Updated for 2022! Choosing an advent calendar for teens may prove more challenging than getting them to look up from their phones at dinner. Teens can be tricky to buy for, their interests change in the blink of an eye, and often it’s hard to even know what they’re interested in.
This list of teen Advent calendar ideas should help you find something they’ll enjoy opening during the 25 days of Christmas. I’ve collected over 50 teen advent calendars ranging from beauty supplies to candy, and even some popular trends as well.
I’m also including some Hanukkah “advent” calendar ideas for those that want to countdown the 8 days of Hanukkah (even though the 8 days of Hanukkah already often involve a gift for each day) :)
Check out my other gift posts with 100+ Christmas gift ideas for teens and stocking stuffers for teens!
Advent Calendars for Teens
50+ teen advent calendars for 2022 that help bring holiday excitement to your kids even though they’ve grown out of the little kid calendars. Included are beauty, toys, food, and candy advent calendars for teens!
Beauty and Makeup Advent Calendars for Teens
If your teen spends their free time watching YouTube and TikTok makeup tutorials, consider a fun makeup or beauty-themed advent calendar.
12 Days of Beauty Set
This 12-Day Advent Calendar from ULTA has a celestial design with 12 makeup surprises.
12 Days Of Bath Gift Set
Here's another 12-day countdown advent calendar that is perfect for the teen who loves baths and pampering. Plus it's filled with the holiday scent, Glistening Snow!
12 Days of Nail Calendar
Add some festive color and bling to your teen's nails this holiday season with this fun nail focused advent calendar.
NYX Professional Makeup Gimme Super Stars! 24 Day Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar
If your teen loves makeup, especially the NYX brand, this advent calendar can help them snag some new holiday colors.
bareMinerals Clean Beauty Countdown 12-Day Advent Calendar Gift Set
For teens that like mineral-based skincare, this bareMinerals 12-day countdown calendar is filled with some full-size and mini products they'll love.
George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Your teen can count down the holidays with this fun Anthropologie advent calendar with artwork by Emily Taylor and 24 premium samples. This limited-edition set holds over $300 worth of beauty treasures and treats.
Benefit Cosmetics Sincerely Yours, Beauty Advent Calendar Value Set
Here's the perfect advent calendar for teens who love Benefit mascara and skincare!
Advent Shower Steamer Set
A lovely collection of 24 shower steamers with essential oils in the scents of the season, like peppermint, eucalyptus, fir tree, and clove. The steamers contain gentle exfoliating salts, so you can use them as a fizzy, body-buffing scrub or just allow one to dissolve into holiday-scented, shower-filling steam.
The Body Shop Share the Love Big Advent Calendar
This is the lowest-priced option from The Body Shop and contains 25 head-to-toe body treats. Plus it comes in a super cute box! This looks very similar to last year’s calendar, so perhaps choose something different if you got this one last time.
Share Love & Joy Ultimate Advent Calendar
The largest advent calendar from The Body Shop, this one is filled with full-size products worth about $300. In addition, inside every box, you’ll also find a little act of kindness so you can share some love and joy with your friends, family and community.
Wishing You Advent Calendar - SEPHORA COLLECTION | Sephora
Here’s the perfect teen advent calendar for those who like to shop at Sephora. It’s filled with 24 assorted makeup, skincare, bath, and accessory surprises from the SEPHORA COLLECTION of products. (They also have a cheaper 6-day calendar for Dec 26-31)
Sephora Favorites Advent Calendar
New for 2022, this Sephora advent calendar is filled with 25 sample sizes of some of the most popular brands of makeup, skincare, fragrance, and hair products featuring brands from Sol de Janeiro to Briogeo and Maison Margiela to Summer Fridays.
12 Days Of Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Collection Advent Calendar
Here’s a limited-edition 2022 advent calendar for teens who love Kylie Jenner. This premium 12-day calendar is filled with many popular Kylie brand faves like matte liquid lipsticks and her coconut body lotion.
Olive & June Nail Christmas Calendar
The perfect advent calendar for teens who love to do their nails! This exclusive Christmas calendar has 25 days of gifts perfect for creating a merry mani.
OPI 2022 Nail Lacquer Mini 25 Piece Advent Calendar
If you have a teen who loves to do their nails, this OPI nail polish calendar will set them up with a year's worth of new colors.
Macy’s 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
A collection of many luxury and popular beauty brands, this advent calendar contains a wide variety of beauty products, from face masks and mascaras to perfume and eye creams.
Beauty Blast Advent Calendar 2022
This beauty calendar is perfect for a teen who isn’t picky or loyal to beauty brands. This is a more affordable makeup advent calendar option.
Fashion Teen Advent Calendar Ideas
To truly make your teen's Christmas, consider an advent calendar that they can use! If fun and quirky (usually mismatched) socks are your teen's thing, a sock advent calendar should be on your list. Or perhaps a scrunchie calendar is just the right gift!
