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The idea is simple: Count down the days in December leading up to Christmas Eve. Advent calendars can take a variety of forms and styles, from calendars designed for wine lovers to fun ones that would make great gifts for kids — and of course, the classic chocolate calendar. Here are some of our favorites this holiday season that will surely escalate the excitement as Santa heads near!
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Bestselling Advent calendars 2019
The force is strong with this "Star Wars" Advent calendar! This one includes Lego versions of characters like Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.
If you're not a huge "Harry Potter" or "Star Wars" fan, this Lego calendar might be more up your alley. It includes tons of holiday-themed figures and accessories, including Santa himself.
Treat yourself to a Hershey kiss each day with this sweet calendar.
This one is a seriously good bang for your buck. For $64, you get 24 of the brand's most popular products, including hand cream, shower gel and perfume.
If you're looking for a little variety, you'll find it in this calendar that features M&M's, Snickers, Milky Way, Skittles, Twix and Starburst.
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Exclusively sold at L.L. Bean, this festive calendar will create long-lasting family traditions. It's designed to resemble a Christmas tree and the wooden calendar can be filled with small gifts, treats or notes.
Filled with Kosher-certified candies, Sugarfina's Hanukkah Candy Tasting Collection celebrates the eight days of Hanukkah with a menorah.
Dubbed "The Original Advent Calendar for Men," the calendar is designed for the common man. It's filled with the most manly consumables on the market and behind each door you can find treats ranging from nuts to exotic animal jerky.
Countdown to Christmas with treats for man's best friend. This product is currently out of stock, but check back within the next few weeks to see if you can snag one for this holiday season.
Thanks to its clean wooden design and LED lights, this Kurt Adler Advent Calendar makes for both a beautiful house decoration and a fun activity to countdown to Christmas.
Designed like the garland on a Christmas tree, this Advent calendar is the perfect addition to your holiday decorations. With 24 small burlap sacks to fill with treats, the calendar is completely reusable.
This pack of 24 Lovepop cards made with intricate designs is the perfect way to countdown to Christmas.
Perfect for beauty lovers, this glittering star Advent calendar is filled with 24 items from mac cosmetics. It is worth over $300 thanks to a multitude of products and the star is filled with makeup that is sure to help you shine this holiday season.
Countdown to the New Year with a new sparkling wine every day for only $24.99. Although this product isn't available just yet, keep your eye out for its release on Dec. 4.
Chocolate Advent calendars
If chocolate and peanut butter is one of your favorite combinations, you'll love this calendar stuffed with Reese's Cups and Reese's Pieces.
If the "Star Wars" lover on your list is also a chocolate lover, they'll love this cute Advent calendar filled with 24 pieces of chocolate and a snowman Stormtrooper on the front.
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This classic calendar has over 300 rave reviews on Amazon, with many reviewers saying the pieces are a great size.
This fold-out calendar by Oh! Nuts features 24 high-quality squares of chocolate.
Treat your little one (or yourself!) to 24 royal chocolates with this Disney Princess-themed calendar.
If you're a fan of the classics like Mr. Goodbar and Krakel, then this colorful Advent calendar is for you!
This classic Advent calendar with a vintage aesthetic is filled with 24 chocolates in a holiday-themed foil wrapper.
Beauty Advent calendars
This tree-shaped calendar from QVC features a wide array of the network's most popular brands like It Cosmetics, Sunday Riley, Smashbox and Too Faced. You'll find everything from popular mascaras to concealers in this collection.
If you're looking for a beauty calendar that won't break the bank, Ulta's offering looks like a good option. This triangle-shaped package features everything from eye shadow to bronzer, making it a great gift option even after the holidays are over!
The best of Target's beauty aisle is stuffed into this festive Advent calendar. It includes everything from hair care to makeup and it even has a highly-rated natural deodorant!
This adorable calendar from OPI might is perfect for any Hello Kitty fan. The set contains 25 mini nail polishes in festive colors.
