The Best Advent Calendars of 2021

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Who’s getting excited for the holiday season?! From collector Harry Potter characters to LEGO bricks, we’ve rounded up the best countdown calendars of the season that will get your kids in the spirit in no time. Keep scrolling and let the excitement begin!

KIDS

Magic Playbook Scratch Off Advent Calendar

Magic Playbook's Scratch Off Advent Calendar ($20) is as fun as you want it to be! Each one come with a postcard of fun ideas to fill in your calendar. Just write it down, cover the "ornament" with a scratch off sticker and let the fun commence for the whole season.

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A Dozen Delicious Days Countdown Set

The season is packed with A Dozen Delicious Days ($50) in this American Girl calendar. It comes with tons of surprises, including an adorable apron for your doll. Time to get baking!

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Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar

Head to a galaxy far, far away with this Star Wars advent calendar ($21). It's packed with more than 30 surprises like ornaments, greeting cards, buttons, booklets and more,

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LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar

The 2021 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($40) is designed for kids seven and up, has 274 pieces and features 24 little gifts for your brick builders including six minifigures and buildable models like a Hogwarts letters arriving through the fireplace.

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Marvel: The Official Advent Calendar

Avengers assemble with this Marvel advent calendar ($27). Fans will open 30 collectibles over the course of 25 hours for a superhero-inspired holiday.

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Playmobil Back to the Future III Advent Calendar

This epic Playmobil Back to the Future III Advent Calendar ($35) is perfect for young time travelers. It comes with 24 surprises that all add up to recreating your fave scenes from the third film in the series. It even includes different versions of Marty McFly and Doc Brown from 1955 and 1885!

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Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar

Accio Christmas! The limited-edition Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar ($62) comes packed with 24 vinyl characters to add to your growing collection. This unique roundup is perfect for Pop collectors.

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Schleich Advent Calendars

This adorable advent from Schleich ($29.99) perfectly coordinates with the company's Horse Club theme. Kids will love unpacking a cut new accessory every day, including a Trakehner mare and foal.

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LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

The 2021 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar ($40) also features 24 doors that reveal tiny gifts. The gift set, which is designed for kids six and up, includes 12 buildable models like Anakin’s Podracer, a Republic Cruiser and Darth Vader’s Castle. It also features six minifigures, four droid LEGO figures and fold out playmat.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas: Official Advent Calendar: Ghoulish Delights

Head to Halloween Town with this spooky Nightmare Before Christmas advent ($26) calendar! Open up 25 gifts during the season like mini books, note cards, ornaments and more.

HABA My First Advent Calendar

This sweet advent calendar from HABA ($35) is great for kids two to four. A pile of gifts result in 24 wooden toys that can be played with for years to come.

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My Kindness Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas––the kind way. My Kindness Advent Calendar ($56) encourages kiddos to give, rather than receive as they prepare for Christmas. Each kit comes with a reusable calendar, 25 reusable stickers plus 5 customizable stickers that can be used year after year. Stickers include thoughtful ideas like "making cookies for a neighbor" and "give a toy to a child in need."

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Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendars

Disney's Storybook Collection Advent Calendars are available on Amazon, but probably not for long! Choose from options like Disney, Disney Princesses and Marvel that all feature 24 mini books for approximately $22 each.

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Harry Potter: Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar

This gorgeous calendar ($27) is a must for uber fans. It's packed with 25 special keepsakes, paper ornaments, Harry Potter–inspired recipe cards and more.

FAMILY

Harry & David Advent Cookie Calendar

What says "holidays" more than cookies!? This unique calendar brings sweets in a big way, with over 40 cookies that include chocolate cherry, gingerbread sandwich and peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies.

Get it here, $90

Holiday Popcorn Advent Calendar

The perfect amount of salty and sweet, this holiday popcorn advent is the perfect nightly treat. Twelve windows pack flavors like s'mores, ranch, caramel and cheese, in addition to other surprising candy!

Get it here, $40

ADULTS

24 Cups of Cheer Keurig Advent Calendar

Welcome every morning with a new cup of java with this K-Cup advent ($19)! Enjoy coffee from the likes of Peets, Green Mountain, Krispy Kreme and more.

Benefit Cosmetics The More, The Merrier Beauty Advent Calendar

Glam up for all those holiday parties with Benefits new beauty advent calendar ($65). Packed with 12 of Benefit’s bestselling beauty products, the purse-friendly mini and fun sizes come packaged in a special edition, cozy keepsake box.

Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee

Java lovers unite! Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee ($68) comes with 12 expertly-curated coffee blends that feature notes like roasted chestnut, cranberry, sugar and spice.

12 Nights of Wine "Women in Wine Holiday" Edition

Vinebox's annual wine advent calendar is back and this year it's extra special. The 2021 version ($129) includes European wines made from all women winemakers, with special commissioned artists to design the two boxes. 

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Sephora Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar

Come to mama! Sephora's annual advent is back with this year's Holiday Vibes ($45). Each reusable box is packed with a variety of Sephora Collection makeup, skincare, bath and accessories.

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World of Wine Advent Calendar

The holidays are always busy, but you can count on a glass of wine at the end of every day thanks to this World of Wine advent ($140)! Each bottle is unique and includes rosé, reds, whites, bubbly and Port.

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar

Packed with 25 days of goodies, Friends: The Official Advent Calendar ($18) takes fans on a trip back to Central Perk and other nostalgic moments of the beloved show. You’ll be surprised with mementos, mini books, activities and even a few recipes. Could it BE any more exciting?

L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar

Discover 24 pampering treats like the best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil, and award-winning Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. Plus, meet newcomers that your locks will love: a gentle shampoo fit for any hair type and two hair care treatments from the  SOS Collection.

Buy yours here, $74. 

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Godiva Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar

Christmas never tasted so good. Godiva's Christmas Chocolate Advent Calendar is chock full of 25 decadent chocolates that come with Gold Ballotin Boxes, Dark Caramel Embrace, Milk Chocolate Snowman, White Ganache Bliss and Dark Mint Medallion.

Dig into your own advent by shopping Godiva.com, $40

PETS

Fancy Feast Feastivities Advent Calendar

Spoil your fur baby this season a gravy lover's delight! The Feastivities calendar ($25) comes with 24 cans of wet cat food pate, chunk and gravy recipes in classic and seasonal flavors your kitty will crave. 

––Karly Wood

 

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