Advent Calendar Ideas for the Holidays

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The excitement of Christmas is coming and boy I love the hustle and bustle of getting ready. There is something about watching the kids get so excited about Christmas coming. Every day the kids ask if it is almost Christmas, that is why I love having advent calendars throughout the house!  Sure, we have the typical chocolate advent calendars that you buy at the store, but we also have crafty ones you make which I love as well. “Grown-up” advent calendars are becoming a growing trend that is why I love calendar house from The Body Shop as well! 

7 Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas

There is nothing quite like getting a gift every day in December as we count down to Christmas this year!  

Walnut Surprise Calendar

Luxury Advent Calendars as Christmas Gifts Surprise Walnuts

Walnut Surprise Calendar, by Renata Poccia Etsy Shop for $69.00. Have you ever seen such an awesome advent calendar? This walnut Christmas gift calendar is perfect for ages 3 to 99.  As you countdown to Christmas each day you will get to unwrap the magic as you open each walnut shell that holds a surprise inside.  I love that the walnut advent calendar holds real surprises like jewelry, scented items, and some nature treasures.  You can also reuse this advent calendar year after year as you fill the walnuts back up with surprises to find each day. 

Craft Beer Advent


If you have a beer lover in your life then you might want to think about getting them this Beer Advent Calendar!  Available in only British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland you can enjoy a taste of a different beer each day as you celebrate Christmas coming soon!  Since Canada laws do not allow the shipping of alcohol,  you will need to purchase this in stores where it is sold. You can learn more on their Facebook page

Advent Charm Bracelet

When it comes to adult advent calendars or ones for older girls I love the charm advent calendars, especially the ones sold by Fleetbeads on Etsy.  With this calendar, each door contains a  unique piece to the charm bracelet.  It is customizable by allowing you to pick the color bead accent that you love.  This advent charm bracelet is also easy to make as each charm and bead slide on to the snake bracelet easily.  There really is no better way to celebrate Christmas coming than with a charm bracelet you can wear.

Cross Stitch Advent Calendar

Luxury Advent Calendars as Christmas Gifts Cross Stitch

If you love a project then this cross stitch countdown advent calendar is for you.  With this advent calendar, you will get the cross stitch chart and instructions, however, you will have to get the other supplies at your local craft store.  Each day you will cross stitch one of the 24 squares and by Christmas, you will have a beautiful piece of art to display year after year in your home.  The 24 squares are reusable year after year for use as a traditional advent calendar. 

Pomegranate Gift Calendar

Luxury Advent Calendars as Christmas Gifts Pomegranate

The Pomegranate gift calendar is one of our favorites!  With this calendar, you can choose to do an 8, 12, or 24-day calendar.  This prefilled calendar invites you to spread joy and cheer through handpicked holiday-inspired crafts as well as good deeds this holiday season.  With 31 hand picked goodies to choose from such as a DIY Gift Tag Kits, an eco friendly coffee sleeve as well as charitable good deed gifts like planting a tree to replenish a damaged forest you will certainly feel the joy of the spirit of the season. The good deed gifts come with a lovely ornament to mark the gift that was made on your behalf.  When you buy a Pomegranate advent calendar you are opening doors to really bless the lives of those around you and make a difference this holiday season. 

Super Mario Bros Advent Calendar

Okay if you have kids that love Mario then this is the advent calendar for you! This Super Mario Bros calendar has 17 2.5” figurines and 7 accessories.  Your kids will love discovering what is hidden behind each Mario door every day leading up to Christmas this year.  This is a must in all homes… I am excited to have this one in my home this year.  If you are more of a Marvel fan, Harry Potter fan, Star Wars fan, or Fortnite fan they have action figure calendars for them as well. 

Kid-Friendly Advent Calendars

If you are looking for little kids friendly options when it comes to calendars there are some great ones out there. I love the Disney story a day idea. Where each day you read a story out of the book and by the time the storybook is done it is Christmas day.  Then there is the Playdoh advent calendar. Hidden behind the 24 doors is a different surprise each day.  The kindness countdown is always fun to do with your kids to get them in the season of giving this holiday season. If you are looking for a fun way to decorate this bunting with wooden pieces is a fun way to decorate as you countdown the days until Santa comes. 

Religious Advent Calendar

If you are looking for a more religious advent calendar then this Fabric advent calendar is a great choice to help remember what Christmas is all about.  Each day you display a new part of the scene of Jesus’ birth. After your 24 day countdown then you will have the whole manger scene on display for you to remember the reason for the season. No matter what advent calendar you choose one thing is for sure, the kids and you will have fun discovering a hidden treasure each day while waiting for Christmas Day to be here!

What is your favorite way to countdown to Christmas?

Do you have a favorite advent calendar? Share with us in the comments so that we can keep adding to these ideas. 

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