12 or 24 Days of Holiday Scrunchies Advent Calendar
Choose either 12 or 24 unique holiday scrunchies handmade and ready to wear! These come in cute boxes that you can hang from the tree or display in a row.
12 Days of Mystery Scrunchies
Another scrunchie advent calendar that is less expensive than the option above and includes: different styles like Christmas-inspired patterned scrunchies, flannel scrunchies, velvet scrunchies, chiffon scrunchies, and satin scrunchies.
12 Days of Christmas Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Advent Calendar
The perfect advent calendar for teens who love jewelry!
24 Days of Sterling Earring Jewelry Advent Calendar
This advent calendar is a real splurge at $499, but it includes 24 sterling silver earrings. They are a mix of hoops, studs, cuffs, and crawlers, with 15 sterling silver and 9 14K gold-plated sterling silver earrings. If it fits in your budget and you have an earring-loving teen, this is a fun advent calendar.
Sock Advent Calendars at Target
There are a variety of themed sock advent calendars at Target.
Toys and Collectibles Advent Calendar Ideas for Teens
While teens have likely outgrown the days of "toys", these Advent calendars feature collectibles and fandom trends your teen will love opening in the days leading up to Christmas.
Christmas Song Playlist Advent Calendar
If you have a teen who loves music, this countdown advent calendar will share a classic holiday song each day along with a little bit of trivia to go along with it.
Crystals and Healing Stones Advent Calendar 2022
Gemstones and healing stone therapy is a popular teen trend. This advent calendar offers a collection of gemstones plus a handy chart explaining what each stone is known for.
Christmas Movie Advent Calendar
Most teens love movies, this countdown calendar will give them a movie to watch each day along with some fun trivia.
Through the Window Puzzle Advent Calendar
A teen advent calendar for those who love building puzzles, each of the 24 days has a mini-puzzle that will all come together to build a final scene on Christmas Eve.
Stitch a Day Advent Embroidery Calendar
If you have a teen who loves to embroider, this stitch-a-day advent calendar is a perfect advent calendar gift idea.
Pokemon Trading Card Game: Holiday Advent Calendar
This will be a hard advent calendar to find, but if you happen to be lucky enough to score one from your local Target, your Pokemon-loving tween or teen will be ecstatic.
Dragon Ball Z: The Official Advent Calendar
If your tween or teen is into anime, here’s an advent calendar that could make them happy. It’s filled with 25 days of trinket gifts inspired by the iconic anime Dragon Ball Z!
12 Days of Crystal Magic Self Care Advent Calendar
This inspirational self-care toolkit includes 12 days of crystals with a guide to living your best life.
Fresh Water Fishing Tackle Advent Calendar
If you have a fishing teen, this tackle box advent calendar is unique and filled with useful supplies.
Funko Advent Calendar: Marvel Holiday 2022
Each day your Marvel-loving teen will reveal a favorite Marvel character dressed in their holiday finest. Each collectible brings a festive twist to their typical look, making these heroes and villains a super addition to your holiday décor.
Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: Harry Potter
This Harry Potter Funko Advent Calendar is a great option for your favorite wizarding teen.
2022 LEGO Advent Calendars
Some teens are still into LEGO building, and there are plenty of themed advent calendars that will keep them building in December. Find Harry Potter, Marvel Studios, Star Wars, and more on Amazon. You can also find them at Target.
Metal Wire Brain Teaser Puzzle Advent Calendar
For something a little different, let your teen test their problem-solving skills with the Metal Wire Puzzle Toys Advent Calendar. This set of 24 metal puzzles gets more challenging the closer it gets to Christmas.
Holiday Candle Advent Calendar
Bring the scents of the holidays into your home with this 12-day candle advent calendar, perfect for teens always burning a new scent.
12 Day VOLUSPA Candle Advent Calendar
If your teen loves scented candles, this advent calendar is perfect for them. It is also available at Kohl's.
Arteza Art Advent Calendars
If your teen is into art, these Arteza advent calendars are the perfect gift for their creativity.
Food-Themed Teen Advent Calendar
Have a teen who loves to snack, here are some fun food-themed teen advent calendars for 2022.
A-Sha 12 Days of Noodles Mandarin Style Variety
A perfect gift for any teen who loves to chomp on some noodle bowls. Note: while this is marketed as a "12 days of" advent calendar, it's actually just a variety pack. I recommend you buy some holiday number bags and turn this box into more of a surprise advent calendar if you want.
12 Days of Hot Sauce
Here's a fun advent calendar for teens who like to add a little bit of spice to life.
12 Cocoas Of Christmas
If your teen loves a cup of hot cocoa, this 12-day advent calendar is filled with 12 holiday-flavored K-cup cocoas.
24 Cups of Cocoa K-Cup Advent Calendar
Another K-cup hot chocolate advent calendar, this one has 24 days of holiday-flavored cocoas.
English Tea Shop Organic Tea Advent Calendar
Tea straight from the UK, this advent calendar will delight any teen tea drinker with 25 organic tea bags with fun holiday flavors. You can also find other tea advent calendars on Amazon.
