10 Awesome Advent Calendars for the Holiday Countdown

christmas events torontoNow that November has rolled in I’m in holiday mode and have already started playing carols. The tree isn’t up yet because we usually wait until early December for that but who knows, maybe this year I might be able to bring it out a bit earlier. Here’s hoping! What I am allowed to get excited about are advent calendars. As a child I loved the chocolate countdowns but over the years I’ve come to discover some fun advent calendars for adults and kids. Heck, I love advent calendars so much that I even make some for our close friends and family! Something so lovely about having a daily surprise each day as we wait in anticipation for Santa to arrive and celebrate the birth of Christ.

This year I thought I’d share some awesome advent calendars I’ve seen ready for purchase. Some of these do sell out quickly so be sure to grab them soon!

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Food & Drink

David’s Tea : The famous 24 days of teas box is out and this one does tend to sell out quickly each year. If you aren’t able to get your hands on this awesome one, we found another one for tea lovers but the flavours won’t be anywhere as fun! That said those teas are organic and from Sri Lanka, so I expect the quality to be quite good!

Bonne Maman : When I saw this one I was pretty excited but soon discovered that there’s only a few on offer. It’s one of our favourite jams and opening one each day for breakfast would be pure joy! If you can’t get your hands on it, you could always buy a bunch of mini jars and purchase this reusable advent calendar!

Lindt : What I love about Lidnt is that they have a couple options and can be found at our local grocery store and pharmacy. I’ve seen them priced as low at $15 but the more costly teddy bear one seems like a nice holiday option.

Moo-Free : For those with food sensitivities here’s a vegan chocolate that is dairy, gluten and soy free ! Definitely grab this one for that special someone on your list!

Haribo : Gummy lovers will rejoice at the chance to enjoy a special flavour each day and this German company definitely makes the best ones.

If we lived in the UK we could enjoy some boozy options like 24 days of prosseco, wine or gin!


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We bought a cheap advent calendar which had her happy when she was 1 but she’s a chocolate snob now!

Toys & Activities

Okay our little ones don’t need any more sugar so how about an advent calendar that will keep them busy each day with something new? I didn’t have any of these when I was young but I know our kids, aged 4 and 6, would love any of the below!

Play-Doh : We have a lot of Playdoh at our place but this one not only comes with 5 tubs but also has a playmat and 24 different accessories!

Lego : There are a couple options to choose from depending what the child is into. Ours would love the Lego Friends or Star Wars advent calendar for sure.

Crayola : For the art loving child, there’s no better advent calendar than this one filled with various activities, pens and everything else needed to draw up a witer storm!

Barbie : Got a child with Barbie-mania? I know I would have done ANYTHING for this Barbie advent calendar!

Pandora : Jewelry lovers will enjoy this Pandora bracelet and charms that come with the jewelry advent calendar. I know some adults who would enjoy this one too!


Click here to see the homemade version from last year.

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