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25 Awesome Advent Calendars


Advent calendars are a great way to be deliberate about celebrating the holidays. Without one, it’s easy to let the days pass without notice, and then all the sudden it’s Christmas and you’ve hardly celebrated at all. If nothing else, they are a visual reminder to make each day special. Since it’s November 1st, now would be a good time to start planning an advent calendar if you’re going to have one this year. These 25 options range from intricate hand-made beauties to simple and straightforward options you could put together with things you have on hand the night before December 1. See them all after the jump.

  • Advent Cones 1 of 25
    Advent Cones
    This homemade garland of fabric cones is a great example of a DIY advent. While there aren't specific instructions, it wouldn't be too hard to recreate.
    See more pictures at Cirkus
  • Envelopment Favor Boxes 2 of 25
    Envelopment Favor Boxes
    This advent made from their individual tart boxes is a graphic treat. It would be a great advent to get kids involved with - they could decorate the individual boxes before they get filled with treats.
    Get more details at Envelopments
  • Envelope Advent 3 of 25
    Envelope Advent
    This colorful envelope advent could be sent in the mail to a loved one anywhere. My favorite part is the glammy gold numbers!
    See more details at Better Homes and Gardens
  • Parisian Advent 4 of 25
    Parisian Advent
    These little muslin pouches could stand alone on a table, or be a part of a more elaborate scheme. And you can pick the language, font and ribbon color.
    Get them on Etsy
  • Wrapped Christmas Book Advent 5 of 25
    Wrapped Christmas Book Advent
    This advent is one of the most original advents I've come across. Each day has a Christmas book wrapped in red paper with a manilla tag for kids to unwrap each evening in December. I love the ceremony involved in this advent — and it's visually stunning!
    See more pictures at Babyccino Kids
  • Little Package Advent 6 of 25
    Little Package Advent
    There are two things I love about this advent. First, the clothes pins, (is that washi tape on the white ones?) And second, those cute little packages wrapped in paper and string!
    From Ramme Alvor.
  • Hand Made Felt Advent 7 of 25
    Hand Made Felt Advent
    This homemade felt advent is definitely going to be an heirloom! It was made as part of an advent calendar project.
    See how she did it at So Happy
  • Mitten Advent 8 of 25
    Mitten Advent
    This knit mitten and hat advent is just the right size to tuck a little piece of candy in for each day.
    Get it at Garnet Hill
  • Minamalist Advent 9 of 25
    Minamalist Advent
    This minimalist advent calendar is another great DIY. She's got step by step instructions to recreate this sweet calendar.
    See how she did it at Shim and Sons
  • Box Drawer Advent 10 of 25
    Box Drawer Advent
    This graphic advent just needs a treat in each drawer. In fifteen minutes you'd be ready for a month of celebrating!
    Get it at
  • Felt Pocket Advent 11 of 25
    Felt Pocket Advent
    These sweet, red felt pockets come in a set of twelve but you can special order a set of 24 or 25 if you want to celebrate the whole month long.
    Get them on Etsy
  • Library Advent 12 of 25
    Library Advent
    Advent calendars based on an activity for each day are my favorites. This one has a library card for each day with a space to write an activity.
    Get it at
  • Cardboard Tube Advent 13 of 25
    Cardboard Tube Advent
    This DIY Advent is very crafty. It uses cardboard tubes and paint to create wintry pockets to hold your advent treats.
    Get the instructions at Woman's Day
  • Craft Envelope Advent 14 of 25
    Craft Envelope Advent
    These advent envelopes come with a craft activity for each day - a healthier alternative to chocolates and candies.
    Get it on Etsy
  • Decal Advent 15 of 25
    Decal Advent
    This decal advent comes with an ornament for each day to cover the numbers on the tree. Just in time for Christmas, the whole tree will be decorated.
    Get it on Etsy
  • Shoe Organizer Advent 16 of 25
    Shoe Organizer Advent
    By repurposing a shoe organizer Eighteen25 came up with a creative advent calendar.
    Get the instructions at Eighteen25
  • DIY Card Advent 17 of 25
    DIY Card Advent
    This advent card looks like it would take a long time to put together, but the templates they provide would actually make it a snap.
    Get the instructions at Martha Stewart
  • Muslin Advent 18 of 25
    Muslin Advent
    I love this understated advent, it would be perfect in almost any home.
    Get it at Pilosale on Etsy
  • Photo Advent 19 of 25
    Photo Advent
    You can customize this advent with family photos from Christmases past.
    Get the instructions at Martha Stewart
  • Baby Socks Advent 20 of 25
    Baby Socks Advent
    This advent would be a great keepsake to put together with your baby's socks after they've outgrown them.
    Get instructions at Martha Stewart
  • Popsicle Stick Advent 21 of 25
    Popsicle Stick Advent
    Can you believe this advent is made from popsicle sticks and paper? The boxes are hand folded and the tree is a pieced together from painted popsicle sticks.
    Get instructions at Crafy Nest
  • Hand Stitched Advent 22 of 25
    Hand Stitched Advent
    This design for this advent was put together on the computer in Illustrator and digitized for a sewing machine. So impressive!
    See more details at The Long Thread
  • Ribbon Advent 23 of 25
    Ribbon Advent
    I love the idea of this ribbon advent. It looks so elegant and it would a snap to pull together with easy to find supplies.
    From Better Homes and Gardens
  • Spring Loaded Advent 24 of 25
    Spring Loaded Advent
    This advent with spring loaded clips to hold a note, card or small gift for each day is a nice grown up option.
    Get it at Pottery Barn
  • Blank Canvas Advent, Ready for a DIY 25 of 25
    Blank Canvas Advent, Ready for a DIY
    This advent-in-the-raw is a blank canvas ready to be turned into something great!
    Get it at Overstock


Inspired from Christmas Past: Check out Babble’s 2010 Selection of Best Holiday Calendars!

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