These Advent Calendars Are Like IRL Loot Boxes for the Gamer in Your Life

The Fortnite Funko advent calendar.

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Christmas is creeping closer and there’s no time like the present to get a head start on your festive season gift shopping. Advent calendars can take the guesswork out of gift giving — why take your chances on a single present that they may or may not like when you could give them the gift of daily treats?

Beyond that, they’re especially good when you’re shopping for a gamer (whether it’s yourself or someone special) because so many of the gifts made for us are either very flimsy or very, very expensive. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite picks when you’re shopping for an advent calendar for gamers, from Pokémon to Fortnite and Super Mario.

Funko Holiday Calendar: Pokémon

Featuring 24 Pocket Pops, the Funko Holiday Calendar: Pokémon ($112.95) is ideal for fans of Nintendo and Funko. Each figure comes with a clear plastic stand and there are even a few special edition Pocket Pops to open.

Super Mario Advent Calendar

The Super Mario advent calendar.

More minifigs, this time of Mario characters! The Super Mario Advent Calendar ($86.48) includes 17 articulated figures and seven accessories to adorn them with. The box comes with a fold-out display, which you can customise with pop-up environmental pieces and decorate with figures as you open all the doors over the course of 24 days.

Exit the Game Advent Calendar

Exit the Game advent calendar.

Exit the Game ($55.00) is a board game and an advent calendar in one. Behind each door is a tiny 3D room containing a puzzle or riddle. Only by combining all 24 solutions will you reveal the secret of a mysterious ice cavern, make your escape and win the game.

Among Us Official Surprise Gift Box

The Among Us advent calendar.

Assemble your crew with the Among Us advent calendar ($35.00), which not only includes 24 figures for you to open but also accessories for them to wear, like the Young Sprout and Eggscellent hat. Once your crew is ready and appropriately sus, the calendar folds open to create a spaceship scene to position them in.

Funko Advent Calendar: Fortnite

The Fortnite Funko advent calendar.

Of course there’s a Fortnite advent calendar ($78.57)! Collect minifig versions of your favourite Fortnite characters until there’s only one left standing on Christmas day.

Pokémon TCG: Holiday Calendar

The Pokemon TCG advent calendar.

If they’re more a fan of the card game than Scarlet and Violet, this one’s for them. The Pokémon TCG advent calendar ($127) includes eight foil promo cards with a festive stamp, six Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield Series booster packs, six Pokémon TCG 3-card fun packs and more.

Funko Advent Calendar: Marvel

The Marvel Funko advent calendar.

Funko girlies are winning this year. The Pocket Pop! Marvel advent calendar ($99.99) includes 24 figures of MCU heroes like Spider-Man and Captain America, but with a festive twist to their uniforms.

Roblox Advent Calendar

The Roblox advent calendar.

If you have a niece, nephew or younger sibling who loves Roblox, this will keep them entertained all month long. The Roblox Advent Calendar ($107.40) contains holiday-themed Roblox figures and accessories that you can mix and match to create your own unique characters. Plus, by redeeming the code that’s included in the box, they can collect exclusive virtual items in-game.

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