Advent calendars have been a long-standing tradition in many families, leading up to the excitement of Christmas. They've come a long way over the past few years; in fact, many of them feature the latest toys, beauty products and more. Rather than the holiday-themed mini-chocolates you may remember as a kid, these 2018 countdown calendars have stepped it up a notch with the hottest pop culture collectibles, figures, makeup, candles and more. Take a look at the coolest, most-coveted Advent calendars for the 2018 holiday season for kids and adults alike.
Countdown to Christmas Set
Open the 12 doors in the days leading up to Christmas, which include accessories, activities and pretend treats for the American Girl and Boy dolls. Inside, kids will find a red headband, cozy knit mittens, stickers, a doll-sized ring, mug of hot cocoa, a miniature ornament and more. $40 at americangirl.com.
24 Tastes of Christmas
For a sweet way to countdown to Christmas, this Advent calendar from Sugarfina features small decorated drawers with four individual pieces of candy. Some candy includes Fuji Apple Caramels, Sugar Lips, S'Mores, Gingerbread Cookie Bites, Party Penguins, Sugar Cookies and more. $38 at sugarfina.com.
Star Wars Micro Force Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar is perfect for the family that loves "Star Wars." Count down each day with a new Micro Force figure, plus seven exclusive stickers. Figures include Wookiees, AT-AT Walkers and X-Wings. $29.99 at hasbrotoyshop.com.
L.O.L. Surprise! #OOTD Outfit Of The Day Advent Calendar
This countdown calendar includes an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise! doll, a sticker sheet, fashion accessories, clothing and shoes for each day leading up to Christmas. $29.99 at amazon.com.
12 Days of Socks Advent Calendar
This countdown calendar features 12 pairs of ankle socks with fun designs, such as rainbows, llamas and more; $19.90 at justice.com.
25 Days of the Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar
Head into the enchanted forest with Freddie the Fox and unveil 25 beauty surprises, 14 of which are full-size, that will nourish and reenergize your body. Complete the 25 fun daily tasks that help you reconnect with nature and transform the empty boxes into an outdoors picture. $225 at thebodyshop.com.
David's Tea Advent Calendar
Behind each door hides a single serving of tea. There are a variety of flavors, including Alpine Punch, Candy Cane Crush, Caramel Shortbread, Glitter & Gold, Lemon Pound Cake, Let It Snow, Santa's Secret and The Spice Is Right. $49.99 at David's Tea store in Roosevelt Field Mall and at davidstea.com.
Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar
The Hatchimals Colleggtibles countdown calendar features more than 50 surprises behind 24 doors. The set comes with exclusive characters, nests, accessories, a 3-D holiday scene and more. On the last day, kids can hatch a Colleggtible. $24.99 at shop.spinmaster.com.
Disney Animators' Collection Littles Advent Calendar
Count down to Christmas with this 24-piece Advent calendar and receive an animated Disney character figure or accessory every day. Find items inspired by Lilo & Stitch, Tangled and Frozen. $49.95 at shopdisney.com.
NHL Advent Calendar - Road to the Stanley Cup
This set features 24 surprise items for hockey fans. It contains three adult figures, two child figures, NHL flags, a practice goal, puck bag with pucks, coach, Stanley Cup with pedestal, cones and more hockey accessories. Price: $27.99 at playmobil.us.
LUSH 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar
Discover a dozen limited-edition products such as the Cheery Christmas Bath Bomb, Golden Pear Soap and Buck's Fizz Body Conditioner. $99.95 at lushusa.com.
Freddy Funko Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar features 24 exclusive holiday-themed Freddy Funko Pint-Size Heroes. It also comes with a winter display. $50 at shop.funko.com.
Sephora Once Upon a Castle Advent calendar
Celebrate beauty this December with the Sephora Once Upon a Castle Advent calendar, filled with a new makeup, skin-care, bath and body, or accessory gift each day leading up to Christmas. The set includes body wash, nail polish, lip stain and pocket mirror. $45. More information: sephora.com.
Game of Thrones 12 Days of Socks
These "Game of Thrones"-inspired socks feature characters and designs from HBO's popular series. Count down the 12 days of Christmas and reveal a new sock each day. The box also features trivia questions from the series, such as "Who was the head of House Frey?" and "Which Bolton did Sansa Stark marry?" $15 at target.com.
Wine Lover's Advent Calendar
This Advent calendar features 24 windows with a special quarter bottle (187ml) of wine. The selection includes Champagne, Bordeaux, Rioja and Chardonnay. $129.99 at wsjwine.com.
12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Open each of the 12 pockets to reveal beauty products, such as body glitter, lip gloss, nail polish, and more; $19.90 at shopjustice.com.
Mickey Mouse and Friends Mini Tsum Tsum Advent Calendar
This countdown calendar includes Disney Tsum Tsum plush toys. Each of the 25 windows includes one character, including Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, Tigger, Tinkerbell, Baymax and Simba. $129.95 at shopdisney.com.
Yankee Candle Countdown Calendar
This set includes 12 tea light candles and 12 votive candles in a seasonal, festive scents, such as gingerbread, Christmas cookie, cinnamon and red apple. It also comes with a flicker glass candle holder. $34.99 at Yankee Candle stores and yankeecandle.com.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar
Each day in December, open a different door to reveal decorations representing each of the five friends from Heartflake City. The set comes with a Christmas tree, candy cane, gingerbread man and more. $29.99 at shop.lego.com.
Ulta 12 Days of Beauty Advent calendar
Ulta's 12 Days of Beauty features a different surprise-filled box for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Beauty surprises include highlighter, lipstick, eye shadow, shimmer blush and more; $18 at ulta.com.
