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My fairly religious family prefers the fun, toy-based, non-religious Advent calendars, so for us the best 2017 Advent calendars contain toys that can be played with year-round, and work well with toys our kids may already have.
Our elf brings the Advent calendar as a surprise on December 1, and my kids love thinking about which calendar he might bring this year.
Here are my top picks for the 7 best Advent calendars for 2017:
1. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (Amazon, $31.99)
My kids are Star Wars-obsessed despite never seeing any of the films. LEGO hits the Advent calendar concept out of the park. The calendar comes as a box with 24 punch-outs. A little LEGO character, vehicle, or the like are inside, and the instructions for making it are on the back of the punch-out.
2. LEGO City Advent Calendar (Amazon, $29.99)
If your child loves LEGO but not Star Wars, this is a fun Advent calendar to buy for your child. Lego is fun for all age groups (except really little ones who could choke) and the pieces obviously work with all the LEGO you find in your house. The exact holiday theme changes every year, so your child could receive a Lego Advent calendar every year without getting bored.
3. Disney Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar (Amazon, $39.99)
I personally love playing with Tsum Tsum, and I understood the allure right away. They are fun to stack, line up, or play with in a dollhouse. The Tsum Tsum you find in the Advent calendar come with cute holiday themed accessories, like reindeer antlers or a little gift box to hang out in. My kids loved this one last year.
4. Little People Advent Calendar (Amazon, $34.99)
Little People made one big boo-boo in that their Advent calendar is the exact same one as last year. If you have a toddler though, this makes a really fun advent calendar. We’ve played with these Little People since Christmas last year, and they are the same lasting quality that one would expect of Little People.
5. Playmobil “Pirate Treasure Island” Advent Calendar (Amazon, $34.09)
Argggg! If you celebrate Christmas but don’t like the whole Santa thing, this is a great Advent calendar for you. There is nothing holiday related and the whole calendar is pirate-themed. Any treasure-loving child would love this Advent calendar.
6. Playmobil 1.2.3 Advent Calendar (Amazon, $49.99)
Since there aren’t too many safe options for toddlers, it’s worth sharing this 1,2,3 Advent calendar from Playmobil. The pieces are all fairly large, making it easy to keep track of them and have you less worried about any choking hazard.
7. Paw Patrol Look-Out Advent Calendar (Amazon, $24.99)
For the Paw Patrol lovers new this year is a Paw Patrol Advent calendar. I haven’t seen this one in person but plan to buy it for a little one I know who lives and breathes these pups.
Keep in mind that if you are going to do an Advent calendar this year you will want to have it by the December 1st start date. Many of these sell out before Thanksgiving so buy them now. Some of these calendars were threatening to sell out even as I was writing this.
By the way, if you prefer to go a more traditional, religious-based Advent calendar route, check out this super duper cute felt nativity scene you can hang in your home. I had a similar one as a child and I loved it.
Do your kids love Advent calendars?