Make a list, check it twice, because the most wonderful time of the year is almost here. And what better way to countdown to Christmas than with adult advent calendars?
There is something exciting and mysterious about opening a lil’ window and surprise! There’s a gift behind it. A gift that you probably wanted, being that you very likely bought the advent calendar for yourself (absolutely no shade). You get to do that every day until Santa arrives – there’s even psychology behind why we love adult advent calendars.
The fun of an advent calendar stems from a combination of five factors.
According to Nettl of Bourne, these factors are:
Not everyone loves a surprise, but when you’ve picked out an advent calendar, chances are pretty good you won’t be shocked by the treat behind the window.
On the other hand, we are also exploration-oriented curious beings. Our brains like to be entertained by a little mystery. And nothing gets our attention like a mystery.
“Counting down the days builds excitement. Anticipation is huge. ITS CHRISSSTMAAASS! But how can we contain all this excitement? How can we possibly focus on anything else? As strange as it sounds, Advent calendars also help us feel in control. Organized fun. It keeps excitement in check because we know where we are,” says Nettl of Bourne.
As you go along and open each little door, you finish a stage. It’s kind of like crossing off a small goal or task. We even get a small treat! But it feels like progress, and progress causes our brains to release chemicals that make us feel good. Serotonin boost, baby!
This might be the most obvious. If a button gives out food, small animals will keep pushing it over and over. Only a few hundred years ago, most people on Earth didn’t have enough to eat and our minds still haven’t caught up. It could be candy. Maybe it’s alcohol. It could be a candle or makeup. We’re still happy with the reward.
There is something for everyone in these fun-filled gifts: wine, beauty products, candles, tea, chocolate, and even jewelry. And for the furry family members, there are pet-themed ones as well!
Here are our top 15 adult advent calendars you can buy this year!
Adult Advent Calendars
The NET-A-PORTER 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar highlights the year’s top performers, including fan favorites and best-sellers that will keep you going strong through the holiday party circuit and your solo spa nights.
If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas present, look no further than the 2022 Wine Advent Calendar. A span of 24 consecutive nights, 24 little bottles. You’ll have 24 chances to sample and learn about top-notch wines from far-flung regions including Spain, Sicily, California, and beyond.
The Advent Sock Calendar Gift Set will keep your (or your partner’s) tootsies warm with 24 pairs of socks in various colors.
For the puzzler in your life, this 1000 piece New Yorker City Advent Calendar Jigsaw Puzzle is perfect. When the windows of city buildings are all lit up for Christmas, they look like the windows of an advent calendar, with each day leading up to December 25.
With 25 scents, you can peek into the world of Acqua Di Parma every day and explore the brand’s many layers.
Get a Godiva Chocolatier Holiday Advent Calendar and mark off the days till Christmas in a delicious way. Spread the cheer by treating yourself to a daily assortment of delectable Christmas candies to kick off the season.
Gifts and treats can be stored in this adorable hand-felted Meri Meri Felt Advent Calendar.
The ASOS DESIGN Jewelry And Accessories Gift Box comes with a variety of 12 baubles, trinkets, and accessories.
Dolly Parton’s Advent Calendar treats you to different kinds of chocolates, caramels, gummies, and mints – Dolly’s favorite sweets are among the colorful assortment of individually wrapped treats.
A sample of each of the Japonica Collection’s trademark fragrances is included in this Japonica Archive 12 Embossed Glass Candles Gift Set.
Send your favorite hard-working person this 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar so they can relax with a calming sachet of beautifully sourced tea every day of the holiday season.
This collection of vibrators, anal toys, bondage goodies, and sensory toys has a little bit of everything you might want (and maybe some things you haven’t even thought of yet).
Jack Daniels Holiday Countdown Calendar has “20 x 50ml bottles and 4 shot glasses. The flavors consist of Tennessee Honey, Old No. 7, Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel Select, and Tennessee Rye.”
The K-Cup Christmas Coffee Gift includes 12 top-selling Christmas-flavored coffees and hot chocolates presented in a festive Christmas Tree Box.
Look behind each window of the Himalayan Pet Supply Best Friend’s Advent Calendar Dog Treats to find a tasty treat for your best friend.
Let us know which one of these adult advent calendars is your favorite!
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