DIY advent calendars are such a special gift . . . but they have to be filled with something! Check out these fab adult advent calendar gift ideas and stocking stuffers for inspiration. Affiliate links in post.
As a DIY blogger, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I adore Christmas. It’s basically just an excuse to make a ton of things I don’t need to find storage for! Is there quite literally anything better? My under-stairs closet says no.
One of my favorite gifts to make over the holidays has to be advent calendars. They capture the childhood excitement of Christmas so well – and work as a great way to ramp up your excitement over December. However, the small issue with DIY advent calendars? Well, you somehow have to come up with 24 gifts to put in them!
Enter, stage right: me. I’ve written a comprehensive post of 35 brilliant adult advent calendar gift ideas (or stocking stuffers) for you to pick from! But first – do you have your advent calendar at the ready?
4 Cute AF 2022 Fillable Advent Calendars Under $20
Every year, there are a ton of cute fillable advent calendars that get released for you to pick from! (I plan to release my own free printable version later this year so stay tuned for that.) Here are some of my fave picks of the crop for 2022:
35 Adult Advent Calendar Filling Ideas & Budget-Friendly Stocking Fillers
Now for the fun part: internet shopping! Like the true saint I am, I have spent ages scouring the internet for great deals, discounts and money-saving ideas. After all, 24 gifts . . . that’s not gonna come cheap! I’ve broken down my gift ideas by section, so feel free to skip ahead if there’s something in particular you’re after:
- Section 1: 5 Cheap Beauty & Fashion Stocking Fillers
- Section 2: 5 Yummy Food Adult Advent Calendar Fillers For Adults
- Section 3: 5 Fun Festive Gifts To Get In The Holiday Spirit
- Section 4: Party It Up With These 5 Alcohol Gifts For Booze Lovers!
- Section 5: Get Over The Past Few Years With 5 Self-Care Themed Gifts
- Section 6: 5 Gifts for The House-Proud Entertainer
- Section 7: Romantic Adult Advent Calendar Filler Ideas
Stocking Filler Ideas P1: 5 Cheap Beauty & Fashion Gifts For The Stylish People In Your Life!
Idea #1 – Buy a cheap multi-pack of cute hair clips from Amazon and split them across multiple days! (This set of 10 is only $14.99)
This is an idea I actually used for my friend’s advent calendar. I love it because a. clips are trendy AF b. girls with long hair can literally never have too many clips and c. did you see how cheap this is? $1.49 per clip is a steal!
Cheap Beauty Lover Gift Idea #2 – Store & Gift Your Free Samples
If you purchase skincare online, chances are you have a pretty hefty collection of free samples. I know that pretty much any time I restock my beauty faves, I end up with a few oil and serum packets to try!
As someone with sensitive skin, I don’t normally use samples – so I always keep them until Christmas to add to my gifts!
Retailers that tend to send tons of samples:
Idea #3 – Split Expensive Skincare Sets Up Across Multiple Days (This Glow Recipe Bestsellers Kit is $51.94 From Amazon, But Is High Quality & Can Count For 5 Days!)
If you’re like me and try to minimize waste over the festive season, buying tons of cheap crap nobody will use isn’t appealing. Rather than buying a $10 Target skincare set that most beauty lovers will discard, why not invest in a high-quality brand they’ll love and just split it up over a few days?
Idea #4 – Fashion Jewelry Makes A Great Inexpensive Adult Stocking Filler For Men & Women! (And All The Below Options Are Under $20)
Idea #5 – Makeup minis are great adult advent calendar minis – and practical gifts! This multipack of 12 matte liquid lipsticks is only $11.99 from Amazon!
What fab value! (And the reviews are great.)
5 Yummy Adult Advent Calendar Fillers For Foodies!
There’s nothing wrong with a sweet treat – hell, I’d argue there’s a reason most advent calendars feature chocolate!
Idea #6 – Buy Fillable Ornaments and Stuff Them With Cheap Candy! (You can buy a pack of 20 for $12.99 From Amazon)
Sour candies, M&Ms, skittles and chocolate stars would all work really well in these.
