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12 Best Advent Calendars For Adults That You’ll Want to Gift Yourself

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The countdown to Christmas gets more and more fun each year — and not just for kids! Grown-ups can get in on the excitement too, thanks to the best advent calendars for adults. We’ve rounded up a dozen of our favorites that include goodies like luxury beauty skincare, candles, food, and even booze! They make great early Christmas gifts for BFFS, in-laws, and of course, yourself.

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The best reason to buy an adult advent calendar (aside from the Christmas spirit, of course)? You get a ton of pricey products for a massively discounted price. Plus, the packaging is beautiful!

The Best Advent Calendars For Adults

What is an advent calendar?

Advent calendars originated in Germany over two centuries ago, when people marked the days leading up to Christmas by keeping a tally with a chalk mark, or by burning a candle. Many moons later, we’re still opening advent calendars and receiving small gifts each day in anticipation of Christmas — only now, the goodies have evolved into top-of-the-line beauty, food, and home gifts!

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Are you looking for the best advent calendars to buy for yourself and your loved ones? You’ll find them pretty much anywhere you shop. Sephora has an amazing selection of beauty advent calendars, many of which sell out year after year, and Nordstrom carries a wide array of the best advent calendars that include candles, jewelry, teas, and much more.

Keep scrolling to shop our favorite advent calendars for adults. And hurry — they’re selling out fast!

Sterling Forever Set of 24 Earrings Advent Calendar

Best jewelry advent calendar
20% off!

Buy from Nordstrom, $399

Why we like it:

  • Set of 23 assorted pairs of earrings and 1 ear cuff
  • Something for every style
  • Huge deal!

Got a friend who’s an earring-fiend? This elegant advent calendar is the gift for her. Sterling Forever put together 24 of its most popular earrings in a variety of styles — hoops, studs, ear cuffs, and more. There’s nothing like the feeling of opening a tiny box with something sparkly inside (and zhuzhing up your jewelry collection!). One buyer says she purchased it with the intent of giving them as individual gifts, to which we say: brilliant! “Super cute. High quality — buying another now!” she raves.

Vahdam Set of 24 Loose Leaf Teas

Best tea set advent calendar

Buy from Nordstrom, $80

Why we like it:

  • 24 soothing teas
  • Individual tins for each day
  • Relaxing

Got a friend who gets super stressed around the holidays? This loose leaf tea advent calendar is the perfect gift for them. It will be impossible to not unwind with a variety of Vahdam teas, each packaged in its own delightful little tin (which alone make great last-minute stocking stuffers!). You can’t go wrong with the gift of tea, especially this many!

NIPYATA! Boozy Advent Calendar: 12 Shots of Christmas

Best advent calendar for adults over 21
nipyata boozy advent calendar
$10 off!

Buy from Nipyaya!, $100

Why we like it:

  • Comes with 12 mini bottles of premium spirits
  • Fun assortment of brands
  • Shipped in discreet packaging

Let’s face it: Sometimes you need a little help unwinding during the holidays. So what better gift than an advent calendar filled with premium liquor? For 12 days, you (or the lucky recipient of this boozy calendar) can open a mini bottle containing a fun shot to kick back with. From Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey to Bacardi Gold Rum, there’s something for everyone in this box, billed as “the ultimate drinkable gift.” It’s a great value, but no one else has to know how great: The prices won’t be shown on the enclosed gift receipt. Plus, it’s shipped in discreet packaging, so your teetotaling neighbor won’t give you a hard time.

One satisfied customer says: “Happy to see Johnnie Walker Black, Skrewball, Tito’s, Jack Daniels … This is a quality advent calendar!”

Harry Potter Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar Book

Best advent calendar for Harry Potter Fans
harry potter advent calendar

Buy from Amazon, $19

Why we like it:

  • Best-seller and fan favorite
  • Includes recipe cards
  • 25 days of surprises

This Harry Potter advent calendar book features twenty-five days of surprises for the true Potterhead. You’ll find keepsakes and collectibles ranging from paper ornaments to recipe cards and more from the Wizarding World. Writes one reviewer, “This calendar is so cute! I bought it for my daughter, who was very excited when she saw it. It’s packaged very nicely, bigger than I expected. I’m anxious for the first of December so she can start opening the little trinkets!”

LOOKFANTASTIC Black Friday Limited Edition Beauty Box

Best-selling advent calendar
black friday lookfantastic box

Buy from LOOKFANTASTIC, $22.50 (valued at over $210)

Why we like it:

  • Value: $640
  • 25 Incredible products inside
  • Sold out 5 years in a row

The LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar has sold out for the sixth year in a row, but you can still treat yourself or a friend to this limited edition Black Friday box, which is filled with 11 amazing products, ranging from lipsticks to face masks.

