Add Magic to the Holidays With These Exciting Advent Calendars

Advent calendars are breaking out of their chocolate mold and including everything from beauty products to booze

Advent calendars are breaking out of their chocolate mold and including everything from beauty products to booze

There’s an advent calendar for everyone on your list this year. We’re rounding up all the best beauty, booze and creative advent calendars for the season. Don’t forget to pick out one for yourself, you deserve to get excited about Christmas, too!

Here are some of our favourites…


1. 12 Days of Wellness Advent Calendar by Saje – $109.95

This mini advent calendar is a sweet gift to give yourself to get through the stress of the season. The 12 Days of Wellness features 12 limited-edition essential oil blends. Use them in a diffuser or add to some coconut oil to wear as a fragrance. The natural botanical blends are designed to support your health, immunity and vitality. Pick up one for your friend who could use more wellness in her life.


2. Great White Wonder Adventure Pack by Central City Brewers + Distillers and Parallel 49 Brewing – $59.99

Two local craft brewers have teamed up again this season to bring you a beer advent calendar full of festive flavour. Featuring 24 distinct beers, and a few one-of-a-kind unique brews, this mixer pack is party-ready. There will be a delicious local craft beer to satisfy every kind of beer drinker in attendance.


3. Clarins’ Advent Calendar – $92

Countdown to Christmas with this classy advent calendar from Clarins. This calendar features mascara, lip products and skincare treatments. It would make a thoughtful gift for your mom, boss or long-distance BFF this season.


4. 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar by Davids Tea – $45

Ready to get steamy? The most hotly anticipated advent calendar of the year is back. This one packs 24 flavours—for a warm mug of tea every day leading up to Christmas. Sip on festive favourites and sample new varieties this season. Share with your guests or keep it all to yourself, the choice is yours.


5. Heritage Store Advent Calendar by Rogers’ Chocolates – $14.99

Pass on the cheap chocolate advent calendars this year. If you are going to keep an advent calendar in your home all December, it should fit with your decor. This classic and nostalgic design makes it a cheerful addition to your home this season. The best part about this calendar is that it comes in an all-dark chocolate edition. Dark chocolate is good for you, right?


6. Accessories Advent Calendar by H+M – $39.99

This accessories advent calendar is perfect to “share” with your daughter. The cute and festive pieces are fun to wear to holiday parties. There are also a few pieces in here that you’re likely to hold onto all year to add some sparkle to your life.


7. 12 Days of Ciate London by Ciate London – $71

This beauty advent calendar is a great gift to refresh your makeup stash this season. It features 12 bestsellers from Ciate London, including eight minis and four full-sized products. The easy-to-wear shades inside make it a good gift for every makeup lover on your list.


8. Ginvent Calendar by Gin Foundry – $175

Elevate your gin and tonic this season with this gin advent calendar. This advent calendar comes with 24 one-ounce bottles of craft gin. Juniper berries give gin its herby flavour and scent, making it a festive liquor for the winter months. The colourful and well-designed box means that it will look stylish sitting in the kitchen or on the bar.


9. 25 Days Of Game Changing Advent-Ures Ultimate Advent Calendar by the Body Shop – $169

Pick up this game-inspired advent calendar to give you and your family a fun treat this season. Behind each of the 25 doors are beauty treats and a “feel-good” action for you to perform that day. After all the doors are opened, the calendar becomes a trivia quiz that the whole family can play together on Christmas. The Body Shop has four different kinds of advent calendars this year, so choose the one that appeals to you. 


10. Bright Lights Advent Calendar by Purdy’s Chocolates – $25

This cute and colourful chocolate calendar comes with little drawers that hide foiled chocolates. If you give this calendar to your kids, you might want to buy yourself a pack of the mini salted caramel chocolates. It will help prevent any chocolate from going missing from the drawers.


11. Signature and Luxury Advent Calendars by L’Occitane – $69 to $134

This year L’Occitane has come out with two options for advent calendars. The signature advent calendar includes the much-loved almond shower oil and shea butter hand cream. The luxury advent calendar features three different kinds of eau de toilette and samples from their Immortelle and Aromachologie lines. Each one has 24 gifts sure to delight as you unwrap each day’s treasure!


12. 2017 Wine Advent Calendar by New District – $499 to $1,099

This local wine advent calendar is a luxe way to ring in the season! You can choose a 12- or 24-bottle “calendar” that comes with full-sized bottles of curated wine all wrapped up and numbered. Use it to replenish your wine selections at home or break the calendar up into gifts for your friends this season.


13. OLEHENRIKSEN 12 Days of OLE Glow Skincare Advent Calendar – $82

Get glowing, photo-ready skin in time for the holidays with this skincare advent calendar. Free from sulphates and Parabens, these 12 mini-products are an introduction to this Danish skincare line. Get a deep clean with the transforming walnut scrub with walnut powder, ginseng and chamomile extract.


14. Whiskey Advent Calendar by Drinks by the Dram – $210

Give the whisky connoisseur in your life the best early Christmas present ever. Packed with 24 high-quality one-oz bottles of whiskies from around the world, this advent calendar is sure to please even the pickiest drinker. As a special bonus, there is one sample of whiskey worth $1000 dollars a bottle hidden inside.


15. Naughty and Nice Magic Box Beauty Advent Calendar by Charlotte Tilbury – $250

This glamorous beauty advent calendar is packed with 12 best-selling makeup and skin-care treasures. We love the full-sized Eyes to Mesmerize eye shadow cream in champagne pink. It comes beautifully wrapped and the box itself is a sexy pastel pink with feminine accents.


16. The Grooming Advent Calendar – $112.08

This exclusive from ASOS is the ideal advent calendar for the special guy in your life. The crisp design on the box conceals 24 haircare and skincare products. Expect treats like beard oil, styling pomade and moisturizers. Pick this up so that your man is all polished for the holidays.


17. Christmas Activity Countdown Calendar by Crayola – $24.95

Instead of chocolate, feed your kids creativity this season with this activity calendar from Crayola. Behind each door is an activity and a Crayola tool for the job. Kids will find colourful surprises, ornaments and decorations to keep them excited for Christmas.


18. KIKKI.K Stationery Lovers Advent Calendar by Selfridges – $126

This advent calendar is a fantastic gift for the college students, glam office workers and self-starters on your list. It’s called the “Stationary Lovers” advent calendar for a reason. The black-and-gold design is subtly festive and behind each door is a little treasure sure to put a smile on your face.


19. Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar By NYX – $65

Curious to experiment with a new colour this holiday season? Lip-colour lovers rejoice this season with the Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar! There are a whopping 24 lip products in this kit filled with cult favourites and top sellers from NYX.


20. Road 13 Wine Calendar – $335

You didn’t think we’d put just one wine calendar on our list, did you? Count down the 12 days of Christmas with Oliver, B.C. winery Road 13. The winery has a limited number of wine advent calendars available as of November 20th for $335 plus tax. Packaged in midsummer to ensure a great selection of bottles, the calendar includes 12 bottles with many long sold-out wines.