17 Advent Calendars (2017) for People Who Just Cannot Wait for Christmas
Whether you’re 5 years old or 95 years old, counting down the days ‘til Christmas is super fun. For those people who want to add a little bit of extra Christmas magic to the countdown, an Advent calendar is the way to go.
Now, because it’s 2017, there are a HUGE variety of Advent calendars out there—LEGO, tea, chocolate, even lipstick! What a time to be alive!
While some people may be content with activity sets and toys, for others, Advent calendars are all about CHOCOLATE
There are a bunch of chocolate Advent calendars out there, but we picked this one in particular because it does not skimp on the deliciousness. Behind every door is a premium piece of chocolate shaped like an adorable woodland creature. Together, the 24 days of chocolate add up to over eight ounces of tastiness.
Everyone at The Guide loves tea, and we are super jazzed about David’sTea’s 2017 24 Days of Tea Advent calendar. Hidden behind each door in this adorable calendar is an individual serving of one of the company’s premium loose leaf teas.
No matter your tea preference—black, green, herbal, etc.—you’re sure to find a few new favorites throughout the month of December.
Not everyone wants an Advent calendar that’s preloaded with toys or candies.
Some people want the option to fill the calendar themselves! Shaped like a sparkly Christmas village, this Glitter Lit Houses calendar is lit from within, so each door glows with the promise of goodies, trinkets, or sweets. Also, because you fill this baby yourself, you can reuse it year after year.
Ok, this calendar is ridiculously adorable. Behind each door is a different Christmas-themed Disney Tsum Tsum or accessory (such as festive headgear for the bigger characters), all of which can be placed out in front of the calendar in a gingerbread tableau of holiday cheer!
This calendar comes with large, medium, and small Tsum Tsums, which means you can stack them into Christmasy columns. Perfect for the littlest Disney fan in your life.
Cue the Star Wars theme music! This Advent calendar hides a wealth of Star Wars LEGO goodies, including everything from a teeny snow speeder to a Minifigure of BB-8 wearing a Santa hat. It also comes with a foldout play mat that depicts Jakku, Star Killer Base, and deep space, encouraging imaginative play.
We really like this Advent calendar because behind many of the doors are mini vehicles that require building, making it a great activity to do with the little Jedi in your life.
This one may be a little unorthodox, but hear us out. The Bonne Maman Advent Calendar includes 24 different jams, preserves, and honeys to be enjoyed throughout the month of December.
The calendar doesn’t just stick to the classics, either. It has unique flavors like Orange & Cinnamon, Pineapple & Rum, and Pear & Mirabelle Plum, to name just a few. Reviewers universally love this calendar, and one even admits to buying it in September just to enjoy its contents!
Packed full of crayons, clay, glitter glue, paper, stickers, ribbons, markers, paint, and more, this Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar has everything an aspiring artist needs to create their next masterpiece.
It also is jam-packed with activities, with a new one every day that allows kids (or adults) to use their new tools. Reviewers love this advent calendar, saying that its perfect for children who love doing arts and crafts.
“But The Guide,” you say. “I am not a toys or chocolate kind of person. I’m looking for an Advent calendar that’s a little more adult.” We got you. The Master of Malt Whisky Advent Calendar is packed full of award-winning Scotch whiskies, as well as Irish and American varieties.
There are some well-known brands, as well as hidden gems that only the most versed whisky experts would be familiar with. This Advent calendar is a holiday favorite and often sells out, so we suggest placing an order soon if you’d like to start sippin’ on December 1.
This is ADORABLE. A very simple Advent calendar, the Petit Collage Tree Pop-Out Advent Calendar allows Christmas enthusiasts to build a mini Village, adding a new character or decorative element every day until Christmas.
There are presents, Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves, gingerbread people, and even a penguin! If you fold down the lid of the calendar, you’ll find a colorful playscene for you to place your characters as they are revealed.
A brand built on creating luxurious moments in your day-to-day life, Rituals has launches its 2017 Advent Calendar. For the uninitiated, this calendar serves as a lavish introduction to the company’s home and bath products.
For those familiar with the company, it’s a way to test out 24 of Rituals’ top products. The calendar includes four special Advent candles and is full of products that encourage relaxation, such as the brand’s The Ritual of Sakura body cream.
We get it, not everyone is a big chocolate fan. Luckily, the Haribo Advent Calendar exists. Every day, you can open a little door to reveal a holiday gummy treat.
The calendar includes a mixture of fruit and cola-flavored gummies, as well as marshmallows, licorice, and gum. Reviewers love this Advent calendar, especially noting the variety of treats that are found within its little cardboard squares.
Morris & Co. bath and body products are known for their rich, earthy fragrances and gorgeous packaging design, which features iconic prints by 1800s British textile designer, poet, novelist, and social activist, William Morris. The 2017 Morris & Co. Pure Advent Calendar includes 24 handbag-sized and travel ready products, such as hand cream, lotions, and body washes, as well as bath enhancers such as fizzers, foam, and salts.
All products in this calendar are paraben and sulphate-free. One reviewer loved this set so much that she couldn’t wait and opened all the doors on the first day!
We know that most of our readers are in the United States, but that doesn’t stop us from calling attention to a calendar that showcases a British sweet with a cult following.
The Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Calendar offers 24 days of sweet treats for people who want to start their day with a bit of chocolate from across the pond. The chocolates may contain nuts, but are suitable for vegetarians.
What we like most about this Advent calendar is the sheer variety of the goodies hidden within. Kids get Santa, elves, a sleigh, a workbench, a reindeer, toys, and more, allowing them to play out how Santa gets ready for Christmas in the days leading up to the big event!
It also includes a backdrop to encourage play. Reviewers note that this is a fantastic Advent calendar for Santa’s littlest helpers.
If you’re planning to be hosting lots of guests, prepping an enormous Christmas feast, and wrapping lots and lots of presents, you’re going to want to have this Advent calendar in your corner. L’Occitane is well known for its line of deliciously scented and incredibly hydrating skincare products.
This set of 24 products includes everything Christmas warriors need to nourish, protect, and soften their skin. And, every product is the perfect size to pop in your purse if you’re on the go!
Yes, this is an amped up alternative to the previously listed L’Occitane calendar, but we had to include both. The Luxury calendar offers some of L’Occitane’s more high-end products, including cleansing oil, hand & nail cream, and almond milk concentrate, to name a just a few.
This calendar ensures that you look and feel (and smell) your very best this holiday season, regardless of how much running around you have to do!
This heavy-duty fabric Advent Calendar from Land of Nod has 25 vibrant embroidered pockets designed to hold holiday gifts and treats.
We should note that this calendar does not come pre-stuffed, so this is ideal for parents with discerning children or who want to pick and choose the treats the kiddos get everyday.