From Lego to chocolates, 46 unique Advent calendars for the holidays

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The 2020 holiday season has welcomed many festive trends to keep our spirits high.

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.

The most popular one 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 calendar.

These wonderful pieces of the holiday season will surely escalate the excitement as Santa heads near! From Lego Advent calendars to some fun options featured on TODAY, shop the best Advent calendars of 2020 below.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s 2020 Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!

Food Advent calendars

1. Godiva 2020 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.

2. Reese's Lovers Advent Calendar

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. Even better? It's a pack of three, so you can send some to a family member, or keep it around for some extra sweets.

3. Star Wars The Mandalorian 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar

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 baby Yoda on the front.

4. Madelaine Chocolate Advent Calendar

This classic calendar has more than 800 rave reviews on Amazon, with many reviewers saying the pieces are a great size.

5. Oh! Nuts Chocolate Advent Calendar

This fold-out calendar by Oh! Nuts features 24 squares of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.

6. Hershey Miniatures Advent Calendar

If you're a fan of the classics like Mr. Goodbar and Krakel, then this colorful Advent calendar is for you!

7. Williams Sonoma Advent Calendar

This classic Advent calendar with a vintage aesthetic is filled with 24 chocolates in a holiday-themed foil wrapper.

8. Hershey's Kisses Advent Calendar

Treat yourself to a Hershey kiss each day with this sweet calendar.

9. Vecchio Pastificio Di Gragnano 12 Days Of Pasta

Count down the 12 days until Christmas — and make dinner while you're at it! This non-traditional Advent calendar features a dozen different artisanal pastas that you can enjoy during the month of December and beyond.

Unique Advent calendars

1. Joypea Charm Bracelet Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar comes with a bracelet you can fill with charms in the days leading up to Christmas.

2. 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.

3. Twelve Days of Hot Sauce

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

4. 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.

Beauty Advent calendars

1. Ulta 12 Days of Beauty

If you're looking for a beauty calendar that won't break the bank, Ulta's offering looks like a good option. This rose-gold colored garland features everything from eye shadow to highlighter, making it a great gift option even after the holidays are over!

2. OPI Nail Lacquer Mini 25 Pack Advent Calendar

This chic calendar from OPI is perfect for anyone looking for a little glam this holiday season. The set contains 25 mini nail polishes in festive colors.

3. NYX Diamonds & Ice, Please! Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar

This one is an absolute must-have for lip product lovers! It contains 24 of the bestselling glosses and lipsticks from the NYX lineup.

4. Kiehl's Skin Care Advent Calendar

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.

5. 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.

Pet Advent calendars

1. 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.

2. Holiday Tails Season's Treatings Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas with treats for man's best friend. Each day includes a different activity and a gingerbread-flavored snack your pup is sure to drool over.

3. Frisco 12 Days of Christmas Dog Advent Calendar

Fill up Fido's toy basket with a dozen different toys for a gift that will last much longer than your typical treat.

Lego Advent calendars

1. 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.

2. Lego "Friends" Advent Calendar

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

3. Lego "Star Wars" Advent Calendar

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

4. 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.

Kids toys Advent calendars

1. 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.

2. Hot Wheels Surprise Advent Calendar

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

3. Playmobil Santa's Workshop Advent Calendar

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.

4. Disney Junior Advent Calendar

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.

5. Mickey and Minnie Mouse Plush Advent Calendar

An adorable gingerbread mouse helps count down the days until Christmas in this special Mickey and Minnie Mouse-themed Advent calendar. It's easy to hang and even easier to use.

Wine and liquor Advent calendars

1. Sparkling Wine Countdown to the New Year

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. 2.

2. 12 Days of Holiday Toasts

The Wall Street Journal's 24-day wine advent calendar sells out quickly every year, but you can still get the mini version. It features 12 quarter-bottles filled with wine from all over the world. Even better? It ships for free.

Tea and coffee Advent calendars

1. 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!

2. Coffee 24 Christmas Countdown Selection

This compact Advent calendar features 24 sachets of ground coffee that will help start your day off on the right track. It's become a fan-favorite on Etsy with five stars and more than 7,500 sales.

Classic Advent calendars

1. 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!

2. Wooden Gingerbread House Advent Calendar

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

3. Juegoal Countdown to Christmas

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.

4. Vermont Christmas Company Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar

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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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!

8. Pottery Barn Rustic Wooden House Advent Calendar

For a functional piece of holiday decor, this wooden house from Pottery Barn not only features 24 cubbies to hold toys, trinkets, sweets and more, but it can be reused year-after-year.

Advent calendars and holiday trends seen on TODAY

1. Pottery Barn Kids Quilted Advent Calendar

You and your kids can prepare for the holidays together with this colorful quilt. Each day has a dedicated pocket with a featured character — from an angel to a snowman — where you can hide treats. You can even personalize it, so you can bring it out every year as a family tradition.

2. Meri Meri Ballerina Charm Advent Calendar

A twist on the classic ballerina music box, this calendar opens up to a ballerina and numbered trays, with each day revealing an acrylic charm to add to the included gold tone bracelet.

3. Sugarfina 8 Nights of Light Hannukah Candy Tasting Collection

In addition to lighting a candle for eight nights, celebrate Hannukah with this tasting collection. Each night, open a drawer to reveal four Kosher candies, from sugar cookies and robin's egg caramels to dark chocolate sea salt caramels and chocolate mints.

4. Vintage Wine Estates 12 Day Holiday Advent Calendar

Wine connoisseurs can indulge with this calendar of 12 bottles from vintage wine estates, from a Delectus Winery Merlot to a Cosentino Winery Cabernet Sauvignon.

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