The BEST Advent Calendars of 2018 for Kids and Adults

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best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – closeup of a Hatchimal

Get ready for Christmas! 🎅🏻

There’s nothing more exciting for adults and kids than counting down the days until Christmas with the best Advent calendars of 2018! 🎄Advent calendars have evolved over the years to include a variety of themes for kids and adults!

Here’s what’s hot this year… 

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Fisher-Price Advent Calendar

1. Fisher-Price Little People Advent Calendar

What a fun Advent calendar for toddlers! Use the Fisher-Price Little People Advent calendar to practice numbers and counting skills with your tot. Little ones will love opening the door to find a new Fisher-Price Little People friend or fun, holiday-themed accessory each day as Christmas comes closer!

  • Recommended Age: 12 months – 5 years

2. Peppa Pig Advent Calendar

The Peppa Pig Santa’s Workshop Advent calendar features a two-sided calendar with 24 Christmas-themed surprise gifts. Open a new window to open each day and receive a surprise gift! With its numbered window design and play pattern, it’s a great way to learn numbers and counting, too!

  • Recommended Age: 24 months and up

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar

3. Melissa & Doug Advent Calendar

The highly-rated Melissa & Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent calendar 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 ornament design to place on the tree each day, and there’s even a holiday poem on the back of the tree to encourage a festive read-aloud tradition!

  • Recommended Age: 36 months – 7 years

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Hatchimals Advent Calendar

4. Hatchimals Advent Calendar

Fun for any Hatchimals fan, the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Advent calendar has over 24 days of surprises! Every day leading up to the holidays, kids get to unbox a delightful new surprise and build out a fun holiday scene, complete with exclusive characters and nests. They could find stickers, tiny accessories, paper crafts, exclusive nests, or even Hatchimals CollEGGtibles!

  • Recommended Age: 4 – 6 years

5. PLAYMOBIL Advent Calendars

The PLAYMOBIL Advent calendar – Royal Ice Skating Trip contains 24 surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, you’ll see all the woodland creatures gathered to watch everyone skate. As an added bonus, behind one of the doors is a bracelet, perfectly sized for kids to wear! Includes backdrop, two adult figures, one child figure, snowman, sleigh, deer, foxes, squirrels, owl, snow-covered tree, life-size bracelet, and many other accessories.

  • Recommended Age: 4 – 10 years

Another highly-rated PLAYMOBILE Advent calendar is Santa’s Workshop which contains 24 surprise items, one for each day leading up to Christmas, including an electric lantern (battery included.) Once all the pieces are revealed, help Santa load the sleigh to deliver the toys! includes backdrop, four figures, sleigh, work bench, reindeer, slide, bike, tons of toys, and plenty of other accessories. So fun!

  • Recommended Age: 36 months – 15 years

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

6. LEGO Advent Calendars

There are several popular LEGO Advent calendars on the market that are fun for just about anyone! The LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar includes LEGO minifigures, starships, vehicles, and other collectibles behind each door. Once you’ve opened all the doors, there’s even a foldout play mat with desert and ice-planet scenes for playing out epic Star Wars adventures.

  • Recommended Age: 5 – 12 years

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

The LEGO Friends Advent calendar has 24 secret compartments, each containing a buildable surprise, including decorations to represent each of the five friends from Heart lake city. Open the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to build a new decoration.

  • Recommended Age: 6 – 12 years

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – LEGO City Advent Calendar

The LEGO City Advent calendar includes 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the holiday season, including a space shuttle, race car, drone, robot, Christmas tree, monster truck, and much more. This LEGO City set includes five LEGO minifigures and a dog figure.

  • Recommended Age: 7 – 10 years

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Barbie Careers advent calendar

7. Barbie Advent Calendar

What a fun Advent calendar for a Barbie lover! The Barbie Careers Advent calendar includes 24 days of gifts with Barbie doll on day one followed by 23 career-themed clothing items and accessories!

Each day features a career-related outfit or accessory for five popular careers: a ballerina, baker, ice skater, pet vet and skier. There’s a tutu for the ballerina, a dress for the baker, a skirt for the ice skater, a doctor’s coat for the pet vet, and a racing suit for the skier.

