36 Remarkable DIY Advent Calendar Ideas for this year

Struggling to find incredible gifts for all the beautiful people in your life? Presenting to you your very own Holiday Gift Guide slash DIY advent calendar ideas. The idea being if you love advent calendars but could not find one to match your expectations or didn’t think they were worth the money, you can easily put together these items and Tada! you’ve got yourself a special edition DIY advent calendar.

Or you could always pick and choose your favorite gifts as individual presents for you or your family and friends. Check out my best of Beauty Advent Calendar post and Some Unique Advent Calendars if DIY is not your thing.

Holidays are stressful enough, but gift giving should be not!

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What’s the best thing about a DIY advent calendar?

With these DIY advent calendar ideas, you can include something for everyone, even yourself! In any case, make a task of it to open the calendar together as a family and enjoy the opportunity to reconnect and bond.

What can I put in a homemade advent calendar?

Honestly? Absolutely anything that you like! All the same, we’ve got plenty of great DIY advent calendar ideas. We have included everything from gifts for her and him, gifts for the tech lovers, gifts for your family and for your home so you won’t have to look anywhere else.

Gifts for her

Gifts for her
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1. Retinol Serum

Stay youthful with the all new Kiehl’s Retinol Serum. It says this is a gift for her, but who says a man shouldn’t use retinol?

2. Pimple patches

For the days when Bob- The pimple won’t leave your face alone.

3. Volumizing Mascara

This bestseller mascara by Milk Makeup needs no introduction. Great things often come in small packages. These DIY advent calendar ideas can easily be repurposed for individual holiday presents for every member of your family.

4. Silk scrunchies

Silk scrunchies are so gentle on the hair. I’ve been using them for a year and I’m never going back to the regular ones.

5. Cashmere Sweater

Nothing says “I love you” better than a soft and delicate cashmere sweater. Don’t forget to whisper “I love you” to yourself too. *wink*

6. Reusable Under-Eye patches

Reusable Eye patches to keep your eyes hydrated and puffiness at bay after all the Holiday drinks. All while taking care of our mother earth. One of the best DIY advent calendar ideas is this reusable eye patch, you can gift it to your partner, to your girlfriends and even to your mom!

7. Lip mask

You can’t go wrong with this cult favorite lip sleeping mask from Laneige

Gifts for her
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8. Gratitude journal

Holidays are the perfect time reflect and be grateful for all the blessings the Universe endowed upon you. Using a gratitude journal might just be the thing to get you to sit down and introspect. We love a thoughtful gift, and this is exactly that!

9. Cashmere scarf

A luxurious cashmere scarf might just become a substitute of your warm hug for your family that are away in distant lands this Holiday season.

10. Felt Hat

A felt hat that will elevate any basic winter outfit.

11. 3 in 1 Huestick

This Huestick isn’t Allure Best of Beauty Winner for three years in a row for no reason. It’s a color corrector, blush, lipstick all in one! Oh! Did we mention it’s vegan and cruelty free?

12. Lip gloss

Another bestseller in the form of Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in the shade Fenty Glow will be immensely appreciated by every woman in your life.

13. Body oil

Give the skin of your body some extra TLC during this winter season with the Necessaire Body oil.

14. Gold hoops

Some statement hoop earrings to elevate your knit dresses.

15. Chemical exfoliant peels

Prep your skin with these 2-step exfoliating peel from Dr. Dennis Gross for a flawless makeup base.

Gifts for him

Gifts for him
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16. Merino wool sweater

Everybody looks great in a turtleneck. Period. This sophisticated merino wool turtleneck in the most vibrant forest green reminds us of all things Christmas and is another of our favorite in this list of DIY advent calendar ideas.

17. Leather gloves

Brown is the new black of Winter season 2022-2023. Give your outfit a little bit of a twist with these brown leather gloves.

18. Wool Fedora

Because everybody deserves to look chic in a fedora.

19. Weekend bag

A high-quality leather weekend bag for all the men in your life.

20. A book – 101 essays that will change the way you think

We think about 6,000 thoughts per day. But this will change your perspective on how you think about things!

21. Leather Card case

A gorgeous leather card holder for the men in your life. Take your pick from the 14 color options available!

22. Body wash

Infused with Niacinamide, Vitamins and Plant surfactants, this eucalyptus scented body wash from Necessaire is divine.

Tech Gifts

Tech gifts
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23. Foot massager

A remote-control foot massager for an at-home spa experience.

24. Amazon Kindle

For people who want all their books compacted into a single one.

25. Noise cancelling headphones

Sophisticated headphones by Sony that would be on every tech lover’s wish list.

26. Apple Home pod

Best gift for the smart home fanatic.

Home and family gifts

Gifts for home and family
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27. Monogrammed mug

An all-time favorite monogramed Anthropologie mug for relishing hot chocolate with your family this Christmas.

28. Coffee Table book – On Flowers – Lessons by an Accidental Florist

An exceptional yet informative coffee table book for the flower lover in your life.

29. Card game

Reconnect with your loved ones this Holiday season with the Hygge Game. Roughly translated, Hygge in Danish and Norwegian means a sense of comfortable togetherness which is the essence of sitting together at Christmas, laughing, enjoying and perfectly content.

30. Scented Candle

The fresh yet milky notes will instantly transport you to wide open fields full of white tuberose flowers.

31. Checkered throw blanket

A checkered throw blanket to add some color and warmth to your rooms.

Gifts for home and family
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32. Coffee table book – The story of Tea

Two in one treat in the form of a coffee table plus recipe book for tea lovers.

33. Tabletop firepit

Now enjoy smores nights inside with this mini tabletop firepit!

34. Taper candles

Candles with a bit of character? Yes please! How gorgeous are these taper candles?

35. Kettle

A tea kettle is a staple for anyone who likes to brew their own tea. Choose from a wide array of stunning kettles that only elevate your stovetop space, whether it be a minimal modern design or a classic whistling kettle.

36. Croquet set

Channel your inner Bridgerton with this Croquet Lawn set!

How did you like our DIY advent calendar ideas?

Did you find anything that you like for yourself in the recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below what is your favorite thing to include in your homemade advent calendar?

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