December is just a few days away, and that means advent calendars! But, again it is just a few days away, so we gotta get cracking. I love love advent calendars (and will be posting about my amazing personalized one in just a few days) and it’s crazy that I totally spaced on writing them up in a gift guide. So if you’ve just realized how awesome it would be to have or send an advent calendar last-minute, I am also writing this post last-minute and we are in the same boat. Now at the time of posting these are all still available and Amazon Prime eligible (except for the last one, which is even faster..), so if you order soon, they should still get there by December 1! Or really if they’re like a few days late, meh. Warning: I will be using the words “cute” and “fun” a lot. This is just indicative of how much I love advent calendars.
This magnetic ornament advent calendar is pretty cutie and looks damn near handmade . It’s technically for kids, but I’m gonna go ahead and say you could broaden the giftee scope on this.
No, it’s not a cookie advent calendar (…I then spend 20 minutes searching for one, in vain I might add), it’s a cookie cookbook with an advent calendar cover. Open the flap-of-the-day and it will direct you to a recipe in the book. Not as easy as just eating a cookie, but probably more fun for the bakers in your life.
Trader Joe’s still sells its chocolate advent calendars for $.99! I just jumped on this bandwagon a few years ago, and I’m still totally amazed by how awesome and delicious they are. I mean, the tiny chocolates are even Christmas-y shapes! Sooo, by now there are most definitely sold out, BUT you can still order them online. They’re not a dollar, but still pretty damn cheap.
This is cuuuute. Everyday the kiddos get a little piece, like elves and toys, that makes up a whole Santa’s workshop play scene. I sort of want it?
It is weirdly difficult to find traditional ole cardboard advent calendars that don’t reek of overly religious sentiment or unironic tackiness. And this one’s cute (there it is again) and clever - each day has a fact about holiday traditions around the world.
There are a lot of cute chocolate advent calendars out there, but a lot of them contain crap chocolate, so despite the sort of unfortunate look of this one I’m prioritizing the deliciousness. This German chocolate brand, who produces the much beloved and illegal in the U.S. (eye roll emoji) Surprise Eggs, makes some of the best grocery store milk chocolate out there. And because it’s foreign and hard to find in U.S. grocery stores, it seems fancy!
This is the last-minute-est advent calendar you can find - it will arrive in as long as the internet takes. This online advent calendar has become sort of a family tradition and my mom sends them out every year. And yes, they are pretty Thomas-Kincaid-village-cutesy, but dude, they are fun! Every day you click on a different part of the scene and get to play a little game or activity, like creating snowflakes or decorating the Christmas tree in that year’s quaint wintery town. It is completely and totally charming. For real.
Alright, I think that’s a pretty solid last-minute list, now hurry up and spread that cheer!