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14 Best Advent Calendars for a Fun Christmas Countdown

Advent calendars are a great way to get everyone excited about Christmas and they make for a perfect holiday gift. Open your calendar every day in December and be surprised by a variety of gifts and treats!

Advent calendars aren’t just for kids either – there are some awesome Advent calendars just for adults that are just as much fun (and often, delicious).

But which Advent calendar is best? And which one should you get? To take the hard work out for you I’ve done the research to list the best advent calendars no matter what your age and interests.

When is Christmas in 2022?

Christmas is on Sunday 25 December 2022.

Best Advent Calendars for Kids

1. Koko Black

This year, KoKo Black is offering two kinds of chocolate advent calendars to help make your little ones’ faces light up with joy. 

First up is their A Very Koko Advent Calendar which is perfect for kids who love milk chocolate and second is the The Christmas Advent Calendar that contains a mix of milk, white and dark chocolate. 

Behind each of their 25 doors lies a child-sized Koko treat, crafted with all natural ingredients and no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. 

The A Very Koko Advent Calendar is $39.90 while The Christmas Advent Calendar costs $69.90. Free shipping is available for orders over $100. 

Buy A Very Koko Advent Calendar

Buy The Christmas Advent Calendar

Koko black

2. The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection

Get in the spirit and countdown to Christmas with The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar collection of twenty-four mini activity, song and rhyme books, based on the bestselling picture books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Enjoy a book every day in this unique festive collection. You can colour, draw and do activities inside these books based on the family-favourite picture books, The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale and more. Plus, there are songs and rhymes that will keep your family entertained all season long.

The twenty-four mini books are collected together in a beautiful hardback presentation case with tie ribbon.

Buy The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection

The Gruffalo and Friends Advent Calendar Book Collection

3. Kiwi Co.

Countdown to Christmas by making your own merry mini village with Kiwi Co’s Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Starting on the 1st of December, open a new envelope each day and create the Christmas project inside. As each day passes, you’ll find yourself building a cosy house, a reindeer, an evergreen tree and more! Then before you know it, by Christmas Eve, you’ll have made a whole festive village to celebrate with!

Christmas Village Advent Calendar is $68.42 AUD

Buy the Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Christmas Village Advent Calendar Kiwico

4. Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar

May the Force be with you this Holiday Season!

Celebrate the holidays with your favourite Star Wars moments each day leading up until Christmas with this advent calendar that’s packed with over twenty-five days of Star Wars-themed goodies!

With more than 30 surprises, the $39.99 Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar is the perfect gift to give to any Star Wars fan!

Buy the Star Wars: The Galactic Advent Calendar

Star Wars The Galactic Advent Calendar

5. Mini Animal Plush 2022 Advent Calendar

For the stuffie-obsessed child, this advent calendar will give them 24 fuzzy friends to play with. This one is also good as a group or class advent calendar, where everyone can take home a prize. Ages 3+

Buy the Mini Animal Plush 2022 Advent Calendar

Mini Animal Plush Advent Calendar

6. North Pole Advent Train 

Fans of the Elf on the Shelf will be thrilled to receive this train-themed advent calendar filled with Elf-sized trinkets. Inside are surprises like mini Elf figures and accessories to help get ready for Santa’s arrival. Ages 3+

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North Pole Advent Train

7. Barbie Advent Calendar 

Start off December with a new, 12″ Barbie doll, then spend the rest of the days unboxing outfits and accessories that take her from day look to night looks. Ultimate Barbie fans might also enjoy the Dreamtopia advent calendar or the Colour Reveal advent calendar. Or, if Barbie isn’t their favourite, Mattel also has advent calendars for American Girl, Jurassic World, Polly Pocket, Minecraft, Matchbox and much more. 

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Barbie Advent Calendar

8. Harry Potter: Hedwig Pop-Up Advent Calendar 

This advent calendar is filled with 25 little paper surprises, which also come together to form holiday centrepieces with Hedwig perched on top of a tree-shaped pile of presents. If they’re not Harry Potter fans, you can also opt for Star Wars: The Life Day Pop-Up Book and Advent Calendar; Dungeons & Dragons: The Official Countdown Gift Calendar; Dragon Ball Z: The Official Advent Calendar; or American Girl Pop-Up Advent Calendar. No age recommendation given.