Harry Potter 12 Days of Socks
This Harry Potter-themed Advent calendar features 12 socks, a new pair each day, with designs from the movies. The set comes with crew and low cut socks for sizes 4-10. $15 at target.com.
Target Beauty 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
This Target Advent calendar features 12 beauty, makeup and skin-care goodies from popular brands. $19.99 at target.com.
Bonne Maman Advent Calendar
For a daily treat as you countdown to Christmas, this Advent calendar features mini jars of preserves. Flavors include pineapple passion, sweet orange, rhubarb, orange mandarin, acacia honey and more. Price: $29.99 at bonnemaman.us.
Essie House of Color Kit
This Advent calendar comes with six full-size and six mini-size Essie nail polishes in a festive array of colors. $50 exclusively at Costco stores.
Wish Upon a Star Advent calendar
This countdown calendar features signature Sephora items, such as glitter, blending sponge, hair ties and more. $36 at sephora.com.
Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent calendar
Crafty kids will enjoy this 24-day calendar featuring craft projects and homemade gifts such as ornaments, finger puppets, decorations and coloring activities. $19.99 at shop.crayola.com.
L'Occitane Signature Advent calendar
This countdown calendar features skin care, bath and body wash, fragrances and hand creams for each day in December. The set includes travel-size items. Price: $59 at usa.loccitane.com.
Monster High Advent calendar
The Monster High Advent calendar lets kids count down to Christmas with 24 mystery windows. Each day features a different buildable surprise. The set includes mini fashion figures, small character-themed builds, trees, skis and other winter accessories; $29.99 at shop.mattel.com.
Ten Days of Tocca Gift Set
Each door of this unique countdown calendar features rollerball fragrances, perfume, hair fragrances, hand cream and more. Price: $50 at sephora.com.
Star Wars 12 Days of Socks
Reveal a new pair of socks counting down the 12 days of Christmas with this Star Wars-themed calendar. The low cut and crew socks feature Stormtroopers, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Princess Leia and more. The decorative box also comes with popular quotes from classic characters. $15 at target.com.
QVC Beauty Christmas Advent calendar
Your entire beauty routine will be covered when a new product is revealed each day in December, counting down to Christmas. Surprises include Julep Eyeliner, Wen Cleansing Conditioner, bareMinerals Mascara and more; $65 at qvc.com.
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar
This wine Advent calendar will be available in early November exclusively at Aldi stores. It features 24 mini bottles of red, white, rosé and bubbles, including Shiraz, Malbec, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc. Price: $69.99. For more information, visit aldi.us.
Lego 'Stars Wars' Advent calendar
For Legos "Star Wars" fans, this Advent calendar features 24 gifts, a playmat and more. You'll find five mini-figures, three figures, starships, vehicles and more; $39.99. More information: shop.lego.com.
NYX Sugar Trip Countdown
This beauty countdown calendar features 14 lip products and 10 eye/face powders, including eyeshawdow, bronzer highlighters and blush. Price: $55 at ulta.com.
L'Occitane luxury Advent calendar
This countdown calendar features premium skin care, bath and body, fragrances and hand cream for each day in December. The set includes shower gels, hand creams and shea butter body lotion. Scents and fragrances include verbena, immortelle, almond, cherry blossom and shea butter. Price: $124 at usa.loccitane.com.
Playmobil horse Advent calendar
Cute animals and accessories are hidden behind 24 doors in this countdown calendar. The set includes three figures, a horse, two foals, two ponies, cats, a wheelbarrow, fencing, tree, hay, hedgehogs. Price: $24.99 at playmobil.us.
Fisher-Price Little People Advent calendar
Count down to Christmas with 24 Little People friends and holiday-themed accessories, including presents, a sled, Christmas tree, table, chairs, Santa, Mrs. Claus, a reindeer. $34.99 at fisher-price.mattel.com.
Rituals Advent calendar
Open each door as you countdown to Christmas to find little luxuries from Rituals. The 24 mini-gifts include handwash, candles, body cream, shower foam. $89 at the Rituals store in Roosevelt Field Mall or at rituals.com.
Disney Princess 12 Days of Socks calendar
From Snow White and Cinderella to Belle and Ariel, this Disney Princess-inspired Advent calendar features 12 pairs of socks. The decorative box also comes with trivia, such as "What is the first song Snow White sings" and "What is the name of Belle's horse?" $15 at target.com.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat Advent Calendar
Tiny drawers slide open to reveal the sweet morsels in this countdown calendar. The truffles and chocolates include caramels, exotic mini-chocolate bars, pecan toffee,and fruit-flavored. Be sure to flip each drawer before replacing it to reveal a hidden design on Christmas Eve. Price: $140 at vosgeschocolate.com.
Santa countdown banner
Put up this mantle rod calendar, which resembles Santa's suit, to help count down the days until Christmas. Price: $49.99 at pier1.com.
Aldi Advent calendar with cheese
This cheese Advent calendar features 24 imported cheeses, including Cheddar, Gouda, Edam and more. Price: $12.99. For more information, visit aldi.us.
Playmobil Santa's workshop Advent calendar
Santa's workshop Advent calendar features 24 presents for each day leading up to Christmas. Surprises include an electric lantern, four figures, a sleigh, workbench, reindeer, a bike, and toys. Price: $24.99 at playmobil.us.
Cabbage Patch Kids Little Sprouts Advent calendar
This Cabbage Patch Little Sprouts Advent calendar has the Little Sprouts kids, babies, pets and accessories. Surprises include nine figures and 16 accessories for each day leading up to Christmas, a fold down play area and a collector's guide. $34.95 at amazon.com.
Mega Bloks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Advent calendar
Kids can open a new buildable, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles surprise every day leading up to Christmas. There are 24 surprises to build, including action figures with accessories; $29.99 at shop.mattel.com.