As unbelievable as that may sound, 2023 is somehow coming to a close. To cheer you up, we’ve got a little something up our premature holiday-gifting sleeves — well, technically, 27 little-somethings that are made up of 12 to 25 little somethings…We’ll cut to the chase: It’s advent calendars.
As it turns out,
advent calendars aren’t just fun; they’re actually a good alternative to stocking stuffers (especially for anyone looking to share gifts or wanting to try a variety of products). They are also the kind of self-care gift that sparks so much joy, with a ‘lil surprise waiting for you every day leading up to Christmas.
It’s true: We’ve got weeks to go before December. But, why wait? Go ahead and start treating yourself and your loved ones with this year’s biggest advent calendars. Oh, and be sure to bookmark this page if you’re interested in checking out more oddly specific options as they continue to drop — we’ll be keeping tabs.
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The 2023 George & Viv Beauty Advent Calendar
Look, we know
beauty advent calendars are hardly “unique,” but we promise that this one is something special. Featuring a whimsical, Alpine-inspired illustration by artist Emily Taylor, this treasure trove contains bestsellers from the most coveted names in the beauty biz, worth a total of $350. Expect goodies like Phlur’s Missing Person fragrance, Leonor Greyl shampoo, and Sunday Riley’s Vitamin C cream.
Shop Anthropologie George & Viv The 2023 George & Viv Beauty Advent Calendar, $, available at Anthropologie
Bonne Maman 2023 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
Are you ready for this jelly? If you have a thing for tiny jars of French preserves, then your day just got way better: upgrade your breakfast game with this Bonne Maman advent calendar, which has consistently sold out year after year.
Shop Amazon Bonne Maman 2023 Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Free People Crystal Advent Calendar
Ensure a prosperous 2024 by warding away this year’s bad juju with 24 days of assorted crystals to keep in every room. This set contains a variety of gorgeous gems from Brazil, India, Argentina, and Madagascar. Your crystal-obsessed bestie will love it.
Shop Free People Free People Crystal Advent Calendar, $, available at Free People
Maker Wine Advent Calendar 2023
Channel your inner sommelier with this elegant assortment of 12 canned wines (equivalent to four bottles total). The box celebrates the best small wineries in the country and includes red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines. There’s also an optional add-on if you want to throw in a holiday card.
Shop Maker Wine Maker Wine Wine Advent Calendar 2023, $, available at Maker Wine
Larchio Cat Advent Calendar 2023
Spoil your fur baby and give them the best Christmas ever with this ultimate kitten gift box, featuring a dazzling array of cat toys, treats, and cat nip. Your kitty ain’t gonna know what hit them.
Shop Amazon Larchio Cat Advent Calendar 2023, $, available at Amazon
Onyx Coffee Lab Advent Calendar
Calling all coffee snobs: Behind the 24 drawers of this elegantly presented advent calendar, you’ll find a countdown of artisanal whole-bean brews to ensure your buzziest holiday season yet.
Shop Food52 Onyx Coffee Lab Coffee Advent Calendar, $, available at Food52
Swarovski Disney100 Advent Calendar 2023
Retailing at $1,300, this special edition advent calendar is by far the most expensive item on our list. However, this is a very special year for hardcore Disney fans — 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company — so this magical collection of crystal ornaments, necklaces, and stickers inspired by your Disney faves is a bonafide collector’s item.
Shop Swarovski Swarovski Disney100 Advent Calendar 2023, $, available at Swarovski
Cinereplicas Stranger Things Advent Calendar
We’re not totally sure what The Upside Down has to do with advent calendars, but if you have a
Stranger Things fanatic in your life, this countdown calendar — which includes coasters, keychains, socks, and other ’80s memorabilia with a playful nod to the show — will make then squeal with joy.
Shop Amazon Cinereplicas Stranger Things Advent Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Olive & June 25 Days Of Mani Magic Advent Calendar
nail polish advent calendar — what more could anyone ask for? Make this season your most well-manicured yet with this set of sized-down nail tools and eight mini bottles, plus scrunchies, hand treatments, and more. Perfect for your at-home mani night.
Shop Olive & June Olive & June 25 Days Of Mani Magic Advent Calendar, $, available at Olive & June
Lego Harry Potter 2023 Advent Calendar
This advent cal of Lego minis of iconic characters and trinkets from the Harry Potter universe is sure to warm the heart of its recipient — yes, even if they’re a Slytherin.