One reviewer wrote: “Everything in this box was amazing! It was an early Christmas gift to my sister-in-law, and she absolutely loved it! The packaging was gorgeous and the products were outstanding! Can’t wait to buy this next year — and next time I’ll buy one for myself as well.”

Wood LED Christmas Shooting Star Advent Calendar

Best DIY advent calendar

Buy from Amazon, $50

Why we like it:

  • Fill the drawers with gifts you choose
  • Lights up with an LED light
  • Carved and engraved wooden backdrop

This beautiful wooden advent calendar will be a Christmas treasure for years to come. Each drawer is engraved with a number, and holds anything you desire — form candies to small trinkets. An LED light casts a dreamy glow upon the carved elves, trees, and snowy scene. This makes a lovely gift for the Christmas-obsessed family member who starts decorating early every year.

ACQUA DI PARMA Perfume Advent Calendar

Best advent calendar for perfume lovers

Buy from Nordstrom, $600

Why we like it:

  • 25 products from Aqua di Parma
  • Ideal for perfume lovers!
  • Best bang for your buck

This best-selling perfume advent calendar is pricey, but the luxury beauty products individually add up to way more than the sticker price, so you’re actually getting a deal on some of the most high-end beauty products out there. Luxe goods like Aqua’s signature Sandalo fragrance, Magnolia Nobile hair mist and hand cream, and Colonia bath salts are just a few of the indulgent products you get with this set. (Click for a full list!)

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Dreams & Secrets Advent Calendar

Best Sephora advent calendar
charlotte tilbury advent calendar

Buy from Charlotte Tilbury, $200

Why we like it:

  • The Goddess Clay Mask is an editor fave!
  • Includes both full-size and travel-size products
  • Comes in a gorgeous bejeweled chest

Sephora is known for its best-selling beauty advent calendars, and this 12-piece advent calendar from Charlotte Tilbury is its most popular every year. It includes all the brand’s most sought-after skincare products like the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream, makeup and more. All products are cruelty-free, and also free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and other problematic ingredients. You can’t go wrong with this one — and the packaging is absolutely beautiful, as well!

This advent calendar is selling out fast, but don’t worry! Sephora has a huge selection of luxe beauty advent calendars for you to choose from.

IT Cosmetics 12 Days of Confidence Collection Advent Calendar

Best makeup advent calendar
it cosmetics advent calendar

Buy from Norstrom, $126

Why we like it:

  • Great value
  • Includes skincare and makeup
  • Has everything you need to look your best

Another great choice if you’re looking for both skincare and makeup, IT Cosmetics limited-edition 12-piece holiday advent calendar features hydrating moisturizer, lengthening mascara, makeup primer, and more. You’ll save more than $100 buying this set rather than each product individually, plus it comes in this cute heart-themed packaging; what’s not to love?

Holiday Vibes After Advent

Best budget advent calendar
sephora after advent calendar

Buy from Sephora, $45 (valued at $102)

Why we like it:

  • A great post-holiday treat!
  • Makes a perfect under-the-tree gift
  • Super affordable

Who says the fun has to end when advent is over? Sephora’s Holiday Vibes After Advent calendar lets you celebrate the twelve days of Christmas, which only begin on December 25, with a fun treat each day until January 5th. The perfect way to chase those post-holiday blues away, this set contains a green tea face mask, a watermelon eye mask, glittery eyeshadow, vanilla lip balm, and more. (If it’s sold out, you can add your name to the email list to be notified when it’s back — it will be restocked soon!)

Voluspa Mini Candle Advent Calendar

Best candle advent calendar
voluspa mini candle advent calendar

Buy from Bloomingdales, $75

Why we like it:

  • Great way to try out multiple scents
  • Beautiful, reusable jars
  • Each candle burns for about 12 hours

If you love scented candles as much as I do, you probably know that the best ones cost a pretty penny. And when you’re forking over that much money, you want to be sure you’re really going to love the scent for a long time, not just a fleeting moment as you sniff it in the store. These mini candles are the answer! This advent calendar lets you try out a dozen of Voluspa’s most popular scents in one-ounce jars, for just 12 hours of burn time each. Then when you’re done, follow the lead of this reviewer, who wrote, “The glasses they come in are beautiful, so I scraped out the wick and have made them into little shot glasses.” (Looking for a set with slightly bigger candles? Buy it here for $150.)

La Maison du Chocolat Advent Calendar

Best chocolate advent calendar

Buy from Food52, $75

Why we like it:

  • Delicious handmade chocolates
  • Packaging doubles as Christmas decor

French chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat knows chocolate, and this advent calendar is no exception. The daily treats consist of decadent dark chocolate pralinés, mini-bars, fruity confections, and more. If that weren’t enough to woo you, the packaging itself is so lovely you can display it on a tabletop or use it as a tree ornament. Anyone would be thrilled to receive this mouthwatering gift.

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