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Though the passage of time is meaningless in 2020, it appears that it is now December. Which means that instead of ticking off the days on your deranged makeshift home office whiteboard, you can keep track of how many days ’til Christmas via the shared cultural experience of the Advent Calendar. The act of opening a little cardboard door in a calendar and popping out a weird-tasting chocolate is not relegated to children — and it’s not even relegated to budget candy.
These days you can get an Advent Calendar full of just about anything — booze, socks (this is very popular!), little random trinkets that you’ll probably never use but will still get a serotonin bump from receiving — and themed around your favorite pop culture properties. From classic sitcoms like “Friends” and “The Office” to popular film series like Harry Potter and Marvel, get a little trinket (or treat) every day as you count down the days until Christmas. Or, like, any day you choose. As we said, the passage of time is meaningless in 2020.
Buy a loved one — or yourself, no judgment — one of these TV- and movie-themed advent calendars so you, too, can experience the fleeting joy of something to look forward to in our current hellscape.
They’ll be there for you — especially with this official advent calendar, which features 25 Days of surprises and more than 40 keepsakes, including ornaments, buttons, and other keepsakes. There’s even a Holiday Armadillo surprise inside, plus recipe cards and other adorable gifts.
You probably don’t need 25 new pairs of socks, so it’s a good thing that this Advent Calendar featuring your favorite mad scientist and his grandson is only 12 days long. You’ll get four pairs of crew socks and eight pairs of low-cut socks in the package, and they’ll fit men’s shoe sizes from 6 to 12. Be sure to follow the recommended laundry directions to keep them looking crisp as you wear them throughout the year.
Click on Amazon’s coupon to bring the cost of this interactive pop-up book and advent calendar down another $5. This one-of-a-kind book recreates the iconic “Harry Potter” Great Hall via a 13-inch pop-up Christmas tree, and the 25 keepsakes you’ll get throughout the month — including Hermione’s time-turner, the “Monster Book of Monsters,” Hogwarts house crests, and more — can also be used as ornaments to decorate the tree. You’ll also get a booklet that features behind-the-scenes details about how the “Harry Potter” production team brought Christmas to life in the films.
If you recently spent time de-cluttering your house and got rid of a bunch of Funko Pop figures, great news! You now have room for more, including these pocket-sized “Harry Potter” ones featuring the Wizarding World’s favorite witches, wizards, beasts, ghosts and house elves. The 24 Pocket Pops! vinyl figures include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and the rest of their pals. The figures range in height depending on the character, but are a maximum of two inches tall.
Another sock calendar, this one gives you 12 days’ worth of socks featuring some of your favorite running jokes and characters — like Michael, Pam, Dwight, and Jim — from “The Office.” The socks fit men’s sizes 6 to 12 and include eight low-cut and four crew pairs paying tribute to the long-running sitcom.
This Pixar-themed advent calendar features 25 days’ worth of mini figures and other gifts, including 14 characters, one mini Christmas tree, and ten character stickers. Each detailed character is set in a dynamic pose that makes them perfect for display or play. Fan-favorite Pixar films represented include “The Incredibles, “Monsters, Inc.” “Finding Nemo,” “Inside Out,” and more.
We will absolutely not judge any person who wants to order this Lego “Star Wars” advent calendar, which includes six minifigures and six lego figures — including Poe Dameron, Darth Vader, and a Tauntaun with a red nose — plus a foldout playmat with a Millennium Falcon image. You’ll also get a dozen mini build toys — including the Millennium Falcon, an A-wing, TIE Fighter, X-wing, Droid Control Ship, Anakin’s Podracer, and Darth Vader’s Castle — and an exclusive Christmas sweater holiday-themed Darth Vader with a smile face variant from the “Episode 6” final duel.
Get 24 different Marvel superheroes and supervillains with this Funko Pocket Pop! advent calendar, including Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and other Avengers.
Get yourself some spooky holiday cheer with this “Nightmare Before Christmas”-themed advent calendar, featuring 25 days of treats from Tim Burton’s classic. The pop-up advent calendar contains 25 removable and displayable ornaments involving Jack Skellington, Sally, Zero, and your other favorite characters. You’ll also get a 28-page softcover guidebook containing fascinating facts about Halloween Town and its residents.
If it’s just a simple, plasticky chocolate advent calendar you’re after, this Baby Yoda — sorry, The Child — and Mandalorian one will do the trick. Pop open one of the 24 paper doors for a candy treat.