IT’S CHRISTMAS MONTH! Can you tell just how excited I am? But unfortunately, there are still a number of days until the actual Christmas and gift-giving holiday. One thing that makes the wait more bearable? Little surprises I can open up every day! Yep, I’m talking about those advent calendars that make you excited to wake up every morning (or open at night). Advent calendars just make December feel even more special and exciting. Plus, it really sets you up for that holiday spirit!
Unlike before, when advent calendars only consist of toys and candies, a lot of lifestyle and beauty brands have created their own now. So whether you’re looking to open up small edible or beauty treats (or a combo of both) in the days leading up to Christmas, there’s a perfect advent calendar for you, for sure!
The Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two
Winter season — especially the days leading up to the holidays — is all about hot chocolate drinks. You’re never too old for hot cocoa, after all! This advent calendar from Whittard includes 12 of the brand’s signature flavours, as well as their creative, cutting-edge concoctions like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Peanut Butter chocolate. Each drawer includes two sachets for you to share with a loved one; perfect for couples to share, a mother-child holiday bonding, or even your little kiddies to enjoy!
24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar
If you’re a tea-lover (like me!), you’ll definitely get excited over DAVIDsTEA’s advent calendar filled with 24 gluten-free, must-have festive teas. Behind every door you’ll find a selection of throwback faves, bestselling blends, sneak peeks, and limited and exclusive teas! That’s a new flavour to discover every day until the big Christmas Eve reveal. Are you as intrigued and excited as I am?
12 Nights of Wine: Women in Wine Edition
This advent calendar from VINEBOX is for the wine lovers (also like me!). What I also love about this advent calendar is that this selection tells the stories of women who are breaking down barriers in the world of wine. Inside each box are 12 carefully crafted glass tubes — four whites, two rosés, and six reds — all curated by female certified sommeliers. All of which are world-class wines from renowned regions across Italy, France, Spain, and more.
The Advent Calendar Truffles for Two
Opening chocolates from an advent calendar is like a whiff of childhood. It’s like Christmas morning, and you see your stockings filled with chocolates and candies that Santa left. Well, since we’re all grownups now, our chocolates should be adult-appropriate, too, right? What’s more sophisticated and grownup than chocolate truffles? I can definitely see myself chomping down these sweet treats every night along with the wine from the VINEBOX calendar.
Merry and Bright Advent Calendar Wreath
I love it when an advent calendar doubles as decor! This advent calendar wreath from Lady M Confections is definitely a must-have. Filled with 24 candies and confections inside, this collectible advent calendar even has a gold chain for hanging. Don’t forget to turn on the LED lights for a sparkling twinkle effect!
25 Day Advent Calendar from Apotheke Co
Wouldn’t it be nice to smell different scents each day? This advent calendar from Apotheke will give you just that! Their 25 Day Advent Calendar is filled with best selling fragrances, candle accessories, and a ton of limited edition surprises.
Are 25 treats too much for you? Get their 12-day edition for only $60!
Lesley Hampton x The Bay Holiday Beauty Calendar
For a beauty lover, nothing is more exciting than waking up to new beauty products every day! And that’s what this advent calendar is all about. Packed with the most sought-after high-end and affordable beauty products like Clinique, L’Occitane, and MAC Cosmetics, the 25 Beautiful Days Advent Calendar is every makeup geek’s dream.
What I most love about this is that the products here would cost more than $1,300, but you get them for just $225! Also, 10 percent of each net sale will be donated to Indspire through Charter for Change, an initiative of Hudson’s Bay Foundation. Win-win!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Carmela Valencia)