Tweens are certainly not too young to get joy and excitement from opening their advent calendars throughout December.
If you’re worried about too many chocolates and sweets – aren’t we all after Halloween! – then we’ve scouted out some non-sweet and chocolate advents that will suit your tweens hobbies and interests to a tee.
Whether your tween (we’re looking at broadly 9 to 12-year-old’s here) is into crafts and beauty, science or collectibles, let’s take a look at the best advent offering for your pre-teen children for Christmas 2021.
Best Advent Calendars for Tweens in 2021
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Any tween that loves to craft will adore getting their hands on this winter village advent kit. Instructions and materials to build your unique village houses and fill them whatever goodies – sugary or not – to please your tween this Christmas.
Designed by Becky Farmer, the kit also includes family winter activities
Christmas certainly doesn’t escape the fidgets phase! Fidget-loving tweens will get hours of popping, pushing and squishing fun with 24 days of collectibles to add to their fidget sets.
Your Minecraft fans will fall in love with this magnificent mini figure advent, perfect for the pre-teen age group. The calendar includes 12 Christmas-themed mini-figures and 12 accessories, officially licensed Minecraft goods from Mattel.
Ingredients, baking tools, recipes, day-by-day your little tween baker will unveil everything they need to make fabulous festive cookies! A unique approach to an advent calendar with a delicious reward at the end.
A handmade creation by Neil Edley
This gorgeous charm bracelet advent calendar can make the perfect pre-Christmas gift for a tween girl. With a bracelet and necklace included, collect your Christmas themed charms every day for the perfect Christmas day accessory to wear ready for Santa’s arrival!
Marvel fans get in line; we know this is the one you’ve been waiting for! If your tween already has enough City LEGO advent pieces to last a life time of Christmases, its your chance to change things up this December and start collecting 24 days of imaginative play items all with an Avengers theme.
This beautiful beginner make up advent calendar may be the perfect for your tween girl interested in learning more about beauty and fashion. A special treat each day introducing lipsticks, nail polish, blushers and eye shadows. Non-toxic and washable, a wonderfully fun girls advent calendar to try this December.
Your older tween girl will adore this advent set of seasonally scented shower steamers. 24 days of body buffing scrub with essential oils and exfoliation, perfect for girls who are learning about skin care and who love the smell of Christmas in the air!
Handmade gift with love from Mazzi and Erez Peled
Your STEM loving kids are not forgotten when it comes to tween advent calendar choices. This Crazy Scientist Advent allows them to explore 24 cool new experiments. An accompanying book will guide them through their daily task with additional materials appearing day by day.
You truly can get almost every tween favorite toy in and advent! If you can handle it, your slime-loving tween will be in squelching, smooshing heaven for 24 days when they get their hands on this slime calendar! Made with non toxic materials.
For your young ladies that like to look their best, this tween-appropriate advent will unveil a brand new piece of wearable jewelry every day. A variety of fashionable earrings, necklaces and rings are included over 24 days, including special Christmas jewels ready for the big day!
Welcoming to a Wizarding World of miniatures collect Harry Potter-themed Pocket Pops for 24 days! A cute novelty way to count down to Christmas for your tween Potterheads.
Hatchimals fans are not forgotten this Christmas with 50+ delicate little surprises ready to be unveiled over 24 days. Some big, some small, characters, scene setters, stickers and accessories to mix and match will reveal themselves for a daily treat to keep your tween happy in the Christmas countdown.
Curious minds will absolutely love the challenge of 24 brain-teasing puzzles this December. With 12 metal wire puzzles and 12 plastic interconnect puzzles, it’s sure to have more than just your tween curious, clicking and frustrated at times while testing their IQ!
Got a tween who loves their sparkly shiny collection of crystals? This will be the perfect dazzling daily treat this December.
Each box is lovingly filled by IAmGretchenBoutique with hand selected gems so will be unique.
LEGO Friends get Christmassy over 24 days, add to your tween girls Heartlake City collection with these imaginative pieces all with a Christmas theme. The set includes 5 dolls plus all the accessories they need for a Friends Christmas to remember.
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This beautifully presented Advent for the BeadKids is bound to bring a smile to your tweens face this Christmas. Presented in cute little envelopes per day which can be displayed by ribbon or kept in their box, your tween will uncover either a ready made bracelet or charms and accessories (psst we highly suspect we know what you might be getting off your tween this Christmas!)
Any tween Disney-lover will enjoy the thrill of unwrapping a small package per day containing their favorite Disney characters and festive pins. The creator on Etsy, SnowsSuitcase can customized for boys, girls or unisex and your favorite theme.
Grab a mug of hot cocoa and curl up in your favorite chair, your crafty tween will love this Stitch-a-Day embroidery set, creating their own wonderful seasonal tapestry one day at a time.
Designed by Amanda Watson
Advents are a super fun way of building up the excitement towards Christmas Day making each day in December feel special, whilst allowing your tween to expand on their hobbies and interests.
Do you have a favorite advent tradition with your tween? We’d love to hear more how you celebrate and maybe some more homemade ideas you could try on a budget. Drop those thoughts in the comments below!
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