Ferrero Rocher or Lindt multipacks are an inexpensive way to pad out an advent calendar. Not to mention delicious!
Idea #8 – If Your Gift Recipient Is A Food Lover, A Gourmet Grilling Spice Set Is A Must! Plus, It’s Only $29.99
My partner is a big cooking lover and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be getting him something like this in his advent!
This gift set has got my mouth watering! A perfect way to spruce up your morning coffee – and a delish gift for cold winter days!
Depending on the size of your advent calendar, you could even add a cute thrifted mug in with these!
Admittedly, this gift is a little pricier – but it’s worth every penny! Olive oil is an everyday staple, so it makes a wonderfully practical gift idea for foodies. Plus, with these adorable mini bottles, you could split these up over multiple days in your advent calendar!
Part 3: 5 Fun Festive Gifts To Get In The Holiday Spirit
One of the things I really enjoy about making your own advent calendars is that you can select gifts to keep people in the festive spirit throughout December. We can all be guilty of focusing so much on present shopping and money that Christmas really only ends up being the 25th!
For my boyfriend’s advent calendar last year, I made sure to include fun Christmas costumes for our cat, little holiday LEGO sets for him to complete and even some gingerbread whiskey! It was a great way to extend the festive cheer all throughout December.
Idea #12 – Funny Holiday Pet Costumes Might Annoy Your Fur Babies . . . But They Sure Are Cute! Here Are Some Adorable Options For Under $20
Idea #13 – Encourage Your Loved One To Get Crafty (& Support A small business) With This Beginner’s Xmas Embroidery Kit From Etsy! – $58 For a set of 4
As a DIY blogger, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I am all for encouraging people to get creative! Festive craft kits are a great way to spend a cold winter evening – and people get free Christmas decor out of it too.
Idea #14 – Add Fun Tree Ornaments To Your Adult Avent Calendar! (All Of The Below Are $6.99 from Typo)
Am I the only one who always forgets to buy ornaments until the last minute and then there’s nothing cute left? Well, you can help someone avoid that trap! (Plus, the idea of someone slowly getting to add cute Xmas decor as December goes on is pretty fun.)
Idea #15 – What Do we all love when it’s cold? a warm cup of tea! this etsy seller offers an adorable pack of 4 festively-flavored loose leaf teas for $13.88
Plus, just look at how cute the packaging is!
Part 4: Party It Up With These 5 Alcohol Gifts For Booze Lovers!
The fun thing about adult advent calendars is that you can add a touch of adult fun to them! For the alcohol connoisseurs in your life, these 5 gift ideas are sure to impress . . . without breaking the bank.
I actually bought this exact book for my boyfriend a few years ago and it lives on our bar! He loves it – plus, with such a cute cover, it doubles as home decor.
Idea #17 – A Spirit Infusion Kit! Rokz Spirits On Amazon Sells These For $11.99 & Has Tons of flavoring options to choose from
I am utterly obsessed with these as a gift idea! Not only are they inexpensive (especially in comparison to buying liquor bottles themselves!) but they’re practical too.
Isn’t this cocktail kit just the prettiest thing ever? Over holiday season, there tends to be tons of parties – so this gift would likely come in handy too!
I am totally obsessed with how cute these are – and will definitely be making some for myself!
Okay, this is definitely a gift that I’m bookmarking for Christmas because my boyfriend loves a bit of whiskey!
Section 5: Get Over The Past Few Years With 5 Self-Care Themed Gifts
Section 6: 5 Gifts for The House-Proud Entertainer
Part 7: Romantic Adult Advent Calendar Filler Ideas
The next section is a super fun one! (Although, it really is adult . . .) If you’re looking for cute romantic or, dare I say, sexy stocking fillers, check out these next 5 options!
Adult Advent Calendar Filler Idea #31 – Smile Makers The Tennis Pro Vibrator – $60
Okay, my friends, thank you for making it all the way to the end with me! If you’re looking for more Christmas content, make sure to check out my posts below: