Advent has long been a popular way to count down the days from Dec. 1 to Christmas in Europe, but in past years, increasingly so in the U.S. as well. Both Advent calendars for kids and adult Advent calendars are released each September. Some are available for immediate shipping, and others available to pre-order and ship closer to the holidays. Keep in mind, when shopping Amazon, the pre-order price guarantee policy ensures you’ll get the best price, even if the price drops after you purchase and before it ships.

The best time to buy an Advent calendar is actually at the end of December, specifically the week after Christmas. And while that won’t help you this year, consider buying a year ahead to get the very best price for 2021.

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Here are the best Advent calendar deals across the most in-demand categories:

 

Harry Potter Advent Calendars

When it comes to Harry Potter Advent calendars, you’re looking at three mainstream affordable options: LEGO Harry Potter, Funko Harry Potter, and a pop-up book version.

 

1. Walmart LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar for $0.83 per day

The 2020 LEGO Harry Potter Advent #75981 calendar is on shelves now. It features 24 mini-sets hidden behind each door so that each day there is something small to build— last year we saw mini-figures, a small train, and a set of trees.

The retail price is $39.99, but it’s selling for $10 less at Walmart, Amazon, and Costco. Keep an eye on the Target price. We expect it’ll drop with a Target circle offer in the coming weeks. If you’re a Target RedCardholder, consider buying there to take advantage of the extra 5% discount. Amazon Prime Visa holders and Walmart Capital One Visa holders both save 5% at their respective stores, which beats out the 2% back for Costco Executive members. Here’s the Walmart price:

Buy 1 LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar, 24 days $19.97
In store and online
Free shipping on orders of $35+ (around 8 days)
Final Price: $19.97
Available Now

 

2. GameStop Funko Pop Harry Potter Advent Calendar for $1.66 per day

The Funko Harry Potter Advent calendar is the other Harry Potter Advent getting lots of attention. The best time to buy would technically be on Dec. 1 or 2, when the price last year went to $27. But, of course, then you’d miss the first two days. Here’s the GameStop price:

Buy 1 Funko Advent Calendar: Harry Potter, 24 days $39.99
Free shipping on orders $35+
Final Price: $39.99
Available now

 

3. Amazon Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up Advent Calendar for $1.50 per day

There’s a third Harry Potter Advent calendar worth mentioning. It’s a 2019 Hogwarts Pop-Up Advent Calendar that’s still available for sale on Amazon. Each of the 24 flaps reveals a paper ornament that hangs on the three-dimensional paper tree. Here’s the Amazon price:

Buy 1 Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up Advent, 24 days (reg $39.99) $35.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or on orders of $25+
Final Price: $35.99
Available now

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LEGO Advent Calendars

In addition to Harry Potter, LEGO has also released LEGO City, LEGO Friends, and LEGO Star Wars Advent calendars for 2020. The LEGO City and LEGO Friends set retail for $29.97, and the Star Wars retails for the same as Harry Potter, $39.97. . . because of licensing.

 

4. Walmart LEGO City Advent Calendar for $0.83 per day

LEGO City is the cheapest LEGO Advent calendar this year at Walmart and Amazon, where the price is below $20. Costco is selling the same set for $22.99 in store. Here’s the Walmart price:

Buy 1 LEGO City Advent Calendar, 24 days (reg. $29.99) $19.97
In store and online
Free store pickup
Final Price: $19.97
Available now

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5. Walmart LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar for $1.25 per day

LEGO Star Wars is cheapest this year at Walmart, Amazon, and Costco. The price is $29.97 – $29.99 at all three stores. Here’s the Walmart price:

Buy 1 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, 24 days (reg. $39.99) $29.97
In store and online
Free store pickup
Final Price: $29.97
Available now
Only 2 left!

 

Funko Advent Calendars

Last year, I saw Funko calendars drop as low as $20 and as high as $60. When some sold out, resellers sold them for even more. At $39.99, I think they’re a decent price.

