calendar of Advent

An updated take on the traditional advent calendar, Vosges Chocolate serves up a rich selection of treats— each better than the last.

Drinks by the Dram The Rum Advent Calendar

After a long day, recipients will eager to open the latest rum swig from Spirit Gifting’s calendar.  

Wedgwood2021 Advent Calendar

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the mom in your life, Wedgwood’s advent calendar is a great place to start. Each slot is stocked with tiny keepsake ornaments. 

Advent Calendar Holiday 2021

Everyone loves Sugarfina. 

Mini Candle Advent Calendar

A new day, a new holiday candle.

Annual Edition 2021 Advent Calendar

Swarovski’s advent calendar features handcrafted ornaments that are bound to last in your collection of Christmas decor.

The World Of La Mer 12-Piece Holiday Advent Calendar Set

Filled to the brim with all of the best that La Mer has to offer, its 12-piece advent calendar is a skincare-lovers dream, realized.  

24 Days of Jewelry Advent Calendar

The City of Lights large advent calendar 2021

Balmain’s advent calendar is the perfect gift for your fashion-forward friend.  

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50 Ideas for candy-free Advent calendar gifts

December is coming… are you ready?

For families who do Advent calendars, December 1st should be circled on your calendars, in red permanent marker, because that is the day when the fun begins! Hopefully you already have the Advent calendar itself ready-to-go and all you need to do is shop for little gifts to stuff it, but in reality, we know that you’ll be out shopping for your Advent calendar after the kiddos are tucked into bed on November 30th.

Here’s 50 ideas to kick-off your Advent calendar gift shopping… and they are all candy-free!

Looking for more great ideas? Take a peek at these Cool gift ideas for girls. 

50 Ideas for candy-free Advent calendar gifts

Depending on the size of spaces, pockets or envelopes on your Advent calendar, you may need to get creative to make some of these ideas fit well! And, while these ideas are all candy-free, we’re certainly not opposed to grabbing a bag of holiday candy to fill a few days in your Advent calendar — it will help keep your costs down and your kids certainly won’t object!

1. Temporary tattoos (Tattly, $15 for a set of eight)
2. Gold dollar coins (real ones, not chocolate!)
3. Washi tape (Etsy, $3)
4. Kid-friendly lip balm (Poppy Drops, $4)
5. Bouncy balls (Land of Nod, $2)
6. Earrings or stick-on earrings
7. Toothbrushes (the cool ones with characters that you never let them buy)
8. Matchbook cars
9. Puzzle pieces (divide the pieces of a puzzle up so they get a few each day!)

10. Mini-Lego figurines
11. Hairbands and clips
12. Balloons… un-inflated, of course!
13. Flower seed packets
14. Cool glitter pens
15. Bundles of fresh crayons
16. Gift cards with small amounts of money
17. Bandaids
18. Blow-up beach balls
19. Mini-stuffed animals (Cost Plus, $20 for a set of three)
20. DIY coupons for upcoming holiday activities, like making gingerbread houses or going ice skating
21. Disposable cameras (try the underwater versions for the bathtub!)
22. Mini-Christmas light necklaces
23. Holiday cookie cutters
24. Pieces to a LEGO kit (give them a few pieces each day!)
25. Friendship bracelets
26. Christmas postcards
27. Silly Bands
28. Polished rocks
29. Card games, like Go Fish or Old Maid (Land of Nod, $13 for a set of five)
30. Bath tablets that expand into sponges
31. Jacks (Land of Nod, $5)
32. Mini-squirt guns
33. Rainbow Loom bands in holiday colors
34. Tennis balls
35. Kid-friendly nail polishes (PiggyPaint, $9)
36. Personalized pencils (Lillian Vernon, $12)
37. Clues to find a surprise hidden in the house
38. Funky shoelaces (J.Crew Crewcuts, $4)
39. Games for their Nintendo DS
40. Holiday socks
41. Invisible ink pens
42. Fake mustaches (Amazon, $4)
43. Sprinkles for decorating Christmas cookies
44. Coupons for getting out of a chore/bath/vegetable at dinner (Etsy, $5 for the printable file)
45. Paintbrushes
46. Ornaments for the Christmas tree
47. Hot chocolate packets
48. Goodies from the travel-size bins
49. Yo-yos
50. Cash (hey, a dollar bill rolled up with a ribbon goes a pretty long way with kids!)

What are your favorite Advent calendar gifts?
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Best Luxury Advent Calendars for 2021

Long gone are the advent calendar days where kids countdown to Christmas with chocolates and sweets—though, of course, those still exist too. But for those of us who are looking for a more grown-up treat around the holidays, advent calendars don’t need to be a thing of the past. Now advent calendars come with beauty products, rare teas, and even booze. With all of the promise of the holidays before us, we can’t contain our excitement for advent calendar season, which means we’re rounding up all of the most luxurious options out there.

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‘Tis the season to be scented, especially with the luxe, highly-coveted scents by French fragrance brand Diptyque. This year’s calendar includes 25 products, including mini versions of their celeb-loved candles, as well as perfumes, body balm, and more in a selection of their signature scents like Baies, Choisya, and Figuier plus some limited edition holiday scents. 

Ladurée Advent Calendar

What better way to say joyeux Noël than with 24 days’ worth of treats from the iconic Parisian sweets maker Ladurée. We’re talking caramels, bonbons, pate de fruits, nougats, callisons, chocolates, and more—every last one certain to make each day of your holiday season tres bon

25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

Since it first debuted in 2018, this advent calendar has developed a legendary reputation among beauty lovers. The reason? Over $1,700 worth of the most luxe beauty finds from brands like Charlotte Tilbury, Sachajuan, Claus Porto, Leonor Greyl, and Natura Bisse.  

More: The Top Beauty Advent Calendars of the Year

24 Days of Tea

Every year, tea lovers wait with bated breath for this Canadian tea emporium’s calendar filled with flavors like fan-favorite Cream of Earl Grey as well as seasonal sips like Candy Cane Crush, Caramel Shortbread, and Fireside Mocha.

This year, they’ve upped the game by putting out two additional tea-filled calendars: a matcha calendar and a brand-new calendar packed with caffeine-free teas as well.

More: The Best Tea Advent Calendars


It’s no coincidence that this calendar is Liberty London’s fastest selling product every year; it’s positively packed with cult favorite beauty products and the hottest new launches from brands like Olaplex, Augustinus Bader, Davines, and 111Skin. And, since you won’t want to share, they’ve even developed a men’s version too.  

More: Festive Advent Calendars for Men

Lady M Advent Calendar

Who needs a boring old wreath when you could have one packed with goodies from this NYC-based bakery, famous for their crepe cakes. Filled with candies and confections from Lady M Bon Bon, it’s bound to brighten up your season. 

Advent Calendar

You’ll be the queen bee with this beehive-shaped advent calendar (an homage to Guerlain’s iconic bee symbol) which is packed with decadent delights from the brand’s Abeille Royale skincare (made with honey sourced from UNESCO biospheres) as well as other beauty goodies like some of their best-loved fragrances in perfume, candle, and soap form. 

