For my Christmas Grinches or Scrooges...you can stop reading now. But for those of you who A) LOVE CHRISTMAS and B) like to plan ahead to get the best deals and selection with less stress....then KEEP READING, FRIENDS!!! Advent calendars are a yearly tradition in our house. Not only do they provide a way to talk about the Reason for Christmas, but they provide an opportunity for a special family moment each day to take a pause from the busyness and make a memory together. Growing up we used the traditional chocolate calendars and we still do! But I've been seeing some fun and unique ideas to cater the Advent calendar more toward your kids' interests and that's what I'm sharing here. Some of these are even reusable from year to year! If you're counting, there's actually 11. Consider the extra one my Christmas gift to you! Ha!
The criteria for me to share these is based on price, the ability to re-use it year after year, the ability to customize your own "gifts" in the calendar, and/or uniqueness in theme that kids might enjoy. Links are provided and you should also know that I may receive a small commission from the company if you purchase any of these. But my main goal is to help you find a fun family tradition that doesn't put you in the poor house! Here we go:
I'll start with Fisher Price's Little People Advent Calendar. It's currently $31.57 on Amazon. This includes 24 Fisher-Price Little People friends & holiday-themed accessories. Open up a door each day for something new and fun to play with! Comes with the durability and quality you expect from Fisher Price! For kids 1-5 years.
Melissa and Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar: The best price I've found on this is $16.99 at Target. This Christmas countdown tree ornament set includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments, and 1 shining star for the top of the tree. An attached wooden ornament box helps to keep all the pieces together. Recommended for ages 4-7.
Playmobil Advent Calendar Santa's Workshop: Amazon wins this one as well with the lowest price being $24.99. It includes backdrop, four figures, sleigh, work bench, reindeer, slide, bike, tons of toys, and plenty of other accessories and is recommended for kids ages 4-10.
Hotwheels Advent Calendar: Perfect for the car lover, it's just $19.99 for this version of the advent calendar. It includes eight decorated Hot Wheels vehicles and sixteen accessories. It also includes a foldable playmat. It's recommended for ages 3 and older.
Lego City Advent Calendar: $29.99 at most locations, it's currently marked down on Amazon to just $19.97!! Comes with 24 gifts, including Christmas tree and Santa's sleigh miniature builds, 6 LEGO City Adventures TV series minifigures, including Chief Wheeler with Santa costume, plus a city play mat with snow-cleared roads. Ideal for kids age 5 and up who enjoy creative play.
Step2 My First Advent Calendar: Kohl's has the best price at $49.99 plus you can get $10 Kohl's cash at the time of purchase! This is by far the most reusable and customizable version of the advent calendar. You can put your own small "gifts" inside each container as you countdown to Christmas! Use it again and again. Free shipping from most locations. For littles 18 months and older.
Crayola Christmas Countdown Calendar: Just $17.99 on Amazon. Each numbered door on the Christmas Advent Calendar reveals a Crayola product and corresponding activity. So....kids will be able to create their own crafts leading up to Christmas! For kids age 3 and up.
Grinch Advent Calendar: Just $28.19 on Amazon. The calendar comes with 14 ornament-size figures and 11 accessories inspired by the animated film, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch. Look out for the exclusive Baby Grinch Figure! The calendar features a scene from Who-ville that makes for a beautiful display and can double as an environment for kids to play with their figures. Ages 3+
The perfect calendar for your dinosaur lover! Just $26.39 on Amazon. The Advent Calendar Dinosaurs 2020 is part of the Dinosaurs collection of figurines and playsets from Schleich. Great for gifting, this playset can stand alone or fit into a larger, modular play world. The Dinosaurs Brachiosaurus is an excellent accompaniment. For kids of every age.
A little more expensive at $51.91 on Amazon, this highly-rated calendar is great for the Disney fan! Free shipping! Includes mini character figures and stickers with a special figure behind door #24. For ages 3 and up.
Prize Punch Advent Calendar: Just $10 and fully customizable. Insert your own gifts or candy for a fun surprise during the 12 days leading up to Christmas. For all ages.