 

6. GameStop Funko Nightmare Before Christmas Advent Calendar for $1.66 per day

Buy 1 Funko Advent Calendar: The Nightmare Before Christmas, 24 days $39.99
In store and online
Free store pickup
Final Price: $39.99

 

7. GameStop Funko Dragon Ball Z Advent Calendar for $1.66 per day

Buy 1 Funko Advent Calendar: Dragon Ball Z Pocket Pop!, 24 days $39.99
Free shipping on orders of $35+
Final Price: $39.99

 

L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendars

There are a couple of L.O.L. Surprise! Advent calendars out there. The first is the Limited Edition L.O.L. Suprise! Advent Calendar which includes a Limited Edition L.O.L. Surprise! Tricksta B.B. doll. You’ll see this calendar referred to as OOTD, for “Outfit Of The Day.” Behind the doors are 24 exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! fashion pieces, including outfits, shoes, and accessories.

 

8. L.O.L. Surprise! OOTD Advent Calendar for $1.08 per day

Here’s the price on the L.O.L. Surprise! website. You can get it cheaper from Amazon for $23.99 with free shipping for Prime members, but you won’t get it until the middle of December.

Buy 1 L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendar with Limited Edition Doll and 25+Surprises 24 days $29.99
Use WELCOMELOL for 10% off your first order
Free Shipping on orders over $50
Final Price: $26.99, or $1.08 per accessory plus the ‘free’ doll
Available now

 

9. Amazon L.O.L. Surprise! Bling-A-Tree Advent Calendar for $1 per day

Another slightly less official L.O.L. Surprise! Advent Calendar is the L.O.L. Surprise! Bling-A-Tree Advent Calendar, which includes a shiny paper Christmas tree and 24 ornaments, secret messages, and activities behind the 24 doors. The biggest difference between L.O.L. Surprise! Bling-A-Tree and OOTD Advent calendars? The OOTD is a plastic doll with three-dimensional plastic accessories. The Bling-A-Tree is a paper book with two-dimensional paper accessories. Here’s the Amazon price:

Buy 1 L.O.L. Surprise! Bling-A-Tree Advent Calendar, 24 days (reg $29.99) $23.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or on orders of $25+
Final Price: $24.75, or $1.03 per ornament
In stock Dec. 9

 

Pokemon Advent Calendars

Here’s a kid’s favorite. While you can find Pokemon cards for similar prices at several retailers including: Walmart, Target, and Amazon; the cheapest price for the Pokemon Mega Construx Advent Calendar is $34.99 at Target.

 

10. Target Pokeman Advent Calendar for $1.38 per day

The Mega Construx Pokemon Advent Calendar at Target contains 24-day Pokemon surprises and two buildable and poseable Pikachu and Eevee figures.

Buy 1 Mega Construx Pokemon Advent Calendar $34.99 regular price
Use RedCard for 5% off
Use RedCard for free shipping or free shipping on orders of $35+
Or free store pickup or Drive Up
Final Price: $33.24, or $1.38 per toy plus two free figures
Available now

 

 

ALDI Advent Calendars

ALDI is easily the queen when it comes to Advent retailers. Their Advent calendars for kids are super affordable. Here are just a few that will be on shelves this year.

 

11. ALDI Disney Advent Calendar for $0.42 per day

Buy 1 ALDI Disney Storybook Advent Calendar, 24 days $9.99
In stores only
Final Price $9.99
Available now

 

12. ALDI Hot Wheels or Pixar’s Cars Advent Calendar for $0.71 per day

Buy 1 ALDI Hot Wheels or Pixar’s Cars Advent Calendar, 24 days $16.99
In stores only
Final Price $16.99
Available now

 

13. ALDI Paw Patrol Advent Calendar for $0.83 per day

Buy 1 ALDI Paw Patrol Advent Calendar, 24 days $19.99
In stores only
Final Price $19.99
Available now

 

14. ALDI Barbie Advent Calendar for $1.04 per day

Buy 1 ALDI Barbie Advent Calendar, 24 days $24.99
In stores only
Final Price $24.99
Available now

 

Wine Advent Calendars

Yes, please! Can’t go wrong with celebrating the season with a collection of wines.

