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The 2021 holiday season is fast approaching and one of our favorite traditions is finding the best Advent calendars money can buy. This year we’ve scoured the web for the best top-selling Advent calendars that include everything from Lego sets to mouth-watering Godiva chocolates. Beware, many of these picks are already on the verge of selling out—the time to shop for your favorites is right now.
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Explore the galaxy with Star Wars or try out a new cup of tea as you count down to Christmas. Listed below are the 11 best Advent calendars for 2021 for people of all ages.
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1. For the Jedi or Sith Lord: Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar
If they’re always thinking about the galaxy far, far away, they’ll love this Star Wars-themed calendar. It’s got minifigures, buildable vehicles, accessories, and more and is inspired by Star Wars: The Mandalorian season 2. You’ve got a baby Yoda, a holiday Mandalorian and more to explore with this popular set. All in all, there are 335 individual Lego pieces in the calendar and you’ll want to shop it now before it sells out.
2. For the Gryffindor at heart: Harry Potter Lego Advent Calendar
If you or your giftee has been waiting for their Hogwarts admission letter all their life, they’ll love this Harry Potter-inspired Lego Advent calendar. Behind each door is a little minifigure, build or accessory including Hedwig the owl, Harry Potter, and even a colorful spinner that can be used to play the board game printed atop the calendar. Whether you’re buying this for a young kid or yourself, it’ll be sure to add a little magic and whimsy to your countdown to Christmas.
3. For the chocoholic: Godiva Chocolate Advent Calendar
Starting December off with a box of chocolates is always the right choice. Enter: The Godiva chocolate Advent calendar filled with 24 delectable options including Milk Caramel Embrace, Raspberry Star, Dark Mint Medallion and more. Each chocolate also features a fun Christmas design so you’ll be chomping down on Santa Claus himself or your friendly snowman. I tried it out and loved the variety of flavors and how melt-in-the-mouth each delectable candy was. If you or your giftee is a major chocoholic, you’ll need this!
4. For the tea drinker: Davids Tea
With the days getting colder, nestling down with a hot cup of tea sounds like a dream. That’s why the Davids Tea Advent calendar is always popular this time of the year. Each day features a different flavor of festive tea with options like Jingle Bell Chai, Dark Chocolate Orange, Candy Cane Crush, and more—yes they taste as good as they sound. This calendar has a 4.6-star rating from nearly 60 Davids Tea shoppers who loved the beautiful packaging, array of delicious teas and how affordable it was.
5. For the gift-giver: Harry and David Duo Calendar
Some Advent calendars are made for gifting and this Harry and David Duo calendar is one of them. For just $35 you’ll get a set of two chocolate Advent calendars filled with 24 pieces of creamy milk chocolate. Each door also features a cute wintery quote to add to the festive fun. Keep one calendar for yourself and gift the other to a friend or loved one and spend each day exploring your Advent calendars together.
6. For the Marvel fanatic: Lego Marvel Calendar
2021 has been a big year for Marvel with new releases like Loki, WandaVision, Shang-Chi and the upcoming movie Eternals. That’s why this Lego Marvel calendar is perfect. You’ll get 298 pieces of Legos, which includes seven Marvel Avengers heroes like Iron Man, Nick Fury, and even Spider-Man—you’ll even be able to build Tony Stark’s tower from the first Avengers movie. Just make sure to grab this calendar quickly, Lego Advent calendars are known to sell out lightning fast.
7. For the young one in your life: Melissa and Doug Advent Calendar
Most Advent calendars are designed for ages 7 and up, but this Melissa and Doug calendar is for the younger kids in your life. Packed with 24 magnetic ornaments and a shining star for the top of the wooden tree, this fun and educational Advent calendar is sure to get your kids in the Christmas spirit. Each tree also includes a beautiful holiday poem on the back that you and your kids can read together. Not to mention, it’s got a 4.8-star rating from nearly 4,500 Amazon shoppers who adored how it doubled both as an experience for their little ones and as holiday décor. Plus, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it!
8. For the one obsessed with soft skin: Kiehl’s Advent Calendar
Kiehl’s is loved by shoppers for its high-quality skincare products and I’m a big fan of their moisturizers and conditioners myself. This Kiehl’s Advent calendar is available for just $99 and packs 24 top-rated products worth $245 in value! You’ll find everything from a Vitamin C eye serum to an oil-free facial cream. Plus, the bright band bold packaging will be sure to look good by your Christmas tree. It’s limited edition though, meaning you’ll only be able to grab it this holiday season. Note: This calendar is out of stock for delivery but you can buy it online and pick it up at a store near you.
9. For the baker: Cookie Making Advent Calendar
For the baker in your life, this cookie-making Advent calendar will make for a great gift. It includes cookie decorations, flavorings, baking tools and recipe cards so they can make their home smell like the inside of a bakery come Christmas. It’s also got a perfect 5-star rating from Uncommon Goods shoppers who praised the easy-to-follow recipes and the gorgeous calendar art.
10. For the one who loves breakfast: Bonne Maman Advent Calendar
Another holiday favorite that quickly sells out is this Bonne Maman 2021 calendar. Packed with 24 delicious fruit spreads and honey including flavors like Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit, Peach with Jasmine, Wild Blueberry with Lemon Balm, and more, these spreads will be sure to jazz up your morning meals. It’s even got a 4.8-star rating from nearly 1,000 Amazon shoppers with many admiring the different flavors available. The jars are rather small—only enough for about one person—but if they love their morning jams and preserves this will make for a great gift.
11. For the one who likes the finer things in life: Missoma Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a more luxury option, consider the Missoma Advent calendar. It’s got 12 beautiful pieces of jewelry including a choker, anklet, hoop earrings and even a dainty hair clip. Its selling price is pretty high at around $500 but it packs enough gorgeous jewelry worth well over $1,000. Not to mention, the minimalistic black/gold packaging will look great on your dresser.
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