24 Days of Jewelry Advent Calendar

‘Tis the season for shine! This calendar comes with over $1300 of sterling silver earrings and cuffs that will let you count down to the holidays in style.  

Advent Calendar 2021

If you can’t get enough of this London perfumer’s famously layerable colognes, this is the perfect advent calendar for you. Filled with 24 of Jo Malone’s signature scented products including a 30mL cologne, you’ll be smelling sweet all season long. 

Food52 x Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn Advent Calendar

Make a salty snack lover’s holiday with this advent calendar filled with 24 one-cup bags of 12 differently flavored artisan popcorns in flavors like Everything Bagel, Parmesan & Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate Pretzel, and Pimento Cheese.

The Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

For the lover of luxe beauty products, this calendar includes over $900 worth of decadent best-sellers like Crème de la Mer, haircare favorites from Olaplex, skincare essentials from Augustinus Bader.   

La Maison du Chocolat Advent Calendar

Think of this beautiful, ornament-esque calendar as the chic, grown-up version of the chocolate-filled advent calendars that you loved as a kid; only now, instead of foil-wrapped milk chocolate, you can open a new treat like handmade mini chocolate bars, fruity confections, and dark chocolate pralinés from the famed French chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat.

The World Of La Mer 12-Piece Holiday Advent Calendar

Perhaps you’ve heard of La Mer? If coddling your skin is the name of the game, you can do no better than the 12 Miracle Broth-infused delights hiding behind the doors of this advent calendar, which includes the iconic Crème de la Mer, The Eye Concentrate, The Regenerating Serum, and The Neck and Décolleté Concentrate. 

Whiskey Advent Calendar

Get a glass full of festive spirit with 24 unique whiskies from all over the world (plus a Glencairn glass to complete your imbibing experience) all carefully sourced from top-notch producers from the U. S., Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and even Israel.

More: The Best Alcohol-Filled Advent Calendars

Beauty Advent Calendar 2021

For their first-ever advent calendar Chantecaille stocked their offering with 12 botanically-based skincare and makeup essentials straight from their best-seller list including Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, Gold Recovery Mask, Lip Potion, and Bio Lifting Cream+. 

Advent Calendar

This 12 day calendar will be filled with some of Missoma’s best-selling 18k gold vermeil jewelry, including the Mini Spike Charm Hoops, the Gold Bobble Chain Anklet, and the Gold Sphere Hair Clip.

Advent Calendar 2021

The skincare science geek will adore this collection of 24 top-sellers from molecularly-minded beauty brand Dr. Barbara Sturm, including their famous moisturizing Glow Drops, Anti-Aging Body Cream, Enzyme Cleanser, and more. By the time you get through holiday season, you’ll look like a whole new you.

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Food52 x Stone Hollow Farmstead Advent Calendar

Whether it’s perfecting a cheese plate or upgrading your breakfast toast, this advent calendar—packed with a slew of farm-fresh jams, jellies, pickles, and botanical drinking vinegars from Alabama’s family-owned Stone Hollow Farmstead—is sure to take your holiday noshing up a notch. 

More: Advent Calendars That Go Way Beyond Chocolate

Advent Calendar 25-Piece Set

Pamper yourself leading up to the holidays with this luxurious assortment of body washes, oils, and lotions.

Chocolate Advent Calendar

What more could you hope or than 24 pieces of decadent chocolate from the famous chocolatier, Godiva? 

More: Chocolate Advent Calendars

Advent Calendar

Treat yourself to some self-care this season with 25 of Susanne Kaufmann’s best-selling skin, body, and bath products like the Eye Rescue Stick, Enzyme Peel, and Herbal Whey Bath Nourishing, including four full-sized products for maximum indulgence.  

Charms Box Advent Calender

Get a little something sparkly every day with this box of twelve earring charms made with white and yellow gold and cultured diamonds.  

LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar 2021

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Though the calendar clocks in at just over $100, it contains almost $500 worth of products from big-name brands like Shiseido, Nars, and Kate Somerville.

Williams Sonoma Chuck’s Luxury Advent Calendar

The perfect calendar for the foodie in your life, these doors are packed with the late Williams’ Sonoma founder Chuck Williams’s favorite treats like Bonne Maman preserves, Leonardi Aceto Balsamico, Fallot Dijon Mustard, Jacobsen Flaked Sea Salt, and Williams’ Sonoma’s famous Peppermint Bark.  

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Devotees to 111Skin’s power-packed skincare will love this calendars with 11 mini skincare favorites and one full-sized Y Theorem Repair Serum Light, including a slew of anti-aging, brightening, and glow-inducing essentials to get you radiant for the holiday season. 

Acqua di Parma Advent Calendar

Luxury scent lovers are sure to adore this collection of treats from Acqua di Parma’s beloved collections, including the Colonia, Blu Mediterraneo, Le Nobili, and Signature collections.

Tea Advent Calendar

Count down the days to Christmas with a cup of tea in hand with this calendar filled with luxurious brews from this sophisticated French tea brand including Détox Brésilienne, Blue of London, Grand Yunnan Impérial, Genmaïcha Yama, and Thé du Louvre.

Celebration In Wonderland Advent Calendar

Give your skin a gift this year with this 12-piece advent calendar featuring some of Valmont’s best-loved skin-coddling products like the Hydra3 Regenetic Serum, Elixir Sérum Précieux, and Prime Renewing Eye Instant Stress Relieving Mask. 

Charlotte’s Beauty Dreams & Secrets Advent Calendar

Filled with a dozen of celeb makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s most famous products, including her Magic Cream, a clay mask, face primer, lipstick mascara, and more, this calendar will have you red carpet ready for Christmas. 

12-Piece Clarins Beauty Advent Calendar Set

Give a dose of French girl beauty with 12 skincare and makeup favorites from this luxe French brand, including their famed Lip Perfector (a Kate Middleton favorite), moisturizers, mascara, and more.

YSL Beauty 24-Piece Advent Calendar

From decadent scents to the cult-favorite Touche Eclat to dewifying moisturizers and serums, this advent calendar will having feeling luxe by the time the holiday season ends. 

Blue Diamond Cabinet Collection

Diamonds may be forever, but great skin can be too with this box that contains seven days of gifts including diamond peptide-infused skincare essentials and beauty tools to keep them shining bright. 

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13 Best Cool Advent Calendars 2020

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In theory, Christmas should be enough. Christmas presents are exciting on their own without needing an extra 12 or 24 gifts to yourself leading up to their arrival. In reality, December is cold and long, and there’s no harm in finding little ways to treat ourselves until we get to the finish line. Hence, advent calendars. With little gifts to open leading up to Christmas, they’re the perfect way to spoil yourself (and your friends and family) without going overboard. And, while advent calendars were once limited to junky toys and cheapo chocolate, now there are a ton of cool advent calendars that pertain to every interest.

Sure, there are still chocolate advent calendars and toy advent calendars for the kids. But you want something more exciting. What’s your poison? You can find advent calendars for wine, beer, spirits — even hard seltzer. Are you more of a beauty fanatic? Fill your December days with bath bombs and sheet masks. Don’t celebrate Christmas? No need to miss out — there’s even a Hanukkah calendar with Kosher candies. And did we mention that your dog can also get in on the fun with handmade dog treats? (You can give it to him as a reward for putting on his Christmas PJs.)