15. Costco Wine Advent Calendar for $4.16 per day

The Costco Wine Advent calendar contains twenty-four 375-milliliters half bottles. A standard bottle of wine is 750 milliliters, and a restaurant pour is usually 150 milliliters or — 5 glasses per bottle. This Advent calendar contains 375-milliliter bottles from around the world. Each wine (reds, whites, blends, and bubbles) is outlined in detail on WineAdvent-ure.com. This set is available exclusively in Costco stores.

Not a Costco member? Ask a friend to buy you a Costco gift card. Reimburse your buddy, then shop in store without a membership. It seriously works. Non-members are allowed to shop in store and make in-store purchases without a membership as long as they have a gift card.

Buy 1 Costco Wine Advent Calendar, 24 days $99.99
In stores only
Final Price $99.99
Available now

 

16. ALDI Wine Advent Calendar for $2.92 per day

2020 will be the third year for the ALDI Wine calendar in the US, and its price isn’t rising. It’s selling once again for $69.99, thirty bucks cheaper than Costco. But, last year the ALDI wines were 187 milliliters each. Costco’s are 375 milliliters, which makes Costco the better price per milliliter.

Don’t miss the Imported Cheese Advent Calendar for $14.99 while you’re there.

Buy 1 ALDI Wine Advent Calendar, 24 days $69.99
In stores only
Final Price $69.99
Available now

 

Cheese Advent Calendars

Of course, pairing a collection of cheeses from around the world with your favorite wines is a must.

 

17. ALDI Imported Cheese Advent Calendar for $0.62 per day

Because if you give a mouse a wine Advent, you have to also give them cheese. This 12.7-ounce emporium selection Advent cheese calendar contains 24 single servings of artisanal cheese at just $0.62 per serving.

Buy 1 ALDI Cheese Advent Calendar, 24 days $14.99
In stores only
Final Price $14.99
Available now

 

Hard Seltzer Advent Calendars

Considering the rapid growth in the hard seltzer industry, we’re expecting to see new players in this new category this year. As of the writing of this post, ALDI is the only retailer who has released plans to sell an affordable version of a hard seltzer Advent.

18. ALDI Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar for $1.46 per day

The Vista Bay hard-seltzer Advent calendar contains 24 single-serving, 8.5-ounce cans, a cost per can of $1.46. I’m including the Advent calendar here, because it’s the most affordable option on the market today but have to point out that a 12-pack of Vista Bay seltzer often sells for only $9.99 at ALDI. So this calendar is kind of a rip-off. The 24-pack contains two of each of Vista Bay’s 12 flavors.

Even at this price, ALDI is far and away the cheapest option. There are other seltzer Advents selling for extraordinarily high prices, like over seven dollars per can.

Buy 1 Vista Bay Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar, 24 days $34.99
In stores only
Final Price $34.99
Available now

 

Beer Advent Calendars

The best Advent calendar deals will tend to be those multi-brand calendars curated by a retailer. Wine and beer are two examples of categories where this is absolutely true. There are many beer Advent calendars out there, but Costco and ALDI lead the pack in value because they partner with the brands and secure a giant discount in exchange for including them in the Advent. Bottom line, there’s not a cheaper way to try new beers all year.

 

19. Costco Brewer’s 24 Cans of Beer Advent Calendar for $2.50 per day

The Brewer’s Advent calendar contains twenty-four 16.9-ounce cans of imported German beer. If deciding between the beer and wine Advents, we say buy both and use this one for Oktoberfest. At $59.99 for the set, this calendar breaks down to only $2.50 per can or $0.15 per ounce.

Buy 1 Brewer’s Advent Calendar, 24 days $59.99
In stores only
Final Price $59.99
Available now

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20. ALDI Beer Advent Calendar for $2.08 per day

ALDI’s Hoppy Holidays beer Advent calendar contains twenty-four 11.2-ounce bottles of beer, and the cost breaks down to $2.08 per can. ALDI beats out Costco on cost per bottle, but with Costco’s huge 16.9-ounce cans, Costco obliterates ALDI’s $0.19 cost per ounce.

Buy 1 ALDI Beer Advent Calendar, 24 days $49.99
In stores only
Final Price $49.99
Available now

 

 

Hot Sauce Calendars

Want to spice up the holidays? An Advent Calendar loaded with hot sauce should do the trick.

