I’m just about ready to think about all things Thanksgiving, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that NOW is the time to order an amazing Advent calendar so you can start the countdown to Christmas on December 1st. The best ones goes fast! Which is why we’ve rounded up a whopping 21 options for kids, teens, and adults. Because we all deserve something more fun than the waxy chocolate ones from the drugstore, right?
Speaking of chocolate, we’ve also found some new tasty calendars over on Cool Mom Eats to go along with the 14 food Advent calendars we found last year, so.let’s just say, we’ve got the best Advent calendars covered.
Over 20 of the best Advent calendars of 2022: From the magical to the luxurious, to… goofy dad jokes?
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This post has been updated for 2022.
Create your own scratch-off Advent calendar
Want to plan our your month with activities or tell you kids 24 things you love about them each day? This customizable scratch-off Advent calendar from long-time favorite Pinhole Press comes pre-filled with activity ideas, but it’s super easy to switch things up with your own words. At under $15, it’s a great price for a one-of-a-kind Advent calendar for kids.
2 Star Wars-themed Advent calendars for young and old fans
Little and big fans will go into hyperspace each morning when they get to reveal a new 2-inch tall Star Wars figurine in this Funko Pop! Star Wars Advent calendar. Somehow even the scary Dark Side guys look adorable all decked out for the holidays proving that even Darth Vader can get into the Christmas spirit.
Funko Pop! always makes some of the best Advent calendars for 2022, so if you’re tastes run more toward Disney or Marvel or even Five Nights at Freddy’s, you’ll find great selections at the Funko Amazon store.
In a galaxy not-very-far away (actually, an Amazon warehouse), sits this out-of-this-world Star Wars:The Life Day pop-up book & Advent calendar which celebrates the Wookiee holiday, Life Day, a celebration of family, love, togetherness. . ..and, presumably, fur. If you can guess from the illustrations, this clever Christmas countdown doesn’t take itself too seriously. Just love the pop-up tree from which each daily ornament can hang.
3 pampering Advent calendars, because we all deserve it
One of our picks for the Best Subscription Boxes for Moms, Glossybox also offers one of the best Advent Calendars of 2022. The Glossybox Freeze the Moment Advent Calendar makes a great gift for your mom, sister, or glam best friend…or maybe just buy it for yourself, because it’s been another helluva year. I really like the idea of opening up 25 boxes to reveal both full-size products and deluxe mini items so I have some new makeup, skincare, and haircare products to indulge myself. Added together, the products are worth many, many times the price of this calendar.
What a gift it would be to commit to a bath each night during December! But, even if I had to skip some days, I’d love to have this 25 Days of Fizzy Bath Treats Advent Calendar to help me get through the long winter. Handmade in Texas by small bath-product company Enfusia, these mini bath bombs are made of natural fragrances, essential oils, and mica but are free of parabens, phthalates, and dyes. There is such interesting variety in the 12 different scents including gingerbread, winter rose, and eucalyptus lavender.
Even if the kids stand outside the shower waiting for you to finish, this beautiful Advent Shower Steamer Set from Austin’s Lātika will fill you with aromatherapy bliss. With a mix of seven different seasonal scents, including peppermint, rosemary & fir, or orange & clove, don’t be surprised if you start singing Christmas carols in the shower. Hey, maybe it’ll get the kids to leave you alone for a minute.
4 crafty Advent calendars for creative kids
For elementary-age kids who need to keep their excited hands busy, the Craft Advent Calendar from Kids Crafts includes 25 easy-to-complete projects that won’t require you to pull out the sewing kit or glue gun. Each plastic baggie holds a separate ornament craft that is fully assembled but needs the finishing touches added using self-adhesive stickers.
For slightly more advanced crafters, this Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar by The Purple Cow is filled with 24 cute DIY ornaments and decorations. I’m so impressed with how much they’ve fit inside this cardboard box–you’ll only need a few common supplies like glue or scissors. Set up with small paper boxes with the days of the month on them, this calendar is designed in the same way as their awesome Scientist Advent calendar.
Often featured in our holiday gift guides for their colorful handmade crayon letters that are a top Etsy seller, Art2theExtreme’s Original Rainbow Crayon Advent Calendar will make the holidays more bright thanks to 25 days of handmade multicolored mini crayons. Much more than just “crayons,” there are so many intricate details and the size is perfect for small hands to hold. Plus we love supporting this terrific, independent, mom-run business.