Pour-Over Coffee Advent Calendar


Start your days in December with a jolt of goodness courtesy of Copper Cow Coffee. You get 12 days of pour-over coffees and cult favorite natural creamers, including lavender and cardamom lattes and coconut creamer. 

12 Nights of Naughty Wines Advent Calendar

Vinebox’s “naughty” collection of holiday wines includes 12 “bold reds and sultry whites. ” There’s also a Nice Collection, or you can buy the two together for 24 new bottles. 

Bark the Halls Dog Treat Advent Calendar

Bosco & Roxy’s


Sure, your pup doesn’t really understand what Christmas is, but he’s been a good boy this year and deserves 24 treats. Each handmade dog biscuit is crafted with applesauce and crushed peanuts. 

Limited Edition Advent Calendar

Purina Fancy Feast


Don’t let your cat feel left out from the festivities if they see your dog with his own calendar. Fancy Feast’s set comes with 24 gourmet meals so your cat can enjoy the “feastivities” as well! 

Advent Calendar

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Stay warm and relaxed while counting down the days until Christmas with this 24-day tea advent calendar. 

Jerky Advent Calendar

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Wish them a “meaty Christmas” with this calendar, which includes 25 festive flavors of beef jerky ranging from ghost pepper to root beer habanero. 

Heroes Advent Calendar



Make a candy lover’s Christmas countdown a little bit sweeter with a calendar that features the best of the Cadbury lineup.

Advent Calendar for Couples



This calendar for couples works the same as any ordinary advent calendar, but instead of opening a window and getting a piece of chocolate for yourself, you get to choose a fun activity for you and your partner to do together.  

Spirits Advent Calendar


Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, White Claw Black Cherry! This advent calendar has 12 of the top-rated hard seltzers of 2019. 

Hot Sauce Advent Calendar

Who wouldn’t want to try flavors named things like Blitzen’s Mouth Blitzer or Heaux, Heaux, Heaux Sauce? If your tongue can stand it, try 25 different hot-sauce blends on your December dinners. 

Craft Beer Advent Calendar

Even if you’re not traveling for the holidays, you can tour 12 of the country’s breweries with this craft beer advent calendar. Each day contains one of GiveThemBeer. com’s highest rated beers. 

Short Story Advent Calendar


Grab a seasonal drink (see below), sit down in a comfy chair (preferably by a crackling fire), and enjoy one of 24 individually bound holiday short stories (last year’s included stories by authors like Ben Greenman or R. O. Kwon). This comes from Canadian publishing company Hingston and Olsen, which is also known for doing a countdown of scary stories each October.

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20 Best Alternative Advent Calendars for 2021

One of the best Christmas traditions is the advent calendar: Just a little treat every day to tide you over as you wait for Christmas day to arrive!

Advent calendars originated in Germany around the early 1900s. The OG adventskalender design was paper, often embellished with foil and other sparkly elements, and contained numbered doors hidden within a print of a winter scene. Each door opened to reveal a yuletide image or greeting, and finding the doors was half the fun.

Today, advent calendars are so great because you can mold them to your liking. You can use them as a family, taking turns opening doors and ogling at what’s inside. Or you can give each person their own — including yourself — so everyone gets a small pick-me-up to boost their winter days. You can DIY and fill the doors and drawers with your own treats, or you can go the store-bought route and be surprised yourself. And you can opt for the traditional chocolate advent calendar, or find something more suited to your tastes.

Sometimes, the latter is more fun (because, if we’re being honest, advent calendar chocolate isn’t always the best). If you’re looking for a non-chocolate advent calendar, these alternative advent calendars rely on the same concept but reimagine it in a gazillion different ways. Open doors to reveal unusual and creative items — everything from booze and jam jars to socks and makeup. Pick one of these up, and the days will fly by.

24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar

Palais du Thé


This très chic take on the traditional advent calendar comes from the Parisian company Palais du Thé. Each door contains elegant single-estate or gourmet infusion sachets flavored with elderflower, cranberry and more.

Woodland Advent Calendar

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This wooden tabletop advent calendar is rooted in a tree design that comes with a pouch containing 24 creatures to create a festive forest scene, piece-by-piece. It’s perfect for those who enjoy the. minimalist style.

Signature Holiday Advent Calendar



This advent calendar is certainly not cheap, but the French beauty and skincare treasures inside will probably last you all year. (Bonus: If you don’t need one of the products, you can repurpose it as a stocking stuffer — we won’t tell.)

2021 Limited Edition Advent Calendar

Bonne Maman


If you’ve ever swiped a gingham-patterned mini jar of Bonne Maman jam from a breakfast buffet, you know how irresistible they can be. This deluxe advent calendar gathers 24 of the little gems in hard-to-find flavors like Rhubarb & Strawberry, Raspberry & Lychee and Peach & Lime. 

Nutcracker Advent Calendar

Rifle Paper Co.


This Christmas tree-shaped advent calendar is perfect for fans of the Balanchine ballet and Rifle Paper Co. stationery. It features tiny doors that reveal illustrations of ornaments, angels, snacks and more.

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar

Insight Editions

Could this be any more festive? This is the ultimate countdown to Christmas for any Friends fan. Inside, you’ll find pockets packed with 40 trinkets and surprises, including themed ornaments and recipe cards. This one will be released in October — or you could go with Harry Potter, Star Wars, Home Alone or Marvel versions instead.

Star Trek Borg Cube Advent Calendar

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Resistance to this advent calendar is futile. Inside the Borg Cube is 24 surprises sure to delight any Trekkie collectors, like coasters designed after the console screens from the original series, or Enterprise-D socks. If that’s not your fandom, there are also Beatles and Dr. Who advent calendars available.

Puzzles Advent Calendar

Fidget toys are all the rage, and if you’re always looking for something to do withy our hands, this advent calendar might help. Each day comes with a metal wire or plastic puzzle to take apart and put together, fostering that brain-body connection.

12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar

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On the 12 days of Christmas, your true love gave to thee a different wine to sample each night! This box will offer 12 different glasses of world-class wine.

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Rubber Ducks Advent Calendar

Surprise you kids every day in December with a new rubber duck they can play with during bath time. This advent calendar comes with 18 Christmas-themed and six novelty ducks that the kids will love!

Reusable Wooden Advent Calendar

You can fill the present boxes of this reusable advent calendar with your family’s favorite candies, love notes, holiday challenges and other treats of your own devising. Even when it’s empty, it looks great on a mantel.

Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee™

Start off every holiday morning with a cup of  specialty coffee! This advent calendar includes a tasting flight, infused with flavors like roasted chestnut, cranberry and more! 

12 Days of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar

If 25 hot sauces seems like too much heartburn for one person to handle, this one comes with a more manageable 12 bottles. (That doesn’t mean they’re any easier on the tongue, though!)

Reusable Wooden Advent Calendar



Watch your family’s faces and this calendar light up each day, thanks to built-in LED lighting. You can also re-use this one year after year, making it part of your family’s tradition.