 

21. Cost Plus World Market 12 Days of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar for $2.08 per day

Buy 1 Cost Plus World Market 12 Days of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar $24.99
In stores only
Final Price $24.99
Available now

 

Coffee Advent Calendars

What better way to taste a variety of coffee blends than a holiday advent calendar.

 

22. Costco’s San Francisco Bay 12 Days of Coffee Advent Calendar $2.07 per day

Buy 1 San Francisco Bay 12 Days of Coffee Advent Calendar $24.89
In stores only
Final Price $24.89
Available now

 

Chocolate Advent Calendars

Of course, not all chocolates are created equal, but we’ll give you some of our favorite chocolate Advent calendar deals, from the dirt-cheap to the great value.

 

23. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Advent Calendars for $0.04 per day

The cheapest Advent calendars on our list — the Trader Joe’s chocolate Advent calendars — are only $0.99, the same as they were in 2019.

Buy 1 Trader Joe’s Chocolate Advent Calendar, 24 days $0.99
In stores only
Final Price $0.99
Available now

 

24. ALDI Choceur Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar for $0.06 per day

ALDI has three additional chocolate Advent calendars each year. The standard chocolates retail for $1.39, the premium for $4.99, and the Moser Roth 24 Days of Christmas Nutcracker Advent Calendar for $7.99.

Buy 1 ALDI Choceur Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar, 24 days $1.39
In stores only
Final Price $1.39
Available now

 

25. ALDI Choceur Milk Chocolate Premium Advent Calendar for $0.21 per day

Buy 1 ALDI Choceur Milk Premium Chocolate Advent Calendar, 24 days $4.99
In stores only
Final Price $4.99
Available now

 

26. ALDI Moser Roth 24 Days of Christmas Nutcracker Advent Calendar for $0.33 per day

Buy 1 ALDI Christmas Nutcracker Chocolate Advent Calendar, 24 days $7.99
In stores only
Final Price $7.99
Available now

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27. Godiva Advent Calendar for $1.66 per day

Buy 1 Godiva 2020 Holiday Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar, 24 days $39.95
Online only
Free shipping over $35
Final Price: $39.95
Currently out of stock! Check your local Godiva store for availability

 

28. Costco Lindt Assorted Chocolate Advent Calendar for $0.75 per day

Buy 1 Lindt Assorted Chocolates Advent Calendar $17.99
In stores only
Final Price $17.99
Available now

 

Makeup Advent Calendars

Every Black Friday, I see deeply discounted makeup sets. In recent years, beauty brands are getting an early start by building makeup sets as Advent calendars to sell throughout fall. Because driving a new trial is so important to beauty brands, shoppers can often score incredible savings — in the neighborhood of 50-80% retail price.

There are two types of beauty Advent calendars to be aware of: curated multi-brand collections released by a retailer and single-brand collections released by the brand. In my experience, the best bang-for-your-buck sets are multi-brand, retailer-curated like these first three.

 

29. Sephora Advent Calendar 2020 for $1.88 per day

 

 

30. Macy’s Advent Calendar for $2.89 per day

Macy’s Advent Calendar for 2020 is available to ship now. It includes 24 products and a $10 gift card! The value of the items in the set is $434, which makes the $69.30 price tag quite a steal. The set includes brands like Tarte, Clinique, Lancome, Shisheido, Dr. Brant, SK-II, Peter Thomas Roth, Laura Mercier, and more. See the full details of products included at Macys.com.

Buy 1 Macy’s Advent Calendar, 24 days plus gift card (reg. $99) $69.30 through Nov. 28
Free shipping on orders of $25+ or free curbside pickup
Final Price: $69.30 plus $10 gift card
Currently unavailable!

 

31. Benefit Advent Calendar for $5.83 per day

Twelve of Benefit cosmetics’ best selling beauty items in mini sizes.

Buy 1 Benefit Advent Calendar, 12 Days $69.90
Free Priority Shipping
Final Price $69.90, or $5.83 per item
Out of stock!

 

32. NYX Beauty Advent Calendar for $2.29 per day

Buy 1 NYX Advent Calendar, 24 days $55
Free shipping on orders over $25
Final Price $55 plus free blotting paper and highlighting palette with purchase
Out of stock!

