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Advent calendar for teenagers: simple ideas on how to make one yourself and what to fill it with

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Choosing an Advent calendar for teens can prove more difficult than getting them to look up from their phones at dinner. Teens are often difficult to give gifts to. Their interests change in the blink of an eye, and it’s often hard to know what they’re even interested in. This list of advent calendar ideas for teens should help you find something they’ll love to open in the 25 days leading up to Christmas.

Advent calendars for teens – Simple ideas on how to make one yourself

You don't have much room - Build your advent calendar in the window

Window calendar: you don’t have much space? Hang the calendar on the window. Adjust two or three spring-loaded curtain rods to fit the width of the window (wrap them with pretty ribbon first). Then hang the decorated bags on the rods.

Make your own gift tags and fill them with advent gifts for teens

Gift tags: to make this stylish calendar for the upcoming holidays, use hot glue to attach fabric to a foam board. Pin the purchased tags (six per row) onto pins. Mark each date with circles by printing out the numbers and punching a hole in each circle. Finally, add your Christmas decorations to each date.

Just fill plastic cups with small gifts and wrap them with tissue paper

Plastic Cup Advent Calendar for Teens: You probably already have everything you need for this adorable DIY. Simply fill plastic cups with small gifts and wrap them with tissue paper and a rubber band. Hot glue everything to a foam board to set up the decorative display.

Make advent calendars for teens yourself - Place numbered cloth bags on a ladder

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Use a ladder for the Advent calendar: place numbered fabric bags on a ladder in December (if you don’t have one, we recommend buying one. A ladder is a great home accessory to place flower pots on any time of year). Fill it with small gifts of your choice.

If you find a set of colorful take-out boxes, simply fill them with small gifts

Take-Out Box Advent Calendar for Teens: if you find a set of colorful take-out boxes, just fill them with small gifts and create an organized pile.

Make your own advent calendar for teens with bottle drying rack

Make Your Own Advent Calendar for Teens with Bottle Drying Rack: Whether you found it at an antique store or bought it new, a bottle drying rack is a great base for a DIY advent calendar. Fill each little bag with a small gift and decorate with small Christmas accessories before hanging one on each hook.

Glue 25 envelopes on a note board to make a simple DIY advent calendar

Envelope Advent Calendar: tape 25 envelopes to the front of an unused memo board or chalkboard for a simple DIY. Fill the envelopes with small chocolates and love notes for your teen.

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Cool and diverse ideas for Advent calendar filling.

The countdown to Christmas is on! These advent calendars for teens will help you make December awesome for your teen. They are also great for filling stockings.

Beauty and makeup products

If your teen spends their free time watching makeup tutorials on YouTube and TikTok, consider a fun makeup or beauty-themed advent calendar. You can fill it with the following items

For beautiful hands

  • Nail polish
  • Manicure set
  • Sugar scrub
  • Hand cream in fabulous fragrances

For beautiful hair

  • Mini hair brush
  • Travel size hair products
  • Satin pillowcase

For beautiful face

  • natural lip balm in delicious flavors
  • Make-up
  • Organic make-up removal pads
  • Compact mirror

For relaxing bath time

  • Organic bath bombs
  • Bath puff
  • Whipped body butter, travel size

Tip: Pick up a bath bomb for yourself, too, and relax in between all the holiday fun.

Advent calendars for adults that you can make yourself and ideas on how to fill them can be found here !

Advent calendar for teenagers – games and entertainment.

Yes, the holidays should be fun and these little things will keep the fun going.

  • Gift cards
  • Brain games
  • Tickets for a trampoline park
  • Tickets for laser tag
  • Fate toss coin: “One more game” or “Time for bed”
  • Guitar picks
  • Tickets for an Escape Room
  • Movie tickets

Clothing, jewelry and other extras

This category is filled with fabulous little gifts. Pick out a few for your Christmas countdown.


  • Cupcake Socks
  • Snowflake t-shirt
  • Leg warmers
  • Gloves
  • Personalized socks
  • Belt
  • Scarf

Advent calendar filled with jewelry

  • Personalized jewelry box
  • Engraved lanyard pendant
  • Wallet
  • Hair clips
  • Velvet hair ties
  • Keychain
  • Sunglasses

Shoe fun

An ordinary boot becomes a spectacular shoe with boot belts. And sneaker balls may be just what some teenage boys need.

  • Shoelaces
  • Shoehorn
  • Heel cushions
  • Shoe clips
  • Sneaker balls
  • Boot belts

Advent calendar for teenagers – electronic gadgets

Advent calendar for teens fill with electronic gadgets

Yes, good old electronics. What would we do without them? This is a cool advent calendar for guys and gals, because all teens today love electronics.

  • Flash Drive
  • iOS app icons
  • SD cards
  • Keyboard cover
  • Web camera cover
  • Cell phone cases
  • Selfie ring light
  • Portable charger
  • self-adhesive cell phone case
  • Earbuds
  • mini USB light

Eat, drink and be merry

Teenage boys and girls love to eat. They won’t turn down these fun treats!

  • Photo cookies
  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate
  • Candies
  • Juice
  • Chips
  • Cereal bar
  • Can of lemonade
  • Protein shake
  • Snack mix