Is it me or did the holiday season fly right on in? It seems like summer just ended. Now, I’m dealing with my 10-year-old bugging me about her Christmas Wishlist. Please tell me I am not the only one? Nevertheless, the holiday shopping season is here. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends are making their lists and checking them twice. While our kids are impatiently counting down the days until they’re able to unwrap their presents. There is one way to help make the Christmas countdown fun: an Advent calendar. Advent Calendars are a godsend for those who cannot wait for Christmas day but enjoy receiving and opening gifts. Advent calendars contain at least 25 pre-wrapped gifts to be opened each day leading up to the big day! Fun right?

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If you’re thinking an Advent Calendar is a perfect pre-Christmas treat, I have curated a list of the Best 2021 Advent Calendars for a Fun Christmas Countdown. There are calendars for the kids that are fun, crafty, and educational. I even have some for adults who need a bit of pampering and things to help them wind down after a stressful day. Shop these 2021 Advent Calendars before they run out!

STEM/Fidget Toy Advent Calendars

Crazy Scientist Advent Calendar 

This calendar is for kids age 8+ who love science. It has 24 exciting experiments for them to conduct while counting down the days until Christmas.


National Geographic Rocks, Minerals & Fossils 2021 Advent Calendar

Each day leading up to Christmas, kids open a panel to reveal a special rock, mineral, fossil, or gemstone! With this Christmas countdown calendar, they can start a rock collection they will enjoy all year round, with a storage bag included!

Pop Bubble Fidget Advent Calendar Toy Set

Fidget toys are the move right now. They’re helpful for kids to manage stress. The Fidget advent calendar is a fun way for children to count down the days before Christmas and get some surprises every day. The ideal Christmas gift for children 3 years and older.


Brain Teaser Puzzles Toys Metal Wire Puzzle Plastic Puzzle Advent Calendar

This calendar set features exciting brain teasers and puzzles for various ages and skill levels. It includes 12 different metal puzzles and 12 plastic interlock puzzles.

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LEGO City 2021 Advent Calendar Building Kit

Kids aged 5 and up can enjoy imaginative play each December day with this LEGO City Advent Calendar (60303) – bursting with awesome mini-builds, fun LEGO City TV characters, and cool accessories.


LEGO Harry Potter 2021 Advent Calendar

Give Harry Potter fans the ultimate magical build-up to Christmas with the gift-a-day LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a toy to build, play with, and display.


LEGO Marvel The Avengers 2021 Advent Calendar 

Give Marvel fans a special Super Hero Christmas treat with the LEGO Marvel The Avengers Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors is a great gift to build, play with, and display


LEGO Friends Advent Calendar Building Kit

Make a Heartlake City fan’s day this December with the LEGO Friends 2021 Advent Calendar. It’s packed with cute seasonal toys (5 micro-dolls with a stocking, plus kitten and puppy figures), it will bring LEGO magic to the Christmas countdown and beyond.

Arts & Crafts Advent Calendars


2021 Christmas Countdown Arts & Crafts Advent Calendar

This Christmas Arts & Crafts Advent calendar will not only provide your kids a daily arts & crafts activity for each day of the 24 days before Christmas – but it will also add festive decor to your Christmas tree with a variety of ornaments proudly handmade by your kids.

North Pole Train Advent Calendar 2021

This holiday train-themed advent calendar lets kids enjoy counting down the days until Christmas with 24 toy mini-figure surprises. The four included themed trains and to make the perfect accessories for your kids’ Elf on The Shelf.

Countdown with Your Favorite T.V. Shows and Movies



Home Alone: The Official Aaaaaadvent Calendar

Home Alone is still one of my favorite family Christmas movies to watch. Kevin was such a clever eight-year-old boy. Now, Home Alone movie fans like me can re-discover this holiday classic with this interactive advent calendar featuring a pop-up tree, 24 paper ornaments recalling the film’s most memorable moments, and a bonus booklet of Kevin’s misadventures.


Friends: The Official Advent Calendar (2021 Edition)

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar (2021 Edition)

Who was your favorite Friends character? Phoebe was mine. This Friends-themed Christmas countdown calendar contains twenty-five days of surprises and brand-new unique keepsakes and trinkets ranging from fun paper ornaments to classic Friends-inspired recipe cards and more. Nostalgic and fun for Friends fans of all ages, and is the perfect way to capture the holiday memories from the series, or create your own, as you celebrate the holidays with this timeless collectible.

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Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar 2021

Inspired by Pukka’s beautiful tea selection box designs, this is the perfect festive decoration or tea gift for the tea lovers in your family. Featuring 24 different delicious organic herbal teas to relax, and keep warm and toasty through the holidays.

RITUALS Advent Calendar 2021 Gift Set

With this RITUALS gift set, you can countdown your way to Christmas while nourishing your mind, body, and soul with a gift each day. Each gift ranges from scented candles to shower gels, and hand lotion in Isensual fragrances like Black Oud, Sweet Jasmine, Cherry Blossom, White Tea, and more.

Godiva Chocolatier Holiday Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar 2021

Because chocolate is necessary! This 24-count Godiva chocolate advent calendar features an exciting assortment of fun seasonal pieces like a jolly Santa, festive Snowman, and wintry Penguin. There are also classic Godiva milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and white chocolates like Milk Caramel Embrace, Raspberry Star, Dark Mint Medallion, and more.

Advent Calendars make Christmas countdowns fun. Check this roundup of The Best 2021 Advent Calendars. There's something for everyone.




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