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

The countdown for Christmas is for grown-ups, too!


The countdown to Christmas is one of the most exciting times of year for kids and grown-ups alike. The best advent calendars of 2020 will get adults in the Christmas spirit with luxe cosmetics, candles, teabags and skincare.

What is an Advent Calendar?

Advent calendars originated from Germany over two centuries ago. They marked the Advent’s days by keeping a tally with a chalk mark or by burning a candle. Many moons later, we’re still opening advent calendars and receiving mini gifts in anticipation of Christmas.

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Benefit Cosmetics’ Shake Your Beauty Advent Calendar

Best Beauty advent calendar
best advent calendars 2020

$65, Sephora

Why we like it:

  • Value: $139
  • 12 bestselling and fan-favorite beauty products

A collection of Benefit Cosmetics best-selling products are hidden behind each door. With this advent calendar, you’re getting a serious bang for your buck, as the items inside are worth twice as much as the price of the calendar itself!

This Set Contains:

  • Hoola Matte Bronzer
  • Dandelion Brightening Finishing Powder
  • The POREfessional Face Primer
  • The POREfessional Hydrate Primer
  • Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel Shade 3
  • They‘re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara
  • They‘re Real! Tinted Primer
  • Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
  • BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara
  • 24-HR Brow Setter Shaping & Setting Gel
  • Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define Shade 3
  • Roller Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black


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Why we like it:

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

Sign yourself up to pre-order the LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar which is guaranteed to sell out for the 6th year in a row! Treat yourself, or a friend to a gift a day, whether it’s cosmetics or care products, this advent calendar holds twenty-five doors to last you the whole run-up to Christmas.

One reviewer wrote: “This was a very fun box to receive (I gifted myself). I tried to show some restraint and only open one a day – but that didn’t last very long. Very nice (high end) products were included in this gorgeous box. So worth the money and will definitely gift myself with one of these calendars again next year!!”

Launch Date: October 12, 2020

Sephora Collection Wild Wishes Advent Calendar

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$45, Sephora

Why we like it:

  • Best-selling, limited edition advent calendar
  • 24 gifts included

One of Sephora’s best-selling advent calendars (with very limited supply), contains 24 gifts, including everything you’ll want to add to your daily beauty routine or splurge on for a self-care spa day.

This Set Contains:

  • 2 x Fizzing Bath Stars in Moonlight Swim, Let‘s Have Fun!
  • Eyeshadow Pan N°216 Girls Night Out
  • All Day Hydrator – Hydrate & Glow
  • Bright Skin Exfoliating Scrub – Exfoliate + Smooth
  • Cucumber Eye Masks
  • 2 x Express Nail Polish Remover Wipes
  • Nose Mask – Pineapple
  • Cream Lip Stain – 01 Always Red
  • #LIPSTORIES Lipstick – 36 Spring Break
  • 2 x Color Hit Nail Lacquers in L43 It Girl, 140 Enchanted World
  • Eye Pencil To Go – 09 Intense Black
  • Coconut Lip Balm
  • Shea Lip Mask
  • 2 x Shower Cream Caps in Lagoon, Cotton Flower
  • Charcoal Nose Strip
  • Triple Action Cleansing Water – Cleanse + Purify
  • Hair Clamp
  • 2 x Hair Ribbons
  • Nail File
  • Pocket Mirror

Voluspa Japonica 12 Candle Archive Gift Set

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$75, Bloomingdales

Why we like it:

  • Set of 12, each with a different scent
  • Burn time: 15 hours each
  • Made in USA

Rooted inspiration from Japanese paper making, this Voluspa advent calendar features the traditional quantity of 12 gifts, for the 12 days of Christmas. Each candle has an embossed glass holder which can be reused for other purposes once the candle is burnt through. Some of the yummy scents include Santiago Huckleberry, Yashioka Gardenia, Moso Bamboo, Crane Flower and more.

One reviewer wrote: “These candles are amazing. Not only are the fragrantly wonderful, the glass and the box make an awesome gift presentation for that someone special! I indulge in purchasing these for myself! The candles burn for a long time and remain fragrant. Love love love these.”

Tea Advent Calendar PALAIS DES THÉS

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$32, Nordstrom

Why we like it:

  • Includes 24 tea bags packaged in a gift-ready Advent calendar
  • Non-GMO; all natural; no sugar added
  • Made in France

Consider yourself a tea enthusiast? The Palais des Thés’ advent calendar features their best-selling flavors and varieties. It’s a perfect way to expand your palette and try something new this Christmas.

One reviewer wrote: “One of the better advent calendars out there for adults that don’t involve bath products or chocolate. The flavors are fabulous. Nothing repeats and you get a great variety of black, green, rooibos, and herbal teas. I wish I had bought extras to enjoy after the holidays!!! Hopefully, this will go on sale soon since it is way past Christmas.”

Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

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$106.80, FeelUnique

Why we like it:

  • Value: $333.10
  • 25 products included
  • Sold out 5 years in a row

This advent calendar that has sold out every year for the past 5 years! Filled with gems from the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Huda Beauty, Sol de Janeiro, Nars, and Elemis, it mixes both cosmetics and home decor, so you’ll be surprised every day.

SPOILER: Christmas Day’s door gifts you not one, not two, but three beauty products. Plus, one of the calendars in circulation will have a gift card worth thousands of dollars!

This Set Contains:

  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 5ml
  • Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara 12ml
  • Urban Apothecary Mini Candle in Fig Tree 35g
  • Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit C Cream 20ml
  • Neom Calming Hand Balm 30ml
  • Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer 10ml
  • Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Shampoo 60ml
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Deluxe 8ml
  • Rodial Vit C Energising Sheet Mask
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm 20g
  • St Tropez Purity Tanning Face Mist 14ml
  • Sunday Ivy Pinky Promise Makeup Blender
  • Philosophy Purity Skincare Cleanser 30ml
  • Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Balm 30ml
  • Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant Pink Grapefruit 20ml
  • BeautyPro Thermotherapy Gold Foil Sheet Mask
  • Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum 10ml
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced x7 Capsules
  • Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask 30ml
  • Aveda Smooth Hair Infusion Style Prep Smoother 25ml
  • Nars High Pigment Longwear Eyeliner in Via Veneto 0.3ml
  • Tan Luxe The Face Drops 10ml – shade may vary
  • By Terry Mini Baume De Rose Lip Care Pot 3g
  • Huda Beauty Obsessions Precious Stones Eyeshadow Palette Ruby 10g
  • Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush
  • Morphe Eye Primer 0.3g

Preorder from October 5, 2020.

NEW! Charlotte’s Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasuresbeauty Advent Calendar

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$200, Charlotte Tilbury

Why we like it:

  • Mixture of sized products
  • 12 products included
  • Reuseable chest

This brand new Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar is filled with a mixture of travel- and full-sized makeup and skincare products. Including a fan-favorites to expand your skincare routine and test out the latest beauty trends. It’s packaged in a jeweled chest which can be reused to store your jewelry once Christmas is over!

One reviewer wrote: “I am so impressed with the quality of this beauty advent calendar and the selection of items inside, it truly is amazing! The attention to detail is wonderful with its jewel draw handles, perfectly wrapped treasures and the chest really is so unique. I think this has such a luxurious feel to it and it really is the gift that keeps on giving and one that catches your eye because it really is magical. I would definitely recommend this either as a treat for yourself or even a gift for somebody.”

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