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Gift Guide: Advent Calendars

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Creating Gift Guides is one of the most fun parts of my job, and as it turns out, one of our most popular and anticipated series we feature here on The Well Dressed Life.

We hear from readers throughout the year that they use our guides to take care of their holiday shopping, which delights me. 

I take a lot of time curating thoughtful and unique gifts at reasonable prices. This year is no different, I have a fabulous lineup for you in so many different categories. (And, of course, if there is something specific you are looking for, please drop me a note in the comments below). 

I mentioned yesterday that our family plans to focus less on consumption and more on activities and quite time together this holiday. 

When my big girls were little, I’m embarrassed to admit I went way overboard with their gifts. I don’t think they saw or played with everything they received. 

Our gift approach is very different now that we have Vivi (who turns three right before Christmas).

Santa will still put a couple of thoughtful new toys under the tree. But we’re going to focus on celebrating the season, find ways to bless others, and lean into traditions, like holiday pajamas and counting down to the big day with an advent calendar. 

As a kid growing up in the ’80s, there was nothing more exhilarating than opening the tiny window of your advent calendar and popping a small piece of chocolate in your mouth as you headed out the door to school. 

Today, I thought I would kick off Gift Guide Season with a round-up of some lovely and unique Advent Calendars.

You can find one for any interest at all price points. Today’s post covers a variety of styles and from a splurge-worthy $75  option to only $8.

Order now, so you have them ready to go because, as I’ve mentioned a dozen times already, shipping and inventory are going to be a nightmare this season. 

Gift Guide 2021: Advent Calendars 


Advent Calendars for the Whole Family

In addition to giving these to my kids, I’m sending a few to friends, since it’s been another exhausting year for so many women I know and love. 

FAO Schwartz Cosmetic Advent Calendar

FAO Schwartz Cosmetic Advent Calendar

FAO Schwartz Cosmetic, $30 

If you have a sassy, beauty loving tween in your life she will go crazy over this. Try to recreate this with a trip to Target and you’ll spend $100. 

Sugarfina Candy

Sugarfina Advent Calendar

Sugarfina Candy, $55 

I ordered this for my 14 year old. Not only is it chic and will it look adorable in her room, but she’ll love the variety of sweets. 

Voluspa Mini Candle
Voluspa Mini Candle Advent Calendar

Voluspa Mini Candle, $75 

Not exactly an advent calendar, instead you can celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with a set of gorgeous Voluspa Candles. Send this to a friend you miss and maybe won’t see over the holidays. 

Palais des Thes Teas

Palais Des Tres Teas

Palais des Thes Teas, $32 

An Advent Calendar full of tea! I know exactly who I am sending this to. 


Fidget Toys

Fidget Toys Advent Calendar

Fidget Toys, $28 

If you know the hold a fidget toy has over kids, you and I live the same life. I had NO IDEA you could get a fidget toy advent calendar, but it will be on the front porch by tomorrow at 10 pm (thank you, Amazon Prime).

My 11-year-old and her friends are obsessed with these. And while they are basically like bitcoin for tweens, these are actually very helpful for kids with any form of ADHD.

Activity Book

Activity Book Advent Calendar

Activity Book, $9

If you have a kindergartner in your life, this sweet little activity book is only $9 and has one fun worksheet a day that could be something to color, a word puzzle, maze, etc.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Thank you for this and the idea! I love that it adds festivity to each day and is also mostly a consumable! I always feel worried about adding to other people’s stuff as I’m so overwhelmed by my own clutter. And it means the shopping is done early! Please do it again next year

Deanna Debrecht

Thursday 28th of October 2021

I love these Advent Calendars - am getting the tea one for a friend! Bonne Maman also does a great advent calendar with little jars of jam - in super fun flavors! They are great for company - I saved a bunch of them and put them out at breakfast when 12 of my family members came to stay this summer :)


Thursday 28th of October 2021

The Advent Calenders are a great gift idea for young families! I bought two activity books and two nativity sticker Advent Calendars for my grandchildren (one each for both families). One family has a kindergartner and the other a child in pre-k. The sticker calendars are for the younger siblings. They will receive the gifts at Thanksgiving.