12 Beers of Christmas Beer Box



Sample wares from breweries across the United States without leaving your house! This box, which ships in December, comes loaded with 12 different craft brews.

Enamel Pin Advent Calendar

Meri Meri

Put them on a jacket, pin them to a bag there’s no end to the places where you can put these enamel pins. Some are holiday-related, and some are not, so you can wear them all year.

Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

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Advent calendar fillers for adults

Christmas magic isn’t just for the kids! Create Christmas anticipation with these advent calendar fillers for adults.

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Advent calendars have come a long way since religious families made a chalk line for every day in December up to Christmas Eve (source).

I still remember the advent calendars of my childhood. We were worlds away from chocolate filled treats back then – the thought of seeing what picture was hiding between the thin cardboard door was enough to see us sprinting for our calendars in the morning.

Oh, such simple times.

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Christmas is 90% anticipation and 10% reality.

That’s why as adults we often don’t feel the same degree of excitement (especially once our kids are grown) as anticipation is replaced with long lists of Christmas to-dos. We enjoy they day, but if we’re honest, the lead up is more exhausting than exciting.

But fear not, because there is one simple way you can get that Christmas anticipation back through using the humble advent calendar – but not one that’s focused on pictures or chocolates but advent calendar fillers for adults.

Creating your own advent calendar can become a fun new tradition for you and your spouse.

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Now if you like the sound of this, BUT if you’re wondering what to put in an advent calendar, especially an advent calendar for adults, then here are some fun and creative ideas.

Each of them are either selected to build excitement or to be gifts in and of themselves related to a theme. They are also perfect if your partner’s love language is gifts.

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They also double as great stocking-stuffers!

Jigsaw puzzle advent calendar filler

This is a super fun idea for what to put in an advent calendar, and it’s perfect if your man likes puzzles.

For this to work well, I would select a 500 piece to 1000 piece puzzle. The lower number is going to work the best, however if you really want the challenge of more pieces, then make sure there’s a lot going on in the puzzle so your advent calendar recipient doesn’t simply get frustrated.

Equipment required

Separate out the edge pieces, and then divide all the puzzle pieces up so you have the same amount for every day.

Put them into the organza bags. 

Affix the number tags to each of the bags, starting with the edge pieces.

Now every day, give your husband one of the bags.

Have fun making your Christmas advent puzzle!

Sports advent calendar filler

If your husband is anything like mine, he loves his sports.

You can capitalize on this love of games when coming up with advent calendar ideas.

For example, related to his sport of choice you could use:

There’s as many ideas as there are sports!

Running advent calendar fillers

You could also consider getting items related to a fitness goal like running.

For example, let’s say one of your husband’s New Year’s resolutions is to do a marathon.

You could gift as part of your advent calendar

There’s so many purposeful and functional gifts for runners that will make your advent calendar a hit.

Sexy advent calendar filler

How about making your advent calendar for him this year all around some sexy time?

For this idea, purchase this six pack of Christmas stockings and have one gift per stocking.

Six is enough to have up at any one time without it starting to look like a hot mess, and once he opens one gift, swap out the number tag (these ones come with super cute pegs  you can easily affix to the Christmas stocking).

Fun advent calendar ideas focused on intimacy include:

These advent calendar fillers for adults are the gifts that really do keep giving!

Recipe advent calendar filler

Does your loved one like to create in the kitchen?

Consider finding a recipe you know they’ll love that has a number of ingredients.

You could even have a selection of recipes as part of your advent calendar (consider sweet treats like Christmas cookies, fudge and other deliciousness) – whatever you need to take you to Christmas Day.

Get the ingredients and package them up, starting with the dry ingredients, using plastic containers to minimize the mess. You’ll gift one ingredient a day so they can try figure out what the recipe is going to be!

You might want to add fillers in the form of cooking utensils, bakeware or items for decorating their creation.

On the last day of ingredients, include a copy of the recipe.

Travel advent calendar filler

If you’re after advent calendar filler ideas for him this year that are next level special, then consider this travel-focused advent calendar idea.

For each day have a small item that relates to a travel destination. At 18 inches long and 5 inches wide, the stockings I mention above will work for most small gifts, but you may have to get inventive.

These could include

Finish off with your Christmas present being tickets to your sun-filled destination – the perfect way to top off your advent calendar and escape the winter chill!

If you’ve been wondering what to put in an advent calendar that will surprise and delight your husband, then try some of these advent calendar filler ideas for adults.

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15 Best Men’s Advent Calendars for 2021

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Why give one gift this holiday season when you can give 24? That’s right, we’re talking about Advent calendars. Advent calendars actually date back as far as 19th century Germany, though we’d have to imagine those calendars didn’t contain Star Wars Legos.

In the two centuries since, Advent calendars have evolved to cover every shape, every style, and every age that’s eagerly counting down to Christmas. These days, the kids don’t get all the fun; we grown-ups can celebrate with everything from self-care products to snack food, pop culture memorabilia and even a little something to make that eggnog more exciting this year.

Whether the men in your life greet “the most wonderful time of the year” with Buddy the Elf joy, George Bailey gloom, or even a Grinchy snarl, our top men’s Advent calendars offer so many ways to count down the days that’ll make their holidays merry and bright.

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For Self-Care Enthusiasts

Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar Kiehl’s kiehls. com


This Advent calendar from Kiehl’s is filled with grooming treasures that’ll get you looking dapper in time for Christmas. 

Whether you gift it to yourself or a loved one, it’s the perfect sampler to try out 24 travel-sized hair, skin, and body care products that are valued at more than $200. There’s even some lip balm you’ll need in case you run into some mistletoe. Don’t miss out on this one — it frequently sells out!

More: The Best Gifts That Will Win Over the Men on Your List


For TV Fans

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar Insight Editions


Whether your recipient is more of a Chandler or a Ross, any Friends fan will flip out over this 25-slot Advent calendar that features more than 40 iconic keepsakes from the show (including a Holiday Armadillo surprise!). Make this holiday season “The One With The Coolest Advent Calendar!”


For Jedi Masters

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 75307 LEGO


This year, you can add a little Force magic to someone’s yuletide without having to find a bootleg of the Star Wars Holiday Special, thanks to Lego and ShopDisney. 

This year’s edition of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is themed to the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian, and offers mini-builds like the titular Mandalorian in an exclusive holiday scarf, his ship the Razor Crest with fun attachable antlers, and of course The Child, aka Grogu, proving he can make even the classic “ugly Christmas sweater” look cute.


For Fresher Faces

Barber Pro Face Mask Advent Calendar Barber Pro us.


Each year, more and more men are discovering the benefits of a quality face mask. Not only can they be soothing and rehydrated for skin damaged by the harsh winter winds that come with the holiday season, but setting aside the prescribed time to let a mask work its magic offers an opportunity to clear your mind and reflect on the day.

This 12-day, 16-mask set offers everything from putty peels to post-shave cooling, and even ones designed to target that pesky under-eye area.


For Wine Connoisseurs

Twelve Nights of Wine Advent Calendar VINEBOX


Innovative wine-by-the-glass subscription service VINEBOX lets users count down to Christmas in style with their sleek and festive 12 Nights of Wine box. Because — let’s be honest — we all could use 12 glasses of wine after this year (and last).

