When it comes to advent calendars, why should kids have fun? Well, that’s not the case, as a growing number of brands are cashing in on the festivities with their own adult versions that, frankly, are way better than the choccy numbers of our youth.
Think tea, skincare…even booze, for 24 days straight. So let’s cut to the chase, here’s our pick of the best adult advent calendars money can buy.
Remember that like many epic things for Christmas, these are in limited supply, so be sure to grab yours ASAP.
Advent Calendar Reefton Distilling Co.
When people talk about getting into the Christmas spirit, what they REALLY mean is to buy a Advent Calendar Reefton Distilling Co., law? This bad boy is promising a 50ml bottle of Reefton’s premium small-batch spirits and liqueurs, created at their West Coast distillery, every day until December 24, including Little Biddy Gin—Classic, Little Biddy Gin—Black Label, Little Biddy Gin—Gold Label, Little Biddy Gin—Pink, Little Biddy Gin—Snow, Wild Rain Vodka and Reefton Distilling Co. Blueberry and Tayberry Liqueurs. With over 30 awards to its name since it hit the scene just three years ago, we reckon Reefton’s Advent Calendar is easily one of the best on the market this year.
Kiehl’s Advent Calendar
Get your glow this December with the gorgeous Kiehl’s Advent Calendar. Much like a well-stocked stocking, this one is filled to the brim with goodies from the famous beauty brand, including cleansers, face masks, serums, moisturizers, lip balm, hair care, and more. . And it wouldn’t be a Kiehl’s Christmas without pretty wrappers. This year, French artist Marylou Faure did the honors with a fun and festive print. PS Buy from the link provided, and you’ll also receive a matching Kiehl’s holiday tote bag – score!
T2 Advent Calendars
Take a break from all that Christmas bustle and unwind with a wonderfully relaxing advent calendar from T2. This year, they have the choice between two options: the Advent calendar 24 reasons to smile tea bag edition and the Advent Calendar 24 Reasons To Smile Loose Leaf Edition. Both presented festively in a beautiful box, you’ll find 24 different tea bags or loose leaf tea bags, individually portioned for that perfect cup of tea – and most of which we guarantee you’ll never have tried ( Christmas Breakfast, Strawberries and Cream, and Sticky Date Delight to name a few). Add some old favorites like Earl Gray and Chai to the mix, and we reckon it’s just what you need to keep you cool, calm and serene this Christmas.
Sephora Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar
Make Christmas the season for personal care with the Sephora Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar. This one comes with 24 beauty items that will have you looking your best from head to toe, all December long. From lip gloss and eyeshadow to nail polish, a scrunchie, and even eye and face masks, you’ll look like an angel on Christmas Day.
LEGO Advent Calendars
Ok, so this one is technically for kids but we’re not ashamed to say we still love a bit of LEGO action. Like every year, you will have a few different options to choose from, ranging from the classic LEGO City variety to a Star Wars version, a LEGO Friends version, an Avengers version and even a Harry Potter version. However, one thing remains the same no matter which box of bricks you choose: 24 buildable surprises that will make you (literally) feel like a kid this Christmas.
Kereru Beer Advent Calendar
Raise your pint, folks, because the wildly popular Kereru Beer Advent Calendar is back for another year. Containing 24 cans of Kiwi-made craft beer, each hidden behind a perforated door, just like the advent calendars of yore, you’ll sip a gigantic assortment of beers (including a number of special editions) like Blueberry Stout , Smoked Campfire IPA and our favorite, Ginger Bird: Spiced Brown Ale. Oh, and guess what? They also make a gluten-free version.
Honest Chocolate Advent Calendars
These are kind of like the Christmas calendars you had as a kid, only better, with two options to choose from this year. Both contain 24 miniature houses that you will assemble yourself, then fill with treats, as well as daily trivia to add to the festivities. Jolly Christmas Advent Calendar is packed with chocolates, marshmallows, jellies, hokey pokey and caramels, while the Decadent Christmas Advent Calendar is an all-chocolate affair brimming with chocolate candies and festive chocolates. Place these cute little houses on your mantel for the ultimate display of holiday cheer, or tie them up with ribbon and hang them on the wall. And did we mention you can even get advent calendars for TWO?
