Typically made of cardboard and covered with festive decorations, they are the subject of a roller coaster of emotions; coveted before the big day, put aside and forgotten after. The result? Millions of empty boxes ready to join the mountains of garbage that crisscross the planet.
Recycling empty Advent calendars is one way to minimize the effect of Christmas on the planet, but the process takes time and energy.
Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy the excitement of Advent without destroying the environment – with a reusable Advent calendar.
From beautiful hand-sewn designs to reinforced cardboard frames, each of our select calendars is designed to withstand years of use.
With proper care and storage, they could even become a Christmas heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation.
The bonus? Besides being more planet-friendly, purchasing a reusable calendar means you can organize the gifts behind every window to create a more personal and meaningful gift.
If you are looking for wooden advent calendars, check out our separate list of durable advent calendars.
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A fabric Advent calendar featuring scenes from traditional Christmas houses – what could be more festive? It already looks like a cherished holiday decor thanks to the rich, dark colors used, as well as the many retro details like the Scottie dog on the doorstep, a cheerful carrot nosed snowman and Santa Claus and his reindeer flying above the mansion across a starry sky. It’s like an ’80s Christmas card turns into an advent calendar, and we love it.
The handmade piece comes with three red ribbons at the top so you can easily hang it on a door, mirror or picture frame. There are 24 pockets, each measuring 7.5 x 6.5cm, which should provide enough space for small treats.
The calendar measures 68 x 54 cm, free shipping.
L’Occitane Reusable Advent Calendar
While reusable calendars have been around for years, it’s heartwarming to see big brands embracing the style for the holiday season. True to the same rustic French aesthetic, L’Occitane’s cotton calendar is adorned with botanical illustrations by artist Isla Simpson. It comes with mini versions of the brand’s bestsellers – think Divine Cream, Shea Butter Foot Cream, and the precious Immortelle Night Mask.
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Inspired by the Impressionists, this calendar makes a stylish addition to your holiday decor. Following a cool silver and blue theme, the 25-drawer piece takes inspiration from snowfall and offers a creative way to fill yours and the countdown to Christmas this year.
Reusable Quilted Modern Advent Calendar
This handmade quilted Advent calendar is the perfect contemporary take on a modern Christmas. The cheerful and bright pop art inspired design measures 56 x 60cm and offers 24 securely sewn pockets that have just about enough room to slip into a miniature treat. What this treat is is up to you.
The Seasonal Aisle Magic Bags Advent Calendar
Charming bags are the order of the day with this precious advent calendar which replaces the windows with 24 cotton sachets of delicacies. Following a blue and white color scheme, each bag is printed with a number so you can keep track of which day’s package needs to be opened. Perfect for kids and adults alike, it even comes with a strand of micro string lights to complete the look.
Requires 3 x 1.5 V AA, not included.
Lisa Angel Personalized Felt Wall Advent Calendar
If you’re short on space but love that handmade look, this hanging felt calendar is a decorating dream come true. There are 25 pockets sewn with metallic gold thread, each large enough to hold a surprise such as a sweet truffle, a piece of chocolate or a festive candy cane. You can also personalize the calendar with eight characters at the top in gold writing.
Hobbycraft Red Round Advent Calendar
Give your traditional countdown to Advent a new twist with this wreath-shaped design that includes 24 numbered drawers to fill up for the days leading up to Christmas. Beautifully decorated in classic festive colors, there is a hook on the back so you can attach it to the wall, but it will look just as pretty on a decorated fireplace.
M&S Felt Advent Calendar
This Christmas stocking streamer calendar is a great way to use the room as a decor rather than a countdown on its own. There are 25 numbered socks, ready to give you a treat of your choice. With pom-pom details and white and red string, it’s a cute concept you’ll be happy to roll out year after year.
Sophie Conran Limited Edition Biscuiteers Advent Calendar
Following the success of last year’s Advent collaboration with Sophie Conran, gourmet cookie makers Biscuiteers are back with a design for Christmas 2020. The two brands have teamed up to create an Advent calendar in handmade fabric with hand printed appliques and numbers. You can buy it on its own, but we believe it is more suitable for baked goods from the Advent Biscuit Makers Cookie Jar.
DIY Homemade Christmas Advent Calendar
Introduce children to the pleasures of the countdown to Advent with this cute Christmas calendar in the shape of a house. There are 24 boxes in which to hide small gifts to delight them every morning until December 25th. It’s made of sturdy, sturdy cardboard, so while you can recycle it if you want, keep it wrapped in plastic after the holidays to reuse it year after year – and beyond.
DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Chest
Shaped like a classic Christmas tree, this calendar is as much a gift as it is a festive Christmas decoration. It brings the spirit of the season into any room effortlessly. Fill the 24 drawers with special treats of your choice and watch them wake up in excitement to find out what’s in today’s box.
Ellie Ellie Personalized Couples Reusable Activity Advent Calendar
Whether you’re celebrating your first Christmas as a couple or as a couple, this is a fun way to go on vacation together. Instead of gifts, this thoughtful calendar will let you embark on a classic festive activity to do together – consider taking couple selfies, taking winter walks in the woods, and baking Christmas treats together. There are 24 things to tick off until the big day and you can personalize the calendar with your names as well. Comes with a red ribbon, so it’s ready to hang right away.
Idyll Home Fabric Christmas Calendar
A little more grown-up affair, this fabric hanging calendar offers a minimalist take on advent calendars. Instead of windows or drawers, gifts are attached to one of the 25 hooks. Tie chocolates, key chains and small wrapped boxes to the rings with colorful ribbon for a homemade gift that refreshingly changes the norm.
Advent Calendar Christmas Village House Kit, Create Your Own
If you have the space, this is such a great idea for an Advent calendar – and it is suitable for all ages.
You can build your own model Christmas village with boxes in the shape of a house. Simply fill up with treats and open one at a time until the big day. Paint them or cover them with collage to make them personal.
If you plan to reuse it for Christmas 2021, you will need to make sure to wrap the buildings flat in a sealed envelope or box so that no moisture can get into the cards.
Maybe it’s the 80s Christmas vibes, maybe it’s the wonderful details but TeenOriginals Handmade Fabric Advent Calendar is our favorite pick in this roundup. Keep it safe and store it well for use for many Christmases to come.