After all that 2020 has brought us, we can’t be blamed for wanting something beautiful to look forward to every day.
As the holidays approach and families and friends change the celebrations this year due to the pandemic, various companies are offering some interesting countdown calendars to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. There’s an Advent calendar for just about everyone with options that include alcoholic drinks, sugary treats, toys, a bubble bath, books, and even daily pet surprises.
Here is an assortment of Advent calendars to keep the mood cheerful as we head into the New Year. Buy them while they’re hot – and before they sell out.
DRINKS AND SNACKS
Excite your palate and avoid the stress of the holiday season for 12 or 24 nights with premium alcoholic drinks from The Spirit Co. Explore whiskey straight from Scotland and Japan – or take a trip around the world with a Bourbon and American Whiskey Advent Calendar. There are also calendars for gin, rum, vodka, tequila, and mezcal. For the ultimate madness there is the Old and rare Advent calendar with selections from Macallan, Glenfiddich, Yamazaki, Rosebank and more.
Details: $ 65 to $ 1,253 at TheSpiritCo.com.
Countdown to Christmas with 24 days Jerky Advent Calendar by Man Crates. Each punch-out window features a different flavor from classic and black pepper to habanero root beer and Thai satay. Other half-ounce tastes include Honey Bourbon, Whiskey Maple, Ghost Pepper, Lemon Pepper, Sarsaparilla and more.
Details: $ 80 at mancrates.com.
Treat yourself to something sweet for every Hanukkah night or the 24 days leading up to Christmas with little snacks of some of Sugarfina’s best-selling candies. Each drawer contains four candies. The 24 Flavors of Christmas Calendar includes peach hearts, spicy pumpkin almonds, snowman candies, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, candy cane caramels and apple frogs. The Calendar of the 8 nights of Hanukkah light is filled with certified kosher candies like Robin’s Egg Caramels, Champagne Bubbles, Heavenly Bitters, Sugar Cookies and Blueberry Candies.
Details: The Christmas Calendar is $ 50 and the Hanukkah Calendar is $ 20 on Sugarfina.com.
BEAUTY & FASHION
Famous cosmetics retailer Lush has come up with a limited edition 12 days of Christmas box with a dozen of her holiday items to promote cocooning and self-care in December. Unisex set includes 3.3 oz caramel and eggnog scented shower gels, winter bath bombs, polar bear, candy cane and santa bars, body scrub body and lotion.
Details: $ 100 at lushusa.com.
Stay warm every day with a new pair of colorful and stylish clothes 24 days of vacation socks by Happy Socks. The calendar is available in unisex adult sizes 9-11 and 10-13. Sock patterns include holiday themes, as well as pizza and taco patterns, polka dots, diamond patterns, and more.
Details: $ 225 at HappySocks.com.
Funko has created themed Advent calendars with mini-versions of their popular Pop! vinyl figures hidden behind small doors. Each calendar includes 24 digits that vary in size (up to two and a half inches) depending on the character. The Harry Potter Calendar includes Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid and more. The “Dragon Ball Z” box includes Goku, Vegeta, Master Roshi, Piccolo and more.
Details: Each set costs $ 50 on Funko.com or Amazon.com.
Lego has released several new Advent calendars for kids with 24 days of creative fun. There is a 311 pieces “Star Wars” calendar on the holiday theme featuring buildable vehicles like the Millennium Falcon and an X-wing, as well as locations and characters like Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and Poe Dameron. For fans of “Harry Potter” there is a 336-piece Hogwarts-themed calendar with buildable characters and scenes that recreate the Yule Ball.
Details: Calendars are $ 30 to $ 40 from Lego.com or Target.com.
Expand your library with a beautiful 2020 news calendar from Hingston & Olsen editions. As the company has done in previous years (albeit apparently the last!), The calendar features 25 individually bound stories from great news writers including Jim Shepard and Amber Sparks. Plus, the set comes with a colorful book storage case, and readers can return to the website for an interview with the authors chosen for each day.
Details: $ 46 at HingstonandOlsen.com
Our pets have been home with us every day during the pandemic, and they too could probably use as many surprises and treats as we do. Frisco created a fun Advent Calendar 12 Days of Christmas for dogs that features plush, rope toys, squeaky latex toys in the shape of snowmen, gingerbread men and candy cane dog bones. Snif-Snax released a Advent calendar for cats which includes 25 days of treats with Atlantic salmon and seaweed rich in omega-3 fatty acids for the feline companion.
Details: $ 40 for Frisco’s dog calendar and $ 10 for Chewy.com’s Snif-Snax cat calendar.