Shop Amazon LEGO Harry Potter 2023 Advent Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Man Crates Jerky Advent Calendar
Whatever the occasion, say it with jerky. Whether you identify as male or not, this advent calendar of dried meat is sure to delight the beef jerky enthusiast in your life.
Shop Man Crates Man Crates Jerky Advent Calendar, $, available at Man Crates
Lovehoney Rose Sex Toy Advent Calendar
This luxury pleasure chest is filled with 12 days worth of pleasure-bestowing products from ticklers and blindfolds to bejeweled plugs and more. The brand’s ever-so-popular rose-shaped vibrator is also included.
Shop Lovehoney Lovehoney Rose Sex Toy Advent Calendar, $, available at Lovehoney
Happy Socks 24-Pack Advent Calendar Socks Gift Set
For a truly wild unboxing experience, this festive box of 24 holiday-themed socks is basically the “ugly Christmas sweater” of advent calendars.
Shop Happy Socks Happy Socks Advent Calender Socks Gift Set, $, available at Happy Socks
Godiva 2023 Deluxe Snowglobe Advent Calendar
Got a sweet tooth? This mouth-watering gift box is filled to the brim with fancy dark, milk, and white chocolates — garnished with caramel and almonds — for a daily dose of decadence.
Shop Amazon Godiva 2023 Advent Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Flaviar Whiskey Advent Calendar
If you or your chosen giftee is more into whisky than wine, then try Flaviar’s highly giftable set of 24 drams that range from classic bourbon, rye, and scotch to rare finds from Irish, Japanese, and Australian imports, plus two collector’s item glasses.
Shop Flaviar Flaviar Whiskey Advent Calendar, $, available at Flaviar
Missoma Jewelry Advent Calendar
This chic assortment of 18ct gold-plated vermeil earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more is the ultimate present for jewelry snobs. (Also, while $511 may seem steep, think of it as $42 per designer piece.)
Shop Missoma Missoma Gold Jewelry Advent Calendar, $, available at Missoma
The New Yorker Puzzle Advent Calendar
Whether you split it up as high-brow stocking stuffers or gift the whole monty to your resident puzzle guru, the
New Yorker‘s advent calendar is among the most dazzling ways to count down the month of December. (Bonus points if you throw in a gift card to their local craft store so they can frame their finished product.)
Shop Anthropologie The New Yorker Puzzle Advent Calendar, $, available at Anthropologie
Williams Sonoma ‘Twas the Night Holiday Cookie Cutter 26-Piece Set
For a true test of willpower, we love this unique advent cal for the home bakers out there; behind each door, you’ll find a new ingredient or accessory to be used to make festive cookies at the end of the month (or day, if you open everything at once — which, can’t blame you!).
Shop Williams-Sonoma Williams-Sonoma ‘Twas the Night Holiday Cookie Cutter 26-Piece Set, $, available at Williams-Sonoma
Wufers Advent Cookie Calendar
Spoil your pup this season with 24 days of human-grade treats encased in a festive box (that they won’t care about, but you will!). We are sold just from looking at the adorable product photos.
Shop Wufers Wufers Advent Cookie Calendar, $, available at Wufers
Barber Pro Men’s Skincare Essentials Advent Calendar
Pamper the guy in your life with this delightful 12-pack of assorted sheet masks to soothe and hydrate skin.
Shop Urban Outfitters Barber Pro Men’s Skincare Essentials Advent Calendar, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Voluspa 12 Day Advent Calendar
Who doesn’t love a candle — or 12? This Voluspa advent calendar stars longtime favorites like Tahitian Coconut Vanilla and Baltic Amber alongside
seasonally apropos scents like Spiced Goji Tarocco Orange and White Cypress. Voluspa 12 Day Advent Calendar, $, available at Sephora
McCrea’s Handcrafted Caramel Advent Calendar
If you’re not much of a chocoholic, then maybe some artisanal caramels will be more your speed. We love McCrea’s classic calendar featuring everyone’s favorite salty-sweet confection in unique flavors like coffee bean, clove, Hawaiian sea salt, and more.
Shop Uncommon Goods McCrea’s Handcrafted Caramel Advent Calendar, $, available at Uncommon Goods
Crochet Pattern Bundle: Amigurumi Advent Calendar
If you can’t get enough of adorably smol tchotchkes, this itty-bitty crochet calendar on Etsy is a guaranteed hit.
