It’s that time of the year! The advent calendars are on the shelves and so many of them contain chocolates or candies. I love the idea of having an advent calendar, but a calendar with chocolate or candies isn’t one that would work for us due to food allergies. Plus, my daughter doesn’t get much chocolate or candies, so having one that gives her a piece a day for 24 days is a too much for us.
If you aren’t sure what an advent calendar is, it is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Since the date of the First Sunday of advent varies, falling between November 27 and December 3, many advent calendars often begin on December 1.
Last year I did a new book a day for 24 days and my daughter loved it, but it was quite pricey to do this and we are quickly running out of space on our shelves for more books! Since I wanted to do something different this year I decided to look at the many options available that my daughter would enjoy! Since I was doing all the research myself I figured I should share a round-up of the best advent calendars on the market this year. I have broken them out into two categories – 1) Toddlers & Young Children and 2) Ages 5+.
Toddlers & Young Children
“With the Little People Advent Calendar, toddlers can countdown to Christmas by opening a new door each day to discover a Little People figure or holiday accessory. By December 24th, little ones will have an entire Christmas playset featuring good old Saint Nick, Mrs. Claus, wrapped presents, and more!”
“Christmas on the Island of Sodor is the most festive time of all, and now children can celebrate the holiday with this special MINIS-themed Advent Calendar! There’s a different MINIS “gift” inside every door, including 6 EXCLUSIVE MINIS with holiday-themed decorations! Children will love counting the days to Christmas and receiving a special “gift” for each day.”
“Add some kid-friendly holiday cheer and a charming yuletide ritual to your home with this wooden magnetic holiday tree! The set includes 24 unique magnetic ornaments plus a shining star for Christmas day — all of which fit neatly in the attached box at the base of the tree. Kids can pick a favorite design to place on the tree each day, following the numbered outlines to fill the tree right up to Christmas. They’ll also love to switch, move and rearrange the pieces to customize their very own tree countless times! ”
“Paw Patrol is on a roll for the holidays! Count down to throughout the holidays with your favorite pups! Packed with 24 presents, this Paw Patrol Advent Calendar contains a special gift for each day for 24 days! Open each door and collect mini Paw Patrol figures!”
“Keep crafty kids creatively engaged as Santa’s big day approaches! The Crayola Toy Shop is a 24-Day Calendar of Surprises that offers craft projects, homemade gifts and coloring activities – a daily dose of creativity for each day of the holiday season. Each day yields one activity using one of the featured Crayola tools in the pack! Kids will enjoy the whimsy of surprise, and can make ornaments, finger puppets, and other easy holiday craft projects that will last for seasons to come.”
“Countdown to 2017 Christmas with our Online Exclusive Go! Go! Smart Animals® Advent Calendar by VTech®. This interactive Advent Calendar features a snowy scene with 24 doors, gifts and Rudy the SmartPoint® Reindeer. When your little one opens a door each day as Christmas approaches a surprise gift will be revealed. Flip down the front of the box and the scene on the box can be used as a playmate for added role-play fun.”
“Looks like a thief is after the jewels, but the police are in pursuit! The Advent Calendar “Jewel Thief Police Operation” with lots of glittering trinkets contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, play out an exciting police chase and capture! For an extra surprise, the included safe can be used a piggy bank! Includes backdrop, two figures, jewelry case, police motorcycle, gold bars, money, handcuffs, wanted poster, functioning safe, and tons of other accessories.”
“With 24 days of gifts, the Barbie advent calendar inspires endless stories! Day one features Barbie doll in a teal leotard. Each day after that features a career-related outfit or accessory.”
“Celebrate the holidays with LEGO® City flair, featuring 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season, including Santa’s sleigh, a gingerbread house, Christmas tree, plane, snowman, coast guard helicopter and much more. Includes several different builds and 6 mini figures.”
“Enjoy counting down the 24 days until Christmas with the Disney Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar. Open a new door each day to reveal a surprise Tsum Tsum figure or accessory to create a holiday themed scene. There are 18 Tsum Tsum figures in total: 6 large with 6 holiday themed accessories, 6 medium, and 6 small. Each holiday accessory is stackable and can be used to stack a large, medium & small Tsum Tsum figure on its own or used to build out an even taller stack with other accessories!”
“Open a door of this super-fun advent calendar each day in December to discover a LEGO® Star Wars themed minifigure, starship, vehicle or other collectible. There’s even a foldout playmat featuring images from Jakku, Starkiller Base and deep space for epic Star Wars encounters. This holiday gift is perfect for rebels, Sith Lords, Scavengers and any other life form, and includes 7 mini figures and a BB-8 figure.”
“Enjoy counting down the 24 days until Christmas with the Marvel Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar. There are 18 Tsum Tsum figures: 6 large, 6 medium in holiday attire, and 6 small, as well as 6 holiday themed accessories. Each holiday accessory is stackable and can be used to stack a large, medium & small Tsum Tsum figure on its own or used to build out an even taller stack with other accessories! Collect, stack and display your favorite holiday themed Marvel Tsum Tsum characters!”
“Enjoy counting down the 25 days until Christmas with Disney’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Advent Calendar. Open a new window each day to reveal a surprise figure and recreate your favorite scene. There are 25 collectible figures, which include various characters and iconic objects from the feature short. The package opens to reveal the iconic crystal Christmas tree with your favorite Frozen characters, Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristof & Sven!”
“Open the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to add a piece to your Christmas party scene. Includes a Stephanie mini-doll figure in a calendar with 24 secret compartments, each containing its own buildable surprise.”
“Build all kinds of merry mischief when you count down to the holidays with the Advent Calendar by Mega Bloks Minions! Featuring 24 different holiday-themed surprises, which you can open and build each day, this exclusive seasonal set includes three never-before-seen buildable Minions in special festive outfits! ”
Hope you enjoyed my round-up of advent calendars for 2017~ please leave a comment if you’ll be doing an advent calendar this year and which one would be on your child’s list? (I am pretty sure we’re getting the Tsum Tsum calendar for my daughter!)