The holidays are rapidly approaching. And if you’re anything like us, the days leading up to the most wonderful time of year are almost as exciting as the actual festivities.
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. We're talking about everything from this Cookie Cutter Set that's perfect for bakers and Dolly Parton stans to a more adult-friendly option (like Love Honey's Best Sex Of Your Life Couple's Sex Toy Calendar). Basically, there's one for every kind of fanatic, and because you deserve the finest, we rounded up 18 of the best Advent calendars to buy this holiday season.
1. WILLIAMS SONOMA Dolly Parton Advent Calendar
Best for Bakers and Dolly Parton Fans
ATTN Dolly Parton fans, this calendar was made just for you. The set is filled with stainless-steel cookie cutters from the singer's exclusive collaboration with Williams Sonoma. Each one comes in a different shape that is guaranteed to make baking cookies more interesting this holiday season. Oh, and did we mention it also comes with 12 icing bags, four decorating tips, a plastic coupler and storage box?
2. Olive & June CHRISTMAS CALENDAR
Best for Nail-Care Lovers
We didn't know we needed a nail-care advent calendar until we came across this one. It contains a 25-day countdown of essential nail tools (like nine mini polishes, a mini topcoat and a mini clean-up brush). We’re honestly going to need all of this to keep our nails looking salon-worthy this holiday season.
3. SUGARFINA Advent Calendar Holiday 2021
Best for Candy Addicts
Why settle for a simple chocolate advent calendar when you can have one with luxe-looking gummies, cookie bits, donuts and more? In other words, this 24-day calendar will effortlessly fulfill your sweet tooth throughout the month.
4. Sterling Forever 24 Days of Jewelry Advent Calendar
Best for Accessory Lovers
Featuring 24 (yes, you read that correctly) stylish sterling silver earrings, this gift has everything a gal needs to feel like her most glam self, including mini hoops, heart studs and chunky ear cuffs. Need we say more?
5. Bonne Maman 2021 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
Best for Foodies
This limited edition Bonne Maman cal is ideal for foodies and bakers alike. Each door reveals a 1-ounce jelly, fruit preserves or honey jar, including exclusive holiday flavors like Cherry with Hibiscus Flower, Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit and Wild Blueberry with Lemon Balm.
6. Sephora VOLUSPA Mini Candle Advent Calendar
Best for Candle Lovers
Yes, candles can indeed be a part of your self-care this holiday season. This calendar features 12 of Voluspa's bestselling fragrances, like Santal Vanille, Panjore Lychee, Goji Tarocco Orange and (our current favorite) Spiced Pumpkin Latte.
7. LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar
Best for Beauty Junkies
An advent calendar with skin-care, hair-care and beauty must-haves? Sign us up. Stocked with 25 products, this set is the perfect gift for beauty addicts. Or, if the beauty addict is you, these products will take your skin, hair-care and beauty routines to the next level. BTW, the entire calendar is worth over $500 and only costs $115.
8. Love Honey's Best Sex Of Your Life Couple's Sex Toy Advent Calendar
Best for Couples
Remember when we said there was an advent calendar that would seriously spice up your sex life? Well, this is it. Back for another year, this couple's cal contains 24 sex toy treats. From the bestselling Womanizer Classic rechargeable stimulator to a festive blindfold, this is the stuff that will get you closer to living out your BDSM dreams.
9. English Tea Shop - Book Style Green Advent Calendar
Best for Tea Lovers
One of our favorite tea brands is back with its 25 individual packaged tea-filled calendar. This year it features delicious festive flavors, so you'll definitely be in for a taste-bud shocking treat. We suggest you get your hands on this ASAP before it sells out.
10. SEPHORA COLLECTION Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar
Best for Beauty Newbies
If you've been thinking of expanding your beauty and skincare collection, this advent calendar is perfect for you. It features all the products you've been thinking about trying, from an eye mask to lip liner and nail polish. Oh, and did we mention it's worth more than $102 but only costs $45? Um, score.
11. CHARLOTTE Tilbury BEAUTY DREAMS & SECRETS BEAUTY ADVENT CALENDAR
Best for Makeup Devotees
Imagine how chic this will look on your vanity or dresser. It features everything from the makeup brand's bestselling Walk of No Shame Eyeliner to its Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray. Basically, this gift will help you achieve your ultimate holiday party looks. Because after all, self-care is the most important thing during all this holiday stress.
12. Saks Fifth Avenue Ready, Set, Refresh! 14-Piece Advent Calendar
Best for Skin- and Hair-Care Enthusiasts
This 14-piece advent calendar was made for all the skincare enthusiasts in your life. Exclusively sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, the “Ready, Set, Refresh!” set contains mini versions of some of our favorite products, including Augustinus Bader's The Rich Cream and Sunday Riley's C.E.O Glow Face Oil.
13. In Good Taste Advent Calendar
Best for Wine Lovers
What's better than sipping a new wine every day leading up to the holidays? Not much. This advent calendar is stacked with 24 mini (187 milliliters) wine bottles. So whether you're wine-curious or just love wine in general (like us), you'll get a taste of tons of flavors you may have never considered, like a Rosé with hints of strawberry, kiwi, passionfruit and grapefruit and an elevated, bold and fruity Bordeaux.
14. George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Best for Skincare Rookies
Every year, George & Viv Advent Calendars sell out at lightning speed, and we don't think 2021 will be any different, especially since this product lineup is one of the best. From Sunday Riley's A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum to Fur's All Body Wash and Youth To The People's Superfood Cleanser, this box is filled with 24 skincare samples we've been dying to get our hands on.
15. World Market 12 Days of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar
Best for Folks Who Can Take the Heat
This is the hottest advent calendar of 2021...literally. It comes with 12 bottles of hot sauce that will be sure to heat things up this holiday season. Some top-rated flavors to look forward to are Habanero Green, Carolina Reaper, Extra Hot Hot and Wasabi. BRB, our mouths are already on fire.
16. Uncommon Goods Advent Shower Steamer Set
Best for Self-Care Devotees
Why take a boring old shower when you can turn it into a spa-like experience? That's what this gift is all about. For 24 days, you (or the person you're buying it for) will find a new shower steamer that's meant to transform your shower into a holiday-scented experience.
17. Arteza Advent Calendar 2021
Best for Art Heads
If you know a creative, or even if you're the creative, you've gotta check out this advent calendar. It comes with 26 gifts, including staple art supplies like acrylic markers, paint brushes and iridescent acrylic paint. So, in the end, you'll have all the things you need to keep your creative juices flowing.
18. La Mer The World Of La Mer 12-Piece Holiday Advent Calendar Set
Best for La Mer Groupies
Don't let your eyes pop too much at the $560 price tag; La Mer makes some of the most expensive beauty products on the market. So this 12-piece set stacked with the brand's bestselling skincare products (including PureWow favorite Crème de la Mer) is actually a really good deal. Plus, it's a great way to try the brand before deciding to splurge on individual products.
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