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Advent Calendars: 47 Ideas for Everyone on Your List This Holiday Season

Advent calendars are popular among Christian church-goers in the Western world, but the idea dates back to the fourth century. Scholars believe that four-week period beginning on the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30) and lasting the next three Sundays was a season of preparation.

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Advent, which comes from the Latin word for “arrival,” eventually became synonymous with the countdown to Christmas, which Christians celebrate as the birth of Christ. Today, you can find advent calendars for virtually anyone on your list, but we’ve put together some of the best advent calendar options available in 2023!

What is an advent calendar?

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Advent calendars started as a perpetual calendar people used to count down the days until Christmas Eve. The first known handmade Advent calendar dates back to 1851, which came to be from the tradition of hanging a devotional image every day until Christmas Eve. German Protestants used to mark the days by ticking off chalk marks on walls or doors, lighting candles, and placing straws in a Nativity crib.

Gone are the days of marking the walls with chalk. Now, advent calendars have taken on various forms. Some are reusable and can be stuffed with candy or other small trinkets for families to enjoy year after year. Many come in decorative boxes that are meant to be recycled or thrown away when the advent season concludes and all of the small gifts are removed.

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When do you start an advent calendar?

Speaking of removing gifts, that’s exactly how advent calendars work. Modern-day advent calendars require that you open a flap, door, or box daily and remove the present inside!

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This year, Advent takes place from Sunday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 24. But where do you start — day 24 or day 1? There has been much debate about where to start an advent calendar, with some thinking you should start at 24 since it’s a “countdown to Christmas” with others believing you should start at one.

No matter where you start, you’ll end up with 24 presents in the end, so there’s really no right or wrong answer. But most people start with one, which makes sense, especially if you think about the advent calendars of yesteryear where chalk marks were made or candles were lit. At the end of it all, you’d end up with 24 marks or lit candles, not one, hence the idea of starting there.

Where to buy advent calendars

You can buy advent calendars almost anywhere nowadays. Many retailers are in on the advent calendar trend, from Macy’s to Costco and even luxury brands like Dior. Whether in store or online, you can find advent calendars for almost every taste. Below are some of our favorites!

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Lego Advent Calendars

Buy from Lego, $40

From Harry Potter to Star Wars, Marvel, and more, Lego has an advent calendar for every kid on your list. Each kit comes with characters and mini-builds from the fan-favorite franchises that’ll keep little ones entertained all holiday season long.

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Barbie Accessories Advent Calendar

Buy now from Kohl’s, $34

Come on Barbie, let’s go party! This Barbie Dreamtopia Advent Calendar includes 24 gifts like skirts, wings, and mermaid tail for Barbie, plus tons of fantasy-inspired accessories like shoes, headbands, and necklaces to mix and match to create new looks!

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Disney Plush Advent Calendar

Buy from Shop Disney, $150

Designed for kids 3+, this Disney Munchlings Advent Calendar is jam-packed with 12 micro plushes from the Season’s Sweetings series including Minnie Mouse Holiday Toffee Pudding, Mickey Mouse Mocha Cookie Cheesecake, Pluto Reindeer Rice Cereal Treat, Donald Duck Candy Cane Eggnog, and more!

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Educational Advent Calendar

Buy from Nordstrom, $18

Your little one can count down the days until Christmas while learning about different countries and cultures with this hands-on Advent calendar from Worldwide Buddies. Each day features an activity or DIY craft dedicated to a country’s specific holiday traditions. The best part is each activity doubles as a tree ornament!

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Advent Calendars for Foodies

Alcohol Advent Calendars

Buy from Give Them Beer, $85

From beer to hard cider, bourbon, whiskey, tequila, and more, Give Them Beer has an advent calendar for any kind of alcohol. They even have a jerky advent calendar! Canned cocktails, craft beer — you name it, Give Them Beer has an advent calendar containing it.

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Gourmet Snack Advent Calendars

Buy from Harry & David, $100

A brand synonymous with gift giving, Harry & David has a vast selection of gourmet snack advent calendars. From cookie advent calendars like the one pictured to chocolate and their best-of advent calendar which contains Harry & David’s best-selling snacks, you can’t go wrong with any selection from America’s premiere choice for gourmet gifts.

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Wine Advent Calendar

Buy from Total Wine & More, $80

Who doesn’t love a bottle of wine during the holiday season? Give the gift of 24 bottles of expertly sourced wine from around the world with this advent calendar from Total Wine & More. Most reviewers have purchased two — one as a gift and one for themselves!

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Advent Calendars for the Host or Hostess

Williams Sonoma Advent Calendars

Buy from Williams Sonoma, $30

If you’re looking for the perfect host or hostess gift this holiday season, Williams Sonoma has a variety of advent calendars that will do the trick! From this Peppermint Bark advent calendar to advent calendars with chocolate truffles, hot cocoa, or even this self-care crystal advent calendar, there’s something for every host and hostess on your list.

