Advent Gift Guide: Ideas for Calendars, Wreaths, Books & More
Posted on November 16, 2017
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
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 Wooden Nativity
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.
Peace On Earth
Chocolate Advent Calendar
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:
3. Finger Puppets
5. Arts and crafts supplies
8. Coloring books
Felt Moveable Nativity Set
Advent Calendar Clings
Lego Advent Wreath
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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
3. Daily Devotionals
5. Coupons for quality time
6. Motivational messages
7. Hobby supplies
Kissing Face of Jesus Note Cards
St Andrew Novena Chaplet
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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.
Journey to Bethlehem Advent Wreath
Nativity Advent Votive
Tea Light Advent Wreath
Battery Operated Advent Candles
Battery Operated Advent Tea Lights
Advent Replacement Candle Kit
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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 W/Stable
Real Life Nativity Set
Earthtone Nativity Set
Kids Nativity Sets
Star From Afar Game
My Pop Up Nativity
Fisher Price Little People Nativity Set
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 Legend of St Nicholas
Little Lamb Finds Christmas
Mary's Little Donkey
God is Listening to Me
Humphrey's First Christmas
Books for Adults
Magnificat Advent Companion 2019
Wonder of the Greatest Gift
My Daily Bread
starting at $11.95
The Boy Who Met Jesus
Drinking with St Nicholas
Busy Person’s Guide to Prayer
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
24 Christmas Stories
to Welcome Jesus
St. Nicholas Little Drops
of Water Figurine
Pocket Prayer Bear
Br Francis is Born DVD
Lil’ Prayer Buddy
Guardian Angel Pillowcase
True Gift of Christmas Baby Jesus
Advent Gifts Under $30 for Adults
Advent at Ephesus CD
Christmas Story Conversation Block
Cookie Advent Cookbook
Many Faces of Mary Mug
Cross Giving Bracelet
Kind Heart Cross
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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