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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 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 2020 so you could ~explore your options~.
There’s something so satisfying about popping a piece of cardboard or pulling open a mini drawer to reveal something new every day, whether it’s as simple as a piece of chocolate or as thrilling as a brand new lipstick. Plus, it makes the countdown to Christmas that much more enjoyable.
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 tequila 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. Scroll down to shop them all, and if you feel like you deserve more than one calendar this December, I won’t argue with you.
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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.
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.
Pillowcase Advent Calendar
Life hack: If you sleep on an advent calendar pillowcase you’re more likely to dream about Christmas…I think. Fill the pockets with treats and trinks or just move the attached star into the pockets as you count down the days until Christmas.
Scratch Off Advent Calendar
This interactive advent calendar offers a fun way to count down to Christmas with activities like “decorate the house” and “pick a toy to donate” underneath the scratch-offs. The cards come with natural jute twine, mini laundry pins for hanging and a muslin cotton bag for storage.
Custom Advent Calendar
Not only can you customize what goes inside this empty but adorable advent calendar, but you can also customize the wording on the sleigh! Give as a gift or save for yourself, this advent calendar is a total crowd-pleaser.
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.
Chocolate Advent Calendar
This advent calendar from Harry & David is the epitome of indulgence with 24 different delicious chocolates hidden inside each compartment. Plus, you can save the luxe calendar itself and refill with new treats next year!
Dog-Friendly Advent Calendar
Because your furry friend deserves to get in on the Christmas fun too! This advent calendar comes with 12 toys your pup will love, from plushies to tug toys. It’ll make any dog’s Christmas their best yet.
Wine Advent Calendar
Chocolates are nice, but TBH, wine is even better. This boozy advent calendar from Vinebox offers up a nice little tasting of eight glasses of red wine and four glasses of white wine for the 12 nights leading up to Christmas.
Diptyque Advent Calendar
This Diptyque advent calendar is chock-full of your favorite scents and candles from the iconic parfum brand. The calendar offers 25 products in both sample and full sizes so every day is a fun surprise. Plus you’ll get a few limited edition Christmas products as well.
Rifle Paper Co Calendar
Rifle Paper Co‘s advent calendar offers 25 days of fun illustrations to help you count down to Christmas. It makes for the perfect gift for your co-worker or Secret Santa, or keep it for yourself to display on your Christmas mantle.
Beekman 1802 Advent Calendar
The Beekman 1802 advent calendar is here, complete with all the products you know and love from the iconic brand, including their amazing goat milk-infused lotions and bath products. You’ll be surprised with a new product every day for 24 days leading up to Christmas.
Sephora Collection Advent Calendar
The Sephora Collection advent calendar is back and better than ever. From eyeshadows and lipsticks to face masks and hair accessories, this 24-day calendar has it all. You’ll find both sample and full-sized products in this Christmas edition.
e.l.f. Cosmetics Advent Calendar
12 surprises are in store for you with this e.l.f. Cosmetics advent calendar. From fan-favorite products like the Poreless PuttyPrimer and Wow Brow Gel, to seasonal shades perfect for your next holiday party, this calendar truly has everything you need.
Popcorn Advent Calendar
It seriously doesn’t get better than this popcorn advent calendar. Each day you’ll find a packet of kernels, each a different flavor for you to try leading up to Christmas. The calendar even comes with little bowls for a picture perfect snack!
Missoma Advent Calendar
Why deck the halls when you can deck you neck, ears and wrists with this chic jewelry advent calendar from Missoma. Open up gifts like a cuff bracelet, hoops and an anklet for the 12 days leading up to Christmas.
bareMinerals Advent Calendar
Open up the 24 adorable minis in bareMinerals’ 2020 advent calendar and you’ll be stocked and ready to create the perfect Christmas party makeup look. From lipsticks and glosses to cleansers and primers, this advent calendar has it all.
Sugarfina Advent Calendar
Feel that sugar rush with Sugarfina’s advent calendar, complete with 24 mini boxes of gummies, candies and other sweet treats. Just try not to eat all the boxes in one sitting. Season’s sweetings!
A version of this article appeared in November 2019.