Shop Etsy 1dogwoof Crochet Pattern Bundle: Amigurumi Advent Calendar, $, available at Etsy
Central Perk 12 Days of Bath Advent Calendar
We’re not entirely sure what Central Perk has to do with bath products, but hey — we’ll take it. This $30 find contains an assortment of
Friends-themed body washes, lip balms, and hand cream, among other finds. Paladone Central Perk 12 Days of Bath Advent Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Alo Advent Calendar
Usher in 2023 the mindful way with Alo’s limited-edition advent calendar stocked with affirmations, beauty products, an annual Alo Moves subscription, and a $25 Alo gift card.
Alo Advent Calendar, $, available at Alo
David’s Tea 24 Days Of Tea
Canadian brand David’s Tea has reprised its bestselling advent calendar this year with 24 festive blends sure to delight any tea snob. (Plus, there’s even a
matcha-themed one for all the green tea lovers out there.) DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar, $, available at DavidsTea
Stag Design Miniatures Drinks Advent Calendar
This boozy take on advent calendars is perfect for celebrating the most festive month of the year with a nip of your spirit of choice.
Shop Etsy Stag Design Miniatures Drinks Advent Calendar, $, available at Etsy
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar
The Kiehl’s advent calendar is always one of the most hotly anticipated items of the gifting season, and they’ve done it again with this year’s storybook-like calendar inspired. In addition to having excellent packaging from artist Marylou Faure, it’s also a great way to nab $245 worth of skincare for just $99.
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar, $, available at Kiehl’s
Ladurée Advent Calendar
If you’re not spending
Noël from the twinkling lights of Paris, this delectable advent calendar packed with bonbons, candies, nougats, chocolates, jam, and more is the next best thing to round-trip airfare to France. Ladurée Ladurée Advent Calendar, $, available at Food52
Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Adult Canned Wet Cat Food Advent Calendar
We haven’t forgotten the felines of R29! Make December the best month ever by (fancy) feasting on 24 days of limited-edition holiday recipes of juicy wet food.
Fancy Feast Gourmet Wet Cat Food & Savory Cravings Advent Calendar, $, available at Chewy
Keurig Cups of Cheer Advent Calendar K-Cup Pods
For a festive brew, make every morning Christmas morning with this array of flavored K-cups.
Keurig Cups of Cheer Advent Calendar K-Cup® Pods 24-Count, $, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
Sugarfina Eight Nights of Hanukkah Advent Calendar
This luxe candy calendar is a major upgrade from the cardboard chocolate ones of your youth. Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this kosher-certified assortment of delectable cookies, caramels, and more.
Sugarfina Eight Nights of Hanukkah Advent Calendar, $, available at Food52
Friends Advent Calendar
Could it *be* any more festive? We think not. For
Friends superfans, we love this keepsake-filled advent calendar with mini notepads, erasers, magnets, and more featuring nods to the show’s most iconic holiday episodes. Urban Outfitters Friends Advent Calendar, $, available at Urban Outfitters
12 Days Of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar
The cheeky grandma from the Frank’s Hot Sauce commercial said it best: “I put that sh*t on everything!” Bring the heat this holiday season with a hot sauce advent calendar, stocked with 12 mini bottles. (We have our eyes on Caroline Reaper and Mango Mild.)
World Market 12 Days Of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar, $, available at World Market
Meri Meri Enamel Pin Advent Calendar
Whimsical enamel pins are an easy way to trick out any denim jacket or backpack. This adorable 12-day advent calendar features not only festive designs (mini Santa and reindeer), but pins you’ll want to sport year-round, too: Butterfly, a cactus, and….a lobster?
Meri Meri Enamel Pin Advent Calendar, $, available at Target
Vecchio Pastificio Di Gragnano 12 Days Of Pasta Gift Box
Whatever it is, say it with pasta. In addition to getting a good laugh, experimenting with twelve unique shapes means your giftee will never get bored with home cooking.
World Market Vecchio Pastificio di Gragnano 12 Days of Pasta Gift Box, $, available at World Market
Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar
For the gamer in your life, this retro-inspired Super Mario advent calendar will basically feel like getting an IRL floating Super Star. From tiny figurines to cute accessories, this is a prezzie sure to delight.
Nintendo Super Mario Advent Calendar, $, available at Amazon
Norman Rockwell Pop-Up Advent Calendar
This illustrated advent calendar — reminiscent of a much simpler time — features a month of festive designs from iconic American artist Norman Rockwell.
Norman Rockwell Pop-Up Advent Calendar, $, available at The Met Store
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