41 Best Advent Calendar Ideas for the Whole Family in 2023
We absolutely love Christmas and every year we try and find the best advent calendar ideas for both kids and adults. In this guide, you will find kid’s advent calendars, beauty advent calendars, alcohol advent calendars, and fill your own advent calendars, and more.
Check out our gift guide for a range of unique and delightful options that will make the countdown to Christmas even more special.
Like most people, we always eat too much at Christmas time so we tend to buy advent calendars with small gifts rather than chocolate ones.
So here is a list of our non chocolate advent calendar ideas.
As this is such a long list it might be easier to navigate if you use the table of contents to head straight to where you want to go.
If you are looking for other Christmas countdown ideas check out our latest post, and if you are looking for a free printable advent calendar to color you’re going to love this one.
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Family Advent Calendar 2023
Why not treat the whole family to a personalized family advent calendar from Etsy. This wooden calendar is such a classic piece that you will treasure as a family for years to come.
Family Advent activities card set is a beautiful pack of cards for you to enjoy as a family as a great countdown to the big day. There are 30 cards and 4 blanks for you to fill out on your own. Or this token set is gorgeous too.
This family games advent calendar is new this year, and a great way for the whole family to have fun this December.
Advent Calendar Ideas Kids
These are all the newest advent calendars available.
Lego Advent Calendar 2022
Lego has been our favorite advent calendar over the years, and this year they look even better. Although these are fairly expensive they all come with between 6 and 7 Minifigures.
- Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar
- Lego Guardians of the Galaxy Advent
- Star Wars Advent Calendar if you have a Star Wars fan check out our Star Wars activities post.
- Lego City Advent Calendar
- Lego Friends Advent Calendar
Advent Calendars with Toys for Younger Kids
- Christmas Village. Construct your own merry mini village to celebrate the season! Build a cozy house, a reindeer, an evergreen tree, and more. With 24 surprises to explore and build.
- Playmobil Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar
- Hot Wheels 2022 Advent Calendar
- Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar
- Disney Junior
- Paw Patrol Advent
- Pokemon Advent Calendar 2022
- Playmobil Back to the Future Advent
- Thomas and Friends Advent Calendar
- LOL Surprise Advent Calendar
- Melissa & Doug Magnetic Advent Calendar
- Disney Storybook Advent
Advent Calendars For Tweens
If you are looking for older children, I mean they shouldn’t miss out on the fun. Check out our favorite advent calendar for teen boys.
- National Geographic Gemstone Advent Calendar – 2022 advent calendar for kids with 24 gemstones to open each day, a complete rock collection Christmas countdown calendar with mini gemstone dig kit.
- Friends The Official Advent Calendar – great for any Friends fans.
- The Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar – 24 Cool Science Experiments – 2022 Countdown to Christmas for Kids Who Love Science. Age 8-99. I love this idea of an educational advent calendar. If you homeschool in December, check out our favorite Christmas Activities that are also educational.
- Harry Potter the Official Calendar
- Charm Bracelet Advent – I have not seen anything like this before, and I think it is such a lovely idea for a little girl.
- Fortnite Pop in a Box Advent Calendar
- Funko Harry Potter Advent Calendar
- Marvel Funko Pop Advent Calendar
Craft Advent Calendars
- Crayola Christmas Countdown If your kids love art and craft this Crayola activity calendar would be perfect.
- Doh Vinci Advent Calendar
- Aquabeads Christmas Advent Calendar
Best Adult Advent Calendars
Advent calendars are not just for kids, oh no, us adults deserve some fun too. I have searched high and low for the best alcohol advent calendars I could find in 2022 and have listed them below.
- Crystal advent calendar with 25 unique crystals, minerals, stones, and gems. This is perfect for both kids and adults.
- Jewelry advent calendar with 24 pieces of jewelry including earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
- Man stuff with 24 days of men’s grooming and toiletry essentials.
- Personalized Coffee Advent Calendar. This is a great gift and can be personalized with any name.
- English Tea Shop advent calendar. Try a new cup of English tea for the 25 days of advent.
Alcohol Advent Calendar 2023
- 24 Days of Jollying Up Your Gin I know this isn’t exactly alcohol, however, these gin mixers every day are a great idea. We all have a bottle of cheap gin in the cupboard so why not spice it up every day!! (If you are in the USA, I recommend this fill your own advent calendar with miniature bottles.)
- Luxury Gin Advent Calendar (if you are in the USA, I recommend this toasting tree!.)
- Prosecco & Champagne Advent Calendar (if you are in America, check out this champagne Christmas tree calendar.)
Best Beauty Advent Calendars
- Bath Spa advent calendar with 24 surprises mom will love.
- Latest in Beauty Advent Calendar This box like all of their monthly subscriptions is excellent value for money.
Fill Your Own Advent Calendar
I love DIY advent calendars, where you buy something once and each year you chose your favorite products to add.
- Fill in your own countdown bags are perfect for adding gifts for either the kids or your other half. These are our favorites.
- Fill your own advent calendar cardboard printed boxes perfect to add your own treats.
- Fill Your Own Santa Felt Advent Calendar a reusable advent calendar with pockets.
- Personalized Miniature Alcohol Advent Calendar – As I have never hidden the fact I love wine, this is a great option for me!!! I love the fact you can fill it with your own favorite wine or spirits!
Family Christmas Gift Lists
Before we get into our advent calendar ideas check out some of our Christmas gift lists for everyone in the family:
- 100 Christmas gifts tween boys will love.
- Over 30 gifts for 10 year old boys
- Homeschool gifts for kids
- Over 125 gifts for Lego lovers
- Homeschool mom gifts
- Over 30 Christmas gifts for 12 year old boys
- Gift ideas for 13 year old boy
- 30 of the best gifts for 9-year-old boys
- What to buy the man who has everything
- The best mum’s Christmas gift guide
What is your favorite advent calendar this year? Let me know in the comments below.
Last Updated on 2 June 2023 by homeschoolof1
Never mind the kids, I want that Lego Harry Potter advent calendar. I think my fella would want the Star Wars one too. lol
There are some truly creative advent calendars out there. It seems that everyone will have a favourite.
I simply can not believe I didn’t know so many awesome calendars existed!!!! I would love the Molton Brown one,Thnaks for sharing this with the readers of #ABloggingGoodTime