HouseHood's Top 2023 Advent Calendars: Family Edition

HouseHood's Top 2023 Advent Calendars: Family Edition

Originally rooted in tradition and religion for counting down the days until Christmas, these calendars have evolved into a captivating array of themes and styles, spanning from classic nativity scenes to quirky, humorous socks.

It's intriguing to discover that their origins trace back to 19th-century Europe. However, it was post-World War II when commercial versions first made their mark in the U.S. Chocolate Advent calendars, rising to popularity in the 1950s and resurging in the 1970s, became a delightful tradition for kids and adults alike. Today, the commercialization of Advent calendars knows no bounds, offering an extensive selection of clever and creative options to infuse joy into the holiday season.

In a separate post, I've listed HouseHood's Top 2023 Advent Calendars: Beauty Edition, introducing this year's beautiful advents calendars so be sure to check it out. Now let the festive celebrations begin!

Who will use the advent calendar?

Thinking about snagging an Advent calendar for the upcoming holiday season? Before you make your choice, there are a few things worth considering. First off, who's the intended recipient? It's crucial to ensure the calendar aligns with their preferences and is safe for all ages, especially if it involves small items that could pose a risk to kids. Tailoring the calendar to their taste, whether it's a classic paper version or one filled with treats, is a thoughtful touch. Additionally, think about whether the calendar is a standalone piece or needs to be hung up for display.

Does it have 12 or 24 days?

Next up, the duration of the countdown. While most Advent calendars follow the traditional 24-day countdown to Christmas starting on December 1, some opt for a shorter span of 12 days based on their contents. If you're looking to extend the festive celebration, consider picking up two calendars to cover a longer period.

Why is Advent so important to Christmas?

If you're curious about the significance of Advent in relation to Christmas, here's a quick dive into it. The word "Advent" is derived from the Latin word "adventus," meaning "arrival" or "coming." It signifies the anticipation of an important event or person. For many Christians, the season of Advent, observed during the four Sundays before Christmas, is a time of preparation and anticipation leading up to the celebration of Jesus' birth on Christmas Day. Originally distinct from the commercial culture surrounding Christmas, Advent has merged into mainstream celebrations, with Advent wreaths, candles, and calendars becoming integral aspects of the December festivities.

Advent Calendars for Men

2023 Wine Advent Calendar

Price: $139.99

This Set Contains:

  • 24 nights, 24 mini bottles, 24 opportunities to explore premium wines.
  • Wines sourced from the best regions in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, and California.
  • Varietals include a light Sauvignon Blanc to a dark Italian Montepulciano and everything in between.
  • Perfect gift for the holiday season.


Price: €50.00

This Set Contains:

  • Christmas Calendar featuring all-time favorites and limited flavors.
  • Ideal for sharing with a loved one and creating sweet, magical Christmas moments.
  • Presented in a fully recyclable box for an eco-friendly touch.
  • Opportunity to make December more memorable.
  • Free EU shipping on all orders.
  • Gluten and gelatine-free, made from gluten-free rice flour.
  • Proudly made in Denmark.

2024 History Channel This Day in History Boxed Calendar

Price: $9.78

This Set Contains:

  • #1 history calendar by HISTORY™, featuring fascinating people and events.
  • Day-by-day record of extraordinary happenings throughout history.
  • From early civilization to the 21st century, packed with influential events, accomplishments, inventions, and inspiring people.
  • 2024 history boxed calendar with 365 days of interesting facts.
  • Ideal for history lovers and trivia fans, perfect as a desk gift for men, women, bosses, and teachers.
  • Great for Father's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays, and as a holiday stocking stuffer.
  • 4.25" x 4.5" page trim size, protective 5" x 5" outer box.
  • 100% recyclable and plastic-free, no shrink-wrapping.
  • Cardboard easel backing for sturdy tabletop or desk display.
  • Environmentally responsible, FSC certified paper.
  • Daily calendar with tear-off pages featuring historical leaders and moments.
  • Includes holidays and observances.

