Amazon has a wide selection of advent calendars, whether you’re looking for gourmet goodies, calendars that can be used year after year, or something that reps your fandoms. They have options for a traditional 24-day countdown or 12-day countdowns, too. And, generally speaking, Amazon has some of the best advent calendar deals.
The catch? Amazon has a huge inventory that can be hard to sort through. But that’s why I did the legwork and found the best deals on Amazon advent calendars. I’m also spilling my tried-and-true tips for getting the best price on the holiday tradition.
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Reusable Advent Calendars
Reusable calendars are the most bang for your because you can use them more than once, saving money in the long run. And you can fill the drawers and pockets with whatever treats and toys that fit your budget best. When it comes to reusable calendars, the price per day isn’t the most accurate way to determine value since that price gets cut down depending on how long you use it. But for simplicity’s sake, aim to pay less than $0.70 per day.
How to Save on Amazon Advent Calendars
1. Calculate the price per day to assess value.
Calculating the price per day gives you a solid metric to compare prices across different package sizes. All you need to do is take the total cost and divide it by the amount of days. So a $30 calendar that runs for 24 days maths out to $1.25 per day.
We calculated the cost per day for you for each deal. But if you’re shopping on your own, on the whole, you want to aim to pay no more than $1.50 per day.
2. Opt for calendars with products that can be enjoyed again and again.
When you think about it, you’re paying for cardboard and plastic each time you purchase a disposable advent calendar. (I don’t blame you though, they’re easy, convenient, and often tied with big names like Disney or Mattel.
But if you don’t mind a little DIY, I suggest getting an empty calendar and filling it with cheaper candy or going for a calendar with toys inside. These reusable options save you money in the long run.
3. Licensed items will cost more than other goods.
You know when you buy merch from your fave band or fandom and it says the goods are “officially licensed”? That just means whoever owns the rights to that show, movie, book, etc. is getting paid for using their intellectual property. Basically, when you buy a licensed product, you’re paying more for royalties.
Licensed advent calendars (like anything released by Disney, Mattel, LEGO, etc) will always be more expensive since you’re paying for a big brand name. For those calendars, aim to pay no more than $2.50 per day.
4. Order ahead of time to save on shipping costs.
If you have Amazon Prime you get access to that sweet, sweet 2-day shipping. But if you’re not a member or you have your eye on something that doesn’t qualify for Prime shipping, those fees can add up fast. Especially since rush shipping is notoriously expensive, sometimes costing more than the actual product. But, if you budget enough time, you can opt for no-rush shipping and earn some Amazon promo credits too.
That said, I recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance (but the earlier, the better). This allows you to choose the cheapest shipping option while still accounting for mild holiday postal delays. If that schedule isn’t feasible for you, then opt for a 12-day calendar instead to make up for the shortened timeline.