The countdown to Christmas is rapidly approaching. And if you’re anything like us, the days leading up to the holiday are almost as exciting as the actual day.
Lucky for us, some of our favorite brands have already launched their countdown calendars—and they’re nothing like the cardboard boxes full of chalky chocolate you grew up with.
1. Target’s Ilchester Cheese Calendar
Back for a second year, this cheesy cal by So Wrong It’s Nom contains 24 mini cheese wheels. From applewood and mature cheddar to Wensleydale and red Leicester, this is the stuff of our dairy-filled dreams.
2. Trader Joe’s Dog Advent Calendar
TJ’s is giving our furry friends a calendar of their own. Each box is filled with delicious treats your dog will wag his tail for. The salmon and sweet potato treats are shaped like fun toys, guaranteed to make your pup anticipate treat time every day. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a cat one on the way?
3. Copper Cow’s Coffee Advent Calendar
The company’s first-ever coffee Advent calendar contains a 12-day countdown of pour-over coffee and all-natural creamer pouches. We’re honestly going to need all of this to survive the next few weeks of holiday madness.
4. English Tea Shop Organic Book Style Advent Calendar
Maybe coffee isn’t quite your cup of tea (literally). Switch up your caffeine routine with a variety of fine and organic tea options instead. The best part? It’s available on Amazon.
5. Sephora’s Frosted Party Advent Calendar
Featuring 24 (yes, you read that correctly) beauty items, this gift has everything a gal needs to feel like her most glam self, including red lip stain, shimmery eye shadow and fizzy bath bombs. Need we say more?
6. Disney Mickey Mouse Advent Calendar
This Amazon exclusive is ideal for the kiddos and Disney fans alike. Each door reveals a festive surprise including mini Disney figurines and an assortment of holiday accessories.
7. Tiffany & Co.’s Ultimate Advent Calendar
Yes, diamonds can indeed be everyone’s best friend this holiday season (for a hefty price). The calendar features 24 surprises, like an 18-karat-gold bracelet, a stainless-steel watch with diamonds and a sterling silver paper cup to open right up until Christmas Day.
8. Downton Abbey Chocolate Advent Calendar
Ideal for the ultimate Downton Abbey fan (or any chocolate fan for that matter), you can count down(ton) the days until December 25 with this World Market exclusive package. (Sorry, we had to.)
9. The 25 Sauces of Christmas Countdown to Santa Claus
If Oprah Winfrey has hot sauce on her holiday list, it’s officially on ours. Stocked with 25 mini bottles, this set is the perfect gift for the spice lover in your life. Or, if the hot sauce lover is you, these minis fit in almost any bag, so you’ll never find yourself without your favorite condiment again.
10. Aldi’s Wine and Cheese Advent Calendars
Our beloved grocery-store chain brought back its buzzed-about wine-filled Advent calendars, as well as its popular cheese calendars. Both arrived in stores on November 6, and since 2018’s stock sold out within minutes last year, you best believe we’re getting our hands on these ASAP.
11. Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar
The iconic London department store, which Kate Middleton has been known to shop at, released its annual beauty Advent calendar last month, and it’s as luxurious as can be. Did we mention it’s also sustainable and fully recyclable and includes a number of eco-conscious brands like Susanne Kaufmann?
12. 12 Days of Party Prep Beauty Advent Calendar
Featuring everything from sheet masks to nail polish, this calendar will help you achieve your ultimate holiday party look in just under two weeks. Because self-care is the most important thing during all this holiday stress.
13. Harry Potter 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar
The most magical gift for all the witches and wizards (and muggles and house elves…we don’t discriminate) in your life. At Target for $15, the “15 Days of Socks” sets contain Marauder’s Map socks, owl socks, Chosen One socks, platform 9 3/4 socks...and now come in four different calendar varieties.
14. Ferrero Rocher Golden Gallery Signature Advent Calendar
In our opinion, the best calendars are the ones that are filled with sweet treats. This option from Ferrero Rocher includes 25 individual chocolates in a variety of refined shapes, tastes and textures.
15. Give them Beer’s Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar
#WhiteClawWinter is officially a thing with this boozy gift. Along with White Claw, this calendar includes Truly, Smirnoff, Bon & Viv’s, Golden Road, Henry’s, Rita’s and a bunch of other hard seltzer brands (who knew there were so many?!).
16. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
This space-themed calendar includes 280 (!) pieces, with characters like Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker, starships, vehicles and a play mat of the Ahch-To Island. Just be sure they’re all cleaned up before you start walking around the house barefoot. Ouch.
17. KIEHL’S LIMITED-EDITION SKIN CARE ADVENT CALENDAR
Snag $160 worth of skin care with one of the most hotly anticipated items of the gifting season. This year, the company released a storybook-like calendar inspired by New York City during the holidays. We’re giving the packaging a thumbs-up.
18. BONNE MAMAN Jam advent calendar
Jam lovers, rejoice! Open up one door each morning in December to unveil which flavor of jam or honey—strawberry, pineapple, cherry and more—your family can enjoy with breakfast.
19. Game of Thrones 12 Days of Socks Advent Calendar
Maybe you’re not into Harry Potter socks (see above) and GOT is more your speed. This Advent calendar comes with 12 pairs of themed socks featuring images of your favorite characters. You bet we want to wear the Mother of Dragons on our feet...
20. Dream Big Advent Calendar from The Body SHop
This guy is basically a month of self-care in a single box, helping you relax during the busiest time of year. With 24 of The Body Shop’s ultra-soothing body butters, hand creams and hair products, it’ll help you find calm, no matter how much your relatives are getting on your nerves.