The Most Magical Advent Calendars of 2022

Kick off your holiday countdown with one of the season’s most unique advent calendars. From LEGO to luxury cosmetics, these gifting staples deliver so much more than a daily dose of December chocolate!

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Unique advent calendar for Christmas
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10 Truly Unique Advent Calendars in Canada This Season

Advent calendars have come a long way over the last few years, and you can now find holiday countdowns tailored to every interest and age bracket—from toys to cosmetics and even tools. Here are 10 of the most unique advent calendars available across Canada this season. As with most festive merchandise, quantities tend to be limited, so you’ll have to act fast to bring these holiday treats home.

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Unique Advent Calendar - Harry Potter Lego
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Holidays at Hogwarts

Kids won’t mind forgoing their daily dose of chocolate when they have the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar to look forward to. While LEGO offers several buildable mini-sets to celebrate the countdown to Christmas (including Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy), Potterheads will be delighted with the 24 daily gifts inspired by the series. Play possibilities grow every day, while engaging minds and working those fine motor skills. $60, Lego

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Unique Advent Calendar - Davidstea Tea Calendar
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Seasonal sips

The latest advent calendar from DavidsTea allows you to take a trip without leaving the comfort of your own home. Around The World in 24 Teas treats taste buds to a guided tour across the globe with 24 geographically-diverse loose-leaf teas and infusions. Another option for tea connoisseurs is the 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. With double portions of tea behind each door, it’s worth reminding your recipient that they’re sure to make Santa’s nice list if they share. From $55, DavidsTea

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Unique Advent Calendar - 24 Good Deeds
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Spirit of the season

‘Tis the season for giving and the 24 Good Deeds charity advent calendar does just that. By purchasing this advent calendar, you’re donating a dollar a day to 24 carefully vetted registered Canadian charities, and making a meaningful change in the world by supporting their efforts. Although the stylish tree-shaped advent calendar is environmentally-friendly, there’s a zero-waste online-only option as well. $24, 24 Good Deeds

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Unique Advent Calendar - Usborne Book Collection
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…And to all a good night

Set children up for silent nights with Usborne’s Advent Calendar Book Collection. Behind each window lies a beautifully illustrated storybook. Holiday classics such as The 12 Days of Christmas are included along with adventure stories and enchanting tales of elves and emperors. By Christmas Eve you’ll have a little library that’s sure to be treasured for years to come. $35, Usborne, Indigo and Amazon

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Canadian Tire Mastercraft Advent Calendar
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Santa’s little helper

The perfect gift for the handy person in your life, the Mastercraft Advent Calendar Tool Box is quite practical for those who like to tinker. Inside each of the 24 doors are actual Mastercraft tools with both metric and SAE sockets, each clearly stamped with their size for easy identification. With 24 daily gifts of tools, yule be able to schedule all those long-delayed DIY projects well into the New Year. $30, Canadian Tire

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Puzzle Advent Calendar
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Merry mindfulness

The spirit of the holiday season is beautifully captured in the Louise Cunningham Merry & Bright 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar. Relive the joy of the 12 days of Christmas with a dozen 80-piece puzzles, each depicting a whimsical festive illustration. Avid puzzle players will appreciate the thick and sturdy pieces with virtually no puzzle dust. An informational insert about each image and the artist adds to the enjoyment. $36, Nordstrom

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Kiehl's Advent Calendar 2022
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Seasonal self-care

Kiehl’s Holiday Limited Edition Advent Calendar is loaded with luxe skin and body care products, ensuring the gift of glowing skin this holiday season. This unisex bundle of comfort and joy is valued at $340, yet retails for less than half that. Many of Kiehl’s cult favourite products, like the Ultra Face Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask are included. $155, Kiehl’s, Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom

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Purdys Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar
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Vegan treats

Those who’ve ditched dairy can finally join the party. Canadian chocolatier Purdys has whipped up a Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar for a daily sweet reward. Featuring 24 cute little drawers, each opens up to reveal melt-in-your-mouth vegan dark chocolate and vegan mylk chocolate treats. And yes, Purdys’ mylk chocolate hits all the right cocoa notes and tastes just as creamy as their milk chocolate confections, thanks to the use of rice powder. $30, Purdys

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Crayola Advent Calendar
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Countdown to creativity

The wee ones in your life will love counting down to the big day with the Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar. Each day delivers an exciting challenge and a cool Crayola tool to complete it. The best part about this unique advent calendar is that it doubles as a gift of time for caregivers, ensuring little hands are kept busy, and minds stimulated while they’re home for holidays. Choose between 12- and 24-day countdowns filled with ornaments and decorations just waiting to be bedazzled. $27, Toys R Us Canada

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Taste Of Nova Scotia Advent Calendar
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A taste of home

If you’ve got an East Coaster in your life who misses home (or puts molasses on their biscuits), the Taste of Nova Scotia Advent Calendar makes the perfect present. This scrumptious foodie find is not only a delectable way to count down to the holidays, but it also helps to support small producers carrying on Maritime culinary traditions. The individually-wrapped treats from Nova Scotia food and beverage producers can be enjoyed right away, or stored in the pantry to ring in the New Year. $175, Taste of Nova Scotia

Next, check out our great Canadian gift guide for 50 inspired gifting ideas under $50.

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