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 kids can count them down with an advent calendar. And especially when said advent calendar is a trove of tiny treasures.
And there's a kids advent calendar for every type of child, whether your tot is horn-over-tail into unicorns or prefers a classic calendar. This holiday season, make your little ones' eyes light up brighter than a Christmas tree with one of these advent calendars for kids.
Here are our favorite advent calendars for kids to count down to Christmas:
For mess-free, adorable fun each day leading up to Christmas, this sticker calendar is awesome. It comes with 24 unique, unnumbered removable stickers, so your little one can choose which sticker is used each day.
For older kids who are all about trend, we love Meri Meri's enamel pin advent calendar. Each day offers a new pin (some related to Christmas and some not). They are adorable, fun and can be used year-round on backpacks, jackets and more.
"Just add unicorns" is a pretty good philosophy for making anything more magical (and that includes the already-enchanting holiday season). This unicorn-themed calendar comes with enchanting rubber stamps and sparkly inks to let kiddos create fun, festive designs.
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!
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.
Little People toys are well-loved by the youngest of children, and this advent calendar is no exception! With 24 holiday-themed friends and accessories, kids as young as 1 year old will delight in opening their calendar every day.
For a family who loves chocolate (which is probably every family), this set of four festive German chocolate calendars is fantastic. The designs of each are adorable, so it will work well on display as well. Your only challenge will be only opening one chocolate per day. Good luck!
Crafty kids will delight in unearthing a new art supply (think: markers, clay, and paints) each day of the season. Then, they can channel their inner-artists to let their imaginations run wild.
Calling all little LEGO-lovers! Budding builders can construct a winter wonderland (complete with Santa—and his plate of cookies and milk) with the pieces they unearth in this LEGO advent calendar.
Hatchimals have long been a favorite under the tree. Now kiddos can get hatching long before Santa slides down the chimney with this calendar that holds Hatchimals-themed collectibles, stickers and other trinkets.
For those who like their holly-jolly with a side of high speed, this Hotwheels calendar delivers. Kids will get several new sets of wheels, as well as some other holiday-themed car accessories.
Disney fans will love this delightful calendar that allows them to get a new small Disney book each day. From Frozen to Nemo, you'll find all your favorites in this festive calendar.
Your equestrian obsessed little one will adore this horse themed advent calendar. Each day, they'll get a new toy to help them tend to their horse and animal friends.
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