If your new here, you might not know my affinity for Advent calendars, but long time Shorties will know that Advent calendars are one of my favorite parts of the holiday season!
Sometimes, Christmas day has the tendency to feel like a letdown. There is so much build-up for just one day that I find myself feeling blue once it’s all over. To combat that, I work on making magic all month long, rather than waiting for the big day.
We do that with annual events like our holiday party, our tradition of visiting Santa and then a fun dinner out as a family, and also with several Advent calendars. Yes, our family has more than one calendar. Several years ago my mom bought calendars for the kids and makes it an annual tradition to fill them. My husband and I decided that we wanted in on this game, so we bought a giant calendar for the whole family which we share, so everyone gets six gifts throughout the month.
Everyone looks forward to that calendar, even when it’s not their day. They ooh and ahh over our new ornaments, favorite candies and occasionally a big-ticket holiday activity, like tickets to a show.
While our calendars are the collectible, fill-it-yourself variety, so many companies have gotten in on the Advent calendar game and there are pre-filled calendars for just about everyone’s tastes. Although some of the most talked-about calendars can’t be found online, we’ve rounded up some of our very favorites below.
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Advent Calendars for Pets
Yep, for your PET. Even Trader Joe’s is getting in on the pet advent calendar game this year, although you’ll have to go in-store to find those. There’s no reason your furry friends should be left out of the holiday fun! Maybe the reason your cat is so mean is that you always leave him off of your holiday list, hmmmm?
For makeup lovers, beauty advent calendars are such a fun way to get more of your favorites, try new products, and just have fun. This year’s selections range from $20 on up and include products for new makeup users, skincare addicts, and those who love Jo Malone enough to perhaps sell their firstborn.
Food & Drink Calendars
Sometimes we just don’t want more STUFF in our this. That makes these food and drink calendars so fun because they are consumable. One cup of coffee or sweet treat per day and when you’re done, it’s GONE.
If you’ve got someone who loves to craft, this is a fun way to get them some new supplies. As far as we can tell the available options are geared toward neeleworkers and paper planner people. There are a LOT of yarn advent calendars on Etsy – we’ve linked just one, but think this is just such a fun idea!
Don’t miss our favorite advent calendar fillers if you’re picking up a calendar that needs to be filled!
Don’t forget, we also rounded up our favorite calendars for kids!