Advent calendars used to be a simple affair: a cardboard box full of tiny, cheap chocolates or a wooden box with 25 doors and 25 small trinkets. They’ve taken on a life of their own now, and, honestly, it’s kind of exciting. Finding the perfect advent calendar for your kid who likes Barbie, LEGO, or Hot Wheels is fun. But have you ever looked into adult advent calendars for yourself? Seriously, advent calendars are for everyone — and if anyone deserves to treat themselves this season, it’s the one who makes the magic happen for everyone around them (ICYMI, that’s you).
Aldi makes waves during the holiday season for a very reasonably priced cheese advent calendar. And Bonne Maman’s jelly and jam advent calendar is all over TikTok. Those weren’t for kids; they were for grown-ups, and they were delightful. Between the holiday stress like prepping big winter meals, gathering up presents, and (ugh) paying for said presents with your holiday budget, you deserve a little treat, too. These are the coolest adult advent calendars on the market this year.
There! One less thing to research.
Reber Advent Calendar
If traveling to a storybook German Christmas market just isn’t in the cards this year, bring the feel of a German Christmas market into your
home instead! This gorgeous advent calendar is filled with delicious specialties from Reber, a gourmet German chocolatier. Bonus: It goes perfectly with this year’s colorful “nostalgia Christmas” aesthetic.
Walker’s 2023 Limited-Edition Advent Calendar
Raise your hand if you’re a complete and utter sucker for shortbread. Same, friend…
same. And you can’t get much better when it comes to shortbread than the world-famous Walker’s. This year, their advent calendar features six shortbread cookie varieties, including their beloved all-butter shortbread finger. The charming artwork inside showcases landmarks in the Scottish village of Aberlour (aka the home of Walker’s), including, of course, the iconic Walker’s Shortbread bakery and shop.
Bonne Maman’s 2023 Advent Calendar
There’s a reason the Bonne Maman Advent Calendar is all over TikTok every year — it’s downright delightful. This year’s version, which has been reimagined as Santa’s workshop, features 23 mini spreads and one honey.
Eight of the mini spreads are brand-new limited edition holiday flavors: apricot and banana; caramel with cinnamon; cherry with pink peppercorn; fig with cardamom; peach with jasmine flower, pineapple, and ginger; quince with chunks; raspberry with dark chocolate rhubarb, strawberry, and guava; and sweet orange, mandarin, and passion fruit.
The Book Lover’s Advent Calendar
What’s better than curling up with a good
book during the coziest of seasons? Curling up with a good book and getting a bookish surprise every day during the coziest month of the year; that’s what! This advent calendar for bibliophiles contains 25 unique literary surprises — think readerly ornaments and a winter reading Bingo card.
Sabon’s 31-Day Advent Calendar 2023
Know someone with a *tiny*
beauty products obsession? You can’t go wrong gifting them Sabon’s 31 Days of Holiday Magic calendar. Valued at over $364, it features an assortment of new and full-sized products — from scrubs to lotions, masks, body milk, and more.
Emporium Selection Cheese Advent Calendar
Honestly, this cheese advent calendar is genius. I mean…
it’s cheese. Who doesn’t love cheese?! This little gem comes with 24 festive mini cheeses from Europe, which sounds divine.
Amish Country Popcorn | 12 Days of Popcorn & Seasoning Delight Advent Calendar
It’s officially “cuddle up on the couch and watch holiday movies” season, and you know what that means — you’re gonna need lots o’ popcorn. This set features eight different popcorn kernel varieties along with four assorted seasonings (sea salt and caramel ftw).
Pukka Herbs Herbal Tea Advent Calendar 2023
For the tea lovers in your life, add this Pukka sampler to cart. It’s an exciting, exotic blend of citrusy, floral, sweet, and spicy flavors — which intentionally aren’t listed on the website so that you’ll be surprised by what you get! Plus, the packaging is *stunning.*
Burt’s Bees “Bundle Up with Burt’s” 12 Holiday Finds Advent Calendar
Everyone knows the colder-weather months wreak havoc on your lips — and no one wants dry, chapped, windburnt lips in their holiday photos. This advent calendar is the perfect defense with 12 tint-free matte finish lip balms to hydrate and soften lips. Flavors include classics and seasonal standouts like vanilla maple and mint cocoa.
BeautySpaceNK Best of Beauty 2023 Advent Calendar
‘Tis the season for elf, er,
self-care! Valued at $141, this festive set is perfect for pampering. Cinnamon spice candle? Check. Moisture mask? You betcha. Chilled rose eye gels? Bring ‘em on.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian & The Book of Boba Fett Advent Calendar
Star Wars fandom, this one’s for you. Why count down to Christmas like everyone else when you can count your way down one commemorative Star Wars coin at a time? The highly detailed set features favorites like Han Solo and “Baby Yoda,” as well as villains like (duh) Darth Vader.
Arteza Fine Art Advent Calendar
For the artists-in-residence in your life (including you!), this calendar counts as a holiday gift all unto itself. Behind each door, you’ll find a tool to encourage your creativity — from acrylic, gouache, and watercolor paints to brushes, markers, and modeling paste.
Moser Roth Countdown to Happiness
Moser Roth is a German chocolate company that makes some of the best chocolates on the planet. Aldi fans already know how delectable their treats are, and now you can, too.
12 Mornings of Coffee
Sure, you could just go to Starbucks every morning in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But what about staying warm and cozy in your kitchen to enjoy the 12 Mornings of Coffee advent calendar?
Spice Advent Calendar
For the kitchen witch, this Williams Sonoma spice advent calendar is the end-all-be-all. It offers “24 spices — 6 for vegetables and side dishes, 7 for fish, 9 for meat, and 2 for dessert recipes.” And it includes flavors from across the globe.
Enfusia 25 Days of Fizzy Bath Treats Advent Calendar
Let this advent calendar full of fizzy bath bombs melt your holiday stress away. Reviewers rave about the quality and scents in this made-in-the-USA set.
Harry & David Advent Cookie Calendar
It’s a cookie calendar — what could be sweeter? The kids will get plenty of sugar over the holidays; don’t feel bad about hiding this treasure trove away for yourself. Tucked in the drawers are double chocolate cherry cookies, peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies, raspberry galettes, and more.
Friends: The Official Advent Calendar, Volume 2
be any more fun? If you’re a Friends fan, there’s no better advent calendar than this puppy — enjoy 25 days of nostalgia-inducing surprises that’ll make you want to cue up the misadventures of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, and Phoebe (for the billionth time).
OPI “Jewel Be Bold” Advent Calendar
You’ve got a lot of holiday parties to attend and appearances to make — why not hype yourself up for them by painting your nails with OPI’s holiday ‘22 collection? Mini-bottles in festive shades like “Pink, Bling, and Be Merry” will have you ready to socialize.
Best Choice Products Wooden Christmas Advent Calendar
OK, so this is a bit of a DIY situation — but according to reviewers, it’s absolutely worth the extra effort to fill each tiny drawer with a piece of candy. Crafted from high-quality wood, the intricate piece is modeled after a Christmas village with elves inside, holiday pine trees, Santa in his sleigh, and more. And thanks to battery-powered LEDs, it makes for an amazing illuminated centerpiece.
This article was originally published on
November 11, 2022