  • Recommended Age: 7 – 10 years

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Sephora Once Upon a Castle Advent Calendar

8. Sephora Beauty Advent Calendar

Love trying new beauty products? The Sephora Once Upon A Castle Advent calendar contains 24 beauty surprises from the Sephora Collection, including makeup, bath products, skincare, and accessories (such as a beauty sponge, pocket mirror, elastic hairbands, and nail file).

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – L'Occitane Advent Calendar

9. L’Occitane Advent Calendars

The L’Occitane Signature Advent calendar features 24 irresistible beauty products, such as Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap, Shea Butter Foot Cream, Shea Light Comforting Cream, and much more! Plus, for each purchase of the Signature Advent calendar, L’Occitane will help UNICEF provide Vitamin A supplements to children in the fight against preventable childhood blindness.

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – L'Occitane Advent Calendar2

Or, if you want to spend a little more out of pocket, the Luxury Advent calendar features 24 exclusive gifts, such as Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Butter Body Shower Oil, Immortelle Divine Cream, Verbena Eau De Toilette, Almond Shower Oil, Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion, and more!

Also, every order includes three free samples, and you can add a gift box kit for FREE at checkout!

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Kiehl's Advent Calendar

10. Kiehl’s Advent Calendar

Like trying new skincare products? The Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent calendar includes 24 of their top skincare products, one behind each door – featuring cleansers, face masks, facial serums, moisturizers, and more. Plus, there are fun designs and vivid colors by renowned artist Andrew Bannecker!

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – The Body Shop Advent Calendar

11. The Body Shop Advent Calendars

The Body Shop 24 Days of the Enchanted Advent calendar includes 24 days of treats and must-haves, from bath and body favorites to superstar skincare surprises, valued at over $150!

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – The Body Shop deluxe advent calendars

The 25 Days of the Enchanted Deluxe Advent calendar includes 25 days of beauty treats, including a full-size Body Butter, Face Mist, and Matte Lip Liquid among the surprises (valued at $173).

If you’re wanting to go all out, the 25 Days of the Enchanted Ultimate Advent calendar includes 25 beauty surprises, including 14 full-size products from their Bath & Body collections, Drops of Youth and Oils of Life skincare ranges, plus their best-selling Facial Mask – and more (valued at over $352!).

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – QVC Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar 24-Piece Collection

12. QVC Beauty Advent Calendar

The holiday season is brighter and more beautiful than ever with this QVC Beauty Christmas Advent calendar 24-Piece Collection featuring your favorite brands and products – everything from masks and mascara to cleansers and creams! You’ll find popular brands like Julep, WEN, IT Cosmetics, L’Occitane, Kate Somerville, Dr. Jart, bareMinerals, StriVectin, philosophy, and much more inside the box! Wow!

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Village Advent Calendar

13. Wooden Village Advent Calendar

Prefer a more traditional Advent Calendar? The Clever Creations Village Advent calendar is made out of sturdy, high-quality wood and features a small village scene on top including homes, street lights, and trees. Countdown the days until Christmas day with the numbered drawers, and place small items inside the drawers so that every day you’ll get to open something special!

14. Godiva Chocolate Advent Calendar

Perfect for any chocolate lover, the Godiva Holiday Chocolate Advent calendar features an irresistible assortment of milk chocolates, dark chocolates, and white chocolates, including nine pieces in fun, seasonal shapes — jolly Santa, wintry Penguin, and festive Snowman. The calendar also includes 15 individually-wrapped milk chocolate carrés in seasonal wrappers. YUM!

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – Bonne Maman spreads advent calendar

15. Bonne Maman Fruit Spread Advent Calendar

What a fun way to spread holiday cheer… literally! 😉 This highy-rated Bonne Maman 2018 Advent calendar features their iconic 1oz jars of Bonne Maman’s classic fruit spread flavors in addition to new, holiday exclusives including Raspberry and Lychee, Strawberry and Red Currant, Pineapple and Passion Fruit, Orange and Cinnamon, and Morello Cherry.

best 2018 advent calendars for kids and adults – ALDI Advent Calendars

And be sure to keep an eye out for ALDI’s popular Advent calendars rumored to hit the shelves starting November 7th, 2018! Their Cheese Advent calendar is priced at $12.99 and comes with 24 mini imported cheeses like Gouda, Havarti, Edam, and Cheddar. YUM! 😍

Also, the new Wine Advent calendar will sell for $69.99 and includes 24 small bottles of imported red, white, rosé and bubbly such as Malbec, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc.