With a dozen curated glasses from the best wine regions of the world — think Italy, Spain, France, and more — you can sample your way through the holiday season up until Christmas.

More: Wine Advent Calendars for Some Adult Fun


For Beer Imbibers

12 Beers of Christmas Craft Beer Box City Brew Tours


If you’re gifting a serious beer connoisseur, you know how particular they are about their craft brews. Luckily for you, City Brew Tours did the grunt work for you and sourced these 12 cold ones from breweries across the country. 

The included brews were even vetted by a panel of beer experts before being added to the box. You can expect anything from bold IPAs, malt-driven Belgians, to savory stouts.


For Whiskey Fans

Whiskey Advent Calendar Flaviar flaviar. com


Flaviar is inviting you to explore a galaxy of whiskies. Every day for 24 days, you’ll taste a different premier scotch whisky. Some will be from brands that you know and love, but plenty of others will be new discoveries.

The calendar comes with 24 vials, each holding 1.7 ounces of whiskey, a Flaviar Glencairn glass, a concrete coaster, plus artwork and flavor notes for each drink so you know what you’re sippin’ on.


For Those With Furry Friends

Best Friend’s Dog Treat Advent Calendar Himalayan Pet Supply


The best gifts are the ones you share, and the man you’re shopping for might want to share their Advent calendar with man’s best friend. This calendar offers 24 daily treats, chews and cookies all made from all natural ingredients in Washington state. 

With flavors like cheese, peanut butter and bacon, it’s the perfect way to tell a furry friend, “Thank you for not knocking over the tree this time.

9 2021 Holiday Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar

Although a chocolate Advent calendar might seem like a typical choice, sometimes playing it safe is the best bet. Besides, who doesn’t love some rich and delicious chocolate? 

The Godiva Advent calendar includes classic Godiva milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and white chocolates shaped in fun seasonal shapes like Santa, a snowman, and a penguin.


For Tea Lovers

24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar David’s Tea


What better way to get through the hectic holiday season (not to mention the stressful year) than by sipping on some relaxing and tasty teas for the entire month of December? 

Featuring unique tea blends like Caramel Shortbread, Sleigh Ride, and Merry Mistletoe — that’ll put you in the holiday spirit — and fan favorites like Earl Grey, you’ll look forward to your daily cozy and quiet moment with a cup of tea from this advent calendar.


For Funko Fanatics

2021 Funko Pokemon Advent Calendar Funko


The cute and compact Funko Pop! format has taken the collectible world by storm, especially in its mini form. The uniform design offers everyone a chance to express their favorite fandoms, from sports to video games, Game of Thrones to The Golden Girls

Funko offers Advent calendars for a number of fandoms, ranging from Harry Potter to Dragon Ball Z, but who can resist the adorable, generation-defining Pokemon of their youth? This Advent calendar offers 24 pocket-sized versions of everyone’s favorite “Pocket Monsters” ranging from the original three starters to Mewtwo and Mew, and of course, Pikachu.


For Outdoorsmen

Fly Fisherman’s Advent Calendar FalvaiCreative etsy. com


If the person you’re shopping for is a fly-fishing fanatic, they’ll absolutely love this Advent calendar. It’s packed in a waterproof fly box and includes 24 hand-tied fresh-water flies. The Etsy user who creates them chose flies that work well all over North America and Europe, so your avid angler will be ready for anything.


For Trekkies

Star Trek Borg Cube Advent Calendar Eagle Moss


Starfleet fans, rejoice! The popular sci-fi franchise is about to enter its biggest year ever, with three hit series (Discovery, Picard, and Lower Decks) returning in 2022, as well as two new series set to debut (Prodigy, Strange New Worlds). 

Help the Trekkie in your life count down to Christmas or new adventures in the final frontier with this Advent calendar shaped like the sinister Borg Cube.  

Filled with 24 festive gifts from mugs to socks, resistance to holiday cheer will be … futile.


For Meat Lovers

Dad-vent Jerky Calendar Man Crates


We’re not sure if jerky is the right treat to get in the holiday spirit, but meat lovers will lose all chill for this one. Man Crates’ Dad-vent calendar includes 25 flavored jerky bits (and probably a good amount of sweats along the way) to make December seriously jolly.


For Those Who Need to Jingle Around the Clock

2021 Coffee Advent Calendar

If you need some help staying alert this holiday season, this Advent calendar by Onyx Coffee Lab will help keep you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed all month long. Every morning in December, you’ll get to sample some of the most unique single origin coffee. The included bags have 2 ounces of whole beans, which have been nitro-flushed to ensure freshness.

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90,000 Advent calendar: what is it, how to make a calendar of New Year’s affairs

Who invented the New Year’s Advent calendar

There is a version that in the 19th century, the parents of a little German boy Heinrich Lang, in order to brighten up the expectation of the holiday, came up with the idea of ​​giving their son a piece of candy or a postcard for a month until Christmas.

Having matured, Heinrich himself took up the release of Christmas calendars and made a calendar with windows that need to be opened in turn every day from December 1st to December 24th.Behind the windows were beautiful illustrations on biblical themes. The idea stuck, and the calendars began to improve: children began to find sweets, small toys, fragments of Scripture in them. This is how the most popular type of Advent appeared today: a calendar with chocolate inside.

The very first Advent calendar. Source:

How to make an Advent calendar with your own hands

There are different types of Advent calendars. To save time, you can buy a ready-made Advent filled with gifts.Many brands produce original Christmas calendars not only for children but also for adults. But it’s still much more interesting to make an Advent calendar with your own hands.

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Step 1. Get inspired by ideas

If you decide to make a calendar yourself, decide on the concept. We’ve put together some easy-to-follow Advent calendar ideas for kids.

1. Advent Box


The easiest way, which requires a minimum of effort and creativity, is a box or basket with souvenirs. Wrap trinkets and sweets in beautiful paper or craft paper, write numbers from 1 to 31 on the packaging – the Advent calendar for the new year is ready!

2. Surprises on wood


Your school experience in making crafts from natural materials will come in handy here. Take a beautiful branch of a deciduous or coniferous tree, place it in a vase, or mount it on the wall.Hang the wrapped gifts on the branches.

3. We use coffee cups


Cover disposable plastic or paper cups with wrapping paper. Place the gifts inside. Close the lid and tie with a ribbon. This “coffee” will definitely help you wake up in the morning.

Step 2. Come up with the content

Inside the Advent calendar there can be simple and pleasant trinkets: sweets, a figurine or magnet with the symbol of the coming year, stationery, balloons, key chains, soap bubbles.

And besides material surprises, it is great to think over “gifts” that will evoke emotions and benefit. For example, you can place notes on the calendar with tasks that need to be completed: make a bird feeder, bake cookies with the whole family, sign cards for grandparents, remember your favorite New Year movie, watch a training course, and learn something new.

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Step 3. Explain the rules

Tell your child how the tradition of making an Advent calendar for the New Year came about, how the holiday is celebrated in different countries and start to implement your plan!

