Advent Gift Guide: Ideas for Calendars, Wreaths, Books & More

Updated October 2019

For more than 1,000 years, Advent has been observed and celebrated by people of faith around the world. And while the tradition has been through quite an evolution since its beginnings, the heart of the season still remains—preparing for the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as His second coming.

Today, gift giving is undoubtedly one of the most popular traditions during the Advent (and Christmas) season. Below we offer a number of Advent gift ideas that blend fun, function and Advent traditions together.

Advent Calendars | Advent Calendar Filler Ideas | Advent Wreaths and Candles | Nativities | Books | Gifts Under $30

Advent Calendar Gifts

Keepsake Calendars

Advent calendars give us a daily reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season,  providing an easy and fun way to count the days until the season of celebration begins: Christmas. A keepsake Advent calendar is a perfect gift for newlyweds or young families.


LED LIGHT UP WOOD NATIVITY ADVENT CALENDAR

LED Light Up Wooden Nativity
Advent Calendar
$59.95


Greatest Gift Advent Calendar

Greatest Gift
Advent Calendar
$29.95


Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar

Nativity Fabric
Advent Calendar
$45.00

Yearly Advent Calendars

From coloring activities to sweet chocolate treats, yearly Advent calendars are a popular and affordable choice for engaging young children in the spirit of the season.


Angels Rejoice Advent Calendar

Angels Rejoice
Advent Calendar
$12.95


Magnetic Advent Calendar

Magnetic
Advent Calendar
$16.95


Peace On Earth Chocolate Advent Calendar

Peace On Earth
Chocolate Advent Calendar
$6.95

Advent Calendar Filler Ideas

Whether you’re looking to treat and surprise your children or your partner, the possibilities are seemingly endless for finding fun and inspirational Advent calendar fillers. Below we offer a few suggestions and resources to help.

Advent Calendar Filler Ideas for Kids

While chocolate and sweet treats are always an easy go-to as Advent fillers, if you want to avoid the sugar rush, there are plenty of of fun, non-candy and food items to consider including:

1. Bubbles
2. Crayons
3. Finger Puppets
4. Stickers
5. Arts and crafts supplies
6. Puzzles
7. Magnets
8. Coloring books


Felt Moveable Nativity Set

Felt Moveable Nativity Set
$18.95

Advent Calendar Clings

Advent Calendar Clings
$16.99


Lego Advent Wreath

Lego Advent Wreath
$15.99

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Advent Calendar Filler Ideas for Adults

If you think Advent calendars are only for kids, think again. There are an abundance of meaningful, inexpensive and fun ways for adults to celebrate and honor Jesus, each other and each day of Advent.

1. Notes of appreciation
2. Memories
3. Daily Devotionals
4. Jewelry
5. Coupons for quality time
6. Motivational messages
7. Hobby supplies
8. Treats


Kissing Face of Jesus Note Cards

Kissing Face of Jesus Note Cards
$5.95


St Andrew Novena Chaplet

St Andrew Novena Chaplet
$39.95


Friends Mug

Friends Mug
$13.95


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Advent Wreaths and Candles

Advent wreaths and candles are both a beautiful and meaningful centerpiece to the season. Since the Middle Ages, families have used Advent wreaths to measure their progress toward Christ’s birth.

Advent Wreaths


Journey to Bethlehem Advent Wreath

Journey to Bethlehem Advent Wreath
$38.00

Nativity Advent Votive

Nativity Advent Votive
$29.95


Tea Light Advent Wreath

Tea Light Advent Wreath
$29.95

Advent Candles


Battery Operated Advent Candles

Battery Operated Advent Candles
$24.95


Battery Operated Advent Tea Lights

Battery Operated Advent Tea Lights
$8.50


Advent Replacement Candle Kit

Advent Replacement Candle Kit
$6.95

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Nativities

One of the most iconic symbols of the Advent and Christmas season is the Nativity Scene. For many Catholics, Fontanini creations are big favorites.

Traditional Nativity Sets


7 Piece Fontanini Nativity Set With Stable

7 Piece Fontanini Nativity Set W/Stable
$170.00


Real Life Nativity Set

Real Life Nativity Set
$145.00


Earthtone Nativity Set

Earthtone Nativity Set
$99.95

Kids Nativity Sets


Star From Afar Game

Star From Afar Game
$39.99


My Pop Up Nativity

My Pop Up Nativity
$16.99


Fisher Price Little People Nativity Set

Fisher Price Little People Nativity Set
$55.00

Books for Kids and Adults

Advent is the season of preparation, anticipation and reflection, and good books can help us do all that and more. From inspirational prose to learning the basics, below are some of our favorite books for both kids and adults.

Books for Kids


The Catholic Faith from A-Z

The Catholic Faith from A-Z
$19.99


The Legend of St Nicholas

The Legend of St Nicholas
$17.00


Little Lamb Finds Christmas

Little Lamb Finds Christmas
$16.99


Mary's Little Donkey

Mary's Little Donkey
$17.95


God is Listening to Me

God is Listening to Me
$15.95


Humphrey's First Christmas

Humphrey's First Christmas
$14.99

Books for Adults


Magnificat Advent Companion 2019

Magnificat Advent Companion 2019
$3.95


Wonder of the Greatest Gift

Wonder of the Greatest Gift
$39.95


My Daily Bread

My Daily Bread
starting at $11.95


The Boy Who Met Jesus

The Boy Who Met Jesus
$14.95


Drinking with St Nicholas

Drinking with St Nicholas
$19.99


Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer

Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer
$14.95

Advent Gifts Under $30

Finding the perfect Advent gift for everyone on your list doesn’t have to break the bank. From jewelry to decor to fun activities, below we offer several Advent gift options under $30 for both children and adults.

Advent Gifts Under $30 for Kids


Jesse Tree Banner Kit

Jesse Tree
Banner Kit
$21.00


24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus

24 Christmas Stories
to Welcome Jesus
$16.99


St. Nicholas Little Drops of Water Figurine

St. Nicholas Little Drops
of Water Figurine
$11.00


Pocket Prayer Bear

Pocket Prayer Bear
$24.95


Br Francis is Born DVD

Br Francis is Born DVD
$12.99


Lil’ Prayer Buddy

Lil’ Prayer Buddy
$24.99


Guardian Angel Pillowcase

Guardian Angel Pillowcase
$16.95


True Gift of Christmas Baby Jesus

True Gift of Christmas Baby Jesus
$7.95

Advent Gifts Under $30 for Adults


Advent at Ephesus CD

Advent at Ephesus CD
$21.95


Monastery Chocolate Covered Caramels

Christmas Story Conversation Block
$9.95


Cookie Advent Cookbook

Cookie Advent Cookbook
$17.95


Divine Fudge

Divine Fudge
$22.00


Many Faces of Mary Mug

Many Faces of Mary Mug
$12.95


Cross Giving Bracelet

Cross Giving Bracelet
$26.00


Kind Heart Cross

Kind Heart Cross
$18.95


Bedside Angel

Bedside Angel
$10.95

Whether they’re young or old, traditional or free-spirited, or somewhere in between, there are Advent calendar and gifts to suit them perfectly.

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