Yves Saint Laurent Advent Calendar
Christmas is the time for luxury, isn’t it, and no one does luxury like Yves Saint Laurent. Case in point? Their Yves Saint Laurent Advent Calendar, a collection of coveted goodies including 17 minis, six full-size products and a gift, packaged in a beautiful, durable box adorned with real gold leaf. Prepare your lips for a kiss under the mistletoe with their Vernis A Lèvres Water Stain lip gloss – use their curler/mascara combo and whip the lashes to the top of Santa’s beautiful list – and spray yourself silly with the only scent better than a living Christmas tree (that would be Black Opium). Again, this one sells out every year, so you’ll need to move quickly.
Harry Potter—Pocket Pop! Advent calendar
Excuse us as we have a full fledged MM (Muggle meltdown) on the fact that this year there is a Harry Potter – Pocket Pop! Advent calendar to win. Yes, my friends, a piece of Hogwarts magic can be yours every day until Christmas, in the form of Funko’s hugely popular (and incredibly cute) mini Pop! Vinyl figures. While the details are as closely watched as the Philosopher’s Stone, the packaging tells us we’ll be getting at least Harry, Hermionie, Ron, and Dobby. If for some (weird) reason you’re not an HP fan, you can also grab Pokemon and Office versions.
Cult Wine Advent Calendar
Imagine counting the days until Christmas, with wine. Better yet, grab yourself a Worship Wine Advent Calendar 2021 and do it for real. With 24 half-bottles from cult local and international producers (as well as champagnes to enjoy on Christmas morning), packaged in a bespoke hand-painted box, this boozy advent is sure to please. Sold since its inception four years ago, you’ll need to act fast if you want one.
Beauty Days 12 days of beauty calendar in New Zealand
And the prize for the most enjoyable Advent calendar of the season goes to Beauty Days, who have gathered a fine selection of local, sustainable and cruelty-free treats for you for Christmas. Open the lid of their beautifully packaged 12 day NZ beauty calendar and let the festivities begin: Doodle’s Satin Hair Scrunchie, Zoo Nurtured’s Organic Eyelash & Brow Serum and Bentley & Hart’s Linen Blossom Travel Candle are just a few of the surprises waiting to be revealed . Available in Auckland only.
Vegan/gluten-free baker extraordinaire, Charlotte Verstappen aka Charlie Mia brings us one hell of an advent calendar this silly season. You’ll get a new delivery of treats every week before Christmas, all individually wrapped and labeled so you can open them on the prescribed day, plus a lovely daily email from Charlotte with more information. Naturally, most of the treats inside the Charlie Mia Advent Calendar are edible (as well as being vegan and gluten-free of course), with everything from cakes and pastries to Charlotte’s famous donuts and even cake decorating kits. Closing of orders on Saturday, November 27.
Get ready for a month-long cocooning session thanks to The Body Shop, which offers us a collection of THREE beautiful advent calendars This year. This gorgeous range has everything you need to stay fresh, revitalized (and relaxed) throughout the festive season, with carefully chosen products from their favorite collections. From lush body butters that will give your skin a legit holiday glow, to sumptuous hair care products that will make that hair look festive, there’s a treat in store behind (literally) every door. And don’t get us started on this packaging…available online and in select stores.
Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar
If none of the above gets your party boat going, there’s another option you might want to consider: a Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar. Yes, December is shaping up to be a whole lot happier with one of these bad boys by your side, which are loaded with 24 gourmet mini cheeses across nine mouth-watering varieties (Derby Cheese with Sage and Mexicana Cheese with Mix Peppers, to name a few). to name a few). These calendars come to us from the UK, where they have been extremely popular (along with Australia, Canada and the US) and can now be found in some supermarkets.
Image credit: Funko Pop!, Reefton Distilling Co., Kiehl’s, T2, Sephora, Lego, Kereru Beer, Honest Chocolat, Yves Saint Laurent, Funko Pop!, Beauty Days, Charlie Mia, The Body Shop.
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