Christmas is a season of surprises, and there’s no better way to reinforce that than with a beautiful fabric Advent calendar. These Christmas countdown calendars are imaginative and fun, and can be used year after year. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to store because they fold or roll up and fit into those small spaces that boxed ornaments and wrapping paper simply won’t. Lots of these fabric Advent calendars feature a pretty Christmas scene, and include velcro-backed figurines or ornaments that complete the festive holiday picture by the time you reach Christmas. Others offer pockets, from large to small, that you can fill yourself with tiny treats, treasures and surprises. There are even dog themed advent calendars that you can fill with pet treats to keep your pooch as excited for Christmas as you are.
If you’re crafty, and have some time on your hands, you can create your own beautiful felt or fabric piece with an Advent calendar kit. If you’re looking for something made of wood, you can also get a wooden advent calendar that you decorate yourself, or you can buy a pre-made one here. One thing is certain, when it comes to Advent calendars, people are definitely planning ahead this year, and Amazon’s inventory is selling fast. Since Advent calendars make great gifts for your own family and special people on your Christmas list, order now to be sure they arrive prior to December 1, or even sooner if they’re the kind that have empty drawers and pockets that need filling. Here are our Top 5 Best Fabric Advent Calendars 2017, and we’ll keep tabs on inventory and add more if they become more readily available.
1. Best Nativity Advent Calendar: Vermont Christmas Company Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar
This beautifully crafted fabric Advent calendar comes with velcro-affixed, stuffed figures that your family can remove from the 24 pockets. Each day, add them to the lovely scene in the center of this calendar for each day of Advent. By Christmas Eve, the final Nativity scene depicts, in full, the birth of Jesus, while the Star of Bethlehem guides your family closer to this holy day. Some people also choose to include a candy or other little treat like the Dum-Dums Holiday Pops, in each pocket for twice the enjoyment. The soft fabric is easy to roll up and store, and the soft stuffed figures are perfect for little hands. This fabric Advent calendar is one you and your kids will cherish year after year. Along with your daily unveiling of the day’s figure, perhaps add a few minutes of family time by reading one of the 24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus.
Buy the Vermont Christmas Company
Nativity Fabric Advent Calendar here.
2. Best Personalized Advent Calendar: Personalized Fabric Christmas Advent Calendar
Your whole family will enjoy the anticipation of Christmas with this personalized countdown to Christmas calendar. This fabric Advent calendar is made from slightly quilted poly/cotton and soft felt. This heirloom piece will become a cherished element in your Christmas celebration. The pockets are hand-embroidered with holly leaves and berries by expert craftspeople. Tiny pillow toys, which fit into each of the 24 pockets, are hand-crafted with Velcro on the back and can be placed anywhere on the tree. One lovely thing about this Advent calendar, is that this manufacturer recognizes that you may lose an ornament or two after years of use, so they will replace them for you. This Advent calendar comes with a sturdy wooden dowel included for easy hanging and you can have it either personalized with your family name, or a specific child’s name embroidered on it. Personalized Christmas ornaments also make a great small gift in addition to this personalized Advent calendar. You can find a great collection of ideas here.
Buy the Personalized Fabric Christmas Advent Calendar here.
3. Snowmen Fabric Advent Calendar
In the days leading up to Christmas, your family can create a charming winter scene with the artfully designed snowmen and village pieces tucked into the pockets of this fabric Advent calendar. From shopping and ice skating, to caroling and snow boarding, these snowmen embody lots of the fun aspects of the winter season. Each comes with a velcro backer, so you and your kids can move them, and play with the changing scene daily. To keep your kids in the snowman spirit, get them each a set of Snowman Clings that they can use to decorate the windows of your home for the holidays. Because these clings are sturdy, your kids can create a make-believe winter wonderland that they can play with every day. You can also enhance the wall or door area around your Advent calendar with a cute Primitive Rustic Paper Clay Snowman and Snowflake Garland.
Price: $38.46 (29 percent off MSRP)
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4. Felt Snowman Christmas Countdown Fabric Advent Calendar
This plush and plump felt snowman Christmas countdown calendar is sure to bring cheer every one of the days leading up to the holiday. The snowman’s felt body contains 24 pockets, one for each day of Advent. It features a cute felt snowflake, attached to the snowman’s mitten, that you can move to each pocket as the days go by, adding to the excitement and helping your children have a visual way to see how fast the time is flying. The snowman’s knit top hat is trimmed with holly leaves and berries and features a red and white stripped border. This fabric Advent calendar is even more enticing because the snowman’s head and hat are stuffed to make him look more puffy and realistic. His arms and hands are lightly stuffed to add to the three dimensional look, while the snowman’s face features black button eyes, rosy cheeks and a cute stuffed nose. This cute felt Advent calendar can be filled with tiny candy canes, or sugar free treats to add to the festivities. Looking for something similar, but you’d prefer a Santa motif? The Santa Hanging Advent Calendar is a cute and affordable option.
Price: $28 (20 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Felt Snowman Christmas Countdown Fabric Advent Calendar here.
5. Best Buy: 5 Foot Christmas Tree Felt Advent Calendar
This is one fabric Advent calendar that will make a huge holiday impact in your house. The five foot tall Christmas tree Advent calendar feature 24 oversized, embroidered and appliqued pockets to stow all kinds of fun and festive holiday treats for you or your kids. Each of the pockets features a special holiday themed picture, and this cute Avent calendar comes with a fun stuffed candy cane that you can move to the new day, after the holiday treats or tiny gifts have been removed. And while this Advent calendar is oversized, it’s super easy to store because you can just roll it up and stow it in a small space with the rest of your decorations. This countdown to Christmas calendar is great for kids both little and big because of it’s playful design and unusually large size. If your home is space challenged or you’re on a tight budget and looking for something more moderately sized, the small felt Christmas tree Advent calendar is just under a foot tall and will fit anywhere. Better yet, it’s under $10.