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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.
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.
- Bestselling Advent calendars
- Unique Advent calendars
- Food Advent calendars
- Beauty Advent calendars
- Kids toys Advent calendars
- Pet Advent calendars
- Lego Advent calendars
- Wine and liquor Advent calendars
- Tea and coffee Advent calendars
- Classic Advent calendars
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
- Godiva 2021 Holiday Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar, Godiva, $39.95
- L'Occitane Signature Holiday Advent Calendar, Amazon, $74.00
- K-Cup Christmas Calendar, Amazon, $23.99
- Harry Potter: Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar, Amazon, $18.77
- ELOVER 2021 Slime Advent Calendar, Amazon, $19.99
Unique Advent calendars
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.
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 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.
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.
Spice up your holidays with 12 mini hot sauces featuring blends such as Xtra Hot, Chipotle and Pepper Hot.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
This assortment of gourmet chocolates features delectable bites like raspberry star and dark mint medallion that will make the Christmas countdown indulging.
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
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'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.
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.
Get your hands on 24 mini and full-sized face, eye and lip products from NYX in their limited-edition holiday countdown 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This speedy Advent calendar features plenty of miniature cars and accessories and a fold-down play mat.
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.
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.
Your child will love to mix and match 25 different #OOTDs on their exclusive L.O.L. Surprise doll, Snow Jamz.
Pet Advent calendars
Treat your pet to some gourmet treats with Molly's Barkey Advent calendar. Did we mention they're apple cinnamon-flavored?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The force is strong with this "Star Wars" Advent calendar! This one includes Lego versions of characters like Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca.
This Lego "Friends" calendar will help you build a winter wonderland filled with candy canes, snowmen and penguins.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
No need to build a gingerbread house with this adorable Advent calendar featuring 24 interchangeable wooden drawers.
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 year after year.
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