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I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a good advent calendar. With so many different varieties out there—from perfume samplers to beauty goodies to even a calendar full of dog treats for your beloved pup—it can be a little overwhelming to choose just one to commit to for a full month of treats, so I just had to bring you the best advent calendars for 2022 so you could ~explore your options~.
You’ll likely start opening your advent calendars on December 1, which means it’s now or never to order them. You want to make sure yours come in time for the beginning of December so that you can enjoy the entire experience of popping open each little drawer and compartment of the calendar.
As a kid, all I wanted were the candy calendars filled with chocolate Santas, mini peppermint sticks and marshmallow snowmen. Sadly, however, my Jewish parents weren’t super into subscribing to Christmas traditions, so I just mooched off of my gentile friends’ calendars whenever I could. Now that I am an adult with my own bank account from which I can buy all the advent calendars I want, I find myself drawn less to the candy-filled calendars and more drawn toward the boozy and beauty-filled ones. I mean, waking up every day in December to a fun-sized beauty surprise or mini wine bottle sounds exactly like the kind of holiday cheer I need in my life.
There’s truly an advent calendar out there for every type of person, whether you’re a beauty fanatic, wine expert or tea aficionado. Below, I’ve lined up some of my favorites on offer right now, some of which are affordable and fun and others that are total bougie splurges. Plus, they’re not all Christmas calendars. You can count down to any holiday! Or just New Year’s Eve. We all could use a little pick-me-up.
Scroll down to shop them all, and if you feel like you deserve more than one calendar this season, I won’t argue with you.
LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar
There’s nothing like having a Harry Potter marathon during the festive season. Get them this LEGO advent calenda
r to match the vibe. They’ll have so much fun unboxing their fave wizards.
Amazon Premium Beauty Advent Calendar
If you’ve ever wanted to try out pricier brands, grab yourself Amazon’s Premium Beauty Advent Calendar
. It includes Sunday Riley, Elemis and even Laneige’s cult-favorite, celeb-approved lip mask.
Charlotte Tilbury 12-Door Advent Calendar
So many Charlotte Tilbury products have been blowing up on TikTok and seen on all your fave celebs. If you know someone who has always wanted to try the brand’s offerings, this beauty advent calendar is right up their alley. It houses a mix of full-size and miniature products—from Charlotte’s Magic Cream to the Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray. It already sold out at Sephora, but is available to shop at ASOS, so we suggest you get on it!
Benefit Cosmetics Mini Sincerely Yours, Beauty Advent Calendar Set
Benefit Cosmetics is an all-time classic beauty brand, and its advent calendar houses 12 iconic goodies. Standouts include the Hoola Bronzer the POREfessional Primer and Gimme Brow+.
Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar
Gift this Vinebox advent calendar to your wine-loving bestie. They’ll open 12 glass tubes filled with whites, reds and rosés. Looks like the holidays are about to get a little tipsy!
Godiva Chocolate Advent Calendar
Godiva’s advent calendar
is a foolproof gift for anyone on your list, whether it’s your friend, coworker or cousin. The treats come in cute shapes and designs, as well as dark chocolate, milk chocolate and more.
LEGO Guardians of The Galaxy Advent Calendar
It’ll be a true adventure for them to open this Guardians of The Galaxy advent calendar. Rocket the Raccoon, Groot and Mantis are some of the characters they’ll uncover and get to add to their collection.
NYX Lipstick Advent Calendar
Count down the 12 days till Christmas with this lipstick calendar
. From everything from satin glosses to matte lipsticks, there so many fun lipsticks to unbox in this set.
Best of L’Occitane Skincare Advent Calendar
The skincare guru on your shopping list will fall in love with everything in L’Occitane’s skincare advent calendar. It contains body, face and hair products that’ll have them moisturized and smelling divine. The Almond Shower Oil, Shea Hand Cream and Immortelle Precious Cream are just a few fan favorites included in the set.
Voluspa 12-Day Advent Calendar
For the candle hoarder in your life, there’s no gift more fitting than this Voluspa advent calendar. The tiny jars are so adorable and the fragrance options are to die for. Spiced Pumpkin Latte, Vanilla Fireside and Frosted Holly Berry are tailormade for the holiday season.
Sugarfina Candy Carousel Advent Calendar
Is this Sugarfina advent calendar not a literal work of art? The packaging is swoon-worthy and will be sure to light up their holidays. Inside, they’ll discover 24 classic and cocktail-inspired sweets.