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Decorative Advent Calendars

Buy from Wayfair, $24

Looking for an advent calendar that can be used year after year? Wayfair has a variety of evergreen advent calendars that double as holiday decor. With options like this Christmas Transportation Advent Calendar (pictured) and perpetual advent calendars for all of the fall and winter holidays, there’s an advent calendar for every kind of homemaker this holiday season.

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Beekman 1802 Beauty Advent Calendars

Buy from Beekman 1802, $175

From Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer comes this Slice of Kindness Advent Calendar packed with 24 cult-favorite bestsellers for face and body, plus warm kindness messages in every slice. It’s the perfect gift a neighbor or someone in your your own family, this indulgent advent calendar is sure to make a BIG impression this holiday season.

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QVC Advent Calendars

Buy from QVC, $42

No matter how much a host or hostess prepares, they can never have too many desserts on hand! This advent calendar from Cheryl’s cookies comes complete with 12 fan-favorite and seasonal flavored cookies from Cheryl’s, each individually wrapped and ready to enjoy! QVC’s selection of advent calendars also includes MUK LUKS 12 Days of Socks and Wabash Valley Farms Popcorn Advent Calendar with Bowls, among others, making it easy to find a host or hostess gift.

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Advent Calendars for Makeup Lovers

Sephora Advent Calendars

Buy from Sephora starting at $30

If you have a beauty lover in your life, Sephora’s advent calendar selection includes options like this Beauty Must Haves Advent Calendar, which features trail size products of best-selling brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills, Drunk Elephant, and more. Sephora’s selection of beauty advent calendars also includes this lip kit option and a classic beauty advent calendar from L’Occitane, among others.

Ulta Beauty Advent Calendars

Buy from Ulta, $68

Ulta Beauty also has a selection of beauty and makeup-related advent calendars to choose from this holiday season, including this 12 Days of Nails advent calendar from Le Mini Macaron. You can also find advent calendars from The Body Shop, Bobbi Brown, bareMinerals, and more at

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Saks Fifth Avenue Makeup Advent Calendars

Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue, $225

Valued at $560, this gift-able beauty advent calendar features top-rated products from Guerlain, Clé de Peau Beauté, Cellcosmet, Sisley, Augustinus Bader, and more, perfect for the makeup enthusiast in your life. You’ll also find beauty advent calendars from Charlotte Tillbury, MAC, and more.

Unique Advent Calendars

Saks Fifth Avenue Advent Calendars

Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,300

Saks Fifth Avenue has an array of advent calendars, like this Disney 100th Anniversary Advent Calendar from Swarovski. It includes 22 colorful ornaments, two necklaces, and a playful set of stickers perfect for any Disney lover in your life.

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Uncommon Goods Advent Calendars

Buy from Uncommon Goods, $50

Known for their unique gifts, Uncommon Goods has a variety of advent calendars you won’t find anywhere else this holiday season, like this 12 Days of Hot Sauce set. It comes with various hot sauces in range of flavors from sweet and savory to mild and hot. The retailer’s unique advent calendar options don’t stop there. There’s also an advent calendar for puzzle lovers, brain teasers, and more.

Music Lover Advent Calendar

Buy from Uncommon Goods, $10

If you have a music lover in your life, they’ll enjoy this scratch off advent calendar that reveals a new QR code each day, which can be scanned for a download of a carol sung by an emerging artist! Give the gift of new music this holiday season with this unique advent calendar.

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Beatles Lover Advent Calendar

Buy from Insight Editions, $150

If you have a big fan of the Beatles in your life, they’ll love this Sgt. Pepper Drum Advent Calendar full of 24 exclusive, premium-quality gifts like a metal bookmark and keyring, dish towel, cookie cutters, socks, limited-edition pin badges, and a reproduction of the Beatles’ Christmas card to fans. With a combined retail value of more than $200, each item will be treasured by any Beatles fan.

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Etsy Advent Calendars

Buy from Etsy, $16

This movie advent calendar gives your loved ones a unique way to countdown to Christmas. Each box contains 24 Christmas films to watch along with a bit of interesting trivia on each.

Etsy, a place for creators, has even more unique advent calendars to choose from this holiday season, like this STEM Innovative Science advent calendar and this Build-Your-Own-Game option.

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Trending Makeup Advent Calendar

Buy from LOOKFANTASTIC, $165

Delight the beauty queen in your life with this makeup advent calendar. Valued at over $700, it includes 27 beauty delights (12 of which are full-size) across 25 days from brands like Color Wow, Sol de Janeiro, ELEMIS, and more.

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Trending Jewelry Advent Calendar

Buy from Abbott Lyon, $330

Available in gold or silver options, this personalized jewelry advent calendar features jewelry with the personalized initial and birthstone of your choice. It includes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings from the British brand Abbott Lyon.

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Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar

Buy from Compartés, $110

Compartés’ garden-themed Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar Gift Box features 24 exquisitely handcrafted chocolates made from ripe succulent flavors from California’s bountiful orchards. With flavors inspired by the garden, you’ll find unique and chic chocolate flavors like Honey Lavender, Caramel Apple, Peanut Butter Banana, Lemon Poppyseed, Passionfruit, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coffee Toffee and Raspberry Rose inside.

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