There’s truly no better way to count down the days until Christmas than with a daily surprise. An adult advent calendar is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season and add a sprinkling of festive cheer to the long and busy month of December. (It may seem far away right now, but we promise it’s coming quicker than you think!)
Here, we’ve rounded up the must-have advent calendars to snag up before they fly off the shelves, from beauty to booze to cozy games. Whether you’re keeping them all to yourself or buying them for a loved one, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
What is an adult advent calendar?
Filled with delightful treats—think truffles, tea samplers, candles and beauty goodies—an adult advent calendar puts a luxe spin on the waxy chocolate-filled dollar store one you got as a kid. Think of it as a nostalgic way to build up anticipation for the holidays.
But it’s not just the thrill and delight of a surprise that makes advent calendars so popular. Hidden behind each door, you’ll typically find minis (or, if you’re really lucky, full-size versions) of a brand’s bestselling products. It’s the perfect way to try collections you’ve had your eye on and discover new favourites for the year ahead. Plus, advent calendars are typically a great deal from a cost perspective, too.
The best adult advent calendars for 2023
David’s Tea 24 Trips with Tea Advent Calendar, $55
Inspired by flavours from around the world, this selection of individually packaged vegan teas is adventure in a cup. It features samplers of popular blends such as Brazilian Maté, North African Mint and Cream of Earl Grey, hidden behind gorgeously illustrated doors that represent the origin of each tea.
Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate Lovers Advent Calendar, $12
Enjoy a decadent bite every day with this affordable-yet-luxurious advent calendar filled with Lindt’s iconic truffles. Smooth, rich and creamy, it’s the perfect small indulgence to treat yourself to this holiday season.
M.A.C Cosmetics Frosted Frenzy Advent Calendar, $325
From lippies and glosses to eyeshadows, eyeliners and mascara, this advent calendar—a $697 value—brims with mini and full-size makeup treats that more than justify its hefty price tag. You’ll find plenty of classics in there (including the Powder Kiss Lipstick in Teddy 2.0, a.k.a. the perfect neutral). Add this one to your cart quickly, because it includes a few all-new exclusive shades that are bound to sell out.
Galison Merry And Bright Puzzle Calendar, $36
Nothing says holidays like cozy games, and this puzzle advent calendar is sure to bring the whole family together. It contains 12 illustrated 80-piece puzzles depicting merry scenes to get the festive season started.
The Body Shop The Big Advent of Change Advent Calendar, $140
The Body Shop’s advent calendars never disappoint, and this year’s selection of three treasure-filled boxes is no exception. We’re partial to the Big Advent of Change, a collection valued at $230 that includes body care must-haves in a variety of the brand’s bestselling scents including mango, strawberry and pink grapefruit. It’s also brimming with skincare essentials, including the iconic Shea Hand Balm and Camomile Cleansing Butter.
Revolution Beauty 25 Days Of Glam Advent Calendar, $79
Unbox a new surprise every day, and get ready to rediscover the joy of playing with makeup. It contains everything you need to fill your toiletry bag, including brushes, and it’s the perfect gift for someone who is just starting out on their beauty journey.
Sephora Collection After Advent Calendar, $40
If you’re looking to brighten up your days during the sluggish period between Christmas and New Year’s, Sephora has you covered. This “after” advent calendar will lift your spirits and keep you feeling festive until the clock strikes midnight on December 31. Unbox a small gift from Sephora’s top-rated collection every day for seven days and keep the party going.
Voluspa 12 Day Advent Calendar, $105
Guaranteed to light up your world (or at least your December countdown), this Sephora-exclusive advent calendar contains 12 mini candles housed in gorgeous glass jars and scented with unexpected seasonal notes such as Cinnamon Woods, Forbidden Fig and Sparkling Cuvée.
JP Chenet Advent Calendar, $175
Celebrate the season with a daily glass of white, rosé or sparkling wine thanks to these 24 mini bottles from French brand JP Chenet.
L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, $90
This popular advent calendar contains everything you need to elevate your shower and bath routine. Soaps, shower gels, hand balms and shampoos will have you kick off the new year smelling fresh and feeling smooth.
Yves Rocher Advent Calendar, $65
Skincare, makeup, hair care, perfume—French brand Yves Rocher does it all really, really well. Stock up on bestsellers with this collection of minis worth $175.
The Bay Exclusive Holiday Beauty Calendar, $249
Valued at over $1600, this advent calendar is jam-packed with mini and full-sized beauty treats. It features makeup, skincare and fragrances by luxury brands such as YSL Beauty, Lancôme, Estée Lauder and Laura Mercier, as well as the Foreo UFO Mini, a skincare tool that retails for over $200.
Nespresso x Fusalp Vertuo Advent Calendar, $65
If you love starting your day with a cup of Nespresso coffee, you’ll love this advent calendar. It contains a mix of bestselling permanent and festive flavours to delight every coffee lover. Spoiler: On the last day, you’ll unbox a limited-edition mug.
Dr. Hauschka 2023 Signature Advent Calendar, $135
Looking to simplify your beauty routine with pared-back ingredients? Experience a curated selection of the brand’s organic, all-natural products, including a full-size of the soothing Hydrating Cream Mask.
Nuxe Advent Calendar, $109
French brand Nuxe is known for its indulgent skincare, and this extensive selection is the perfect way to dive in and discover all it has to offer. Enjoy slathering on a rich lip balm, a selection of beautifully scented body oils and soothing makeup remover, among other delights.
Auria Seven Days of Self Care Holiday Calendar, $40
Unwind from the stress of the holiday season with this 7-piece self-care advent calendar. Behind each door, you’ll find a stress-busting surprise, including a gua sha, a mini body massager and a shower steamer.
Soja & Co. Advent Calendar, $129
For the holidays, Montreal-based brand Soja & Co. packaged 24 pint-sized winter-themed candle to discover daily. We won’t spoil it all for you, but scents include Hot Mulled Wine,Vanilla + Firewood and Orange + Clove.
Kanel Arrivals Advent Calendar, $68
If you’re planning to countdown to Christmas with home-made meals, this set contains all the spices you might need. Spices—like Quebec Maple Smoked Salt, Smoked Chorizo Rub and Fresh Salted Peppercorns—are packaged in glass jars, and accompanied by a handy brass spoon.
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar, $165
In this box decorated with illustrations by creative duo Icinori, you’ll find all of Kiehl’s most iconic products. The selection includes a full-size jar of the beloved Ultra Facial Cream, a winter must-have for sensitive skin.
Shoppers Drug Mart 25 Days of Beauty Surprises, $130
Minis—and a couple of full-sizes—of products from beloved beauty brands like Lancôme, Clarins and Benefit Cosmetics are to be found behind each of the door of this makeup and skincare advent calendar.
Joy To The Season Advent Calendar, $121
This selection of relaxing aromatherapy goodies is perfect for days when you need a breather. It contains a mix of bestsellers and products exclusive to this advent calendar, like the Appreciation roll-on and the Cabin Cozy candle.
Olaeda 24 Days of Jewelry Advent Calendar, $275
Treat yourself to a new jewellery collection with this surprise selection of sterling silver and 14k gold-filled pieces by Toronto-based brand Olaeda. It includes earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets for a total value of $650.
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