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Advent Calendars Are Ridiculously Popular This Year—Here Are 15 of the Best to Give as Gifts

Elaine Selna
Advent calendars are the gifts that keep on giving.
Advent calendars are the gifts that keep on giving. / Scholastic/Amazon (Harry Potter Advent calendar); Williams-Sonoma (Dolly Parton Advent calendar)
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Advent calendars pack dozens of little gifts into one neat package. And they’ve come a long ways from their waxy chocolate days. Whether your giftees love pop culture or food, they're bound to enjoy counting down the days until Christmas with these unusual Advent calendars. Don’t wait too long to order, though—they tend to sell out quickly.

1. Happy Christmas, Harry! Official Harry Potter Advent Calendar; $20

Happy Christmas, Harry! Official Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Happy Christmas, Harry! Official Harry Potter Advent Calendar / Scholastic/Amazon

This illustrated Advent calendar has 24 pockets, each containing a special surprise. Opening them reveals tiny treasures such as holiday cards, stickers, coloring sheets, and more. They’re sure to make any Potterhead happy during the holidays (especially if they opt to rewatch all eight movies).

Buy it: Amazon

2. Bonne Maman 2022 Limited Edition Advent Calendar; $40

Bonne Maman 2022 Limited Edition Advent Calendar, 23 Mini Fruit Spreads and 1 Honey
Bonne Maman 2022 Limited Edition Advent Calendar / Bonne Maman/Amazon

This seasonal special from Bonne Maman includes a smorgasbord of tasty treats. It features 23 fruit spreads—including some new flavors you’ll only find in the Advent calendar, like chestnut and orange with spice—and one little jar of honey. The spreads are perfect for slathering on toast or swirling into yogurt. You should act fast, though: The Bonne Maman Advent calendar sells out quickly each year.

Buy it: Amazon

3. National Geographic Advent Calendar 2022; $30

National Geographic Advent Calendar 2022
National Geographic Advent Calendar 2022 / National Geographic / Amazon

This Advent calendar will keep National Geographic fans busy this holiday season. Each of the 25 panels reveals a new polished gem, rock, or fossil, giving your giftee a chance to add some dazzling items to their collection, like blue and rose quartz; red, black, and green-spotted jasper; and more.

Buy it: Amazon

4. LEGO Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar; $45

LEGO Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar 75340 Building Toy Set for Kids
LEGO Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar / LEGO/Amazon

LEGO and Star Wars have such a long legacy together, so it’s only natural that the iconic toy brand would create an Advent calendar filled with mini Star Wars figures. Your giftee won’t have to head to a galaxy far, far away to enjoy the holidays with this gift around.

Buy it: Amazon

5. The Body Shop Share The Joy Advent Calendar 24-Piece Gift Set; $73

The Body Shop Share The Joy Advent Calendar 24-Piece Gift Set
The Body Shop Share The Joy Advent Calendar 24-Piece Gift Set / The Body Shop / Amazon

Perfect for folks who love to self-care with skincare products, this Advent calendar from The Body Shop is loaded with goodies that your intended recipient can keep to themselves or share with others, like the brand‘s coconut shower cream, watermelon lip butter, and mango body butter, to name just a few.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Pokémon 2022 Holiday Advent Calendar for Kids; $42

Pokemon 2022 Holiday Advent Calendar for Kids, 24 Piece Gift Playset
Pokémon 2022 Holiday Advent Calendar / Jazwares/Amazon

Here’s one for the kid who wants to catch ‘em all. This Advent calendar includes a range of Pokémon figures and accessories, which your giftee can use to create their own festive scene.

Buy it: Amazon

7. The Beatles Advent Calendar; $140

The Beatles - The Beatles Advent Calendar - by Eaglemoss Collections
The Beatles Advent Calendar / Eaglemoss Collections/Amazon

Gift-shopping for someone who absolutely loves the Beatles? It doesn't matter whether they prefer Paul to John or George (or appreciate “Octopus's Garden“ because it's Ringo’s big song), because this Advent calendar has a little something for everyone. It’s filled with memorabilia like a yellow submarine tea infuser and a Fab Four Christmas card that any Beatles fan is sure to appreciate.

Buy it: Amazon

8. PLAYMOBIL Back to The Future Advent Calendar; $45

PLAYMOBIL Back to The Future Advent Calendar
PLAYMOBIL Back to The Future Advent Calendar / PLAYMOBIL / Amazon

Your giftee can recreate scenes from Back to the Future with this PLAYMOBIL Advent calendar, which includes figures of characters like Doc Brown and Marty McFly. It also comes with accessories like skateboards, guitars, and set pieces, including the Twin Pines Mall sign.

Buy it: Amazon

9. LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar; $60

LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar
LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar / LEGO/Amazon

Stop Thanos from snapping away half the universe with this Marvel’s Avengers LEGO Advent calendar, featuring the Infinity gauntlet, Stark Tower, and mini-figures of characters like Captain Marvel, Thor, and Spider-Man, all in festive attire.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Best of Harry & David Advent Calendar; $200

Best of Harry & David Advent Calendar
Best of Harry & David Advent Calendar / Harry & David

Here’s a deluxe gift for your favorite foodie. This Harry & David Advent calendar includes delicious goodies like chocolate-covered popcorn, baklava, blackberry galettes, and of course, a pear (no pear tree or partridge, though).

Buy it: Harry & David

11. Hero Collector Doctor Who TARDIS Advent Calendar; $96

Hero Collector Doctor Who TARDIS Advent Calendar
Eaglemoss Collections/Amazon

This Advent calendar is like the TARDIS: It may look small and compact from the outside, but it’s much bigger on the inside. It offers 24 compartments, each containing novel Doctor Who collectibles.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: The Office; $35

Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: 'The Office'
Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: 'The Office' / Funko / Amazon

This Advent calendar may not contain any beets, bears, or Battlestar Galactica, but it does include various Funko Pop! characters from The Office. Your giftee can enjoy the collectibles while savoring a nice hot bowl of Kevin’s famous chili.

Buy it: Amazon

13. Jakks Holiday A Christmas Story Advent Calendar; $34

Jakks Holiday A Christmas Story Advent Calendar Includes 24 Windows Filled with Silly and Festive
Jakks Holiday A Christmas Story Advent Calendar / Jakks Holiday/Amazon

It wouldn’t be Christmas without A Christmas Story running in the background. Make sure your loved one is prepared for the next 24-hour marathon with this Advent calendar. Nothing about it is fragile—not even the mini leg lamp—so it’s suitable for anyone age 4 and up.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Dolly Parton Advent Calendar; $40

Dolly Parton Advent Calendar
Dolly Parton Advent Calendar / Williams-Sonoma

Any Dolly Parton fan will enjoy tucking into these treats after working 9 to 5. This Advent calendar from Williams Sonoma is filled with some of the country music star’s favorite candies. If your giftee has any pets, be sure to snag them something from the singer’s “Doggy Parton” collection as well.

Buy it: Williams Sonoma

15. Pukka Tea Advent Calendar; $20

Pukka Tea Advent Calendar 2022
Pukka Tea Advent Calendar / Pukka/Amazon

Your favorite Bridgerton fan can live out their fancy afternoon tea dreams with this Advent calendar (puff sleeve dresses and handsome dukes are sadly not included).

Buy it: Amazon

A version of this list originally ran in 2021; it has been updated for 2022.

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