Up next: Make your own Advent calendar!


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  1. Pryme1

    That’s a nice and beautiful calendar with nice designs children would like to check up on their events to come up. To note an important day or a remarkable day in their life. That’s really awesome and very creative

  2. Amy

    Too bad Aldi can’t sell wine in my state. Pretty sure I would buy that advent calendar if it didn’t require a road trip!

  3. kait

    Seconding the desire for Aldi’s wine advent calendar!! Unfortunately we’re in the pnw. Sigh!

    My favorite advent calendar to get for my kids is the 99 cent chocolate calendar from Trader Joe’s. First of all – THE PRICE. Second, no little plastic toy pieces all over the place. 😍

    • Ella

      I don’t live close enough to Trader Joe’s to make the trip for their chocolate advent calendars, but Aldi always puts out a 99 cent advent calendar as well. The chocolate is a decent quality, my kids like them, and it is just a very small piece which is perfect. (Confession: I usually buy one for myself as well to get my little chocolate fix without going overboard during the holiday season!)

      • AG

        Aldi and Trader Joe’s are owned by the same company and carry many of the same items. 🙂

        • Surgibelle

          Yes! Also & Trader Joe owners are brothers. Both are great!

          • Surgibelle


  4. Janelle

    You forgot Trader Joe’s! 🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼

    • Me

      We love the Trader Joe’s calendar too!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks, Janelle! We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for those too!

  5. Amanda

    I bought that little jam advent calendar for my 10 year old son last year and I was a big hit!! My other kids were envious of his unique advent calendar and his toast and yummy jam ritual every morning! (the other kids liked their advent calendars too, dont worry!)

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That does sound like a great morning treat! Thanks for sharing with us, Amanda! 😉

  6. Becki

    Fannie May has a yummy advent calendar too!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Awesome! Thanks for the heads up, Becki! We’ll have to look for that one too!

  7. Diane

    Does Lindt still make one?

  8. Kim

    DAVIDsTea also makes an advent calender, it is great for tea lovers and kind of different.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ooh! I’d like that one too! Thanks for taking a moment to comment!

  9. Nancy Blanco

    If you have a horse lover – Schleich makes an advent calendar with collectible horses. They sell out fast!

    • Ashley

      Thank you!! My niece is a tween and still likes to enjoy Christmas the way the younger kids do. This is perfect!

    • Dee

      Awesome! Just hunted it down on Amazon. My 9 year old will be so excited1

  10. *Angela-Miles*

    Ulta normally has a calendar also! I’ve already ordered the L’Occitane advent. Thinking of getting the QVC one too lol 😉
    The fruit spread sounds super cute!!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to look for those too!

  11. Kay

    I’m making advent calendars for my girls n nieces this year. Been collecting supplies n miniature gifts since last Christmas. They will come with miniature display shelf to put their surprises on. Will post on Happy Friday.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh awesome! LOVE that idea, Kay!

  12. Cortney

    I have a10 year old boy that does not like legos and does not like candy. I found a coins from around the world advent calendar but I’m looking for more ideas? I saw the jam calendar and I was also looking at making one with Magic the gathering cards since he’s into that. Any other ideas for preteen boys?

  13. Laura Flores

    Have anyone ever got any charm bracelet advert calendar? Wanting to do that with my girls this year

  14. Jaclyn

    If you have a beer lover, Costco had an adorable beer advent calendar. It was $60 for 24 cans of German beer.

    • Ashley

      Have you seen it available this year yet? I’ve been waiting on it.

      • Rebecca

        Yes! We picked some up this week! We have been waiting for them! Love the beer advent calendar!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh wow! My dad would sure love to have that one! Thanks for mentioning it!

    • Emma

      My husband and I are big fans of craft beer and we make a beer advent calendar each year. We each are responsible for buying 12 different beers (which is pretty easy if your state allows you to buy singles – in TX we can get these at the grocery store or a bottle shop for about $2 each). If we have a lot going on that year or we’re feeling lazy, we just do 6 each instead of 12. We use 2 different wrapping papers so we can tell them apart and then put them in an empty beer case box since it has the dividers. If you don’t have one, liqueur stores usually have tons of free boxes. I don’t decorate the outside, but you could. Then each day we open the beer the other person brought (easy to tell since we use different wraps) and split it. It’s fun since you’re surprised 50% of the time. You could do this with wine coolers, little airplane bottles, mini wine bottles, etc. Just wanted to share in case someone is looking for a fun homemade gift idea that’s relatively inexpensive and easy to pull off.

