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Best Advent Calendars 2015

Can you believe it’s that time of year again??  Here are our picks for the best kid-friendly advent calendars of 2015.

bellazahn modern quilted advent calendars

bellazahn santa over town

These gorgeous modern advent calendars from bellazahn on Etsy are nothing short of quilted masterpieces.  A variety of scenes are available (our favorites include a classic Christmas tree, Santa flying over a village, and Christmas stockings), and all feature pockets for treats.  They’re on the pricey side ($50-60), but you’ll be able to enjoy them for years.  Note that these ship from New Zealand.

GoldTinselShop muslin bags

GoldTinselShop muslin bags

These festive muslin bags ($45) from GoldTinselShop on Etsy are decorated with colorful holiday-themed prints and are perfect for holding little treats.  Order by 11/23 for 12/1 delivery.

vintagemodernmix advent boxes

vintagemodernmix advent boxes

These versatile little (2″x2″) advent boxes ($29) are decorated with vintage-inspired prints and can be stacked into a pyramid, lined up on your mantel, or adhered to a backing for a more traditional-style advent calendar.  Cuteness!

TheButtercupHouse magnetic tins

TheButtercupHouse tins

These little (2.5in. diameter) advent tins ($45) from TheButtercupHouse on Etsy feature cute modern Christmas images and are perfectly sized for tiny treats.  They’re also magnetic, so will provide hours of fun refrigerator play as well.

LEGO advent calendars

LEGO Star Wars advent calendar 2015

If you’ve got a little LEGO fan in your life — accept no substitute for one of the 2015 LEGO advent calendars.  There are three flavors this year: City (item #60099, $30), Friends ($30), and Star Wars (item #75097; $40).  All three have already sold out at LEGO.com ($29-39), but you can still get them (albeit usually at a premium) on Amazon (City is selling for $46 at time of writing; Star Wars is going for $61; and Friends is blissfully still available at retail price).

Pottery Barn Kids Telluride Advent Calendar

PBK Telluride Advent Calendar

PBK is also offering a nice version of the classic Christmas tree advent calendar ($69, sale $55) this year.

Eric Carle’s Dream Snow Pop-Up Advent Calendar

Eric Carle's Dream Snow Pop-Up Advent Calendar

If you don’t relish the concept of having to fill up 25 tiny treat pockets, perhaps the Eric Carle advent calendar ($10 at Amazon) is more your speed.  This marvel of paper engineering features a central tree and Santa figure (from Eric Carle’s book Dream Snow) and flaps that lift up to reveal a new decoration to add to the scene each day.

Starbucks Advent Calendar 2015

Starbucks advent calendar 2015

We also can’t help but mention the Starbucks Advent Calendar ($45, sale price $31).  This year’s incarnation features reusable tin globe-shaped ornaments that come pre-filled with chocolate and peppermint bark.  This mom couldn’t resist buying it this morning on a coffee run, and it’s actually pretty nice.  I’m thinking of turning our full-size tree into a life size advent calendar tree using these ornaments this year.   The package also includes a $5 Starbucks gift card.  The Starbucks calendar is available online as well as at local stores.

Find another advent calendar that you absolutely love?  Please share in the comments!

Happy countdown to the holidays, everyone!