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50 best Advent calendars of 2021: Lego, wine, food and more

From Legos to chocolates, shop Advent calendars for adults and kids.
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The 2021 holiday season is closer than you think, and there are lots of festive trends to keep our spirits high over the next few months.

Those eager to spread cheer and joy are cozying up in matching family pajamas, hunkering down with puzzles and picking up the best holiday shopping deals to kick off the holiday season.

The most popular way to escalate the excitement as Santa heads near might be the beloved Advent calendar. 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 option.

From Lego Advent calendars to some fun options featured on TODAY, shop the best Advent calendars of 2021 below.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2021 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Bestselling Advent calendars

Unique Advent calendars

Rifle Paper Co. Advent Calendar

If you're not a big fan of putting up a tree each year, opt for this unique Advent calendar pick from Rifle Paper Co. It features 25 doors that open to reveal surprise illustrations, and is stamped in metallic gold foil to add an extra pop of color to your home.

Joypea Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar comes with a bracelet you can fill with charms in the days leading up to Christmas. It's perfect for the fashion lover!

Harry Potter Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar

Harry Potter fans rejoice! This calendar shows iconic moments from the beloved franchise and has tons of surprises, unique keepsakes and collectibles to keep us busy through December.

D-FantiX Burlap Hanging Advent Calendar

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.

Twelve Days of Hot Sauce

Spice up your holidays with 12 mini hot sauces featuring blends such as Xtra Hot, Chipotle and Pepper Hot.

Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

Not a fan of traditional Advent calendars? We got you covered. Uncommon Goods released this tech-savvy option that calls for you to scratch the record to reveal a QR code. Once you scan the code, your phone will download a carol sung by an emerging artist!

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar 2021

What better way to count down to the holidays then by introducing your little one to some Disney and Pixar classics. All 24 books are individually wrapped in a paper sleeve to keep every story leading up to Christmas a surprise!

Bonne Maman Preserves and Honey Advent Calendar

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.

Funko Advent Calendar: The Office 24 Vinyl Pocket Pop! Figures

This will be the first year that Funko has ever created an Advent calendar for "The Office," so be sure to grab these limited-edition figures for the fan in your life! The characters are placed randomly, so you’ll never know who to expect.

Spotlight Oral Care 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Calendar

If you're searching for a unique Advent calendar, look no further. The cosmetic dentists at Spotlight Oral Care created just that with their All is Bright calendar, featuring luxury oral beauty favorites that'll keep your smile healthy and shining through the holidays (no matter how much chocolate you eat).

Sterling Forever 24 Days of Jewelry Advent Calendar

For those looking to impress, this jewelry calendar is filled with over $1300 worth of earrings. No matter who you're buying for, they're sure to rock the holidays with style.

Food Advent calendars

Madelaine Chocolate Advent Calendar

This classic calendar has more than 1,900 five-star reviews on Amazon, with many reviewers saying the pieces are a great size and huge hit with kids.

Godiva 2021 Holiday Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar

This assortment of gourmet chocolates features delectable bites like raspberry star and dark mint medallion that will make the Christmas countdown indulging.

Lady M Advent Calendar

An Advent calendar that doubles as a wreath? Count us in. This calendar from Lady M has artisan chocolates and gummies from all around Europe, and it even lights up. Food52 also has lots of other unique Advent picks for this year, so be sure to check those out before they're gone!

Beauty Advent calendars

The Ritual of Advent Deluxe 3D Calendar

Assemble your own little Advent village with this 3D calendar from Rituals, which features 24 of their luxury skincare products such as body mists, relaxing shower gels, and candles.

Soko Glam Exclusive Advent Calendar

Soko Glam's gorgeous gold-accented calendar is made for everyone, whether you're relatively new to skin care or a seasoned K-Beauty expert. Treat yourself to six of their full-sized products and 10 travel-sized minis.

Beekman 1802 All Aglow Shadowbox Advent Calendar

Coming in a show-stopping light-up box, Beekman 1802's Advent calendar does not disappoint! It includes 24 special skin-care and body-care products to get you ready for the holidays. Each box takes 3 hours to hand assemble and can be used as a keepsake even when you've finished the calendar.

NYX Gimme Super Stars! Holiday Advent Calendar

Get your hands on 24 mini and full-sized face, eye and lip products from NYX in their limited-edition holiday countdown calendar.

Benefit Cosmetics The MORE, The Merrier Beauty Advent Calendar

Try out some of Benefit's trusty fan favorites in this beauty calendar that comes in a special-edition cozy keepsake box. The 12-piece set is valued at $140, but you can grab yours for only $65.

Origins12 Beauty & Body Holiday Favorites

This 12-day calendar curated by bestselling brand Origins comes in a festive box and includes its No. 1 Frothy Face Wash and Soothing Treatment Lotion.

L'Occitane Advent Calendar

This one is a seriously good bang for your buck. For $74 you get 24 of luxury brand L'Occitane's most popular products, including hand cream, shower gel and perfume.