Pedagogical idea “Advent calendar”

Pedagogical idea:

“Advent calendar at school”

Prepared by: D.R.Rafekova


This article will help you fill up the bank of pedagogical ideas. The Advent calendar can be used both in educational work and in educational work. Children will be delighted with the new form of contact between teacher and student!


Initially, the Advent calendar (from the Latin adventus – parish) is used to count the time remaining until the New Year or Christmas.

Traditionally, the Christmas calendar is a postcard or a cardboard house with opening windows, where each cell contains a candy, a small gift or a note with wishes.The calendar consists of 24 days, starting on the first of four Sundays before Christmas (or December 1) and ending on Christmas Eve (December 24). Advent calendars help brighten up the expectation of children on the eve of an unforgettable holiday. After all, Santa Claus or Snow Maiden will put notes and gifts in the calendar cells.

Old idea in a new way

I decided to adopt this idea for the school, because if such a calendar helps to brighten up the anticipation of the New Year, then it can also help brighten up the school time.

So, in this article you can read and take for yourself ideas on how to diversify school time, as well as build a bridge between teacher and student, make cooperation more productive and interesting.

You can now buy ready-made advent calendars. But we will recommend creating it together with our students, putting our soul into every bag or box.

Depending on the available possibilities, the branches of the calendar can become:

– Matchboxes – each box can be beautifully pasted over or assembled into one large chest of drawers, a multi-storey building, a pyramid-staircase, or 2-3 boxes can be glued together and decorated in the form of houses in town.

– Disposable or yoghurt cups.

– Capsules from kinder surprises.

– Pouches made of fabric with ties.

– Holiday paper bags or beautifully designed envelopes.

– Nicely packed boxes of one or different sizes.

– Balloons.

– Paper caps.

After the cells are made, they need to be numbered. It is advisable to do this in the reverse order (from 31 to 1).So children will see how many days are left until the end of the month, and will monitor the performance of a particular work.

Possibilities of the advent calendar

You can put wishes for the child, small surprises or tasks in the calendar cells.


Wishes are what you advise your child to do. The wishes can be educational in nature. So, for example, if your children do not like to say hello, you can wish them “Say good afternoon to all your friends on the street today!”Or the wish may coincide with your intentions (buy a present for your dad, call your grandmother).

Examples of wishes:

– Smile more often today.

– Kiss mom and dad, tell them something nice.

– Visit your grandparents.

– Help decorate the tree.

– Feed the birds.

– Get your mom a nice haircut or go to the hairdresser.

– Watch the cartoon …

– Listen to the book …

– Play a board game with the whole family.


Surprises are small, inexpensive gifts that your schoolchildren will be pleased to receive.

The list of possible surprises:

stickers, notepads, cards, etc.


When selecting assignments, you can use clippings from educational aids or printouts of classes from the Internet.

Examples of assignments:

1. Write or draw a letter to your great-grandfather “Thank you grandfather for the victory!”

2. Go through the maze.

3. Connect the drawing by dots. What did you do? (Any animal).

4. Find the differences and paint them.

5. Sign the pictures.

6. Count and write.

7. Guess riddles.

8. Learn a poem about …

9. Think of a poem or riddle about ..

10. Make a collage ..

11. Sculpt from plasticine or salt dough …, make an application …

12. Answer to questions.(The search for answers to questions comes from certain books or manuals).

13. Draw objects that make sounds (clock, bell, plane, train).

14. Draw a cartoon. A thin sheet of A4 paper is cut horizontally in half and only one piece is used. We fold this blank in half (in the form of a book of two sheets). On the second sheet of our “book”, closer to the right edge, draw a Christmas tree without toys with a simple pencil and paint. We close the “book”, attach it to the window and on the top sheet we outline the translucent Christmas tree along the contours, draw toys on it and paint.We wind the first page of the “book” on a pencil. Now we are “watching a cartoon”. Holding the pencil from the bottom by the tip, quickly move it to the right and left, while the top sheet of paper will either fold or unfold. We follow the appearance of toys on the Christmas tree ..

15. Find out what your name means.

Try to offer children interesting and educational activities that will delight them. It is also advisable to issue larger orders on weekends, while on weekdays these will be either prizes or simple tasks.

So, we, together with the students, will every day look for answers to unexpected questions and tasks that are hidden in envelopes, opening them in turn. Will you try?

P . s . Tasks for every day can be not only educational in nature, but also cognitive. Link tasks with your items and then AOZ will be much more interesting and productive. Most importantly, this revised calendar can help you organize student self-government and team building.

90,000 What is Advent Calendar and ideas for creating it | What and how to give

The smell of pine needles, tangerines, cheerful lights in every home – all this reminds us of the winter holidays, which are already very close. If in post-Soviet countries New Year is celebrated on a larger scale, in European countries – Christmas. It is worth noting that Europeans begin to “celebrate” in advance – as much as 24 days before Christmas. Or rather, not to celebrate, but to eagerly count the days of the main event of the year.And in this they are helped by a special Christmas calendar.

“What is it and how does it work?” – you ask. Today we will talk about this.

How did the advent calendar come about

Advent calendar or advent calendar (from German Adventskalender ) consists of 24 cells with small presents. Every day, one window is opened and a small gift is taken out of it. Usually such a calendar is made for children, but there are other copies – with a deeper meaning, which are intended for adults.But first things first.


The first Christmas calendars date back to the 19th century. So, it was customary to draw 24 sticks on the wall or door of the house, and every day, starting from December 1, wash one by one. Some families hung one picture on a sacred theme on a wooden board a day, thereby bringing the feeling of a holiday closer.

Whichever form is used, the function of any Advent calendar is the same – to count down the time until Christmas.

The tradition of modern Christmas calendars for children is associated with the name of the Munich owner of the printing house – Gerhard Lang .In 1903, the first Advent calendar appeared on the markets, which looked like two separate sheets: on one you had to cut pictures and paste them on the second. Children cut and pasted one image every day.


Until the 1930s, Lang made German families happy with such symbolic calendars every year. The creator himself said that he owes this idea to his mother. Every year, from December 1st to December 24th, she sewed one cookie on a cardboard sheet, and little Gerhard enjoyed these pre-Christmas treats.A little later, Lang created the “chocolate” Advent calendar. After 1920, calendars became common with openable windows, each with a small Christmas image.

In the 1930s, Reichhold & Lang closed down, but before that time Gerhard Lang had managed to create about thirty different types of children’s Christmas calendars.

Christmas calendars now

For children

The classic modern Advent calendar looks like a rectangular canvas with 24 closed windows, each of which contains sweets, chocolate figurines or small toys.Factory calendars with chocolate-filled windows are also common. The first such copy went on sale in 1958.

Nowadays, home-made advent calendars are very popular, which simply amaze with their diversity. For their manufacture, you can use various materials: cardboard, wood, felt and even metal.

See below a selection of interesting Christmas calendars for children.

Wood Advent Calendar

Classic Advent Calendar Pocket

Using scrap materials to make a Christmas calendar

Empty matchboxes can also be used to create a Christmas calendar

A Christmas calendar made of mittens will fill the house with a magical holiday atmosphere

Stylish and modern – Advent calendar made of metal buckets

A bunny Christmas calendar is a great option if you have very little time

Advent calendar made of boots will help to decorate the Christmas and New Year’s interior

Some more ideas for unusual Christmas calendars


There are options for adults.For example, you can divide the candle into 24 equal parts and mark it. Every day a candle is lit and burned until the flame “eats” the mark.

