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The days leading up to Christmas Day can make kids anxious. Trust me, I know. I’ve witnessed my daughter anxiously and impatiently wait for the big day. And it’s now rubbed off on her sister. To curb their anxiety and to make the weeks before Christmas fun, I get them Advent Calendars. See, kids enjoy receiving gifts, especially if it’s their favorite toy. I figured giving them an Advent calendar that allows them to unwrap their favorite toys every day not only brings a little joy into their days but also stops bugging my husband and me about Christmas presents.

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Advent calendars are perfect for letting kids countdown the days until Christmas. Here are the best advent calendars for kids to buy now.

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Advent calendars are a fun way for kids to build excitement and anticipation during the holiday season. I’ve curated a list of the best Advent calendars for kids featuring kids’ favorite characters and toys. The best part, they can all be found on Amazon, which means FREE 2-day shipping.

My First Advent Calendar

This board book is great for babies 0 – 12 months old. It features 25 simple Christmas pictures on one side and a number that helps count down to Christmas.

Cost: $5.99 on Amazon

Baby Shark Big Show! Advent Calendar

This is perfect for 3+-year-old fans of the animated preschool series: Baby Shark’s Big Show. This swim-sational holiday countdown includes 24 surprises inspired by Nickelodeon’s animated preschool series, Baby Shark’s Big Show. Little ones can unbox a new undersea-themed mystery item each day until Christmas like Baby Shark, William, Vola, Hank, Goldie, and Chucks. Also, the packaging doubles as a playset. Kids can fold open the front panel to explore the undersea pop-up play area and recreate their favorite moments from Baby Shark’s Big Show.

Cost: $23.49 on Amazon


Educational Insights Playfoam Snowy Friends Party 25-Day Preschool Advent Calendar 2022

This 25-Day Advent Calendar with perforated doors has 12 Playfoam Snowy Friends Pals, and 13 bricks of Playfoam (3 multi-color with white, 3 Sparkle, 3 Classic, and 3 Glow-in-the-Dark). Each day, you can pop one door to reveal a brick of squishy, squashy Playfoam or a Snowy Friends Pal. Use the non-toxic Playfoam that never dries out to sculpt a winter wonderland scene perfect for pretend play fun with the Pals figurines! Kids can squish, squash, and sculpt Playfoam into any shape, encouraging creativity and imagination! Squishing and squashing also help to build fine motor skills, while pretend play supports vocabulary development and social skills.

Cost: $24.57 on Amazon

LOL Surprise Advent Calendar 2022 with 25+ Surprises Including a Collectible Doll with Mix and Match Outfits

Make your kids’ Christmas countdown special by unboxing 25+ surprises starting with the fan-favorite LOL Surprise doll, Costume Designer, and tons of accessories! The outfit of the day doesn’t stop with day #7 since this special pack comes with plenty of fierce fashions, colorful shoes, and accessories for endless fashion combos.

Visit the LOL Surprise Amazon Store to see all of the latest collections and great gifts!

Cost: $31.78 on Amazon

LEGO Marvel Studios’ Guardians of The Galaxy 2022 Advent Calendar

Behind each door of the LEGO Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar (76231) is a gift to inspire creative building and imaginative play. With 24 days of surprise gifts, this Advent calendar provides any young Super Hero aged 6+ with imaginative fun that lasts for months. It includes Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Mantis Minifigures, and more to combine with mini-builds and accessories.

Cost: $28.79 on Amazon

Disney Pixar Cars Minis Advent Calendar Playset

Disney and Pixar’s Cars fans, age 3+ can count down to Christmas with the Disney and Pixar’s Cars holiday Advent calendar! Kids can expect 24 straight days of excitement as Disney and Pixar’s Cars lovers find out what Cars-themed surprise is next! The play set includes five vehicles based on Disney and Pixar’s Cars fan-favorite characters! Look for fun storytelling pieces like a snowplow, a billboard, a road sign, stacks of tires, and more!

Cost: $22.97 on Amazon

Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: 13 Days – The Nightmare Before Christmas

This is for families who start a little late. Count down the 13 days before Christmas with the Nightmare Before Christmas 13-Day Countdown Calendar! Open the tiny doors to reveal 13 unique 2″ Funko Pocket Pops! featuring some beloved residents from Halloween Town. Each figure has vibrant coloring that is specifically designed to shine brightly under black light.

Cost: $27.49 on Amazon