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The 2020 holiday season has welcomed tons of 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, knitting something warm and fuzzy to pass the time or to gift to loved ones, working on a green thumb while we're indoors and making sure our pets are included in all of our celebrations.
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.
Yahoo Life contributing editor Chassie Post shared the best of these holiday trends with TODAY during Hoda and Jenna's Ye Olde Online Holiday Market, and we rounded up some of our favorites here, too. These wonderful pieces of the holiday season will surely escalate the excitement as Santa heads near!
- Advent calendars and holiday trends seen on TODAY
- Food Advent calendars
- Unique Advent calendars
- Beauty Advent calendars
- Pet Advent calendars
- Lego Advent calendars
- Kids toys Advent calendars
- Wine and liquor Advent calendars
- Tea and coffee Advent calendars
- Classic Advent calendars
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Advent calendars and holiday trends seen on TODAY
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you're new to the craft or a skilled knitter, We Are Knitters delivers what you need to create lovely pieces right to your door. If you're only interested in beanies and want to gift a ton of them to your friends, this kit allows you to knit five beanies in a variety of colors. The kit includes five skeins of petite wool, five embroidered labels and a digital pattern.
Now's a great time to join the #weareknitters community because you can get a Black Friday discount of 30% off sitewide through Nov. 28. For Cyber Monday, you can get up to 35% off sitewide on Nov. 29 and 30.
This is a classic beginner-friendly knitting kit to make a snood to keep yourself or your loved ones extra warm this season. It comes with a skein of wool, knittle needles, the pattern, a small sewing needle and an embroidered label.
For those who are a bit more comfortable with the craft, this hideaway tote crochet kit is for you. Make a bag that's perfect for everyday use and big enough to hold all your on-the-go essentials.
If you haven't hopped on the puzzle train during the past couple of months, now's your chance. These puzzles are so lifelike, and you can choose from a variety of animals such as a tiger, panda and elephant.
Add a little green to your home with this hydroponic garden. It's so small you can store it anywhere in the home without taking up too much counter space. The best part is that the garden doesn't need sun, soil or space to grow fresh herbs, veggies and flowers throughout the year.
If you don't want to grow that many plants, the Sprout can do what the Harvest does but only grows up to three plants.
Make your mask a little more sentimental by personalizing it with the faces of your loved ones, including your pets! The process is easy and you can get up to four different faces on a mask in the color of your choice.
You don't have to leave your pet out when partaking in the holiday tradition of matching pajamas. This red plaid pattern comes in a variety of silhouettes for you, your kids and your furry friend.
Fido gets cold, too. And what better way to show you love him than by wrapping him in a matching puffer coat? Now, everyone at the dog park will know which little guy is yours.
Up your holiday postcard game by making sure your pet is also dressed to impress. Accessorize them with this headpiece for a picture-perfect aesthetic. There's also a santa hat if you want a more classic look.
Holiday decorations can be fully functional, too. Swap out your cat's usual scratching post for this festive one in the shape of a reindeer. So your pet is happy, but your home looks good, too. If you want to take the decor even further, consider a santa belt pet bowl, a santa bed and a paw print stocking.
Food Advent calendars
This assortment of gourmet chocolates features delectable bites like raspberry star and dark mint medallion that will make the Christmas countdown indulging.
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.
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.
This classic calendar has more than 800 rave reviews on Amazon, with many reviewers saying the pieces are a great size.
This fold-out calendar by Oh! Nuts features 24 squares of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.
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.
Treat yourself to a Hershey kiss each day with this sweet calendar.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This speedy Advent calendar features plenty of miniature cars and accessories and a fold-down play mat.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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