Faithful families make calendars with religious scenes. Usually, on Christmas Day (German Heiligabend ), i.e. On December 24, a picture opens, which depicts the scene of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Virtual Calendars

Technological progress has not spared advent calendars either. For those who spend most of their time at the computer, there is a special offer – a virtual Christmas calendar.

So, for example, there are versions when the user is asked to listen to one Christmas story a day every day. And one Swiss service sends out Christmas-themed SMS messages every day from December 1st to 24th.

What to put as a surprise

As already mentioned, it is customary to fill the windows with sweets, chocolates and small toys. However, some parents are more creative – they prepare their children intangible surprises .For example, on a beautiful piece of paper they write a fairy tale that they will read to the child or what dish they will cook together today, or they make a list of good things to do for their child.


Some are involved in charity work and teach their children to do this good work. For example, you can write as an assignment for the child to choose one of their toys, which the parents will give to the orphanage. After all, what could be better than giving a holiday to orphans?

You can also contribute to the development of your child through the Christmas calendar.We offer this option: buy a set of toys united by the same theme. Thus, the game will become more and more exciting every day.

For child collector , you can put in the windows the corresponding items, for example, cars, stamps, postcards, etc. This will significantly add to his collection.

Fun Facts About Advent Calendars


  • The largest Christmas calendar is located in Leipzig: its area is 857 square meters.m, and the windows have a size of 2 × 3 m.
  • In German-speaking countries there are buildings in the form of a Christmas calendar.
  • In many parts of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, people have live Christmas calendars in their homes.
  • Advent calendar is remembered in literary works, for example in “Buddenbrooks” (1869) by Thomas Mann.

We hope that this article will allow you to get to know the culture of other countries better, and make the holiday for your children even more fabulous and magical.We wish you happy winter holidays 🙂

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90,000 Advent Calendar: A fun way to count the days until the New Year

Thank you, Frau!

Advent calendars (or Christmas calendars) came to us from Europe a few years ago. And the first such calendar was printed in 1908 in Munich at the Reichhold & Lang printing house. As a child, one of the founders of the printing house, Gerhard Lang, received cards with attached meringues from a caring mother from a caring mother every day, starting 24 days before Christmas.So Frau Lang saved herself from the daily: “Mom, well soon?” – and little Gerhard – from painful waiting.

The very first printed calendar consisted of 24 Christmas pictures affixed to a cardboard board. Later, in 1958, the Christmas calendar was released with chocolate inside: it was a box with 24 windows, each of which hid candy. Homemade calendars were also popular: chocolate and gifts were hidden in the cells, and in religious families, fragments from the Holy Scriptures.

Historically, in our country, it has happened that the New Year exceeds the Nativity of Christ in the scale of celebration. Santa Claus with the Snow Maiden, gifts, Christmas trees, holidays, finally – this is what the children are looking forward to.

What is the Advent Calendar? In appearance, he can be anything – there really is anyone in that much. But the essence is the same: every day before the onset of a holiday (New Year or Christmas), a child opens a box (an envelope, a glass, a sock) and finds something interesting, tasty or informative there.The calendar can start a week or two before the holiday, or maybe a month.

Classics of the genre

The simplest kind of Advent calendar is numbered boxes of treats or small toys. You can stick to one theme: for example, if a child loves cars, then during the waiting period for the holiday he will collect a whole fleet of vehicles.

Not boring waiting

Advent calendar can be educational: choose a topic based on the age and interests of the child, and study it every day in a playful way.For example: your child loves animals. Print pictures or buy small animal figures and hide them in numbered bags. Think of an interesting activity for each animal – it can be coloring, sculpting, designing, baking cookies in the shape of an animal, watching a movie or cartoon related to this animal, going to the zoo, finally.

Educational calendar

The topic of early development has recently been at its peak. Why not use the upcoming holiday for educational purposes? For example, the famous author of the blog on early development, Lena Danilova, suggested learning the alphabet using the Advent calendar.Great idea, right? Every day is dedicated to one single letter: try, don’t remember. And fun, and the benefits are colossal!

Ready ideas

Many large companies release a new Advent souvenir every year. Here are just a few of the 2019 waiting calendars:

  • Advent calendar from the Lego company: City (as a result of the figures you get a New Year’s plot), Friends (a Christmas party with pets), Star Wars;
  • small gift boxes from IKEA;
  • Advent calendar with stickers from the Rosmen company;
  • Adventure calendars with toys from Playmobil: “Fire brigade”, “Ball in the crystal hall”;
  • Advent Calendar with Bracelet Charms;
  • Advent calendar based on the tale of the Moomin trolls from Martinex;
  • Advent calendar with Hot Wheels cars;
  • Thomas the Engine Advent Calendar from Fisher-Price
  • Advent Calendar “Paw Patrol”.

Create a magical mood before the New Year:

90,000 have any ideas? – 39 replies to Babyblog

I thought this year to make an Advent calendar for Katyusha!

For those who have a vague idea of ​​what I mean, to begin with, a little terminology.

Advent (from Lat. adventus – parish) is the name of the period of the Nativity fast, adopted among Christians of the Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations. Our holiday of Catholic Christmas is not widespread.But many attributes, decorations and ideas can come in handy for celebrating the New Year. And the Advent calendar among them)

The calendar was invented not so long ago, at the end of the 19th century, in Germany. And without a child, why didn’t do it. Frau Lang was simply tortured by her son Gerhard, who asked his mother every day when would Christmas come ?! She could not stand it and made a calendar for him out of cardboard with windows – according to the number of days before Christmas. Gerhard could only open one window a day, behind which was a small cookie.So he saw for himself how many cookies still need to be eaten before the main holiday, how many days are left. By the way, when the boy grew up, his mother’s invention began to bring him profit – he began to produce the world’s first advent calendars – boxes with windows, behind which were no longer cookies, but sweets.
Why does a child need such a calendar? (Parents, of course, need the whole December in order not to answer the same question.) Time is such a vague concept, such an elusive concept … Three days, a week, a month – the younger the child, the more difficult it is for him to understand whether this is a lot or not ? The calendar helps you get a feel for the passage of time.And it helps to learn to count!

Now about my ideas! I found on the Internet three options for making Advent calendars with my own hands, in principle, not very expensive, neither in time nor in finance.

1. From a baking dish:

2. From paper caps:

3. From plastic cups:

I am inclined to the last option – from plastic cups.

And now my questions are to mothers who have experience in making such things, or ideas to help me.I want to do Advent for the New Year, my daughter at that time will be 1.8 years old.

1. Should I make a calendar for the whole December? Or be limited to 5-10-15 days?

2. In what order to open: from 1 to the last? or vice versa from the last to one, so that it is clear how many days are left before the New Year?

3. What gifts to put? They should be small and somehow connected with the New Year? Or is it not necessary? I want variety, but I have ideas for a maximum of 10 things in total – Christmas tree decorations, figures of Santa Claus, a snowman, Snow Maiden.We are not eating sweets yet, cookies are somehow trite and not festive …

4. Can anyone have nice numbers in electronic form to print for the calendar?

I look forward to your advice!