Buy Harry Potter: Hedwig Pop-Up Advent Calendar 

Harry Potter Hedwig Pop Up Advent Calendar

9. LEGO 2022 Advent Calendar

Every festive season, LEGO releases a series of advent characters, each with a series of small models to build, mini figures to find and holiday scenes to create. This year includes Star Wars, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter, LEGO Friends and LEGO City. Ages 5+ to 7+

Buy LEGO 2022 Advent Calendar

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

Best Advent Calendars for Adults

10. T2 Tea

This festive season tea purveyors T2 have three different tea advent calendars, each containing twenty-four teas and tisanes in tea bags that you can enjoy every day. Each ‘Sip the Future Hello’ tea advent calendar is $45, while the ‘World of T2 Luxury Advent Calendar’ is $250

Sip the Future Hello Teabag Advent Calendar contains twenty-four individually wrapped different varieties of tea/tisane tea bags some of which include Gorgeous Geisha, Pumping Pomegranate, French Earl Grey, Singapore Breakfast, Sleep Tight and many more delicious flavours.

Sip the Future Hello Loose Leaf Advent Calendar contains twenty-four loose-leaf teas and tisanes in sachets including Chai, Green Rose, Morning Sunshine, Jade Mountain, New York Breakfast and many more! This is a great way to try new teas without buying a whole container.

Finally, the new World of T2 Luxury Advent Calendar contains a Limited Edition Fine Bone China Mug, a Gold Moroccan Tealeidoscope Merriest Infuser, a Gold Moroccan Tealeidoscope Scoop, two Gold Moroccan Tealeidoscope Spoons, two Fun Infusers, three Limited Edition Candles – Christmas Breakfast, Buddhas Tears and French Earl Grey, and a mix of  Loose Leaf Tea Mini Tins, Tea/Tisane Teabags Mini Cubes and Loose Leaf Tea/Tisane MIni Cubes. 

You can do a free click and collect order in store at T2 within an estimated collection time of 3 hours.

Shipping is free with orders over $50. Express delivery is available for $15 and you’ll be sipping within 1-3 business days from dispatch.

Buy Sip the Future Hello Teabag Advent Calendar

Sip the Future Hello Loose Leaf Advent Calendar

Buy World of T2 Luxury Advent Calendar

T Tea

11. Beer Cartel

A Beer Advent Calendar is a great way to count down the days to Christmas and explore new and exciting beers. With over 20,000 Beer Advent Calendars sold to date, this year is set to be A·M·A·Z·I·N·G! 

The Beer Cartel Advent Calendar is a fridge friendly advent calendar box packed with beers that are 100% Exclusive and 100% Australasian. Beer Cartel partnered with some of the best Australian and New Zealand craft breweries to create 25 exclusive beers.

Beer Advent Calendars are $159.99 and only available as a pre-order item. Purchase it online for delivery or in store pick up (in Sydney) from approximately Friday 19 November. You will be sent an email once it has been dispatched / is ready for pickup.

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Beer Cartel

12. Happy Socks

C’mon get happy! The Happy Socks Advent Calendar counts down the days to Christmas with a new festive pair of socks every day for 24 days. Happy socks offers three kinds of advent calendars to celebrate this year’s festivities which are the 24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set, the 24-Pack Happy Holidays Socks Gift Set, and The Beatles Collector’s 24-Pack Gift Set (which is the perfect gift for any Beatles fan). 

Both the 24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set 24-Pack and  24-Pack Happy Holidays Socks Gift Set cost $384, while The Beatles Collector’s 24-Pack Gift Set costs $440. 

Buy the 24 Days Of Holiday Socks Gift Set 24-Pack

Buy the 24-Pack Happy Holidays Socks Gift Set

Buy the The Beatles Collector’s 24-Pack Gift Set

Happy Socks

13. Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

If you or someone you know loves music then the Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist is the perfect advent calendar for you this holiday season! Bring joy to your ears as you scratch off each number to reveal a QR code that will lead you to a downloadable christmas carol sung by an emerging artist.

It’s a delightful and unique gift that we think all ages will love! 

Buy the Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

14. 24 Day Advent Art Calendar

Into the arts? Then you’ve got to check out the 24 Day Advent Art Calendar which is full of premium art supplies and materials that will help you accomplish the artistic vision you had in mind. Each calendar features various mediums, tools and surfaces to create on and is a perfect set for yourself or your artistic loved one.

On top of this, you might even get to win a Year of Art Supplies should you find 1 of the 6 golden tickets in your box or a special offer from Arteza if you find the silver ticket!

Buy the 24 Day Advent Art Calendar 

Day Advent Art Calendar

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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