Even if you’re not the type to get really into Christmas, there’s something magical about an Advent calendar. The act of opening tiny little doors to reveal a surprise, once a day for every day of December until Christmas, is like getting 24 teeny presents — even if those little doors contain nothing more than the picture of a glowing candle. Still satisfying!
Advent calendars for kids or adults — the latter have taken off in recent years — give a fun, wholesome tempo to the post-Thanksgiving-pre-Christmas season of restless anticipation. There are, of course, plain Advent calendars, but most kids and adult Advent calendars these days contain all manner of tiny gifts behind their doors, ranging from chocolate, booze, and “beard treats,” to Legos and unicorn stamps.
The Best Advent Calendars for Kids
Hold on to your broomstick: This calendar is a whole cabinet of Hogwarts curiosities. It includes Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Padma Patil, Parvati Patil, and Cho Chang minifigures, plus a a miniature Beauxbaton's carriage and dining table with ice-castle centerpiece.
Megyn Kelly may still believe that Santa is white, but ... we'll leave it at that. Rather than an advent calendar per se, this is an activity kit with a puzzle as we as an advent sticker calendar includes 24 stickers marking each day leading up to Christmas. And no, in this one, Santa isn't white. How refreshing.
Disney fiends (and you know who you are), this one's for you. Behind every little door is a beloved character, including Mad Hatter, Alice, Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar, Gaston, Belle, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Pascal, Lilo, Stitch, Scrump the Doll, Bird, Bunny, Philippe the horse, and Mrs. Potts.
Here's the cool thing about this calendar: Once kids have all the pieces, on December 24, they use them to build Santa's sleigh, work bench, reindeer, slide, bike, toys, and backdrop. It offers both daily gratification and a big payoff at the end. Gifts within gifts.
The Best Adult Advent Calendars
If you're paying this much, you want to make sure you get the good stuff. And you definitely do. Sample items in this skin care-centric calendar include the wonderful HoliFrog face wash, a Slip silk scrunchie, Naturopathica hydrating cream, and First Aid Beauty moisturizer.
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