Cookie Making Advent Calendar
Teens who love to bake will enjoy this advent calendar that surprises them with a cooking tool, ingredient, or recipe for each of the days leading up to Christmas.
Walkers Shortbread Advent Calendar
A great treat for teens who love these buttery-British biscuits (aka shortbread cookies).
Wabash Valley Farms Holiday Popcorn & Seasoning Gift Set
Teens who love popcorn will love this advent calendar! 12 different popcorn seasoning boxes feature rhymes that go along with the 12 Days of Christmas song! Plus you get a clear ornament filled with popcorn kernels!
Pringles Potato Crisps Chips Advent Calendar (not yet in stock for 2022)
Teens will absolutely love this unique advent calendar! Hey, I might buy one for myself as well! :)
Keoghfts 12 Days of Crispmas Potato Chip Advent Calendar
How about this advent calendar filled with Irish potato chips!
Candy and Chocolate Advent Calendars for Teens
Teens with a sweet-tooth will love these tasty candy advent calendars.
Weibler Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar
I love the numbered decorations on each of these 24 pieces of German dark chocolate.
Hershey Kisses Christmas Advent Calendar
Enjoy some sweet love with a daily Hershey Kiss!
Reese’s Lovers Holiday Advent Calendar
The perfect teen advent calendar for peanut butter lovers! Just know that the daily serving size is small. :)
Sugarfina 24 Tastes of Christmas Holiday 2022 Advent Calendar
24 drawers filled with a variety of deluxe candies from the famous Sugarfina brand.
Harry Potter Jelly Belly Advent Calendar
24 doors hiding little servings of only the good flavors of Bertie Bott's Jelly beans. Perfect gift for any Potterhead!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Heroes Advent Calendar 231g
24 days of UK Cadbury chocolate treats plus an interactive smartphone application to help you count down the days.
Allergy-Friendly And Vegan Chocolate Advent Calendar
If the teen in your life is vegan or has food allergies, the No Whey Foods advent calendar is a great dairy-free, nut-free, and allergen-friendly treat option.
Nostalgic Advent Calendars
Does your teen have a soft-heart and a love of tradition? One of these classic, nostalgic Advent calendars can be used for years to come and be handed down to the next generation.
Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar
If you're working to help your teens be giving and caring individuals, this modern acts of kindness advent calendar will give them ideas each day for how they can give back to their family and community.
Woodcut Snowy Houses LED Light Up Countdown Calendar
If you'd like to fill an advent calendar with your own treats, this is a beautiful wooden option.
Village Advent Calendar Ornaments
Decorate your tree with these 24 houses, which you can fill with some little treats before hanging. These could become a tradition that gets passed on to the next generation.
Kurt Adler Wooden Nativity Advent Calendar with 24 Magnetic Pieces
This is perfect if you're looking for a traditional Nativity Advent calendar. Each day a new piece of the Christmas Story will be opened and added to the storyboard.
Hanukkah Countdown Calendars
While advent calendars have always been based on the Advent season celebrated by Christians, there have been a few brands that are working on creating holiday countdown calendars for the Hanukkah season.
Sugarfina Hanukkah 2022 8 Nights of Delight Taster Box
Celebrate the nights of Hanukkah with 8 kosher sweet treats from Sugarfina.
8 Crazy Nights A Surprise Collection of 8 Local Gifts
Support a local small business with this custom-curated Hanukkah countdown set. Each of the 8 bags is filled with a unique gift from a Boston-based small business.
Hanukkah Olive & June Nail Calendar
A great Hanukkah countdown gift for teens who love to do their nails.
Eight Nights of Hanukkah Scratch Off Playlist
If you enjoy music, check out this scratch-off QR code digital download Hanukkah music playlist for each of the 8 nights of the Festival of Lights.
DIY Advent Calendar Ideas for Teenagers
If you’re more of a DIY person and prefer to add a personal touch to your gift-giving, a handmade advent calendar for the teen in your life may be just the ticket. A DIY advent calendar doesn’t have to be difficult.
A simple DIY advent calendar idea would be to combine 24 of your teen’s favorite things into numbered cloth bags. Add 24 smaller items like a package of chips, some lip balm, and a favorite movie theater candy to the collection for an advent calendar customized to your teen’s specific interests.
Another idea that you can incorporate with teens and tweens is a giving-back advent calendar. Create your own bucket list of random acts of kindness or buy a random acts of kindness advent calendar printable. You can choose to perform RAKs for people in your family or community. Doing one good deed each day truly encompasses the spirit of Christmas.
Consider one of the random acts of kindness that includes lunch at your teen’s favorite restaurant for some one-on-one quality time during the busy Christmas season. The memories will live on beyond the holiday season.
Choosing an advent calendar for your teen can be difficult; you just never know what is going to resonate with them. When all is said and done, maybe not this year or even next year, the teen in your life will come to appreciate all the ways you worked to make the holiday season magical.