How to Personalize Advent Calendar Gifts for Him (2023)

For my family, advent calendars have always been a fun festive holiday tradition, but it can be difficult to find the perfect advent calendar gift ideas. Because you’re only looking for small, less expensive gifts, you’re limited on what you can get. The biggest limiting factor is usually the size of your advent calendar, too.

Choosing the perfect gift for an advent calendar for him can be even harder because it seems like they make tons of tiny gifts for women but not for men. But I have the full proof guide to choosing the best advent calendar gifts for him. Here’s the best advent calendar ideas for this Christmas season!

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Best Pre-Made Advent Calendars for Him

If you do want to buy one of the traditional advent calendars that’s already made, I don’t blame you because it’ll save time and work during the busy festive season. Last year, I chose this route because our busy life got in the way of making my own. Here’s the best holiday advent calendar filler ideas for him that are easy to find online or in stores:

  • Beer advent calendar
  • Sock advent calendar
  • Chocolate calendar
  • Coffee Advent Calendars
  • Beef Jerky Advent Calendar
  • Sports Themed Advent Calendars

Another great way to buy an advent calendar that’s already made but is more personal is to try one with made-to-order items in it. Etsy sellers like this one will make a completely personalized advent calendar for anyone special in your life! This is the perfect way to balance saving time and work with creating a seriously thoughtful advent calendar. 

How to Make your Own Advent Calendar for Him

I’m a big fan of buying one of the great reusable advent calendars and making your own advent calendar fillers each year. This wooden advent calendar is the one I decided on, and it even has fun Christmas lights! This is a fun way to shower your boyfriend, spouse, best friend, or family members with personal gifts during Christmas time. 

The most personal and unique advent calendars are the ones you make yourself, and the special guy in your life is sure to appreciate it more than any ready-made advent calendar you can buy. Your thoughtfulness with small things goes a long way and means so much. 

Alternatively to buying a traditional advent calendar, you can wrap the twenty four small gifts and just put them in a gift box. Don’t forget to number the outside of each gift. 

Making your own may seem overwhelming, but the good news is that I have tons of ideas for you. Here’s my guide for filling your own DIY advent calendars.

Some Things to Consider for Advent Calendar Gifts

Finding the perfect advent calendar fillers is a lot like buying any other gift but on a smaller scale. You’re building up to Christmas and the larger presents, so you don’t want anything too extravagant, but still small gifts they’ll love. When I’m thinking about any gift, there’s a few things to think about right away for gift ideas: 

  • What will they enjoy?
  • What do they always need more of?
  • What will they actually use?
  • What will let them know I’m thinking of them?
  • What’s something for the holiday or occasion?

​Keeping these five big questions in mind, keep your eye out throughout the year for small items that may work. This cuts down on the amount of work that you have to do leading up to advent and the busy Christmas season.

Another helpful tip for advent calendars is to check the dollar store for small items that are useful, funny, or just enjoyable. They have such a random assortment of items that may fit into an advent calendar and are good gifts for men, so you’d be surprised what you can find. 

What will they enjoy

The number one thing I like to consider when getting someone a gift is if they have any clear favorite hobbies or things they do. Think of favorite movies, TV, shows, books, video, games, sports teams, or other games with cult followings like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, or NFL teams. My family and friends know I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd, and I have loved every single Harry Potter they’ve gotten me time and time again. 

With really popular ideas like this, they make all kinds of gifts (big and small) that would be perfect for an advent calendar. Here’s some specific small gifts they usually make for each popular hobby or interest:

  • Socks
  • Keychains
  • Stickers
  • Cups
  • T-shirts

What they need more of

Another thing to consider for the best gifts is something useful that any guy could use. Think of things he does or uses every day like his phone, personal hygiene products, or small items in the kitchen. You can tailor the gifts to his likes for unique advent calendar fillers like these:

  • Mugs
  • Lip balm
  • Bath bombs or salts
  • Beard oil
  • Lotion
  • Phone accessories like cases or popsockets
  • Face masks
  • Gift cards to places he frequents
  • Razors

Anything the man in your life uses daily or pampers himself with from time to time is a good idea. Then just choose items that are the right size for your advent calendar.

What they will actually use?

The perfect gifts for men’s advent calendars in anything that’s practical and useful for him. These gifts may not seem as exciting, but men are sure to get a ton of use from them. Think of things that help in his everyday life like some of these ideas:

  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Pens
  • Bottle opener 
  • Lighter
  • Wallet
  • Tie Clip
  • Cufflinks

A great gift idea when shopping for men is anything edible because they’re sure to ‘use it’ (by that I mean eat it). This is also a great idea for advent calendars because you can find some thing small. Here’s some great ideas for edible gifts that are perfect for an advent calendar. 

  • His favorite candy
  • Sweet treats like cookies
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate bars
  • Hot Sauces
  • Beef Jerky
  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Cheese
  • Tea
  • Hot Chocolate

What will let them know you’re thinking of them?

One of the best ways to let them know you’re thinking of them is to make a homemade gift. Another good way to add an extra personal gift to his advent calendar is to get something you can put his name or initials on to. Check out these handmade or personalized items for the best advent calendars: 

  • Handwritten love note
  • Handmade pieces of art
  • Photo album keychain
  • Bracelete 
  • Personalized pocketknife
  • Candle
  • Slippers
  • Bottle opener

What’s something for the holiday or occasion?

Advent calendars are supposed to get you in the mood for Christmas during the holiday season since they are literally a Christmas countdown calendar. So when you’re looking for more calendar gifts, consider something Christmas or holiday themed. These are a great addition to any homemade advent calendar to help him get into the Christmas spirit:

  • Christmas socks
  • Decorations
  • Holiday candy
  • Christmas day pajamas (the perfect gift for Christmas Eve!)
  • Ornaments
  • Party Crackers

The Perfect Advent Calendar Gifts

Remember, the best advent calendar gifts are anything you put time and thought into for the special someone in your life. Men will love the excitement of receiving a Christmas advent calendar no matter how big or small it is. This is a great way to make this holiday season a little more special and let him know you’re thinking of him. 

If making your own advent calendar seems like too much or that it will add too much stress in an already busy time, you can shorten it to just a few gifts like the 12 days of Christmas or just the week leading up to Christmas. Don’t overwhelm yourself when there’s already a lot of other stuff going on. 

If the man you’re shopping for is a hunter or outdoorsmen…

Check out the best gifts for hunters this holiday season. There are big and small gifts on the list, and some small enough to fit into an advent calendar like hand warmers, deer calls, and more! Here’s the full list for the perfect gifts for him this holiday season. 

If you want to make the man in your life a homemade gift…

Make one of these thoughtful handmade gifts for the special guy in your life that he’s sure to love. Here’s a full list of completely customizable and easy to make gifts that are perfect for advent and Christmas time. Making your own gifts makes them more sentimental and often saves on the budget. 

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