16 Really Cool Advent Calendars for 2023 (We're Buying the Harry Potter One)

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Enjoy counting down the holiday season with these unique Advent calendars.
Updated May 8, 2024
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The countdown to Christmas is on and there’s no better way to celebrate than ticking off each day with an Advent calendar.

The traditional Advent calendar begins on December 1 and provides a daily dose of little gifts, treats, and surprises through Christmas Eve. But which one is right for you? To help you be a savvy shopper, we looked for the coolest ones so you won't be disappointed with your purchase.

Here are 16 amazing Advent calendars for you to splurge on to get into the holiday spirit.

Editor's note: Prices are subject to change and may also vary by location.

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The Book Lover's Advent Calendar

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Book lovers will adore this Advent calendar that celebrates their favorite hobby.

The Advent calendar features items like bookmarks, book stickers, and more book-related treats for $20.32 on Amazon.

Through the Window Puzzle Advent Calendar

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Enjoy puzzling over this calendar as you put together a new jigsaw puzzle each day that produces a Christmas scene when you’re finished.

The Through the Window Puzzle Advent Calendar includes a festive scene of apartment windows that you’ll have to piece together one day at a time until Christmas. It’s $28 from Uncommon Goods.

Melissa and Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar

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Get your little ones involved in the countdown to Christmas with a calendar made just for them.

The Melissa and Doug Countdown to Christmas Wooden Advent Calendar features 24 festive and bright wooden ornaments that kids can hang on the tree each day as they count down to Christmas. It’s $29.99 at Target.

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Enfusia Bath Bombs Advent Calendar

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Enjoy a warm bath on a cold night this winter with a whole set of bath bombs from your Enfusia Bath Bombs Advent Calendar.

The calendar has 24 unique bath bombs that are handmade with scents like winter rose, gingerbread, and lavender. It’s $38.99 on Amazon.

Harry Potter Holiday Magic: Official Advent Calendar

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Celebrate the holidays with wizards and witches with the Harry Potter Holiday Magic: Official Advent Calendar.

The calendar, which sells for $19.80 on Amazon, features a new surprise that celebrates the Harry Potter movies each day until Christmas.

Sesame Street: Advent Calendar Storybook Collection

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Get your kids reading under the Christmas tree this holiday season with the Sesame Street: Advent Calendar Storybook Collection.

Each calendar includes 24 mini books for your kids to enjoy featuring their favorite Sesame Street characters. It’s $22.46 on Amazon.

Harry & David Advent Cookie Calendar

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Enjoy new tasty treats each day with the Harry & David Advent Cookie Calendar.

The calendar has little drawers that you can pull out each day to reveal another delicious cookie from Harry & David.

Pick up a calendar for yourself or one for friends from the company’s website for $99.99.

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar

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The holidays are a time to celebrate with friends so celebrate with “Friends.”

Friends: The Official Advent Calendar from Costco has plenty of cute treats to celebrate your favorite television show like coasters from Central Perk, mini books, and other memorable rewards.

Get one from Costco for $23.99.

Irish Whiskey Collection Series

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Start your countdown 12 days before Christmas with 12 mini bottles of special Irish whiskeys.

The Irish Whiskey Collection by Drinks by the Dram features a tasting set of 12 small whiskey bottles including drams from Teeling, Roe & Co., Egan’s, and other Irish whiskey makers. It sells for $199.99 from Cask Cartel.

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Williams Sonoma 24 Days of Baking Cookies

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Combine your holiday tradition of baking cookies with family and friends to create this 24 Days of Baking Cookies calendar from Williams Sonoma.

The calendar includes plenty of cookie cutters plus cookie stencils, bags, and a spatula for $69.95 at a Williams Sonoma location or by ordering through the retailer’s website.

Bay Island Hot Sauce Advent Calendar

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It might be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be hot, hot, hot inside.

Check out the Bay Island Hot Sauce Advent Calendar, which is showing up on the shelves at Aldi for a second year. Calendars go on sale on November 1 so be ready to grab one soon. Last year’s version cost $14.99.

Most Wonderful Wine Advent Calendar

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Get extra festive with plenty of wine for the holiday season.

The Most Wonderful Wine Advent Calendar from Total Wine comes packed with 24 mini bottles of wine from around the world, including whites, reds, and roses.

The wine lover’s calendar is $79.99 at your local Total Wine & More or order online from the retailer’s website for delivery.

Sephora Collection Advent Calendar

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Make sure you’re looking great for holiday celebrations with this special calendar from Sephora.

The Sephora Collection Advent Calendar is perfect for beauty fans with daily items like make-up, skin care, bath products, and other fun accessories for $49 at Sephora.

English Tea Shop Tea Advent Calendar

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Stay warm this holiday season with a unique cup of tea each day from the English Tea Shop.

The Advent calendar includes tea bags for each day with 24 different flavors such as peppermint candy, chai charge, and festive spice to keep you going this holiday season for $37.95.

Compound Kings Famous Slimes 12 Day Countdown Calendar

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Things could get a little messy with your little ones this holiday season if you mark Advent with the Compound Kings Green All Star Minis Famous Slimes 12 Day Countdown Calendar.

The calendar includes 12 mini slimes in different colors that are sure to keep your kids busy for the holiday season.

Get one from your local Michael’s craft store or the retailer’s website for $9.99.

Bottom line

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Advent calendars can be a fun way to give someone the chance to celebrate all of December, but like other gifts, they can also be costly.

Have you set your holiday budget? Make sure you have cash stashed away for holiday gifts this season and don’t forget to budget for food and decorations, too.

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