One holiday tradition I'm eager to share with my son this year is counting down the days to Christmas with an advent calendar. Someday I might tackle one of the many DIY ideas for one, but this year I'm looking into what's available to buy.

Advent calendars typically fall into one of three categories: a window to open each day revealing a picture or part of a poem or story, a pocket or container to hold a tiny gift to open each day or (my personal favorite) a window to open each day with a small chocolate or sweet to eat. These ten advent calendars are a mix of the three in a range of budgets:

1. David Fussenegger Deer Advent Calendar ($52, My Sweet Muffin)
2. Giant Cookie Advent Calendar ($60, Dylan's Candy Bar)
3. Eric Carle's Dream Snow Pop-Up Advent Calendar ($10.99, Chronicle Books)
4. Handknitted Mitten Advent Calendar ($100, Irmi Black)
5. Maileg Chocolate Advent Calender (Huset Shop, $15)
6. Santa's Sweet Workshop Advent Calendar ($14, Dylan's Candy Bar)
7. Amsterdam Advent Calendar ($20, Nouveau Designs)
8.Nativity Wooden Puzzle Advent Calendar ($80, Wooden Creations)
9. LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar ($24.98, LEGO store)
10. Peanuts, Good Tidings of Great Joy Advent Calendar ($9.99, DaySpring)