OPI Nail Polish Advent Calendar
The person who’s always switching up their nail color will appreciate some fresh shades in their collection. This OPI advent calendar features a whopping 25 bottles! They’ll find a classic red, icy blue, baby pink and lots of shimmers.
La Mer Advent Calendar
Though the price tag of this advent calendar is way up there, when else can you save $150 on La Mer?? Cop this extra luxe advent calendar at Nordstrom and the celeb-loved product offerings will be sitting on their bathroom counter in a snap.
Compartés Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar
You can’t go wrong with a chocolate advent calendar. This one from Compartés features stunning, Northern lights-inspired packaging, along with chocolates that are covered in bright colors and patterns.
Revolve Beauty Advent Calendar
If they’re the type of person who loves lots of options, Revolve’s beauty advent calendar has it all. Celeb-loved brands like Olaplex, Charlotte Tilbury, Supergoop!, Kosas and Sunday Riley are all included in this 24-day calendar.
Diptyque Advent Calendar
Diptyque seriously went all out on this year’s advent calendar. The celestial-themed box is massive and contains 25 products. Candles, perfumes, soap and even ornaments will have your giftee smelling incredible wherever they go.
DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea Sampler
Give your caffeine-obsessed friend this tea advent calendar
and they’ll have 24 days worth of energy and relaxation. The flavors are holiday perfection. Think S’mores Chai, Caramel Shortbread, Berry Punch and more.
Dermstore Advent Calendar
Here’s the thing about Dermstore’s advent calendar: It costs $150, but is valued at $765. The savings are unreal with this one and so are the featured brands. They’ll get to try top products from the likes of Olaplex, Kate Somerville, COSRX, Peter Thomas Roth and Sunday Riley.
Friends Advent Calendar
Calling all Friends stans, this Friends advent calendar is just for you. Open the door to a little trinket, ornament or keepsake every day for 25 days leading up to Christmas. You’ll be decking the halls with boughs of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Monica and Chandler. This one goes in and out of stock, so be on the lookout to snag it when you can.
Frisco Dog Toy Advent Calendar
Don’t want your friend’s furry friend to feel left out during the holidays? They’ll definitely appreciate the thought behind this dog toy advent calendar. It’ll give them 12 toys to keep them occupied throughout the festive season and beyond.
A Christmas Story Calendar
The holiday classic got its own advent calendar. Each day leading up to Christmas, you’ll open the door and pull out A Christmas Story-themed figurine.
Home Alone Calendar
If you’re a big fan of this holiday classic, you better add this advent calendar
to your cart. The calendar features a pop-up tree and 24 paper ornaments related to Kevin and The Wet Bandits. It’s available for preorder right now.
A Nightmarish Advent Calendar
Although it’s still not totally settled if Nightmare Before Christmas is a Halloween movie or a Christmas movie, there is a 25-day advent calendar available for preorder. This option features 25 spooky gifts—ornaments and mini-books included.
A Very Princess Christmas
Countdown to the holidays with all of your favorite Disney princesses
. Inside, there are 24 small individually wrapped books. Read a new story each day.
Calling all Marvel fans: You need to preorder this advent calendar
now. There aren’t just 12 or 24 surprises inside this advent calendar though—there are 30.
Galactic Advent Calendar
Darth Vader and Stormtroopers caroling?! Sign us up. There are 30 surprises inside, so it’s a necessary early holiday gift for the Star Wars fans
in your life.
Winter Town Calendar
If you want to create your own advent calendar and reuse it year after year, this option is worth investing in. It has little drawers that you can fill with treats for your friends and family.
Mindfulness Advent Calendar
Give yourself the gift of mindfulness with this Mindfulness Advent Calendar
. Every day for 24 days you’ll find exercises and mantras to help you practice attentiveness and mindfulness, just in time for the busy holiday season.
VAHDAM Tea Advent Calendar
Calling all tea lovers, this tea advent calendar
is for you. Complete with 24 samples of different types of tea, you’ll be able to cuddle up with a hot cuppa every day leading up to Christmas, but be sure to save your favorite for a Christmas day celebration.
Magical Advent Calendar
If you loved the Harry Potter movies
, this is the advent calendar for you. Behind each door is a small gift that’ll remind you of a memorable HP movie moment.
A version of this article appeared in November 2019.