Best teenage advent calendars for 2023
Impress your teen this year with one of these great non-chocolate advent calendars, whether they're a foodie, love beauty or want to put their mind to the test with a festive puzzle, you'll find an advent calendar ideal for them
Pleasing a teenager isn't always easy, so to help wow your teenager this year, we've selected what we think are the very best advent calendars for teens. Advent calendars have moved far beyond simply offering a small chocolate behind each numbered door, with everything from beauty to toy advent calendars now on available from a wide array of prices.
A good advent calendar should include a good variety of premium products that make the experience of counting down to Christmas even more exciting while costing you significantly less than buying the products on their own. Given the lower quality nature of many advent calendars, we've scoured the market to come up with a list that includes something for everyone from make-up lovers and budding-engineers to foodies and Pokémon fans.
Best advent calendars for teens at a glance
- Best advent calendar for fragrance: PrettyLittleThing Home Fragrances 12 Day Advent Calendar, £8.75
- Best advent calendar for budding engineers: Eight Innovation Electronic Games Advent Calendar, £25
- Best advent calendar for popcorn fanatics: Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25
- Best advent calendar for Roblox fans: Roblox Advent Calendar, £26.99
- Best STEM advent calendar: Ravensburger GraviTrax Advent Calendar, £29.99
- Best advent calendar for a puzzle: EXIT: The Silent Storm Advent Calendar, £39
- Best for Pokémon fans: Pokémon TCG Holiday Calendar, £39.95
- Best advent calendar for a sugary treat: Candyfloss Advent Calendar, £40
- Best advent calendar for self care: Soap & Glory It's a Pinker Wonderland Advent Calendar, £46
- Best advent calendar for Marvel fans: Funko Marvel Holiday Advent Calendar, £55
- Best advent calendar for body care: The Body Shop Box of Advent of Change Advent Calendar, £59
- Best advent calendar for stationery lovers: 24 Days of Stationary Advent Calendar, £65
- Best advent calendar for beauty: GlossyBox Freeze The Moment Advent Calendar, £80
- Best advent calendar for saving vs RRP: ASOS Face & Body Advent Calendar, £90
- Best advent calendar for bathers: LUSH Advent Calendar, £195
Our list is split by price range to better help you find what best suits your budget and your child's interests. You can use the jump links below to navigate to the appropriate section:
- Advent calendars for teens under £30
- Advent calendars for teens under £50
- Advent calendars for teens over £50
Make the countdown to Christmas even more special with some of these fantastic advent calendars available now.
1. PrettyLittleThing Home Frangrances 12 Day Advent Calendar, £8.75
– Best for fragrance
A lot of teens take pride in decorating their rooms, and of course they want it to smell great too. The PrettyLittleThing Fragrance advent calendar allows you to do just that, with a combination of fragranced items behind golden doors.
This is also only a 12 day countdown, but inside you will find pillow sprays, candles, room sprays, diffusers and more.
If you don't want them all for yourself they also make great stocking fillers.
Available from: PrettyLittleThing
2. Eight Innovation Electronic Games Advent Calendar, £25
– Best for budding engineers
This is quite a different advent calendar but it's educational and fun. Behind each window you will find an electric component and eventually, once the Christmas countdown is over you will have all the pieces you need to build electronic games.
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You can create 24 games such as, Code Breaker, Memory, Wire Maze, Whack a Mole and many more.
Due to the difficulty and small parts this advent calendar is suitable for ages 14+. You do need 3 AA batteries which are not included but other than that, everything else to create your games is in there.
3. Joe & Seph's Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25
– Best for popcorn fanatics
This popcorn advent calendar is very popular and is a brilliant alternative to chocolate. Every day you will get a 7g bag of gourmet popcorn in different flavours.
The popcorn is made by hand with all natural ingredients and is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
Some of the flavours inside include toffee apple, Belgian chocolate, banoffee pie, raspberry cheesecake and more.
4. Roblox Advent Calendar, £26.99
– Best for Roblox fans
If your teen loves Roblox they will love this advent calendar. Open each window to reveal figures and items with fun holiday twists such as a gingerbread man figure or a dolphin wearing a Santa hat.
There's also codes to unlock online exclusives too. Inside there are 6 figures, 18 accessories and 2 virtual item codes. You can be creative and mix-and-match the figure's parts to create your very own.
5. Ravensburger GraviTrax Advent Calendar, £29.99
– Best for STEM
To add to an existing GraviTrax collection, this advent calendar has 24 days of GraviTrax fun from height tiles and tracks to special curves and a spinner to create a marble run of dreams.
You also get 3 holiday-coloured marbles to race down your new track.
We love that this advent calendar is also a STEM toy, helping your child learn and develop during the festive season.
6. EXIT: The Silent Storm Advent Calendar, £39
- Best puzzle advent calendar
Want to put your teen's brain to the test this Christmas? Try this mystery puzzle advent calendar. They can unravel the mystery behind the workshop with a new clue to crack each day.
Put their detective skills to the test with an innovative alternative to a traditional calendar.
Available from: MenKind
7. Pokémon TCG: Holiday Calendar, £39.95
- Best for Pokémon fans
Looking for something for the Pokémon fan in your house? Or maybe you just fancy treating yourself. This Pokémon TCG holiday calendar is a great way to get something fun to open every day.
