For as joyful as Christmas morning can be—with bow-bedecked packages spilling from beneath the tree, each one promising something new and exciting—for kids, the days and weeks leading up to the big day might be even better. Especially when they can count them down with an advent calendar. And especially when said advent calendar is a trove of tiny treasures. (It’s like a stocking stuffer warm up!)

When it comes to kids’ advent calendars, there are two ways to go. Either you’re a traditionalist who prefers to pick out all the treats and DIY or you prefer to go the already packed and ready route. For the former, there are countless reusable advent calendars out there that can easily become an instant family heirloom. From felted wall hangings you can personalize with your last name to sturdy wooden chests with tiny drawers for treats, there’s a version for every kind of decor aesthetic.

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For the latter, there’s an endless supply of kids’ advent calendars that appeal to basically every interest. Popular toy brands like LEGO and Playmobil offer annual favorites that never fail to fly off the shelves. There are calendars filled with chocolates and tiny story books and even charm necklaces to build throughout the month. Truth be told, the hardest part is choosing only one.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorites in both categories to make it just a tiny bit easier. But be warned! Some of the most popular ones sell out pretty quickly, so don’t wait to snap them up.

This holiday season, make your little ones’ eyes light up brighter than a Christmas tree with one of these advent calendars for kids.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of our holiday gift guides!

Advent calendars for kids

KiwiCo Christmas Village Advent Calendar



Christmas Village Advent Calendar

From KiwiCo, makers of brain-boosting hands-on STEAM kits for kids of all ages, this fun calendar lets kiddos build their own Christmas Village throughout the month. Inside each of the 24 envelopes they’ll find supplies and instructions for crafting everything from a reindeer and sled to the town hall with a roof that opens and closes. It can be enjoyed by kids of various ages, but the sweet spot is the 5-7 age group.

Kirsten Field DIY Ornament Advent Calendar

Kirsten Field


DIY Ornament Advent Calendar

Crafty kiddos (and their parents!) will delight in this DIY calendar filled with a new felt-sticker ornament to assemble each day. The best part is, no sewing necessary! We love that the ornaments can then be used year after year or put on their own tiny tree one day at time.

Bluey's Exclusive Advent Calendar



Bluey's Exclusive Advent Calendar

Bluey fans will go head over Heelers (see what we did there?) for this fun-filled calendar. Inside they’ll find 24 Bluey-themed surprises including Bingo and Bluey dressed in their Christmas sweaters. Each one is sweetly detailed with legs that can fold as they sit around the tree for story time!

Funko Pop! Disney: Advent Calendar



Funko Pop! Disney Advent Calendar

With their big heads and tiny bodies, the Funko Pocket Pops are always super cute (even the scary ones!). The advent calendars make an instant collection and come in variety of themes that kids of all ages adore. The Disney version is an easy pick but there’s also other top-tier options like Star Wars, Harry Potter and even Fortnite.

LEGO Star Wars 2023 Advent Calendar



LEGO Star Wars 2023 Advent Calendar

If there isn’t a LEGO Star Wars advent calendar at your house is it even December? (Just me?) This year’s annual classic includes 10 new mini build vehicles and some not-to-be missed special edition mini figures. All I have to say is Emperor Palpatine is wearing a holiday sweater that features the Death Star.

Meri Meri Enamel Charm Necklace Advent Calendar

Meri Meri


Enamel Charm Necklace Advent Calendar

We love advent calendars that add up to something truly special! This sweet jewelry box contains a necklace and collection of cute carved acrylic and tassel charms they can attach each day. What’s more, the box itself is actually a darling jewelry box they can use for years to come.

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Advent Calendar – Santa's Workshop

Can’t plan a trip to the North Pole? This advent calendar gives tykes the next best thing. Each piece works together to bring Santa’s Workshop to life—just in time for Christmas Eve! It’s classic Playmobil which means the scene will be part of your family traditions for years to come, so long as the pieces don’t get lost. There are 106 of them and some are pretty tiny, so we recommend waiting until around age six for this one.

Playmobil Princess Magic Christmas Under the Rainbow



Princess Magic Christmas Under the Rainbow

We can’t just pick one from Playmobil! They’re just too sweet! The Playmobil Princess Magic Christmas Under the Rainbow is a treasure trove of etherial figurines and accessories, including garland that doubles as a charm bracelet!

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Wooden Advent Calendar

Get kids in on the holiday spirit by giving them their own tree to decorate. Each day little ones pick a magnetized ornament to add to this mini wooden fir.

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Little People Advent Calendar

Let us count the ways in which we love Fisher-Price Little People. We loved them when we were little and now we’re snatching up the incredible pop culture sets left and right so “our kids” can play with them. 😉 (NSYNC? Come On!) With 24 holiday-themed friends and accessories, kids as young as 1 year old will delight in opening their calendar every day. Tuck it away when the tree comes down or fold it into their year-round collection.

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Kids Advent Calendar

Crafty kids will delight in unearthing a new art supply (think: markers, clay, and paints) and small project or activity each day of the season. Then, they can channel their inner-artists to let their imaginations run wild.

LEGO City 2023 Advent Calendar



LEGO City 2023 Advent Calendar

The LEGO Advent Calendar is an annual tradition for so many. It’s always so fun to discover what’s inside and putting each build together becomes the highlight of each December day! This year’s LEGO City advent calendar features a collection of festive new characters including a caroler, ice sculptor and hockey player plus fan favorites that will delight LEGO lovers as they count down to the big day. (Yes, there’s Santa and Mrs. Claus!)