The New Yorker Puzzle Advent Calendar

Price: $198.00

This Set Contains:

  • Limited-edition Christmas countdown calendar with twenty-four miniature puzzles.
  • Each puzzle features a festive cover from the magazine.
  • Ideal gift for puzzle lovers eager for the holiday season.
  • Contains twenty-four individually packaged 7" x 9" 100-piece miniature puzzles.
  • All puzzles are neatly housed within a 12" x 13" x 0.75" box.
  • The New Yorker Advent Calendar includes -
  • Sidewalk Spruce
  • Deck the Mantle
  • Xmas Stories
  • Yuletide Parade
  • Season's Greetings
  • Children's Mass
  • Hallway Carrols
  • Information Angel
  • Gathering Greetings
  • Children's Choir
  • Santa Puzzle
  • Reindeer Forest
  • Penthouse Party
  • Generational Divide
  • City Advent Windows
  • Little Angels
  • Santas on the Subway
  • Holiday Trimmings
  • Trying Toys
  • Apparition
  • Santa's Elves
  • Green Christmas
  • Three Kings and Christmas Morning


Price: $ 74.65

This Set Contains:

  • "Winter Wonderland" by Hazet: advent calendar in an elaborate winter design.
  • Highlight: completely redesigned mini solid steel fine-tooth reversible ratchet with 60 teeth and a 6° operating angle for working in restricted spaces.
    SmartHolder tool holder, extremely convenient and compact to store the maximum number of tools in minimal space while offering the best overview.
    Practical tool set, ideal for the home and something that every household should have.
    Practical addition to the tool case.
  • Fits in just about any pocket and is ideal for all small, quick screwdriving jobs.
  • Includes 22 of the most common bits and corresponding ¼" adapter.
  • Stand-up calendar in the format: 390 x 520 x 80 mm including holes for hanging up.
    Includes clear, removable contents label so that the gift remains a surprise for the lucky recipient.
  • Composition:
    1 Hazet SmartHolder tool holder
    1 ¼" mini solid steel fine-tooth reversible ratchet with 60 teeth and 6° operating angle with a completely new design
    1 bit holder 6.3 = 1⁄4" incl. magnetic holder
    1 adapter 6.3 = 1⁄4"
    1 x PH 1
    2 x PH 2
    1 x PH 3
    1 x PZ 1
    2 x PZ 2
    1 x PZ 3
    6 x internal TORX T10, T15, T20, T30, T35, T40
    5 x internal hexagon S 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 mm
    3 x slot heads 0.4 x 1.5; 0.5 x 4.0; 1.2 x 6.5 mm

Advent Calendar Sudoku: 25 Countdown to Christmas SUDOKU

Price: $10.99

This Set Contains:

  • 90 Sudokus easy, medium hard and insane, with solutions
  • Book size "8.5x8.5
  • High-quality paper
  • Good fun for people of all ages
  • Christmas design will put you in a nice mood

Advent Calendars for Kids

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar 2023

Price: $35.99

This Set Contains:

  • Build, play, combine
  • The minifigures and buildable models inside this festive calendar can be combined with other LEGO Harry Potter sets for even more creative play options.Build inspiration for a magical Christmas – Let kids discover a surprise behind each door of the 2023 LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar (76418) and create their own Hogsmeade™ village adventures
  • Includes 6 minifigures – Harry Potter™, Hermione Granger™, Ron Weasley™, Draco Malfoy™, Aberforth Dumbledore and Madam Rosmerta, plus iconic items from the Harry Potter movies
  • 18 Hogsmeade™ village mini builds – The Three Broomsticks™ Inn, the Hog's Head™ Inn, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop and Honeydukes™ candy store each have 2-3 builds relating to them, plus other festive items

Milledeux Hair Accessory Advent Calendar

Price: £90.00

This Set Contains:

The perfect way to count down to Christmas, a hair accessory advent calendar for girls from Milledeux. This exquisite collection of handmade hair clips and hair bands is made from certified Oeko-Tex ribbon and set on nickel free metal clips, designed to be gentle on delicate hair. The set comes in a beautifully decorated keepsake box with twenty four numbered drawers.

