Oh. My. God. There’s a Friends advent calendar and it includes 25 days of show-themed surprises, including ornaments, recipes and more. The Friends: The Official Advent Calendar is a must-have for any Friends fan, and we’ll explain why.
After the success of the 2020 Friends advent calendar, Insight Editions, a collectible books and calendar company, released a 2021 version with even more goodies for fans to celebrate the holidays alongside their favorite Friends: Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey. Like the 2020 version, the 2021 Friends advent calendar includes 25 days of unique Friends-themed keepsakes, such as show-inspired ornaments, recipe cards based on iconic dishes from the series and other festive trinkets.
The calendar, which is for all ages is decorated with Friends holiday photos, cartoons and quotes such as when Chandler told Monica, “But I didn’t get to shake my belly like a bowl full of jelly!” when he dressed in a Santa costume to surprise Ross’ son, Ben. Another quote on the calendar is when Ross told the group, “Wow, Monica letting other people help decorate her tree? Did someone get her drunk again?” when he found out that the crew helped Monica decorate her Christmas tree. (Spoiler alert: Monica just turned around the tree to face the part where she decorated on her own.)
The Friends advent calendar, which is available for pre-order on Amazon, will be released on October 5, 2021. But don’t wait to pre-order it. Last year’s advent calendar sold out faster than Joey could eat Monica’s Christmas candy, so we expect this one to do the same.
If you didn’t buy the 2020 Friends advent calendar (or just want two this year), last year’s version is still on sale on Amazon. Like the 2021 version, the 2020 Friends advent calendar features 25 pockets for fans to open as they countdown to Christmas. Inside the pockets are more than 40 Friends-themed items. There’s even a surprise inspired by the Holiday Armadillo, a character Ross created in season 7 when all the Santa costumes were sold out. To teach Ben about Hanukkah, Ross dressed up as the Holiday Armadillo and told Ben that he’s Santa’s Tex-Mex friend.
And if you’re a fan of the Friends advent calendars, Insight Editions also has a Friends-themed cookbook, titled Friends: The Official Cookbook, on Amazon. (There’s also a cheaper version on Kindle.) The cookbook, which includes Friends-themed recipes such as Monica’s Thanksgiving feast, Rachel’s Trifle (you know, the one with meat in it) and Phoebe’s Grandmother’s Cookies (shout out to Nestlé Toll House), was written by Amanda Yee.
Friends premiered in September 1994 and ran for 10 seasons until May 2004. The series—which starred Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry—followed six best friends in New York City. In May 2021, all six cast members, as well as creators, David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin S. Bright, returned for a reunion on HBO Max.
Friends: The Official Advent Calendar: The One With the Surprises is available on Amazon. For more Friends-themed merch, click here for our gift guide.
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