This one is an absolute must-have for lip product lovers! It contains 24 of the bestselling glosses and lipsticks from the NYX lineup.
Calling all skin care lovers — this one is for you! This calendar includes 24 bestselling products from Kiehl's, including its popular lip balm and facial cream.
Lego Advent calendars
This "Harry Potter"-themed calendar is sure to be a hit with wizards and muggles alike! This set comes with mini-figures of popular characters like Harry, Hermione and Ron, as well as several accessories and decorations.
This Lego Friends calendar will help you build a Winter Wonderland filled with candy canes, snowmen and penguins.
Kids toys Advent calendars
This "Cars"-themed calendar includes five mini characters from the hit movie and a racetrack playset that can be played with long after the holidays are over.
The Grinch won't be able to steal Christmas with this adorable Advent calendar. It includes 14 figures and 11 accessories.
This speedy Advent calendar features plenty of miniature cars and accessories and a fold-down play mat.
If you're looking for an Advent calendar with toys kids can play with all year long, this horse farm Advent calendar from Playmobil is a great choice.
This Advent calendar will allow kids to bring Santa's workshop to life in the days leading up to Christmas. The set includes figures and winter-themed decorations behind each of its 24 doors.
If your child is a "PJ Masks" fan, they can celebrate the holidays with 12 figures, 10 stickers and three ornaments.
Mickey and the gang are all here in this festive calendar that's an Amazon exclusive! Each day you'll be treated to either a figure of your favorite Disney characters or an adorable decoration.
Not only do you get a new Barbie doll with this calendar, but you also get a variety of outfits and accessories to fill her closet!
Wine and liquor Advent calendars
Toast to the holiday season with this festive box filled with mini tubes of white wine. More of a red wine fan? Check out the "Naughty" box for something more up your alley.
If you're looking for the perfect Advent calendar to end the day, this gin-filled option may be the one for you. You can also find calendars filled with rum, whiskey and bourbon if you're not a gin fan.
Tea and coffee Advent calendars
From apple cider to candy cane, this set from Davids Tea features tons of holiday-themed teas to enjoy throughout December. The best part? Each door contains two servings of tea, though we wouldn't blame you if you want to keep both for yourself!
Whether you're a fan of herbal, black, green or rooibos tea, there's a little something for everyone in this chic calendar from Palais des Thes.
This compact Advent calendar features 24 sachets of ground or whole bean coffee that will help start your day off on the right track. It's become a fan-favorite on Etsy with over 200 positive reviews.
Classic Advent calendars
A hands-on way for kids to get into the holiday spirit, this wooden tree from toymaker Melissa & Doug makes keeping track of Santa easy with 24 magnetic ornaments. Be sure to read the Christmas poem on the back!
No need to build a gingerbread house with this adorable Advent calendar featuring 24 interchangeable wooden drawers.
If you'd prefer to customize your Advent calendar, this wooden option allows you to place your own miniature gifts and candy inside each day's box.
This beautiful calendar will remind you Christmas is near. Countdown the days by sticking velcro-affixed figures to each day of Advent to create a nativity scene that parents and kids will enjoy.
This wooden box from Primitives by Kathy captures the spirit of the season. The vintage theme allows it to match perfectly with all different kinds of holiday decor. Kids will love the individual compartments with doors big enough to hold candy, small ornaments or toys.
Ramp your Christmas decor up a notch with this Kurt Adler Tree Calendar. The festive tree features a small ornament in each box. By Christmas Day, the completed tree will make it feel like the holiday has officially arrived.
Designed with 24 numbered doors to hide small surprises for each day, the quality wood helps make this calendar last!
Unique Advent calendars
This Advent calendar comes with a bracelet you can fill with charms in the days leading up to Christmas.
If you're looking for something truly unique, you'll love starting your days with this calendar filled with 24 different fruit spreads and honey from Bonne Maman.
Spice up your holidays with 12 mini hot sauces featuring blends such as Xtra Hot, Chipotle, and Pepper Hot.
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