  • Product number 365055
  • Polyester grosgrain ribbons
  • Nickel free metal clip
  • Clip size: 5cm
  • Maximum bow size: 8cm
  • Hand made
  • Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
  • Suitable for ages 3+ years

Mickey & Friends Advent Calendar Box - Family Christmas Traditions

Price: $17.00

  • Mickey & Friends Advent Calendar celebrating family Christmas traditions.
  • Features a large hardcover picture book with an exclusive, original story.
  • Reader prompted to join the fun as Mickey and friends share holiday stories and traditions.
  • 12 perforated windows on the Advent calendar reveal ornaments tied to discussed traditions.
  • Hang each ornament on the included 3D Christmas tree as family traditions are completed.
  • Includes a 32-page hardcover picture book, 3D tree with star topper, festive decorations.
  • Comes with 12 ornaments, 30+ stickers, 18 inches of tinsel, and 12 interactive family Christmas traditions.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Gemstone Advent Calendar

Price: $23.99

This Set Contains:

  • REVEAL A NEW GEM EACH DAY - Each day of December as Christmas approaches, kids can open a gorgeous new gemstone to add to their collection! Includes a collector's pouch to keep all your gems safe.
  • COLLECT 24 STUNNING GEMS - The beautiful, polished gemstones for kids in this advent calendar include agate, green aventurine, hematite, sodalite, turquenite, tiger's eye, blue calcite and more!
  • DIG OUT A SPECIAL CRYSTAL ON THE FINAL DAY - The final piece in this collection is stunning rose quartz that kids unearth from a mini dig brick, just like a real geologist!
  • CREATE UNIQUE JEWELRY - This Christmas advent calendar includes five jewelry settings so kids can create their own special jewelry with their new gemstones! This calendar brings joy all year long!
  • HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATIONAL TOYS - National Geographic is proud to make the highest quality hands-on science toys, and all are backed by exceptional service and a commitment to your satisfaction.

Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: Star Wars - Holiday

Price: $48.99

This Set Contains:

  • Vinyl
  • Imported
  • ‘Tis the season to be Jedi or Sith, should you choose!
  • Whether you’re feeling naughty or nice, the Star Wars Funko Advent Calendar will help you count down the holiday season.
  • Each collectible brings a festive twist to their typical look, making these galactic heroes and villains a fine addition to your holiday décor.
  • Pocket Pop! collectibles vary in height depending on character.
  • The maximum figure height is approximately 2.1-inches tall.

Advent Calendars for Friends and Families

VOLUSPA 12 Day Advent Calendar

Price: $56.25

This Set Contains:

  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Sparkling Cuvée Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Panjore Lychee Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Goji & Tarocco Orange Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Spiced Pumpkin Latte Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Baltic Amber Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Gilt Pomander & Hinoki Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g French Cade & Lavender Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g White Cypress Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Kalahari Watermelon Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Tahitian Coconut Vanilla Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Cinnamon Woods Candle
  • 1.25 oz/ 35.4 g Forbidden Fig Candle

Onyx Coffee Lab Advent Calendar

Price: $189

This Set Contains:

  • Onyx Coffee Lab 24-day advent calendar
  • Filled with an assortment of artisan whole-bean coffee
  • Makes two 12-ounce cups each day

Holiday x Bannecker Prestige Advent Calendar

Price: $99

This Set Contains:

  • Prestige Advent Calendar shaped like a book for a magical experience.
  • Opening each drawer unveils a world full of sparkle and endless possibilities.
  • Delightful assortment featuring 28 iconic Venchi chocolates.
  • Each drawer contains up to 4 Christmas pictures.
  • A magical journey awaits as you enjoy these chocolates while anticipating Father Christmas.

12 Days of Gourmet Nuts Winter Wonderland Selection

Price: $50.00

This Set Contains:

Each 12 Days of Gourmet Nuts Winter Wonderland Selection Advent Calendar contains 12 tins, 2 ounces each, and are filled with the following:

  • Salted Pistachios
  • Honey Sea Salt Almonds
  • Smoked Almonds
  • Cranberry Nut Blend
  • Coconut Curry Peanuts
  • Salted Cashews
  • Deluxe Mix
  • Butter Cinnamon Pecans
  • Sea Salt Walnuts
  • Salted Corn Nuts
  • Tap Room Mix
  • Fireside MiX

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