6 Unique Advent Calendars

holiday cheer countdown calendar

Advent calendars are one of those Christmas traditions I’ve upheld for my kids, and we still buy the nasty waxy chocolate variety. I’ve been meaning to make advent calendars for my kids for years, but never manage to get around to it.

You know when you build something up in your head so there’s absolutely no way the finished result will match your visual idea of what you want it to look like? Yeah, that’s what’s holding me back.

So I started sniffing around the old web and found some extremely creative options. I think I might just throw in the towel and buy a few pre-made, gorgeous options and focus my energy on art projects for the blog. Right? 🙂


animal advent calendar

This Animal Village Advent Calendar is completely adorable. Who is that little fella on the sled? Is it a platypus? I want one!


lego advent calendar

I had no idea Lego made advent calendars. When I saw this, I actually said, “woah!” out loud. It’s such a great idea-

  • Count down to Christmas with the LEGO City Advent Calendar, featuring buildable surprises, exclusive elements and 8 minifigures
  • Open a window every day to reveal 24 different LEGO City-themed gifts
  • Features 8 minifigures, including a police officer, robber, astronaut and a surprise holiday-themed minifigure

lego advent calendar


present advent calendar
I think it would be pretty fun to buy tiny treasures to tuck into these pockets every night for the kids to discover the next morning. Present Countdown Calendar



holiday cheer countdown calendar
More little pockets to tuck things into! This time in Christmas tree form. Kids Holiday Decor: Christmas Tree Calendar Countdown


tin advent calendar

Round tins advent calendar – These little babies are magnetic, so you stick them on your fridge and pop tiny presents into them. I think they’d be fun to play with as well….


wooden advent calendarThis is so cute, and you don’t see many 3-D advent calendars. These would be great in a kid’s room, so they get to open a little door when they wake up each morning. Wood 3-d Advent calendar

Do you do advent calendars in your home? Have you ever made one?

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. These Advent calendars are way cool! I love the Lego one!!! I bought boring chocolate ones early this year from Whole Foods. They are identical so we will have to write their names in Sharpie. Last year, I waited too long and they could not be had for love or money.

  2. The Lego calendar makes me weep, it is so expensive! Having said that, we have had them in the past and they are pretty darn cool.
    I do like the ‘put your own goodies in’ style calendar. I made one a couple of years ago which may not live to see this year. I might borrow the tin idea to make a new one! Yikes, I had better get on with it…

    • Yeah, I think the tins would be a fun DIY project. Although I can’t seem to stop going back and looking at that Lego calendar- my husband and I had a long conversation last night breaking down the cost of the calendar per Lego figure and justifying it. It was a very important conversation. 🙂

  3. I gave the the Lego City advent calendars to my 2 nephews the past few years. They love them. And… there is a Lego Star Wars advent calendar (two versions) that I sent them this year. The kids (of all ages) love them!

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