Affiliate Disclosure: As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Ideas for advent calendar including for kids, dogs, adults, and filler ideas. Start a fun tradition of counting down the days until Christmas!
Advent calendars can be a fun and memorable tradition for anyone. With so many different advent calendars to choose from I thought I’d share some top rated and fun ideas I found.
Make sure to read our post on the history of advent calendars to learn how the tradition even started. They started as poster boards filled with chocolate but have evolved into so many different kinds from DIY, toy based, wooden, tree shaped to kindness calendars.
Advent Calendar Ideas
You can definitely make your own advent calendar from as easy as writing numbers on a poster board and taping candy on to making a gorgeous wood advent calendar if you are good with tools.
But what if you are not the crafty type? You are in luck! There are a ton of cute and easy Christmas calendars out there.
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links from Amazon. I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my links (red text). As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Lego Advent Calendars
Lego advent calendars are probably the most popular Christmas countdown calendars you can find. There is a wide variety of them and they keep coming out with new ones. If you have a lego lover in the house (who doesn't??), one of the following will be well loved!
Funko Pop Advent Calendar Ideas
If you have a Funko pop fan, consider one of these! The cute little large-headed figures are super cute.
Disney Advent Calendars
Disney fans, you are in luck! There are quite a few super cute Disney themed advent ideas that won't break the bank!
Advent Calendars for Boys
For more basic advent calendars without a movie attached to them, the following might suit your needs.
Advent Calendars for Girls
A few more options that girls might like.
Ideas for Toddlers
If you have a toddler or preschooler in your house, here are a few options they will love!
Advent Calendars with Drawers
The following are advent calendars with drawers that you can use year after year. These are perfect for all types of fillers that I've listed below.
Advent Calendar Filler Ideas
Depending on the size and who the advent calendar you have, you’ll need to fill each day with something. You can put in 24 totally different things or 24 of the same item, just different variations!
Filler Ideas for Girls and Boys
- small toys – like party favors
- fidget toys
- scripture scrolls
- printable bible verses
- printable acts of kindness to do each day
- printable jokes
- mini puzzle
- mini trains
- wind up toys
- mini stuffed animal or squishies
- hot cocoa packets or pods
- miniature ornaments
- paintable ornaments
Filler Ideas for Adults
- mini alcohol
- chocolate liqueur bottles
- nail polish
- lip balm
- K pods
- inspirational quotes or notes
- what I love about you notes
- gift cards
- tea bags
- small craft supplies like paint
- bible scripture
Advent Filler Ideas for Dogs and Cats
- actual advent calendar for dogs like this one from Trader Joe’s
- toy packs for dogs
- plush squeaky toys
- toy packs for cats
- any kind of dog treats
If you have any other favorite advent calendar or filler ideas, I’d love to hear!
If you’d like to save these advent ideas for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!