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One of the cutest holiday decor traditions just has to be the advent calendar. Exciting for kids and parents alike, waking up nearly every morning of December to a surprise—whether it’s a tiny gift, a chocolate, or themed toy—brings a little extra joy to the holiday season. Say what you will about Elf on the Shelf, advent calendars and holiday countdowns will always be the original morning pick-me-up throughout the holiday season.
There are tons of options for advent calendars out there, and sorting through them can be challenging. Is it better to get a personalized and reusable advent calendar that will last your family for years? Or go with a budget-friendly option that also acts as cute holiday decor? Or would you rather treat your littles to a special countdown with toys or treats featuring favorite characters like Barbie or Pokémon?
We’ve done that work for you by providing all the best advent calendars and holiday countdowns in this list that has options for kids, adults, and even pets! We also included Hanukkah countdowns as well that can be used leading up to the first night of Hanukkah or to commemorate the eight days that make up the Festival of Lights. Check out the list below!
Christmas Advent Calendars
Pottery Barn Kids
This bright and festive wool hanging advent calendar can be personalized for your family and used year after year.
Melissa & Doug
A great first advent calendar for little kids, this set includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments, a star for the top of the tree, and an attached wooden ornament box to store all the pieces as kids count down to Christmas.
Etsy | Busy Puzzle
This advent calendar combines the tradition with a puzzle element featuring a movable star that can be shifted from notch to notch each day. Little hooks can hang envelopes of goodies or messages.
Love advent calendars but lacking wall space? This adorable wood house advent calendar features drawers to store daily treats or little gifts. Plus, the top section can be styled with little bottlebrush trees (as shown in the picture) or other accessories to make it extra festive.
Pottery Barn Kids
For a personalized advent calendar, look no further than this classic, quilted and embroidered version from Pottery Barn Kids. Each pocket features a different winter-themed illustration, with space for a family name or kid's first name at the top.
This $10 fabric hanging advent calendar is a great budget-friendly option that also acts as whimsical holiday decor. Kids can move the attached star each day as they count down the days until December 25.
This intricate advent calendar is a truly beautiful piece of holiday decor. Emulate woodland themes in your decorations by putting out this internally-lit, easily-personalized advent calendar.
Etsy | Ezaura
Your kids are sure to be delighted by this handmade advent calendar featuring Santa, Christmas elves, nutcrackers, and more. Its wooden design features drawers that you can fill with candies or small toys and its festive little window scenes light up when you add batteries.
Turn decorating into a true DIY affair with this wooden advent calendar. This 24-drawer calendar can be painted and decorated however you or your little ones like.
Another great budget-friendly option from Target, this wooden, tabletop countdown to Christmas calendar features Santa on a numbered wheel so little ones can spin through each date as we edge closer to 12/25.
Toy Advent Calendars
Combine an advent calendar countdown with Christmas crafting in this KiwiCo crate. Starting on December 1, kids will open a new envelope each day and make the project inside, ending in an adorable holiday display.
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We know some of our mamas have LEGO lovers in their families, and this LEGO Star Wars calendar will give you all the brownie points you could hope for this year.
Does your little one love a visit to Build-a-Bear? Bring the excitement right to your home with this advent calendar.
If your family wasn't safe from the Pokémon-Go craze a few years ago, why not spark the excitement again with this fun calendar?
All of my 8-year-old Christmas dreams would have come true if my mom had just gotten me this Barbie advent calendar.
In case you need more tiny toys lying around, we've got you covered. We know seeing the smile on your little one's face each day will make it worth it.
Because you may love Harry Potter just as much (if not more) than your little ones, this calendar would be fun for the whole family.
Your toddler will love creating their own little Christmas village by adding a new member each day with this Fisher-Price calendar.
For the little ones who can't get enough of their favorite Disney and Pixar characters, this calendar is a perfect purchase.
Will your kid not leave the house without their favorite fidget spinner? Give them the gift of abundant options with this fidget advent calendar.
Etsy | Novotny Designs
This countdown to the beginning of Hanukkah starts at 39 days and goes down to 0, so the excitement can grow and grow with each passing day!
Pottery Barn Kids
Your little ones can celebrate Hanukkah with their very own menorah, adding a new candle to the fabric each night.
Etsy | Timeless Notion
These fun and festive blocks allow the family to count down the days until the beginning of Hanukkah, starting at up to 43 days before.
Crate & Barrel
In case you needed even more reason to celebrate, your little ones (or you) can get a yummy piece of chocolate for each night of Hanukkah with this calendar.
Etsy | Timeless Notion
We love that this piece includes a dry erase countdown option so you can begin counting down to the beginning of Hanukkah whenever you'd like!
Modern Tribe | Paper Source
This hanging countdown is not only adorable, but will be a fun activity for your little ones each night of Hanukkah.
Etsy | Tess and Clare
There's nothing we appreciate more than being able to personalize our decor. This countdown is a fun way to make your Hanukkah celebrations even more special.
What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than a new surprise each night? Your little one will love this fun and interactive calendar from Build-a-Bear.
This fun Hanukkah countdown is perfect for mom or dad as it contains yummy Sugarfina candy cubes in flavors including champagne bubbles, cold brew cordials, dark chocolate toffee almonds, and more.
Let's not forget about the pups! This calendar from Chewy lets your furry family members get in on the celebration by offering a new toy each night.
Adult Holiday Countdowns
Could this calendar *be* any more fun?!
All of our tea drinkers will love sampling a new cup each night leading up to the holiday.
And, if you prefer something a little bit stronger than tea, this Vinebox calendar is exactly what you need to make your *spirits* bright.
The beauty queen in your life will love trying out a new beauty product each day with this calendar from Sephora.
Because the holidays are all about taking some time away from your 9-to-5, celebrate accordingly with this iconic Dolly Parton advent calendar.
Know someone who loves to channel their inner Beyonce and keep hot sauce in their bag at all times? Or someone who can never find something spicy enough for their palate? This World Market calendar offers a fun little challenge.
For those of us whose love language is candles (myself included), this Voluspa calendar couldn't be more perfect.
Etsy | Gem Snow
Whether you or someone you know is a long-time believer in the power of crystals, or just getting started learning about the practice, this countdown calendar is a fun and unique way to celebrate this year.
If, like me, few things make you want to jump for joy more than chocolate, this Godiva truffles calendar is probably calling your name.
Calling all wellness, fitness, and yoga girlies. This Alo Yoga calendar is to die for because it's filled with products you'll actually want to use again and again.
Pet Advent Calendars
Amazon | Happie Hare
If you're looking to gain some brownie points from your feline (when aren't we?), allow them to join in on this year's festivities.
dog and hanukkah options also available
If your dog's ears perk up at just the sound of the word "treats," make their day every day of this holiday season with this advent calendar full of different types of treats!
If your four-legged best friend goes nuts for meat, this advent calendar full of jerky will ensure you remain a beloved member of their pack.
When your cat finally decides to wake up from his eleventh nap of the day, let him open up his calendar and find a new toy to play with before he tires out again.
Show your fury companion a little extra love this year with this calendar from World Market. We love that all of treats are made with simple ingredients like applesauce and crushed peanuts.