10 Unique Christmas Books & Advent Calendars Your Family Will Love

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Make Christmas magical this year! ❄️🎄🌟

Ignite your kid’s imaginations and yours this Christmas with our creative list of advent calendars & Christmas books! Whether it’s a stunning pop-up book to read at bedtime or 25 days of festive crafts, you’ll find tons of unique and fun ideas with this list!

Plus, each and every single one of them is perfect for gifting and fit for every budget in mind!

1. Create a craft for 25 days with the Kid Made Modern Holiday Crafts DIY Advent Calendar.

kid playing with craft supplies on white table

Buy it on Amazon – $19.99

Score 25 days of crafts for under $20 with this Kid Made Modern box! This company has been taking over Instagram with their unique boxes packed full of creativeness! With this brand new box for 2020, your kiddos won’t run out of fun holiday crafts to do! Plus, each craft could even be perfect for gifting or using as stocking stuffers in their class party.

“This box is so cute and is a good value for the money. I bought two boxes, one for each of my kids, and they were so excited when they saw all the activities they get to do! It’s already planned and set up for me which is the best part for parents.” – Micah ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

2. Be totally wowed during storytime with this Snowflakes: 5th Anniversary Edition: A Pop-Up Book.

Buy it on Amazon – $20.49

If your kids are enthralled with snowflakes, you don’t even need to wait for the white magic this year because this incredible pop-up book will be everything their snow-covered dreams are made of!

“Words cannot explain the beauty of this book! I bought it for my kindergarten class and they love it! The book is a wonder of pop up snowflake beauty and I love that the little envelope style notes contain a wealth of information about the study of snowflakes.” – Kari ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

3. Bring the Nutcracker to life this Christmas with The Nutcracker: An Enchanting Pop-Up Adaptation.

kids holding christmas books wearing red and white holiday pajamas

Buy it on Amazon – $24.99

The magic of Christmas will be brought to life with this Christmas Nutcracker pop-up book. Inside, your kiddos will be wowed with seven brightly-illustrated and dynamic spreads of pop-ups and interactive elements that tell the tale of The Nutcracker like never before!

“This is an incredible pop-up book, my 3.5-year-old son loves it! The engineering is absolutely amazing and the art inside is so wonderful! It makes a great present for Christmas for both kids and collectors.” – David ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

4. Create your own Meri Meri Festive Paper Craft House while you countdown with this Advent Calendar.

boy wearing gold pom crown playing with paper doll house

Buy it on Etsy – $24 (+ shipping)

Perfect for the family who doesn’t like to unbox candy in their advent calendars, this adorable house will be loved by any child. Each day, you’ll get to unbox a new piece of furniture for your adorable home and by the end of their countdown, kids will get to enjoy a festive holiday home that’s just their size!

5. Play games, make recipes, and much more with the Christmas Is Coming Advent Calendar Book!

christmas advent calendar book cover

Buy it on Amazon – $16.19

Need a creative Advent Calendar to countdown to Christmas this year? Together, you won’t just read beautifully illustrated stories, but you’ll uncover many different activities you can do together as the anticipation grows.

Whether it’s a yummy recipe for a homemade treat, a fun craft, a holiday game to play, or a carol to sing, you’ll be having fun with the whole family with this advent calendar.

“This book is absolutely beautiful – it took my breath away! The cover is the actual advent calendar with flaps for each day and under each flap is an illustrated clue for what the day may bring (recipes, craft, etc.) This book has already become a treasure in my home and I plan on buying several more as gifts!” – Lorie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6. Send personalized cards this holiday with The Coloring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Christmas Edition!

colored Christmas card

Buy it on Amazon – $7.68

Whether you’re a child or a full-grown adult, you’ll be feeling zen & festive with this entire book of coloring page Christmas cards. Complete with thick cardstock paper to fold for envelopes, it even comes with holiday stickers to seal the deal.

“I love to color Christmas cards and mail them – this book is the best one I have ever had! Everything is easy to tear out, without actually tearing a single page and the envelopes & cards are easy to fold as well. Most importantly, the paper is thick, so no color shows on the other side of the page when using markers.” – Alan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

7. Enjoy stunning artwork & pop-ups in the Last Stop on the Reindeer Express.

reindeer express book stock photo

Buy it on Amazon – $14.49

This interactive book will become a new classic in your home! It’s filled with die-cut pages that feature peek-through holes, doors that open, original vintage jewel-tone artwork, and so much more! You and your kiddos will be taken on a journey with Mia as she discovers a magical mailbox and somehow finds herself on an exotic holiday journey.

“I purchased this book to read to my 2.5 & 4.5-year-old boys before Christmas. They LOVE the beautiful illustrations, pages with doors that open, and overall magic of the storyline. They’ve begged me to read it over and over.” – Ella ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

8. Traditional books like Merry Christmas from The Very Hungry Caterpillar are full of nostalgia.

merry christmas hungry caterpillar book sitting on white table

Buy it on Amazon – $7.50

From babies to young kiddos and even to adults looking for a little nostalgia this Christmas, everyone will absolutely love this holiday version of the classic Hungry Caterpillar! With festive artwork from the acclaimed and beloved Eric Carle, you’ll go on an eating journey to Christmas that teaches love, kindness, and caring about others.

“My toddler who does not yet understand Christmas is obsessed with this simple book; we have been reading it for four straight months, usually for thirty minutes at a time. He loves to find the caterpillar on each page, count the snowflakes, deer, etc., talk about the shapes, colors, and animals.” – Kelly ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

9. Let your mind be creative with my family’s favorite Coogam Metal Puzzle Advent Calendar!

hand holding two metal puzzles with advent calendar in background

Buy it on Amazon – $16.99

I personally bought this creative metal puzzle calendar for my kiddos last Christmas and it ended up being a whole family favorite – adults included! Each day is filled with a challenging metal puzzle and they only get harder as the days get closer to Christmas so you’ll have to use all your creativity to solve them! No matter how creative you get to play this game, kids are sure to love this one!

You can read my full review on this metal puzzle advent calendar over HERE!

10. Or get totally crafty on your own with the Advent Calendar Box Set.

cardboard advent calendar houses from Etsy

Buy it on Etsy – $21.84

Get extra creative this year and let your little one’s imagination run wild with a DIY advent calendar! This set comes with kraft cardstock printed with house designs, string, and 25 Christmas activities to fill your house! Or you can fill with the goodies your heart desires — the possibilities are endless and you’ll have so much fun setting them up year after year.

“Lovely advent houses! We had such a fun time painting them and tying them up with treats inside. Our 2 year old is absolutely enchanted with them. Thank you so much!” – Mary ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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  1. peachcraze

    Over the years Iโ€™ve collected a lot of Christmas books for kids. I like to wrap them up and my kids pick one each day to read as an advent. Also, my husband is a big fan of craft sofas and other novelty drinks. I like to buy a bunch of different ones and wrap them up in butcher paper and let my kids number those.

  2. acarol

    That coloring book looks like a lot fun.

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