 

33. The Body Shop Advent Calendar for $2.76 per day

The Standard Advent Calendar contains 25 products worth over $109. At a price of $69, that’s 37% savings.

 

34. Amazon Bath Bomb Advent Calendar for $1.08 per day

This 2019 Fizzle All The Way Advent Calendar is still available for sale, and for cheaper than this time last year when it retailed for $19.99. Each of the 12 stockings contains a small bath bomb. Reviews of the product are good, not great.

Buy 1 Fizzle All The Way Bath Bomb Advent Calendar, 12 days $12.99
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or on orders of $25+
Final Price: $12.99, or $1.08 per bath bomb
Currently unavailable!

 

Socks Advent Calendars

When it comes to sock Advent calendars, Target, Kohl’s, and Walmart are likely to be the places you’ll find the best deals. Michaels also got in the mix with a 12-sock Advent for $11.99 on Black Friday in 2019. As a general rule of thumb, you want to be under $1 per pair of socks.

 

35. Target Avengers Advent Calendar for $0.95 per day

Buy 1 Marvel Avengers Socks Advent Calendar, 15 days $15
Use RedCard for 5% off
Use RedCard for free shipping or free shipping on orders of $35+
Or free store pickup or Drive Up
Final Price: $14.25, or $0.95 per sock
Available now

RELATED: How to Coupon at Target

 

36. Target Disney Princess Socks Advent Calendar for $0.95 per day

Buy 1 Disney Princess Socks Advent Calendar, 15 days $15
Use RedCard for 5% off
Use RedCard for free shipping or free shipping on orders of $35+
Or free store pickup or Drive Up
Final Price: $14.25, or $0.95 per sock
Available now

 

37. Target Women’s Cat Lovers Socks Advent Calendar for $0.95 per day

Buy 1 Women’s Cat Lover Socks Advent Calendar,15 days $15
Use RedCard for 5% off
Use RedCard for free shipping or free shipping on orders of $35+
Or free store pickup or Drive Up
Final Price: $14.25, or $0.95 per sock
Available now

 

 

Cat Advent Calendars

The best deal you’ll find on a cat Advent calendar this year will be in store at Trader Joe’s or ALDI.

 

38. Trader Joe’s Cat Advent Calendar for $0.24 per day

The cat Advent calendar from Trader Joe’s is the same price as the dog calendar, $5.99 for twenty-five treats, made from antibiotic-free Atlantic salmon, and dried seaweed.

Buy 1 Trader Joe’s Cat Advent Calendar, 5.11 ounces, 25 days $5.99
In stores only
Final Price $5.99
Available now

 

39. ALDI Cat Advent Calendar for $0.24 per day

Buy 1 ALDI’s Cat Advent Calendar, 25 days $5.89
In stores only
Final Price $5.89
Available now

 

40. Amazon Paper Kitty Advent Calendar for $0.21 per day

Buy 1 Kitties Advent Calendar, 24 days $4.95
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or on orders of $25+
Final Price: $4.95
In stock Dec. 9

 

Dog Advent Calendars

The best deal you’ll find on a dog Advent calendar this year will be in store at Trader Joe’s or ALDI. Both stores released dog treat Advent calendars for under $6 last year.

 

41. Trader Joe’s Dog Advent Calendar for $0.24 per day

This dog Advent calendar from Trader Joe’s is a steal at $5.99 for twenty-five treats— a grain-free recipe containing 60% smoked Scottish salmon (antibiotic-free) and 40% sweet potato.

Buy 1 Trader Joe’s Dog Advent Calendar, 5.11 ounce, 24 days $5.99
In stores only
Final Price: $5.99
Available now

 

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42. Amazon Dog Advent Calendar for $0.91 per day

Buy 1 Himalayan Pet Supply Best Friend’s Advent Calendar, 24 days $21.97
Free shipping with Amazon Prime or on orders of $25+
Final Price: $21.97
Available now

 

43. Costco 100 Meaty Treats Advent Calendar for Dogs $1 per day

Buy 1 Costco 100 Meaty Treats Advent Calendar $23.99
In stores only
Final Price $23.99 or $0.24 a treat

 

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