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Advent calendars are a fun and festive way to add some cheer to the holiday season — and the good news is that they’re not just for little kids anymore. You might not be waiting for Santa Claus to arrive with his bag of toys, but you can still enjoy counting down the days leading up to Christmas morning. There are plenty of unique Christmas Advent calendars out there catering to more mature tastes. It’s not just kiddie trinkets and toys for tots anymore — there’s more behind those little doors.
We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite Advent calendars filled with treats to surprise you or your loved ones with each day, from a fiery hot sauce assortment to cult favorite beauty Advent calendars. There’s also a Funko Pop set, a whiskey Advent calendar, and even a Dolly Parton countdown calendar to peruse. So whether you’re shopping for a gift or just looking to treat yourself this holiday season, check out this year’s best Advent calendars. But don’t delay — a lot of these Advent calendars sell out fast!
Start your day off right with a different tea each morning. Palais des Thés’ tea Advent calendar includes 24 different gourmet tea bags filled with all sorts of delectable varieties, including black teas, green teas, herbal teas and Rooibos. It’s a fantastic gift for the tea lover in your life to help take some of the stress out of the holidays.
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Give Them Beer
If there’s an IPA lover in your life, this Advent calendar won’t disappoint. Add some cheer to the holidays and wind down after a stressful day with a tasty brew from highly rated craft breweries. You’ll get 12 of the highest-rated IPAs of 2022 to help you count down the days. You won’t know exactly which ones, but that’s part of the fun. Preorder it now for delivery in early November.
If you haven’t tried Williams Sonoma’s peppermint bark, let me just warn you that it’s addictive. Luckily, with this festive Advent calendar, you can savor a sweet treat each day instead of gobbling a whole box down (which has been known to happen in my household). You’ll get 24 mini treats in the shape of characters including trees, Santas, toy soldiers and snowmen — all made from the most delectable peppermint bark on the planet.
Make all your holiday parties sparkle with beauty products that are sure to keep you feeling ultra-glamorous. With $142 worth of beauty enthusiast favorites, including Hoola Bronzer, Gimme Brow and Roller Lash Curling Mascara, you’ll be getting a pretty good bargain too.
Sugarfina’s popular candy calendar is sure to appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth. Each day is filled with a variety of four sweet treats, including favorites like Island Pineapples, Ice Cream Cones, Sprinkle Cookies and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels.
Bonne Maman’s Advent calendar is always popular, and it’s no surprise. Who doesn’t love jam? The 2022 version features exclusive new holiday flavors, including Chestnut and Orange with Spices, Pear with Cocoa Nibs, Strawberry with Star Anise and Apple with Caramel and Cinnamon. There are 24 petite pots (including one with honey), making for a sweet Christmas countdown.
Count down to Christmas with Flaviar’s sought-after whiskey Advent calendar. 2022’s ocean/seafarer-themed set includes a leather coaster, a collectible Glencairn glass, a tasting log, and most importantly, 24 vials of premium whiskey. This is the ultimate present for a whiskey-lover.
If watching Harry Potter is an annual holiday tradition in your household, this is the Advent calendar for you. It’s packed with all sorts of sweets that will make you feel like you’re riding on the Hogwarts Express, from Butterscotch Drops that taste just like Butterbeer to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Each day offers a new tasty delight for muggle kids and adults alike.
Why should humans have all the fun during the holidays? Treat your pooch to a fancy bone-shaped cookie each day. It’s a sweet way to include your four-legged friend in the holiday excitement, or you can gift it to the dog lover in your life.
Olive & June
A $125 value, the Christmas Calendar from Olive & June features 25 (not the usual 24) hidden beauty products, including nine mini polishes in festive colors. This is also a beauty Advent calendar as it contains a mini mani surprise to enhance your nail beauty. The nail makeup limited edition set includes nail stickers and all the manicure accouterments you could dream of. In addition to the Christmas calendar, Olive & June also sells a Hanukkah calendar, 8 Nights of Mani Magic.
Country music fans will adore gazing into music legend Dolly Parton’s beautiful face as they pop open a daily December sweet. This Advent calendar will kindle your holiday spirit and be a perfect gift for this festive season. The Christmas Advent countdown calendar is in the shape of a Christmas tree, and from the first of December until Christmas eve you’ll discover a different treat hidden inside. The Holly Dolly Advent calendar includes 24 pieces of individually wrapped candies, from gummy butterflies to twist-wrapped caramels. Few ingredients include sugar, milk, cocoa butter and dark chocolate. The colorful treats are some of Dolly’s favorites, according to Williams Sonoma.
Anyone who’s a fan of that galaxy far, far away will appreciate this Star Wars Advent calendar from Funko Pop. The collectible brand has created 24 vinyl figurines of all your favorite galactic heroes and villains — but with a holiday twist. It’s tons of fun to find out which character you’ll get each day, and you can use the holiday-themed mini figures to decorate around your home.
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World Market is known for its holiday treats, and we especially like this festive hot sauce Advent calendar. There are 12 2-ounce bottles to challenge and delight anyone who likes a little kick in the mouth. Spicy gourmet flavors include Wasabi, Habanero Green, Chipotle, Carolina Reaper and Cajun. This Advent calendar is bound to be a foodie favorite.
In Good Taste
In Good Taste’s popular wine Advent calendars sell out quickly each year, and they’re back for the 2022 holiday season. The calendar comes with 24 mini bottles, each holding 187 milliliters of premium wines from around the globe. It makes a festive host or White Elephant party gift for a wine lover, but we think it’s also great to savor solo.
Make the Advent season bright — literally — with Voluspa’s coveted candles. Tucked behind the 12 doors of their 2022 Advent calendar are some of the brand’s top fragrances, including Sparkling Cuvée, French Cade & Lavender, Forbidden Fig, Coconut Vanilla and Baltic Amber. Seasonal scents Spiced Pumpkin Latte and White Cypress add a special touch to the holiday season. (We won’t spoil the surprise of the other eight fragrances!) Each 2.5-ounce candle lasts for approximately 25 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to soak up those scents.
The Popcorn Factory
This sweet Advent calendar features 12 days of delightful snacks. (Maybe you can indulge every other day in December.) Pop open the doors and discover six popcorn flavors, including classics like caramel as well as unique varieties like ranch. The remaining compartments contain other sweet treats, including chocolate-covered pretzels, hazelnut wafer cookies and even Mallow Moon Mallow Cakes. This is the perfect Advent calendar for your kid who loves sweet surprises and for someone who’s hard to shop, because who doesn’t love snacks?
The dude in your life deserves to be pampered too. This Advent calendar from British brand Barber Pro has 12 days’ worth of luxurious face and eye masks, including foaming cleansing masks, putty peel-off masks, under-eye masks and more. Perfect for soothing winter skin.
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