The 9 best advent calendars you can buy in 2021

FORGET the old Advent calendars this year and give something extra special in the countdown to Christmas.

The best advent calendars are your chance to get creative, with 24 (or 25!) Occasions to surprise loved ones every day in December with a unique gift.

Credit: Super Sweet Party Boutique

Whether you go for cardboard, wooden boxes, or a fabric hanging calendar, you’ll need 24-25 different gift ideas to put in!

Think travel-sized toiletries, socks, soaps, cosmetics, small toys, herbal teas, vouchers, lottery tickets, stationery, candy, and booze miniatures (not for kids, obviously!) – let your imagination run wild and you will be amazed and amused by any ideas you can come up with.

You can even make treats… but be sure to put them in for the first few days before they’re expired!

Invest in one of the best Advent calendars we’ve rounded up below, and you might be ready to start a whole new family tradition.


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1. Evance Advent Calendar Bags

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A clothesline of wonders for the whole family
  1. (AD) Evance Advent Calendar Bags, £ 8.99 from Amazon – buy here

If you are going for a country house look with your Christmas decor this year, these natural linen bags will add a rustic ‘made myself’ appeal.

In a palette of four tonal colors: purple, gray, navy and natural, these bargain bags come with 24 numbered stickers, labels, 24 stakes and a 10m long hemp rope to hang from wall to wall.

These Advent Calendar Bags are perfect for serving as Christmas tree decorations if you keep the contents light or hang them on a string over a fireplace or door frame.

2. Wooden Artemio Advent Calendar

    This sturdy wooden calendar is a great blank canvas for a DIY calendar

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This sturdy wooden calendar is a great blank canvas for a DIY calendar
  1. (AD) Artemio Advent Calendar to decorate, £ 33.81 from Amazon – buy here

If you’re adept with a paintbrush, you’ll be able to decorate this simple yet sturdy wooden Advent calendar just as you see fit – adding stickers, felt, ribbon, and glitter to finish it off.

The calendar has drawers in different sizes so you can really get creative with the content, and you’ll have a bit of fun figuring out what to put where.

But the real beauty of this DIY wooden calendar is that it’s sturdy enough to be used over and over again for years to come.

3. Kraft House Super Sweet Party Boutique Advent Calendar Boxes

    Turn your fireplace into a winter wonderland!

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Turn your fireplace into a winter wonderland!
  • Kraft House Advent Calendar Boxes, £ 9.95 from Etsy – buy here

Decorate your fireplace with a festive village of candy house shaped boxes, each containing a secret gift of your choice for someone you love to open each day in December.

This nifty kit contains everything you need to make 24 house boxes including three cardboard house models (eight per model), 24 wooden dowels, numbered labels, white string with gold thread for hanging and 24 tissue papers with white polka dots to wrap your little gifts.

You can even hang them on your Christmas tree (if you haven’t wrapped them with heavy candy, of course).

4. Lakeland Fill out your own Advent calendar

    Slip candy or silly festive jokes into the pockets of this hanging calendar.

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Slip candy or silly festive jokes into the pockets of this hanging calendar.
  • Hanging Fabric Do-It-Yourself Advent Calendar, £ 24.99 from Lakeland – buy here

If you don’t have a lot of space to display your advent calendar (or to store it after Christmas is over), this fabric hanging banner is a good solution.

Its 24 small pockets are perfectly sized to carry candy, cookies, handwritten messages and small gifts.

The calendar measures 45 x 69cm and the pockets measure 9cm from the side and look great to hang on the back of any bedroom door.

5. RosyOhSo DIY Advent Calendar

    Fly the flag for Christmas with a colorful Advent calendar

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Fly the flag for Christmas with a colorful Advent calendar
  • Bunting Advent Calendar, £ 29 from Etsy – buy here

If you can’t trust your little one to resist the temptation to open the door, this Advent calendar can be hung out of harm’s way.