90,000 Choose an Advent calendar for children – No analogies

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Choose an Advent calendar for children for the New Year 2022. Which is better and more interesting?

The Advent Calendar is a waiting calendar for the holiday.Any holiday, but most often Advent calendars brighten up the cold days of the darkest month of the year for children in anticipation of the New Year and Christmas.

Calendar of waiting for the New Year for children, aka Advent calendar – should contain a small and pleasant lesson for a child for every day. And preferably gift !

The traditional New Year Advent calendar in Russia occupies the entire December and has 31 windows . English-speaking Adventists usually cover the period before Catholic Christmas, December 25, respectively, in Russian conditions are not applicable.

If you are ready to work on your own to create a New Year Advent calendar for your child, you can glean ideas in the article New Year Advent Calendar Assignments. It is easy to make original individual advent calendars with your own hands

If you do not have enough time, imagination, enthusiasm – you can use ready-made calendars to wait for the new year, since the choice becomes wider every year.

Advent waiting calendars 2022

The most fascinating and colorful calendars waiting for the new year this year were printed by Labyrinth, Clover and Dragonfly.Let’s take a closer look at them, as well as budget advent calendars from other publishers.

The tasks will be universal, not individual for your child. On the other hand, it provides excellent printing quality, beautiful pages with bright pictures, ease of use and child’s pleasure.

A couple of years ago it was difficult to buy a suitable New Year’s Advent calendar for a Russian child. Our publishers have not yet mastered the novelty, and foreign waiting calendars were counting only until Catholic Christmas on December 25th.There are plenty of spectacular ready-made Advent Calendars on the literary market this year.

Small houses

A book with a poster, stickers, walking game and exciting tasks.

👉 Follow the link for other budgetary, but very interesting adventures from different publishers.

New Year’s town

Each house in this calendar from the Labyrinth publishing house is a ready-made Christmas tree toy. She is also a box for a small gift. A total of 15 houses, a mill, a bridge, an ice slide and 24 figures.

The calendar is chic and not cheap.

See reviews about Advent New Year’s town

How the Mouse decorated the Christmas tree

New Year’s waiting calendar “How the mouse decorated the Christmas tree” from MYTH proved itself last year. The reviews are excellent, you can read on the Labyrinth.

Calendar-poster of waiting for the New Year in the format 30 * 22 cm. With tasks, calculated for 15 days , with stickers. As the tasks are completed, the child decorates the Christmas tree, fills in the waiting calendar in the mouse’s room, and performs cards with tasks.

Advent calendar from MYTH on the website of the publishing house, in Buk24.

Advent calendar with windows “New Year is about to …”

Another Advent calendar for children from 2 years old from MYTH, starts counting 14 days before New Year . It is necessary to open one window every day and, using the hint on the card, solve the problem of the inhabitants of the apartment outside the window.

It is possible to use this calendar with several children at the same time.For different ages, there are several options for completing the same task.

The rating of this Advent Calendar does not correspond to the high price. See reviews about the Advent calendar New Year is about … on the Labyrinth, detailed descriptions and scans on the publisher’s website.

Advent calendar for the New Year

New Year’s advent calendar from Clover Media Group contains 31 letters from Santa Claus with a task for the child for every day. Parents can only cut off the sheet in advance and fold it in the form of an envelope.On the website of the publisher.

Create your own winter town

This Advent from Clover from the Craftsmanship series will suit even the smallest children who are expecting a holiday! Marking 3+, but from 2 years old it is already quite affordable. Tasks – the simplest strokes, Labyrinths, elementary cutouts and coloring pages. Look in the store of the publishing house.

Happy New Year!

Advent calendar for children “Happy New Year!” from Rosman is a dense box with a 31st window.Includes assignments, stickers, poster and craft blanks.

Every day, starting from December 1, the baby opens one sash and presents a gift-sticker to the animal that lives in the window. The box contains a large poster 48×64 cm, a sheet of stickers 42.5×62 cm, New Year’s tasks and blanks for handicrafts for the holiday.

Rosman has other cheaper stickers like this or this one.

Calendar of waiting for the New Year from Speech

Speech reprinted last year’s colorful Advent with pleasant illustrations by the popular artist Olga Fadeeva.There are calendar pages for December, and simple ready-made tasks for every day. The tasks, of course, are simple, but the illustrations are sticky.

The price for a disposable book is quite adequate, cheaper than many similar editions.

Remained only in Mayshop.

Advent calendar for children with magnets

An interesting novelty this year – advent calendar with magnets. Starting at from December 23, , you need to open one window at a time and fill with a festive New Year’s mood.

Advent calendar from Prof-Press

Here is a simple inexpensive Advent from Prof-Press. Tasks are focused rather on 90,020 students .

For preschoolers the Advent publishing house is more interesting, with material for cutting.

Prof-Press also has a good quest “In search of a New Year’s gift”.

Magic Advent calendar for children for the New Year

Interesting Advent calendar from Clever.The downside is that it is designed for only 90,020 16 tasks , so if you want to fill the entire December, you can buy another manual from the same author – “The holiday comes to us.”

Magic Advent calendar for the New Year in Chitai-gorod, on the website of the publishing house.

Calendar of creative tasks for children “The holiday is coming to us” in the store of the publishing house.

Christmas Advent Calendar for Children in the Shape of a Christmas Tree

Phoenix Present offers two versions of an Advent calendar in the shape of a Christmas tree.The tree is impressive – half a meter . Windows with tasks are hidden behind the toys.

Advent calendar with a silver Christmas tree

Advent calendar with a green Christmas tree

Father Frost’s birthday. Let’s celebrate together!

This is not literal Advent, and Santa Claus’s birthday is not named, which makes the book even more interesting. Its can be used both during the New Year holidays in January and during the December standby period.There are many tasks, and they are varied. In the manual 48 p.

The circulation is almost sold out, but you can still look for remnants, for example, here.

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And which Advent calendar do you prefer – purchased or homemade?

HSE Advent Calendar – National Research University Higher School of Economics

What is the “Advent calendar” and where did this tradition come from

The tradition of the Christmas or Advent calendar (Adventskalender) dates back to the middle of the 19th century.Such a calendar is a kind of clock for children that turns the waiting time for Christmas into something magical and magical, making the time before the “coming” of Christ (from the Latin “adventus”) tangible.

Therefore, from about 1840, parents began to come up with different ways to attract the attention of children around the 24 days before Christmas. They could, for example, stick colored pictures on the wall or window day after day, or make their own tear-off calendar, as described by Thomas Mann in his novel Buddenbrooks.

However, the Advent calendar as we know it, with 24 chocolates behind doors and windows, is still far away. At the very beginning of the twentieth century, thanks to Gerhard Lang, a Munich publisher, printed calendars appeared from two large sheets: from one sheet one could cut out a small picture every day and stick it on a second sheet. He also came up with calendars in the form of houses that could be filled with chocolate – this idea came to him straight from his own childhood: every year his mother gave him a sheet of cardboard with sweets sewn to it.

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