It’s that time of year again. Advent calendars are back, and they’re the perfect gift to give (even if you’re just treating yourself). Sure, you can go the ’12 days of socks’ routine…not that there’s anything wrong with that. Or you can explore some of our picks below for some advent calendars that are anything but typical.
This gift is perfect for those who either love or hate the holiday season. Nothing says ‘let’s just get through this’ like 24 bottles of wine. Buy for your bestie who has no choice but to sit through her holiday season with the ‘nothing in common except we all breathe air’ in-laws. She needs it.
This advent calendar is delish. Gift to the person who watches cooking shows on repeat. Whose dream is to cook with Ina Garten in her totally kickass kitchen? (Mine. It’s my dream.)
Go for the pampered vibe with 24 of the Beekman Farms bestsellers, including lip balms, scented soap, hand cream, facial creams, and serums. I’d gift this to myself because I deserve it, but I’d also buy an extra for a busy mama who doesn’t have time for herself.
Start a tradition with this botanical ornament advent calendar. The idea is to hang one ornament each day to count down the month of December until you’ve put together a work of art on Christmas day. Give to the person who recently moved into a new home…or someone who loves the great outdoors.
‘Tis the season to start dreaming of fishing. This “12 Days of Fishmas” advent calendar is perfect for the angler in your life. Tear through lures, tackle, and other fishing-related swag each day. It’s perfect for that someone on your list who loves the great outdoors. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Popcorn is, hands down, the best snack. I’m never not in the mood for crunchy little puffs of deliciousness. Fellow popcorn enthusiasts will love the calendar, but will probably end up eating the whole thing in one sitting – hey, you do you.
Show you care with the gift of the Body Shop’s Body Butter — or, as I like to call it, God’s lotion. I seriously have at least three jars of this at any given time. One in my office, one in my travel bag, and one on my vanity. Even better, the advent calendar comes in 3 different variations (small, medium, and large) so you can go as big or as minimal as you like.
Every person deserves the gift of bling, and the PRIMROSE jewelry box doesn’t disappoint. The calendar contains a collection of sterling silver and cubic zirconia earrings, pendants, and necklaces, one for every day leading up to Christmas. Give to your fam who loves retro glam, along with a DVD of a classic film, like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Mahogany, or even The Devil Wears Prada.
The Twelve Mornings of Coffee advent calendar by Bean Box is a great gift for coffee drinkers. It features a variety of coffee (available in either regular or decaf) to be enjoyed in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday. Give to your work bestie…you know the one…the one you text ‘WTF’ to during Zoom calls.
Tea drinkers will love this 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar. It’s something to rave about: 24 unique blends of soothing, finely sourced tea, which are perfect for delivering those 5 minutes of calm every day of the season. I’d give this advent calendar to the receptionist at my kid’s school. She works goddamn hard, and she deserves every ounce of tranquility and serenity that comes her way.
Relieve the Central Perk days with the Friends Advent calendar. The set comes with ornaments, a pocket calendar, recipe cards, and more. I’d give this to a friend who was tickled pink about the recent Friends reunion on HBO.
Sure you can get a boring chocolate Advent calendar. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The calendar comes with luxe minis – of the polarizing treat. I’d gift this to my pal who lets even strangers know that candy can be savory, as well as sweet.
As busy as you get during the holiday season, make sure you make time to get busy. IYKWIM. Pick what you and your partner will enjoy and get ready for 10 drummers drumming and nine ladies dancing. Deck the mother f*cking halls.
Put a little time for self care on your calendar (or help your bestie schedule her own bit of me time). The L’Occitane kit contains hand creams, serums, shampoos, and lotions…a total of 24 minis in all.
Make the mood merry and bright with the mini Voluspa advent calendar. Packed with 12 totally gorgeous candles, this set is the perfect gift for your pal who likes to keep it cozy.
Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of skincare, and the advent calendar doesn’t disappoint. The kit includes three full size and nine minis to make your visage merry and bright.
If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, (who reportedly both wore Jo Malone scents on their wedding days) then it’s good enough for you, friend. Jo Malone’s version of an advent calendar comes with 24 decadent minis, all wrapped up in a gorgeous package.
Gift this to the person who has a fridge stocked full of sauces and spices. The person who, like Drake, is always looking forward to a nice tuna salad on a bagel. A person who appreciates the blank canvas of such a sandwich, because you can add a little oomph to it with a dab of spicy sauce.
I’m obsessed with this Santa advent calendar – it has everything from the Heavenly Sours to the Sweet Bellini. Get it for your friend, who will love these sweet treat for each day leading up to Christmas. Children and grown-ups delight in this charming advent calendar.
This 12 Days Of Crystal Magic Self Care gathers 12 unique crystal stones into a lovely gift box. I know just the person who would love this inspirational little self-care toolkit, particularly with the `guide to living your best life. I love how it counts down the days with inspirational messages and the most joyful action steps.
The 12 Days Of Noodles Mandarin Style advent calendar is the perfect gift for that special someone who needs hot-and-spicy comfort food this holiday season. The 12-Pack includes Original, Onion Sauce, and Spicy Soy Sauce flavors. All I can say is YUM!
Nars opens its vault and offers customers a rarity in this space: 12 full-size lipsticks in cult fave colors like Do Me Baby, Slow Ride, and Vain.
I’m currently Not Speaking To Benefit Right Now because the brand discontinued my favorite eyeliner, but that shouldn’t stop you from splurging on this impressive set of minis. The kit comes with faves like The PORE-fessional, Gimme Brow, and Hoola Matte Bronzer.
Make it a motherf*cking party with the 12 days of tequila advent calendar. Buy for the person who loves margaritas or other mixed drinks.
Buy this super deluxe beauty advent calendar for yourself. Because you deserve it, after the year you’ve had.
Dior gets it right, and by ‘right,’ what I really mean is ‘opulence.’ Every part of the Dior advent calendar is an experience, from the too-pretty-to-open box to the 24 days of beauty products.
What advent calendar will you be gifting this year? Tell us in the comments!
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