Ready to ditch your boring chocolate Christmas countdown? As a geek girl myself, I know what it’s like to eat, sleep, and breathe my favorite fandoms. And since the obsession over our faves remains in full force during the holidays, I’ve hunted down 12 awesome fandom-themed advent calendars for my fellow nerds and their younglings to enjoy!
Let me just start out by saying that I have no problem with chocolate advent calendars. That cheap, waxy chocolate was a seasonal staple in my childhood and they need to exist so that future generations will continue to know the simultaneous joy and torment of being allowed to eat exactly one piece of tiny chocolate per day for 24 days. But we’ve come a long way since then and now we have advent calendars that appeal to our interests as individuals and offer something that lasts longer than a few short moments on our tastebuds. So without further ado, here is a roundup of my 12 favorite advent calendars for 2019. (Listed in no particular order, includes affiliate links)
It should come as no surprise that Disney plays a big role in our family’s holiday traditions. So what better way to celebrate than a collection of holiday stories from our favorite Disney characters! The moment I saw this Disney Christmas countdown I knew I had to have it for my 7-year-old. We love reading together and I thought that this would be such a fun alternative to the typical candy or trinket style countdowns. The Disney Storybook advent calendar includes 24 miniature storybooks individually wrapped in a paper sleeve to keep every story leading up to Christmas a surprise!
Speaking of Disney (and I usually am), another Christmas countdown new for 2019 is the Disney Mickey Mouse advent calendar. This Amazon exclusive is full of little trinkets from figurines to stickers. It’s an adorable candy-alternative for smaller children, just be mindful that the toys are very small and might be a hazard for kids under 3.
Having found the perfect calendar for my 7-year-old, I needed one that my 13-year-old would enjoy just as much. As a family that loves both Star Wars and LEGOS, the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is PERFECT. It includes 24 days of Star Wars LEGO figures and minis and I can’t wait to add them to our LEGO collection to build new adventures!
Another amazing countdown calendar from LEGO is the Harry Potter advent calendar. This one consists of 24 days of LEGOs fit for a Yule Ball or holiday feast in the Great Hall. I’m asking Santa for the LEGO Hogwarts castle this year and the pieces in this collection will make an incredible holiday addition to any Harry Potter LEGO set.
Here’s another great one for Harry Potter fans. Funko is getting in on the advent calendar fun this year with a few Christmas countdown options for figurine collectors! This is the Funko Harry Potter Pocket Pop! advent calendar and honestly, the idea of 24 miniature Funko Pop! Harry Potter characters has got me tempted to get this one for myself.
Another cool Funko calendar this year is the Marvel 80th Anniversary Funko Pop! Advent Calendar. This year, we celebrated 80 years of Marvel superhero awesomeness, and what better way to commemorate that than to end the year with 24 Marvel hero Funko Pop! figures.
‘Tis the season to be stylish! And the furry fashionista herself, Hello Kitty has you covered with this Hello Kitty Nail Polish advent calendar by OPI (coincidentally my favorite nail polish brand). Countdown to Christmas with 24 days of mini nail polish colors in adorably festive colors to start the new year.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… the cutest pair of socks featuring Disney Parks holiday snacks (and there’s 11 more where that came from). The Disney Parks Holiday Food Advent Sock Set is 12 days of delicious Disney food inspired socks. Perfect for any Disney fan.
Ok, these Steven Universe sets aren’t technically intended to be advent calendars, nor are they holiday-themed. But mystery collector packs are huge right now and these Steven Universe Mystery Vinyl Figures just happen to come in sets of 12 days or 24 days so I couldn’t resist adding them to the list. They’re also great if you’re a family who doesn’t celebrate Christmas but want to join in on the fun of a December full of surprises. The thing to note about this set is that they are mystery bags so there’s a chance you might receive duplicates of the same character… which makes them perfect for sharing and trading.
Yet another Funko mini-figure calendar made the list, this time with something for video game fans. The Fortnite Funko Mini Figurine advent calendar is full of 24 mini Funko figures of your favorite Fortnite characters.
Last but not least, if we’re talking about video games we can’t leave out the iconic Super Mario. The Super Mario Advent Calendar returns for 2019 and contains 17 articulated miniature action figures and 7 accessories for 24 days of fun. But my favorite thing about this countdown is that the calendar itself is a pop-up environment that you can use to display each of your new Super Mario figures.
The countdown to Christmas 2019 has almost begun and I can’t wait to see everyone’s new goodies! If you’re participating in the advent calendar tradition this year and have a cool advent calendar to show off, I want to see them! Whether they’re handmade or from the list above, be sure to tag me (@erikaenchanted) on social media and use #CastleCravingsChristmas so I can see and share them! Happy Holidays!