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One of our favorite ways to bring in the Christmas season is an advent calendar. Originally created in the 19th century by Lutheran Christians to mark the days of the month-long Advent season, which is the formal Christian lead-up to Christmas, these interactive calendars often feature small doors behind which is a little illustration for each day.
Over time, Advent calendars have developed to include little gifts behind those doors. Today, they can get a little over-the-top—but we welcome the daily treats.
From traditional chocolate to unexpected wine, here, the best advent calendars for your Christmas needs.
Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine
Riffing on the 12 Days of Christmas (which technically run from Christmas Day through January 5), Vinebox’s 12 Nights of Wine is an oenophile’s delight. The box includes 12 individual glasses of white and red wines—and occasionally a winter rosé, depending on the year. This year’s selection includes wines from across Europe, from Sicilian Chardonnays to Tuscan reds.
Though your Vinebox advent calendar won’t come with a sommelier to walk you through tasting notes, there’s a handy dandy notebook to provide you with a bit of background info for each wine. Buyer beware: it’s going to be hard to stick to the calendar and only drink one wine per day!
Flaviar Advent Calendar
Any whiskey lover will be thrilled with this whiskey of the world advent calendar. Each year Flaviar picks 24 different 1.7-ounce vials of whiskey to enjoy and savor. You'll also get a tasting glass and tasting notes which will help further your exploration of all of the different options they provided.
Uncommon Goods 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar
Uncommon Goods’ 24 Day of Tea Advent Calendar might look simple upfront—a folder-like case displays a festive drawing of a Christmas market, complete with stalls and a Ferris wheel. But behind its cut-out doors are an array of 24 incredible teas. It’s an ideal sampler for a tea drinker looking to expand their horizons.
There’s another benefit to purchasing a gift like this from Uncommon Goods: the retailer works with independent makers from around the world to showcase their crafts, giving a platform to otherwise underrepresented talents. Uncommon Goods also focuses on sustainable practices, fair wages, and philanthropy.
Wedgwood Advent Calendar Book
If you’d prefer an Advent calendar with little keepsakes, consider the Wedgwood Advent Calendar Book, exclusively sold by retailer Horchow. The iconic luxury porcelain and pottery brand was founded in 1759 and is known for its elegant Jasper, Queen’s Ware, and Black Basalt dinnerware and accessories. Like Charbonnel et Walker, it also holds a Royal Warrant, which was awarded in 1995.
This Advent calendar costs a pretty penny—$700, to be exact—but it’s filled with Wedgwood collectibles that can certainly become family heirlooms. It’s a splurge, but for lovers of high-quality home decor, it will be worth it.
Bonne Maman Preserves Advent Calendar
With this purchase, you'll get 24 mini spreads of jam, preserve, or honey to brighten up your morning toast. Since your holiday plans most likely won't include a trip to France this year, this advent calendar can bring the taste of fresh bread and jam to your breakfast nook.
DesignUndone Candle Advent Calendar
Christmas calls for candles galore, whether long, slender candlesticks as part of a centerpiece atop your dinner table, a vignette of pillars upon your mantelpiece, or tea lights in the lanterns on your porch. So why not invest in a candle Advent calendar to round out your Christmas decor?
Etsy shop DesignUndone has crafted a candle Advent calendar that will bring home all the best scents of the holidays. There are 24 two-ounce candles in the kit, featuring aromas like Spicy Ginger Snap, Christmas Tree Farm, and Minty Hot Cocoa. Made of coconut soy wax, these candles are hand-poured by the shop owners in Graham, Texas.
Anthropologie George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Part of Anthropologie’s in-house beauty line George & Viv, the 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar holds samples of some of the best beauty and skincare products on the market today. Some of our top highlights include Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum, Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, and Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream.
The products are housed in a case designed by Canadian artist Emily Taylor, who has drawn a nostalgic piece depicting Christmas shopping on a city street. Inside the case, the products are tucked into little gift boxes stacked as if they’re presents under a Christmas tree.
Yawn Coffee 24 Christmas Countdown Selection
There’s nothing quite like a good cup of coffee for a daily caffeine pick-me-up. With Yawn Coffee’s 24 Christmas Countdown Selection, you get 24 sachets of different coffee blends from around the world, including Papua New Guinea Sigri and Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
While each sachet is labeled with a number corresponding to a date on the calendar, it does come in a box; if you want a more traditional Advent calendar where the sachets are hidden behind doors, Yawn Coffee has you covered there, too. And with that calendar, the sachets are twice the size, meaning you’ll get twice the coffee!
L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar
If you’re a L’Occitane loyalist, you’ll be excited to learn that the French beauty brand has a pretty spectacular Advent calendar for sale. The calendar’s case features a whimsical illustration by French artist Édith Carron, who has drawn a festive holiday market.
Inside are 24 samples of some of L’Occitane’s most popular products, including the limited-edition fan-favorite Shea Butter Honey Harvest Hand Cream. You’ll also find quite a few hair products, including the Lustrous Hair Mask and the Aromachologie Gentle & Balance Micellar Shampoo. Another favorite item: the Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. (And one pro tip—you can use these samples for traveling!)
Macy's 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Macy’s values its 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar at $484, though the price on the sticker is just $99—not a bad deal at all. Tucked into 25 windows are a vast range of beauty products such as SK-II RNA Power Cream, Stila Shimmer and Glow in Starlight, and Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion. One of the days even has a $10 gift card, which you can put towards a full-size purchase of whichever product is your favorite. The box is perfect for those who want to sample a range of beauty products from some of the industry’s top names, from Caudalie to Kiehl's.
Glossybox Advent Calendar
Indulge your self-care routine with this beauty-focused advent calendar that will be sure to primp and pamper you all December. Unwrap 26 beauty boxes to unveil over $550 of beauty present with stuff from top brands like Iconic London and more.
Subscribers to Glossybox will get a $10 discount, non the purchase, and if you are looking for any holiday gifts, you will save more if you buy more than one advent calendar.