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From familiar characters to sweet treats, these Advent calendars are all under $25

It's time to deck the halls and open some Advent calendars!
Vivian Le / TODAY
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Advent calendars are one of our favorite holiday traditions, and we can't wait to stock up on one or two (or more). These days, there's something for everyone in the Advent calendar world, but some of them can be a bit pricey.

If you're gift shopping on a budget this year, there are plenty of fabulous, affordable options available for beauty lovers, kids of all ages and every other kind of festive fanatic. We went ahead and rounded up several of our faves to help spark inspiration.

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Bestselling Advent calendars under $25

Chapstick Advent Calendar

When the weather outside is frightful, it's a sage idea to keep a lip balm on hand wherever you go. This affordable find comes with 12 Chapsticks in holiday-themed flavors, ranging from sugar cookie to candy cane to graham cracker.

Play-Doh Advent Calendar Playset

Here's one you can have fun enjoying with your kiddos! Play-Doh's Advent calendar play set comes with all the materials you need to create snowman and gingerbread scenes, including Play-Doh cans (in colors like red, green, blue, white, etc.) and tools. It even includes bonus cards that walk kids through some fun arts and crafts.

Hot Wheels Advent Calendar

Vroom, vroom! Pint-sized car fanatics will light up as they open each of the 24 doors of this car-themed Advent calendar. From cars to accessories, it features everything they need to take their holiday season into overdrive, including a box that turns into a play mat.

"Sesame Street" Advent Calendar Storybook

The whole "Sesame Street" gang is ready to celebrate the holidays, and your little one will be too with the help of this Advent calendar storybook. It's made up of 24 holiday stories and activity booklets that help kids practice their ABCs, colors and counting.

Advent calendars for kids under $25

"Cat Family Christmas: A Lift-the-Flap Advent Book"

Give your little one the gift of a bedtime story with this Advent calendar book. It features 24 pages and more than 140 flaps for your child to open as they count down the days in December.

Around the World Advent Calendar

This 24-day calendar introduces children to friends from different countries around the world, including Colombia, Kenya, France and more. They'll unveil facts about the country, and the buddy even doubles as an ornament!

Disney Princess Jewelry Activity Advent Calendar

Parents everywhere know that activity kits are the key to keeping kids occupied, making them a win-win gift for you and them. This fun kit lets your little fashionista channel their creativity as they make necklaces, bracelets and rings inspired by their favorite Disney princess.

Educational Insights Playfoam Pals Snowy Friends Advent Calendar

If your child loves fidget toys, this Advent calendar is a must-have for the holiday season. The calendar’s squishy creatures made of Playfoam never dry out, according to the brand, so the fun will never end.

Bluey Advent Calendar

Parents and kids alike all love "Bluey," but the little ones will be the most excited to receive this calendar filled with fun figurines.

Food and drink Advent calendars under $25

Kinder Chocolate Holiday Mix Advent Calendar

The sweet tooth in your family will appreciate this advent calendar-that comes with a variety of chocolates to unveil. For 24 days, they can enjoy Kinder originals, including chocolate "Happy Hippos," "Mini Eggs" and other sweet treats specific to the brand.

English Tea Shop Organic Tea Advent Calendar

Afternoon tea just became a lot more festive with this variety pack of organic options. Start or end each day on a merry note with a classic "cuppa."

Ikea Advent Calendar

Instead of punching out doors, this Advent calendar has you create 3D houses, trees, sleighs, Santas and more to decorate a wintry scene to countdown to the holidays with.

Jelly Belly “Harry Potter” Advent Calendar

Muggles and wizards will equally adore this “Harry Potter” Advent calendar that’s filled with Jelly Belly jelly beans. The set includes a plethora of flavors, ranging from banana and cotton candy to lemon and marshmallow.

Pukka Advent Calendar

Not only is this countdown calendar filled with a variety of tea flavors — wild apple and cinnamon, chamomile and vanilla and manuka, to name a few — it also doubles as beautiful decor! Hang it up and even get the whole family involved.

12 Cocoas of Grinchmas Holiday Hot Cocoa Variety Pack

Who doesn't love cozying up by the fireplace or under a giant blanket with a piping mug of hot chocolate during the holidays? Fortunately, courtesy of this Grinch-tastic holiday spread, you can do just that with a dozen delectable cocoa flavors leading up to Christmas.

Beauty Advent calendars under $25

Forever 21 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

The tween in your life will be excited to open this Advent calendar filled with everything from rhinestone nail stickers to liquid eyeliner and even false eyelashes.

Claire’s Polished 24 Days of Nails Advent Calendar

For the tween who enjoys a little self-care from time to time, this nail polish advent calendar from Claire’s has everything they need to stock up for their next sleepover.

Sock Advent calendars under $25

"Lilo & Stitch" Sock Advent Calendar

With socks that fit women's shoe sizes 4-10.5, this Advent calendar will be a favorite of kids and adults alike who are fans of "Lilo & Stitch." There are 12 days of fun designs to uncover and include ankle socks, crew socks and no-show socks.

"Friends" Sock Advent Calendar

Featuring quotes and characters any true "Friends" fan will recognize, these socks will get them excited to countdown to the holidays. According to the brand, they fit women's sizes M-L or men's sizes S-M.

Advent calendars for pets under $25

Petco Merry Makings Cat Advent Calendar

Unbox 12 different stuffed toys, rattles, and feathery pom-poms all decorated in theme with the holiday. From mittens to stockings, candy canes and mistletoe, this will help even the furry friends get in the festive mood.

Good ‘n’ Fun Holiday Advent Calendar

Want to reward your furry friend for always sticking by your side? They’ll go wild for this set of tasty treats. The Advent calendar includes 12 Triple Flavor sticks and kabobs made with real animal protein.

Frisco Holiday 8 Days of Hanukkah Cardboard Advent Calendar with Toys for Cats

They might not understand the concept of an Advent calendar, but your cat will certainly appreciate the sentiment when they get their paws on these toys. The set comes with eight different plush, holiday-themed toys that are filled with enticing catnip.

Unique Advent calendars under $25

Rifle Paper Co. Advent Calendar

Available in three adorable designs, open up the different flaps to reveal accessories in the house, ornaments on the tree or stockings in the snow globe. These Advent calendars also stand up on their own, making for a fun decor piece on any mantel or side table.

Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar

"Star Wars" fans will love this Advent calendar that's filled with over 30 surprises, including greeting cards, paper ornaments, buttons and more.

Michael Storrings 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar Puzzles

A family puzzle is a classic holiday activity. And this 12-day Advent calendar includes 12 80-piece puzzles, so you can puzzle together all December long. Holiday scenes include an ice skating rink and a ski mountain.

Complete one puzzle a day in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, with designs like building a snowman, sledding down a hill, decorating a tree and more to get into the festive spirit.

Each puzzle has 80 pieces, making them perfect for everyone in the family to chip in and help complete them.