Teens and tweens are often under-represented in our Christmas traditions. It is easy to find a gift, some gift wrap, or an advent calendar for little ones, but it can be tough to find advent calendars for tweens and teens.
Luckily there are companies that are looking to plug this gap in the market. You can now find advent calendars for teens and tweens no matter what their interests and pastimes. Even if your older child has an interest not represented here, there are plenty of fun, appealing, reusable advent calendars you can fill with your own surprises.
I spent far more time than I should have, searching for fabulous teen and pre-teen advent calendar ideas. But more importantly, I tested each calendar on the teens in our life and these are our family favourites.
Unlike other cosmetic advent calendars, this option from Beauty Blast has a combination of travel and full-size beauty products. Also, unlike the previous versions of the Beauty Blast advent calendar, this “reloaded” option does not have multiple duplicate items.
The cosmetics are all made in the UK, guaranteed cruelty-free, and the tray inside is folded cardboard rather than molded plastic.
Our calendar contained:
- 1 Bow Hair Clip,
- 1 Hair Scrunchie,
- 1 Pair of Tweezers,
- 3 Lip Liners,
- 1 King Kohl Eyeliner,
- 2 Glitter Pigment Pots
- 3 Liquid Cream Illuminators,
- 1 Honolulu Bronzer,
- 1 Candy Blusher,
- 1 Banana Dreams Face Powder,
- 4 Too Fabulous Lipsticks,
- 3 Glamorous Glosses,
- 1 Absolute Lashes Mascara,
- 1 Watermelon Wave Moisturiser
For the puzzle fans in your life, how about this cute metal puzzle advent calendar? For each puzzle, you have to work out how to separate the two pieces and then get them back together again.
The 24 puzzles have five distinct levels of difficulty and range from the super simple to the genuinely tricky. They are also arranged in the calendar so you open the windows and discover the easiest puzzle first and they build up in difficulty and the trickiest is last.
If you have a “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fan, we have the perfect advent calendar for them. The calendar opens up and has small envelopes, rather than doors, which has the advantage of making it, in their, reusable.
Packed with mini-books, note cards, ornaments, stickers, and more, the gifts range from the higher quality wooden ornaments, magnetic bookmarks, and mini-books to the less impressive – but still cute- cardboard decorations for the tree.
We were particular fans of the “Violent Night” Christmas carol book and Sally’s Botanical Book.
If you’re the crafty type you could make small items for the envelopes and use The Nightmare Before Christmas advent calendar as a countdown to Halloween, birthdays, vacations, etc.
If you want to avoid an advent calendar packed with disposable “stuff” consider the Hasbro Board Games Advent Box.
Rather than a daily window, the box has 12 doors. Each door features graphics from a Hasbro game, and behind the door is a coordinating pair of socks. Nine of the pairs are ankle socks and the other three are crew-style socks.
Our three pairs of crew socks feature the games Sorry, Clue, and Monopoly. The ankle socks feature Game of Life, Battleship, Operation, Candyland, Monopoly, two styles of Scrabble socks, and two styles of Twister socks.
The socks are listed as being sizes 9-12 and our teen with size 12 feet finds them comfortable. Meanwhile, the 100% polyester construction washes and dries well, with no loss of color or shape.
This “Create Your Own Christmas Decorations” advent calendar from Ravensburger is most suitable for the younger end of the tween & teen, age range, or maybe for someone who likes the idea of creating small, crafty items for Christmas.
The 24 ornaments include four mini jigsaw puzzle balls which you complete and place on the stands which you color in. There are also a slide-together sleigh and reindeer, a pom pom Santa, a plastic Christmas tree cookie cutter, several reusable origami stencils to make snowflakes and other items, a shooting star garland, and more.
This sturdy Star Wars advent calendar opens up, book-style, to reveal 25 envelopes of fun.
There’s a combination of decent quality gifts like a pair of lightsaber pencils, a cute Darth and stormtroopers keychain, tiny booklets, and note cards. Plus a sprinkling of less impressive, but still worthwhile cardboard tree-hanger style ornaments.
Reading some of the online reviews for this calendar, you’ll see people complain that the calendar isn’t full of super high-quality items. However, we think the mix of high quality and less high-quality gifts is appropriate for the price of the calendar.
We think this is ideal for Star Wars fans, and as long as you are not expecting 25 high-quality gifts you won’t be disappointed.
If your teen or tween enjoys a good pot of slime, then this is the holiday advent calendar for them. It features 24 days of DIY, Fluffy, Slime making fun.
This is actually an advent book rather than an advent calendar and each day there is a new page to colour. Colouring pages have images such as a robin, a Christmas tree, and giant snowflakes.
Do you have a tween or teen who’s tastes are wide-ranging, or so particular that nobody is likely to produce an advent calendar for them? Then this might be the best option for you. Fill the bags of this reusable burlap bag advent calendar with whatever little treats your not so little one loves.
You never know, it might even be enough to get your teen out of bed in the morning.
I thought this was supposed to be a list of advent calendars for teens and tweens I hear you cry. Ah, but if you know anything about our family you’ll know how the kids and adults and all of those in-between, adore Playmobil. In fact, the likelihood is that the kids won’t get a look in with this one and it’ll be mom and dad fighting over who gets which piece.
If this one floats your boat, you may want to take a look at our post dedicated to gifts for Playmobil fans.
Fans of The Office and will appreciate this advent calendar. Not only do they get a fix of their favourite show, but they also end up with 12 pairs of socks to enjoy in the coming year.
Behind each window of this advent calendar for teens and tweens there’s a small paperback book, individually wrapped in a paper sleeve.
This advent calendar features Pikachu and Eevee buildable and poseable Pokémon figures. The bricks are also compatable with other Mega Construx building sets.
Once all the pieces are revealed, you can enjoy a magical ball with the Royal family. The set includes a backdrop, four figures, a decorated tree, presents, table and chairs, candelabra, cat and kitten, violin, sleigh, and tons of other accessories.
We might just buy this second Playmobil advent calendar and have one each. The trouble with that being, of course, that both of us will want all 48 surprises. Do you think buying two of each would be going a little far?
This Christmas countdown tree ornament set includes a magnetic wooden tree, 24 magnetic ornaments, and 1 shining star for the top of the tree. In addition, a wooden ornament box is attached to help keep all the pieces together.
This LEGO Friends Advent Calendar comes with a LEGO Friends Emma, Mrs. Claus and 2 elf mini-doll figures, as well as a buildable toy penguin and a host of other cool buildable festive treats; Some models also come with fun, dynamic features.
Approximately 11. 81-inches tall, this wooden advent calendar for teens can be filled with items of your choosing. Therefore, once Christmas is over you can pack it away ready for use next year.