This giant Advent calendar coloring page from Seeing Dandy makes such a fun activity for the kids as they wait for the holidays to arrive. I so appreciate and love the free (and adorable) downloadable file that can be sent to an office supply store and printed in as large a format as you want. There’s even extra illustrations all over the page to keep siblings occupied if they need to trade off who gets to color in the special numbered picture each day. (IYKYK)
2 Advent calendars featuring Black and Brown Santas so more kids can see themselves in him
“Nobody likes a skinny Santa” may be the memorable line from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (one of my top 3 favorite Christmas movies!), but in the case of this Skinny Black Santa Advent Calendar from Pottery Barn Kids, I think he looks quite perfect! And if you find yourself often left with only white-skinned Santa decor around Christmas, you can now have a Santa Advent Calendar in your home that looks more like your own family.
This Sticker Advent Calendar for Kids provides a Christmas countdown with a Black Santa accompanied by Brown and Black elves, since we all know Christmas is for everyone who wants to celebrate This nice and easy sticker calendar has all of the sweetness of a candy calendar, without the sugar crash.And hey, fantastic price.
Kiwi Co’s Christmas Village Advent calendar for kids
As much of a play set as a countdown calendar, this Christmas Village Advent Calendar from Kiwi Co comes together day-by-day to create a little village. I’m impressed with the attention to detail like the multi-hued, diverse peg people and the detailed general store. This may not get packed away when the holidays are over. (recently out of stock but more may be on the way)
A Magic Trick Advent calendar for aspiring tricksters and magicians
Abracadabra! New for 2022, this Amazing Magic Advent Calendar from The Purple Cow is an awesome gift for tweens who just love surprises. Just be prepared to watch your little magician’s daily performance!
A goofy dad jokes Advent calendar to lighten up the stress of the holidays
I’m a firm believer in goofy dad jokes to lighten up any day, so it’s no wonder that I love this Dad Jokes Advent calendar from Oakdene Designs. Each day, your kids can groan along with the silly and punny jokes behind each door as they countdown to Christmas. Even better? You can even personalize this Advent calendar in case you’d like to change this from “Dad’s Advent Calendar” to “Pop’s” or “Mike’s” or even “Grandma’s” — no one ever said dads are the only ones with a silly sense of humor. But hurry! This ships from the UK, so you’ll want to get your tree of jokes en route as soon as possible.
A puzzle-a-day Advent calendar for fans of The New Yorker
This gorgeous keepsake puzzle-a-day The New Yorker Advent calendar is definitely a splurge for an erudite reveler, but what a special splurge it is. A lovely gift for grandparents or friends who read The New Yorker for more than just the cartoons, each puzzle features a holiday cover from a past issue. Then, every day for 24 days, they can open a small box to reveal the pieces for a 100-piece 7×9-inch mini puzzle. It’s not cheap, but as one of the best Advent calendars of 2022, it sure is spectacular for the right person.
A gemstone and crystal Advent calendar for tweens and teens
My teens would think Gem Snow’s sparkly Advent calendar rocks (ugh, sorry) and would love to get their hands on one for sure. Each day, they’d open the door to reveal a new gem, crystal, mineral, or, yeah, rock. For those who are still learning about rocks and crystals, I appreciate that each door includes the name of each item so that my teens can then go look up their properties and then talk to me endlessly about them. Ha.
3 Advent calendars for adults because why should the kids have all the fun?
Cheers to you if you give this splurgy 24 Nights of Wine Advent calendar from Vinebox to your favorite person. With each wine sample packaged beautifully in a glass vial, it’s a sophisticated way to unwind during the most wonderful time of the year.
One of our picks in last year’s best food Advent calendars of 2021 for kids and their grown ups, this year’s collection of whiskeys from Flaviar promises to be a truly special tasting treasure with all new whiskeys to sip. Includes 24 different whiskeys from around the world and comes with a collectible Glencairn glass, embossed leather coaster, and a tasting journal.
Let’s face it: The holidays are hard on us all which is why I would love to be on the receiving end of this CBD gumdrops Advent calendar from Molly J. With zero THC so you get all the chill without feeling like someone spiked your eggnog, there are 12 natural fruit flavors and 100% organic US hemp in each chewy bite.
And, finally, a last-minute instant download Advent calendar, for those who forgot until November 30
Forgot to go order a great Advent calendar for the kids? No worries! Love this adorable and inexpensive printable Advent calendar from Pink Bay Designs which includes two printable light-and-dark Santa calendars.Just grab some cotton balls, and the kids can stick on a ball each day until Santa’s beard is full! Great, especially if you don’t want the kids eating chocolate treats before 9am.