      • Emma

        I’m going to try and score the cheese advent calendar at Aldi’s to pair with our beer calendar. That would be perfect!

  15. Jill

    I got my kids the socks countdown last year. It wasn’t truly an advent calendar because it wasn’t 24 days. It was a hit, which is difficult for a 14 year old boy and 16 year old girl. I hope Target has them again this year

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I liked those too! Hoping they have them again!

      • Jeremy

        Have you seen the Fill your own advent calendar? It is designed to hold beer but can be used for all sorts of items. Craft Advent Box is the website.

        • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          How cool! Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to check it out!

  16. Vicki

    I bought the Barbie Careers advent calendar last year for my seven year old daughter. Her first advent calendar. She liked it so much she wants an advent calendar this year too. Only now we are looking for the L.OL. advent calendar.

  17. Katie

    Thank you Hip2Save for posting these ideas and for everyone else’s ideas too. I have never bought an advent calendar before. My kids are teenagers now so I thought I’d do one for them this year just for fun. I found some fun ideas for my daughter within the post but will keep looking for my son. Thanks again! 😊

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aww, that’s great to hear, Katie! I’m sure they will enjoy them! You’re SO welcome!

  18. Amy

    We’ve gotten the fisher price -play mobile and peppa pig ones in past years – all were totally worth it- as I bought them when they were listed on hip2save on sale. Bought the hatchimal and lol outfit of the day – to use for this year. I’ve also purchased the 12 days of beauty from target in the past which was awesome 😊

  19. KeriB

    Oh my husband would love that Aldi cheese Advent calendar! Do they typically sell out quickly? I hope you remind us when we get closer to sale date 😬

  20. Jamie

    Paw patrol advent calendar from Amazon was a huge hit with our daughter last year. We ordered one for this year too.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Too cute! Glad you could grab another one this year!

  21. Tory

    Neither of my kids wanted the Lego ones this year. My daughter(4yrs) is excited for the Barbie calendar. My son(8yrs) wasn’t impressed with any we’ve seen. He specifically said “Ugh, not again” when I suggested the Lego. He said they just all seem the same( he’s had one the last 2 years, but liked them when opening). This year he has chosen to just go with our basic advent that I can fill with reese’s cups.

  22. Sandi

    Crayola has a fun Advent calendar. Just wish they’d offer new ones every year.

    • A

      I agree on the crayola. There’s a Thomas and friends one I bought on amazon that came with 24 of the tiny trains, BEST $20 I ever spent!

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      SWEET! Thanks for sharing, Sandi!

  23. Montessa

    We’ve bought the H&M jewelry advent calendar the last 2 years and we really love it.

    • Amber (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      What a neat score! I may have to grab that one too! Thanks for mentioning it, Montessa!

    • Michelle

      What is in that one?

  24. Michelle

    What is in that one?

  25. Beth

    My 14 year old daughter loves Legos so each year she gets the Star Wars or City Lego Advent Calendar. Easy! My oldest daughter has never liked Legos or chocolate so each year I have made hers. When she liked crafts and stationary, I went with those. Last year I chose to do a K-pop themed calendar since she’s a huge fan. I started in September and purchased 24 items on e-bay that included keychains, lomo Cards, Mini posters, pens and buttons. I ended up spending about what I do for the Lego calendar and she loved it!

  26. E

    We have and love the Melissa and doug one, it’s reusable, never have to buy another one. Its super cute, too

  27. Lori

    My 19 and 23 year old daughters loved The Body Shop advent calendars last year and I picked up 2 for them again this year

  28. Susan

    I made an advent calendar from a hang on a door shoe organizer. I put little stuff wrapped in tissue paper for two of my kids that don’t like the LEGO or other toys ones anymore. Each kid has a specific color. I’ve done American Girl doll size stuff the past two years for my daughter that I’ve bought secondhand. My oldest son (11) is getting harder to buy for. We have done Skylanders and LEGO Dimensions for him. Another good thing about the shoe organizer is that the pockets are pretty big so you aren’t limited as much.

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