For most of us, we grew up with regular chocolate advent calendars. However, there are so many kinds of advent calendars out there now. If you have a teen, it might be fun to surprise them with something a little different! Add a little surprise for the holidays with the treat of a special and unique calendar.
While these calendars are generally a bit more expensive than your average chocolate advent calendar, I like to have some options other than candy, and I also like to keep my kids excited for the holidays, especially as they get older.
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There are lots of great beauty advent calendars or makeup themed advent calendars out there, from Sephora to Ulta. Some are a particular brand name, and others are a sampling of a variety of items. You can also find calendars with accessories, like hair accessories or bracelets. You can find a great bath bomb advent calendars, too.
Food & Drink
Aside from chocolate, there are lots of food themed calendars. I got my kids a Pringles calendar one year and they loved it! I can’t seem to find a Pringles calendar for 2022, but there are other fun ideas, from hot sauces to teas. We are a big fan of Adagio Teas advent calendars.
There are toy calendars that may be appealing to your teen. For example, a fidget or squishies calendar. There are LEGO calendars and other puzzle types of calendars. There are a variety of themed Funko Pop advent calendars with lots of great collectibles (Disney, The Office, Marvel, etc), or other figurines (such as Roblox).
If your child enjoys science, there are plenty of options. You can find a science advent calendars with a variety of different experiments, or one with gemstones.
Sock advent calendars have been popular lately, and are a useful item too. You can buy a themed set, like this cute Harry Potter set. There are many movie, TV, animal, and other themes. I notice that Target seems to have a good selection of sock advent calendars.
There are some great calendars that practice gratitude and kindness, like an acts of kindness advent calendar or one to practice mindfulness.
Thank you for these. I might have to get that sock one for my teen daughter!
These are all really great gift ideas, I know of a few teens that would love these items.
I love these options! I always get my kids a unique advent calendar. My daughter will love that Funko Pop one!
These calendars are a great ideas. Im thinking of giving some to my nieces and nephews. I know they’ll like them.
I’m loving the themes of these advent calendars, I know one of my sons would love that Office themed funko pop one.
What a really great gift ideas you have here! Kids would definitely love all of this! So cute!
I just got a new Advent Calendar and they are always so much fun for the Holidays! I so love this season!
These are all such lovely options. I normally get mine chocolate calendars but these look like these would be much more fun.
These are all really great options! My kids would really love to get socks!
Advent calendars are so much fun. They make the holidays just a little bit more special, I think.
Everything looks so festive. I love those advent calendars for kids.
Wow, these are so much fun, and i enjoy all the festive that goes along with it. But i didn’t realize these are so different ones to choose from
How fun! I’ll have to remember these for when my girls are older!
What a great selection, advent calendars have definitely come on a lot since I was younger. I was thinking I need to start thinking about them earlier
These are great ideas for teens. They want to have fun just like little kids do during the holidays.
This is timely since I have been looking for unique advent calendars. I think my daughter would love the Mega Science Advent Calendar. That’s just exciting. Thank you for sharing this. I would love the Dobby socks for myself though. 🙂
There are SO MANY different Advent calendars available, and many of them are educational. I tend to go for the adult variety, like the beer or wine Advent calendars. But there are so many other options, perfect for teens and others, too.
The Mega Science one seems great for teens! Although personally I’m a big fan of the Sephora one. I’d use that in a heartbeat!
Those little Sephora nail polishe bottles are so cute too. I have a couple of those and I like them.
These are so great! I love that they’re so unique. Not every calendar has to be candy.
That Office mini Pops calendar is the best! I want the one for ME! LOL.
What a wonderful selection. I would have never thought of all the different types of advent calendars.
My kids do enjoy science so thank you so much for the ideas! I can also get myself gifts from the list 🙂
Some cool ideas here – my daughter is a tween and I will probably look at getting one of these next year. I love the science one!
These calendars look so good. Especially the first one.
Would love a beauty advent calendar! So fun!
This looks fun, and it’s been a long time since I got the calendar. I like the idea of the variety in this calender as well.
Advent calendars for teens, I didn’t think teens would be interested in Advent calendars. I’ll get one for my sister next year.
Those are really awesome ideas you got there! My nephew and niece will be so happy to get a hold of those.
Nnniiiccceee…these are all really nice but I love the mindful one, the most! Thanks for sharing about them.