Beautifully handmade from natural colored calico, with Christmas themed pockets, the 10 x 7cm pockets are perfect for hiding candy, chocolate coins or small toys inside.

The merry bunting is made to order, so if you don’t have room for a single 2m long calendar, you can request two 1m stretches instead.

6. Ryman Plush Fill out your own Advent calendar

    It's plush, DIY, and under five!

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It’s plush, DIY, and under five!
  • Plush Fill Your Own Advent Calendar, £ 4.99 from Ryman – buy here

Tight budget this holiday season? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this plush Advent Calendar fill your own from Ryman.

For under five (we know!) It features 24 individually numbered and tied bags, sewn onto a plush banner, in classic Christmas colors red and green.

It will also be great to roll up and store away for next year, and easily hangs on any bedroom door with the included red ribbon.

7. Hobbycraft Wooden Christmas Tree Calendar

    A blank canvas, ready to be made festive in a fun family project!

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A blank canvas, ready to be made festive in a fun family project!
  • Wooden Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, £ 15 from Hobbycraft – buy here

This Hobbycraft DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar is another fantastic blank canvas.

With 24 square blocks making up our favorite Christmas decoration, it’s bound to be hours of fun as Christmas approaches.

It’s made of wood, which means it’s strong and sturdy to withstand all kinds of bumps and scratches while being put away for the next year.

Plus, if you want, you can even tie the kids up to help decorate it with stickers, paint, glitter glue, ribbon, and more.

8. Hobbycraft LED Advent House

    LEDs give this top-notch advent house a bit of zest for life

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LEDs give this top-notch advent house a bit of zest for life
  • LED Advent House, £ 15 from Hobbycraft – buy here

Hobbycraft has proven to be the best place to shop if you are looking for a range of unique Advent calendars to create – and this cute LED Advent house is no exception.

This sturdy, festive wooden Advent house lights up (batteries are included) and has 25 empty drawers to make your DIY Advent calendar shine after filling it with a series of treats and treats.

The house design is blank and ready for you to add a festive touch in the form of glitter glue, glitter, stickers, and whatever else you can find in your craft drawer.

9. Large Fabric Advent Calendar from The Little Crafty Bugs Company

    Sew, sew or doodle as you like!

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Sew, sew or doodle as you like!
  • Large Fabric Advent Calendar, £ 19.28 from The Little Crafty Bugs Company – buy here

If you are a fan of pens of all shapes and sizes, this large fabric advent calendar from The Little Crafty Bugs Company is perfect for you.

Decorate the 24 pockets with handwritten names in a range of calligraphy or Christmas carol lyrics. Or you can even sew and sew on felt or buttons.

It also comes with a wooden stick for easy hanging on walls or doors.

How much does it cost to make your own advent calendars?

Make Your Own Advent Calendars come in a range of budgets and styles to make sure you get the best, most affordable DIY calendar to meet your needs and your price.

They tend to be anywhere between £ 10-20, some for less than five Ryman dollars – or more than £ 30 for a bespoke piece handcrafted by Etsy.

Where to buy a DIY advent calendar?

If you’re looking for a low-priced range, your best bet is Amazon.

If you’re in the mood for a project with the family or with kids, spend hours of fun discovering all that Hobbycraft has to offer to create your own advent calendars. They have lots of wood, fabric, or cardboard for your enjoyment, along with mix and match options.

If you’re looking for a more upscale, perhaps classier, and more bespoke, handmade deal, then check out Etsy.

What to look for in a DIY advent calendar?

The best DIY or DIY advent calendars come with 24 or 25 pouches, bags or boxes in all shapes and sizes so you can store a range of goodies to surprise your loved ones.

They should be able to hang from a door or wall and be strong enough to stand on a fireplace.

If you are looking for a more crafty project, look for a calendar that is essentially blank canvas and will allow you to glue or paint to create your own one-of-a-kind Advent calendar.

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