The holiday is coming up quickly and the arrival of December 1st is always an exciting day for one big reason: the advent calendar! Over the years, we’ve shared a handful of DIY options (like this paper garland, this upcycled jar, and these adorable piñatas) that we of course have a soft spot for. That said, November and December get busy really quickly so if you’re looking for quick, ready-to-use options, we’ve put together this collection of a few of our favorites.
Hair Accessories Advent Calendar – Meri Meri
If you’re looking for a candy-free advent calendar, this adorable one from Meri Meri is just the ticket! with colorful and festive hair clips and ties behind each door, little girls are sure to love every single one. Plus, the box folds up into a miniature house, complete with gold foil, and makes for nice Christmas decor throughout the month.
Advent Calendar Kit – Purl Soho
This calendar may involve a little bit of crafting before it’s ready to hang, but it’s the perfect project to accompany cozy movie nights. All materials and templates are included in this vintage yet modern kit from Purl Soho.
Advent Calendar Poster – My Kindness Calendar
Emphasize the importance of giving this holiday season with this reusable advent poster from My Kindness Calendar. Each of the 25 stickers lists an act of kindness, or you can make a few of your own with their blank stickers.
Cardboard Box Advent Calendar – Papierdrachen
Just fold and fill these cute paper boxes and your advent calendar is ready to go! We love that you can mix and match the fillings in these boxes: candies, small toys, little notes, whatever you like.
Cloth Advent Calendar – Target
If you’re trying to keep things simple and minimalist this holiday season, this hanging cloth advent calendar by Hearth & Hand available at Target is perfect. Its simple look won’t compete with other decorations you already have up, and whatever colorful treats you fill the pockets with will stick out just enough to add some extra excitement.
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar – Meri Meri
We love this retro inspired honeycomb tree from Meri Meri. Another great candy-free option that is the most cheerful holiday decor.
Gingerbread House Advent Calendar Boxes – OhPartyDays
These simple paper boxes are cute as can be! We love the idea of arranging them on surfaces throughout the house: window sills, shelf ledges, side tables, or even under the tree.
Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar – Anthropologie
This cheerful wall hanging is adorably festive and full of the cutest details. Each window is a pocket and can be filled with all your kids’ favorite candies and treats.