Micro Machines 2023 Holiday Christmas Advent Calendar

Micro Machines


2023 Holiday Christmas Advent Calendar

For those who like their holly-jolly with a side of high speed, this Micro Machines calendar delivers. Kids will get 14 new sets of wheels, as well as some other holiday-themed car accessories. The box itself folds down to reveal a track to race around–with plenty of space in the center to display the tree!

PURPLE LADYBUG Girls Advent Calendar 2023

Purple Ladybug


Gorgeous Gifts Calendar 2022

Chock-full of fun gifts like jewelry, hair accessories and little crafts, this one is a highly-rated hit for kids ages 5 and up. There’s a fashionable new treat each day without repeat along with some fun holiday trivia!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Science Advent Calendar 2023

National Geographic


Science Advent Calendar 2023

Budding scientists will delight in this fun and educational calendar that’s jam-packed with excitement. Each day they’ll find an experiment to conduct or a rock or fossil to add to the included storage pouch. On the final day they’ll receive a specimen encased in a brick that needs excavating. The calendar even includes a dig tool and brush to help, along with a magnifying glass to inspect their findings!

Our favorite reusable advent calendars

Lovepop Nativity Advent Calendar



1. Nativity Advent Calendar

Like their adorable pop-up cards, the Nativity advent calendar from Lovepop features colorful paper pop-ups each housed in their own special envelope. This sweet set tells the story of Christmas through 25 people and props and can be used year after year if you’re gentle with it!

Anthropologie Winter City Advent Calendar Ornament Set



2. Winter City Advent Calendar Ornament Set

Combine two traditions in one with these sweet and colorful townhouse ornaments. The 24-piece set is made from wood so they can be used year after year. We think they’d look absolutely fetching on a pink tree!

Hape 25 Day Kids Wooden Rollercoaster Advent Calendar



3. 25 Day Kids Wooden Rollercoaster Advent Calendar

Little ones will delight in sending a new character down the rollercoaster each day! The collection of elves, gingerbread people and fun seasonal shapes can be stored in Santa’s sack as they wait their turn.

CreateOn Magnatiles Gingerbread Advent Calendar



4. Magnatiles Gingerbread Advent Calendar

For the Magnatiles-obsessed, this building set turned advent calendar is a fun way to start the day.

Anthropologie Emily Taylor for George and Viv Ski Lodge Advent Calendar



5. Emily Taylor for George and Viv Ski Lodge Advent Calendar

We’re always smitten with Anthropologie’s annual offering. This year, they’ve gone with a nostalgic, snow drenched ski chalet that’s giving all the cozy vibes. The overall look is beautiful and timeless with script numbers and festive garland among the windows. The hardest part will be putting it away come January. It’s just so pretty!

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Garnet Hill


6. Hats and Mittens Fair Isle Advent Calendar

This garland-style Advent calendar is a cozy stunner. Tuck a treat into each of the tiny hand-knit hats and mittens all month long!

Meri Meri Railway Train Advent Calendar

Meri Meri


7. Railway Train Advent Calendar

Wooden train sets make for timeless holiday decor. Combine the aesthetic with a sweet reusable advent calendar and you have a monthlong gift for the entire family!

Pottery Barn Classic Santa Felt Christmas Advent Calendar

Pottery Barn


8. Classic Santa Felt Christmas Advent Calendar

Colorful pom-poms make everything more festive! This personalized calendar is perfect for your little one’s room–if they can resist peeking at the days ahead, of course.

Concordville Zinc Advent Calendar



9. Zinc Advent Calendar

With its antique aesthetic and timeless metal construction, you could easily tell anyone who asks that this one’s been in the family for 100 years.

Rifle Paper Co. Night Before Christmas Advent Calendar

Rifle Paper Co.


10. Night Before Christmas Advent Calendar

The excitement comes in the anticipation and this advent calendar from Rifle Paper Co. captures that perfectly—without the need for any extra “stuff” or candies. Similar to your child’s favorite fold-a-flap book, this advent calendar has a special illustration hiding behind each day’s flap. It’s the perfect conversation starter for talking to your kids about what they’re most excited about this holiday season, or for sharing your own holiday memories with them.

Clever Creations Traditional Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar

Clever Creations


11. Traditional Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar

With its charming village up top and backlit Santa with his reindeer on the front, this wooden calendar is a true holiday showpiece. The overall footprint isn’t too large, which makes it a good choice for smaller spaces, however the drawers are pretty small as well, so keep that in mind!


Kindness Advent Calendar

Acts of Kindness


12. Printable Advent Calendar

The holidays are all about giving—and that doesn’t stop with just material items. We can give in the form of kindness every single day, and this calendar helps us do just that. Each day, this calendar suggests a different kind deed you and your family can do for others: Donate clothes, send cards to the armed forces, call a relative and so much more.

​Pottery Barn Light-up Glitter Houses Advent Calendar

​Pottery Barn


13. Light-up Glitter Houses Advent Calendar

If you dream of Christmas in the Alps (festooned in glitter), look no further than Pottery Barn’s glitter house calendar. The battery-operated lights will make this an instantly festive part of your holiday decor. Plus, each little house can hide a treat to help hold them over until Christmas morning.

Coral & Tusk North Pole Advent Calendar

Coral & Tusk


14. North Pole Advent Calendar

The embroidered designs from Coral & Tusk are delightfully detailed and utterly timeless. Place a tiny treat in each of the 25 pockets and get lost in the magic of the North Pole. Then, resist the urge to sob at the fact this one could be used by your grandchildren in just a few short decades. 😭

Kraft Paper Houses Advent Calendar



15. Kraft Paper Houses Advent Calendar

The possibilities are endless with these adorable houses made of kraft paper. They look adorable on a mantle, on the tree, on the dinner table—anything goes!

A version of this story was published October 25, 2021. It has been updated.