One year I want to make an advent calendar that my family can use for years to come. This is not that year. But using an advent calendar is a tradition I loved as a child and want to share with my children. Here are 15 of my favorites for sale this year: advent calendars in a variety of sizes, styles, and budgets to suit any home.
Fireplace Advent Calendar at Crate & Barrel, $99.95
Each day remove a piece of the vignette from the numbered presents and add it to the fireplace scene.
Festive Treehouse Advent Calendar at Penelope Tom, Starting at $21.77
Each piece of this charming little treehouse and its accessories is numbered, so you and your family have the pleasure of putting the house together, and then decorating it, as the month progresses.
Monique Lhuillier Advent Calendar at Pottery Barn Kids, $55
Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier translates her style to the advent calendar with this sleek, white number.
Wooden Toy Block Advent Calendar Set at Target, $24.99
This unusual advent calendar would be a perfect accent in a modern space. Decorate a mantel or any tabletop with the blocks as the month progresses.
Woodland Christmas Countdown at Bas Bleu, $24.99
Each day, you get to introduce a new woodland critter to this charming scene.
Rabbit Advent Calendar at H&M, $19.99
This one is super affordable and will roll up for easy off-season storage. Not into rabbits? There's a badger version, too.
Nativity Wooden Advent Calendar at Bas Bleu, $29.95
With this tiny wooden nativity set, you can re-create the Christmas story by adding one piece every day until the scene is complete.
Linen Advent Calendar at Lindsay P Designs, $60
A hanging advent calendar is perfect for a smaller home where table space is at a premium, and this one has a beautiful simplicity to it.
Run out of ideas for what to put in your advent calendar?
→ The Ultimate Guide to Tiny Gifts: Creative Ways to Fill Up Your Advent Calendar
Stocking Advent Calendar Garland at Land of Nod, $69
These stockings are perfectly sized for hiding small toys—not to mention how cute they'll look hanging on the mantel (or anywhere else in the home that could use a little cheer).
Town-to-Country Advent Calendar at Garnet Hill, $78
The windows of this little house are all pockets suitable for hiding tiny treasures—and they increase in size, so you can be more generous as the month goes on.
Lighted Christmas Advent Calendar at Amazon, $76.99
The tiny lighted Christmas village up top gives this advent calendar a warm glow.
Advent Cabin at Plow & Hearth, $79.95
Each day of December, open a door (or window) on this little cabin and discover a woodland creature hiding within.
Ferm Living House Advent Calendar at Fawn Shoppe, $95
This hanging calendar has an elegant, modern look to it.
Shooting Star Snowy Village 24 Day Advent Calendar at Amazon, $119.99
If you really want to go for broke, you can opt for this deluxe advent calendar, which measures almost 18 inches wide. With two snowy woodland scenes and Santa Claus atop a shooting star, there's plenty to look at, even when you're not extracting treats from the 24 drawers.
Concordville Zinc Advent Calendar at Terrain, $198
If industrial-style decor is your thing, you'll love this zinc advent calendar from Terrain. They also sell a whole series of little zinc buildings, including, adorably, a doghouse, so if you wish you can build a whole village around your advent calendar.
Prefer to make your own? → Countdown to Christmas: 35 DIY Advent Calendars to Make
Updated and re-edited from a post originally published 11.15.13 - NM