You get a range of items including booster packs, promo cards with special Christmas designs and even accessories like stickers and Pokémon themed coins. It's adorably packaged too, with themed art work on the box that'll make it look right at home in your teen's bedroom at Christmas.
8. Candyfloss Advent Calendar, £40
– Best for a sugary treat
If you still want to treat your teen to a sweet treat each morning in December then try this beautiful candyfloss advent calendar. All the little pots of candyfloss are hidden behind the 25 doors (yes, 25 not 24) with their flavours on top.
The pots are a great size so they can be shared or enjoyed solo. Some of the flavours inside include cookies & cream, coconut, peach and Christmas pudding.
Available from: JB Treat Carts
9. Soap & Glory It's A Pinker Wonderland Advent Calendar, £46
- Best for self care
Looking for something to fill the days leading up to Christmas with self care? Then this advent calendar from Soap & Glory is a great option. There are so many wonderful gifts inside including face masks, body lotion, a scented candle and more.
This 24 day calendar is worth £87.78 when all the products are purchased separately saving you £41.78. You could even use the items as stocking stuffers if you're looking for a way to save on your Christmas presents.
Available from: Boots
10. Funko Marvel Holiday Advent Calendar, £55
– Best for Marvel fans
Marvel fans will love this advent calendar. Behind each door you will find favourite Marvel characters all dressed ready for Christmas. Each collectible, villain and hero has a fun festive twist so you can use them to decorate a room or act out favourite scenes from the Marvel films.
The advent calendar also has a playmat attached so your teen can lay all your brand new figures out on display however you like.
11. The Body Shop Advent of Change Advent Calendar, £59
– Best for body care
The Body Shop advent calendar is one of the best value beauty options, making it ideal for teens. It costs just £59 but all the products inside are worth a fantastic £119.
The box is fun with pop-up features making it a lovely decoration and adding to the experience of opening the doors. A lovely bonus to this advent calendar – other than all the wonderful products – is the message of having a positive impact on your body and beyond. Each of the boxes may include products with more recyclable packaging or Community Fair Trade ingredients to celebrate small acts of positive change.
Inside is 24 wonderful Body Shop Products including body butter, face masks, shower gels, hand creams, shampoo and more, making it the perfect winter self care tool kit for the beauty fanatic in your home.
Available from: The Body Shop
12. 24 Days of Stationary Advent Calendar, £65
– Best for stationery lovers
Who doesn't love stationery? If you're someone who finds buying their stationery for the new school year the best thing ever then this advent calendar is a great choice.
First of all the packaging is so colourful and fun with each of the 24 items neatly packed in a different colour paper bag. The items themselves are just as colourful with everything from pens, washi tape, note pads, organisers, book marks and more included inside.
If you bought all the items in this advent calendar separately, it would cost approximately £80 saving you £15 overall.
Available from: Not on the High St.
13. GlossyBox Freeze The Moment Advent Calendar, £80
– Best for beauty
The GlossyBox advent calendar is among one of the most popular for teens and young adults. This year it's full of beauty products, worth £443.
Inside you'll find 28 products from make-up to body and haircare, including 14 full size products from top brands such as REFY, Glossier and Rituals.
If you want to find out all the products inside, and don't want to leave it a surprise (I highly recommend you do as you will be delighted each day) then they have a full list on the GlossyBox website.
If you're already a GlossyBox subscriber then you can get the advent calendar at a discounted price of £85. Even if you've never had a GlossyBox before, if you add one into your basket at the same time as purchasing the advent calendar then you'll get the discounted price and a GlossyBox full of goodies!
Available from: GlossyBox
14. ASOS Face & Body Advent Calendar, £90
– Best for saving vs RRP
If your teenager loves makeup and beauty products then they will absolutely love this advent calendar packed-full of beauty products from well-known brands.
Open up the box to reveal 2 layers of mini boxes all with products inside. You will be surprised by some of the brands in there, from Elemis to Neom and Mac just to name a few. If you would like to see all the products inside then head over to ASOS, but the surprise might make the countdown to Christmas more exciting.
Buying this advent calendar, you make a 77% saving in comparison to buying all the products separately.
Available from: ASOS
15. Lush Advent Calendar, £185
– best for bath fans
The Lush advent calendar smells amazing before you even start opening it. All the products are packaged in a limited edition box designed by Andre Williams at Trifle Studio and is great for storing the Lush products or reusing for anything over and over again.
The box is constructed by hand and is made from 100% recycled cardboard and the shredded paper covering the products behind each door is 100% recycled and really added to the excitement upon opening.
Inside the advent calendar you'll find 25 Lush products specially selected for this advent calendar.
Highlights include the Golden Pudding Bath Bomb (with a special treat), the Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar, the classic Snow Fairy Shower gel and the Sleepy body lotion. If you want a full list of what's in the advent calendar then it's listed on LUSH's website.
The only downside to this advent calendar is when you open the doors in excitement they do tend to rip off!
Lush also offers the slightly cheaper Christmas Buds Advent Calendar for £125 which features bath bombs, bubble bars and more.
Available from: LUSH
How did we choose our 10 of the Best?
When testing and selecting the advent calendars for teens we considered, opening experience, what's inside and value.
Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.
Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.
Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team, specialising in household and trying to help parents save money. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products, ranging from best cordless vacuums to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development. During her teenage years she worked as a play worker and Brownie volunteer to support children's play.
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