Kids toys Advent calendars

Atdawn Dinosaurs Advent Calendar

Have a dinosaur lover on your hands? This Advent calendar includes 24 adorable prehistoric friends and a surprise squishy dinosaur on the final day of the countdown.

Marvel: The Official Advent Calendar

While it's not filled with traditional toys, this action-packed calendar has more than 30 surprises that range from greeting cards, paper ornaments, buttons and booklets to help you celebrate all your favorite Marvel moments.

Elover Slime Advent Calendar

Nothing helps usher in the Christmas season quite like holiday-themed slime. This calendar features 24 different slime combinations that will keep them busy year-round.

Joyin Christmas 24 Days Countdown Advent Calendar

This interactive Advent calendar will keep your kids busy the whole month of December. It features a wooden tree, a tree topper and a fun assortment of Christmas tree ornaments.

Hot Wheels Surprise Advent Calendar

This speedy Advent calendar features plenty of miniature cars and accessories and a fold-down play mat.

Disney Pixar Cars Advent Calendar

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.

Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar

Kids can bring Santa's workshop to life in the days leading up to Christmas with this fun Advent calendar for kids. The set includes figures and winter-themed decorations behind each of its 24 doors.

L.O.L. Surprise Winter Disco 25+ Surprises

Your child will love to mix and match 25 different #OOTDs on their exclusive L.O.L. Surprise doll, Snow Jamz.

Pet Advent calendars

Molly's Barkery Holiday Advent Calendar for Dogs

Treat your pet to some gourmet treats with Molly's Barkey Advent calendar. Did we mention they're apple cinnamon-flavored?

Fancy Feast Advent Calendar

Fancy Feast's Advent calendar is the purrfect way to celebrate the holidays with your feline friend. It includes an assortment of popular recipes they'll enjoy munching on throughout December.

Wondershop Dog Toy Holiday Advent Calendar

Show your pup how much you appreciate them with this 12-day Advent calendar. Whether they like to tug, fetch or cuddle, this collection of holiday-themed toys has you covered.

McCrea’s Candies 2021 Caramel Advent Calendar

The 2021 edition of the McCrea’s Candies Advent Calendar celebrates all the pets that have supported us during the challenges of the last two years. While it isn't meant for pets to eat, you can honor them by indulging in 24 pieces of handcrafted caramel. Some of the flavors include Black Lava Sea Salt, Chocolate Peppermint, Cinnamon Clove and Tapped Maple.

Wufers Advent Cookie Calendar

Share the joy of opening up an Advent calendar every day in December with your furry best friend. Each of the treats are hand-decorated and made with locally sourced, human-grade ingredients.

Lego Advent calendars

Lego City Advent Calendar

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.

Lego "Star Wars" Advent Calendar 2021

The force is strong with this "Star Wars" Advent calendar! This one includes Lego versions of characters like Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.

Lego "Friends" Advent Calendar

This Lego "Friends" calendar will help you build a winter wonderland filled with candy canes, snowmen and penguins.

Lego "Harry Potter" Advent Calendar

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.

Wine and liquor Advent calendars

Alcohol Advent Calendar

This customizable alcohol Advent calendar allows you to fill up the box with whatever booze you like. The durable design makes it easy to fill and reuse.

Vintage Wine Estates 12 Wines Advent Calendar

This 12-bottle Advent calendar from Vintage Wine Estates is being offered at an incredible price through QVC and features excellent brands, including ChardonnYAY Chardonnay, Fireside Pinot Noir, Laetitia Vineyards Moscato, BR Cohn Cabernet, Qupe Merlot, Sonoma Coast Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Girard Pinot Noir and more. Each bottle is 375 ml, which is equivalent to two glasses of wine.

Jack Daniels Holiday Countdown Calendar

Christmas will be here in no time with this Jack Daniels Advent calendar that features 20 50ml bottles of assorted whiskey and four shot glasses.

Tea and coffee Advent calendars

K-Cup Christmas Calendar

Start your day off right with this 12-count single-serving K-Cup Advent calendar. It features delicious holiday flavors like Gingerbread Cookie, Candy Cane, Spiced Egg Nog and more.

Davids Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar

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!

Vahdam India Holiday Advent Calendar Tea Gift Set

Snag 24 of Vadham India's bestselling loose-leaf teas this holiday season. Their Advent calendar includes 100% natural blends of chai, green, herbal, oolong and black tea. It has over 700 5-star reviews and is on sale now for 15% off.

Classic Advent calendars

Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas

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!

Vermont Christmas Company Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar

This beautiful calendar will remind you Christmas is near. Count down the days by sticking Velcro-affixed figures to each day of Advent to create a nativity scene that parents and kids will enjoy.

Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

No need to build a gingerbread house with this adorable Advent calendar featuring 24 interchangeable wooden drawers.

Primitives by Kathy Vintage Santa Wooden Advent Calendar

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.

Kurt Adler Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

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.

Byers' Choice Christmas House Advent Calendar

Designed with 24 numbered doors to hide small surprises for each day, the quality wood helps make this calendar last year after year.

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