What's the one-holiday tradition from my childhood that I miss the most? Advent calendars. To date, I can still remember rushing through my nighttime routine to spring downstairs — in hopes of beating my brothers — and be the first to open up our advent calendars that night.
It feels like yesterday! And fast-forward almost a decade later? I've yet to find a holiday tradition that made me as excited as that one did. Which is why this holiday season? I'm bringing my childhood tradition back.
This holiday season, I'm looking to take the road less traveled when it comes to bringing cheer to my loved one's life. And, how am I mixing it up? By which gift I chose to give them. Instead of reaching for candles or chocolates (as I so often do), this season, I'm taking my normal gifts to the next level; and investing in advent calendars.
Now, advent calendars have come a long way since my childhood days! But that is not necessarily a bad thing. From beauty to skincare, and every offering in-between, continue reading to see our top 15 choices for the best advent calendars.
Apothecary 14-Piece Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l for $75 + an extra 15% off at checkout, with promo code: CBTY20SF, at Saks Fifth Avenue
Hoping to avoid the restlessness that comes with the holiday season? So are we — and we highly recommend this 14-piece kit (opens in new tab) to keep everyone in your life as refreshed as ever.
Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Beauty Chest Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l for $200, at Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury is Hollywood's most sought-after makeup artist — and her clients include everyone from Penelope Cruz to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, so when we saw this all-inclusive 12-piece kit (opens in new tab)? We were sold. From skincare to makeup, it's nothing short of your new go-to, treasure chest.
Jo Malone London 3-Pc. Christmas Candle Gift Set (opens in new tab) l (Was $250), Now $212.50 with promo code: FRIENDS, at Macy's
Sure, sure, $250 for a candle set seems a bit steep, but when compared to buying each of these 200g candles (opens in new tab) individually? It's a bargain. Here, shoppers will receive three mood-boosting scents that will be a personal favorite no matter who is on the receiving end.
Wonderhouse Standing House Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l for $25, at Target
Are you someone who's all about the personal touch? If so, this advent calendar (opens in new tab) is just for you. Fill every single day (or night) with a new candy, toy, or money for your recipient's piggy bank. It's a special something, everyone will enjoy for years to come.
Voluspa 12-Day Candle Gifting Advent Calendar (opens in new tab)l for $120, at Anthropologie
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me? This 12-piece candle set (opens in new tab) that offers something sweeter every single day.
Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Advent Calendar Perfume Set (opens in new tab) l (a $192-value) for $108, at Sephora
Any perfume lovers in your life? Give them the most fragrant gift of all courtesy of this 20+ piece set. (opens in new tab) Here they'll find everything from mini perfumes to leather cases, and even the cutest charms to decorate their Christmas trees with!
Fortnum & Mason Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l For $56.95, at Williams Sonoma
Nevermind chocolate this season! Savor the countdown to Christmas with this set of 24-tea bags, (opens in new tab) which await behind every door. From India to the Far East, and every rare tea in-between, this advent calendar will be a tea-lovers dream!
Ferrero Golden Gallery Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l for $53.97, at Amazon
Sure, sure, we know we said this year to treat your loved ones to something besides chocolate. This is why we're highly recommending this 25-piece chocolate set (opens in new tab). Featuring everything from dark, to medium and even light chocolates — it's the assortment everyone needs.
Clarins Limited-Edition 12 Day Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l (Was $60), Now $51, with promo code: FRIEND, at Macy's
Shopping for the best skincare is a lot like shopping for the best mattress (opens in new tab) — it's an investment that takes a lot of consideration. To ease yourself into any new products this holiday season, opt for this 12-day set (opens in new tab)that will help weed down what you need vs. what you don't need.
Any nail-lovers out there? This 20+-piece kit (opens in new tab)will put a smile on anyone who's missing the nail salon's face.
Vintage Wine Estates 12 Days Holiday Advent Calendar 12 Bottle Set (opens in new tab)l (Was $98) Now $89, at QVC
Who needs a partridge -- or a pear tree, for that matter? Celebrate the holiday season with something a little practical (and a lot more desired) with this 12-bottle holiday advent calendar. (opens in new tab) Certainly, they'll be nothing to wine about here!
Drybar Mix & Mingle Interchangeable Styling Iron Kit (opens in new tab) l (a $287-value) For $199, at Sephora
If you've read our best hair dryer's guide (opens in new tab), you know that we don't mess around when it comes to the best-of-the-best beauty products — and this all-inclusive set (opens in new tab) is no different. Here, you can enjoy all of Drybar's bestselling products to style your hair whether you're in the comfort of your own home or when on-the-go!
Tatcha Special Edition Luxury Kit (opens in new tab) l (a $416-value) for $315, at Sephora
The one thing Kim Kardashian-West and Tatcha (opens in new tab) have in-common? They're synonymous in our book, and the A-lister can't live without this bestselling brand — and now we don't have to either? This seven-step kit (opens in new tab) includes everything you'll need to ritual, cleanse protect and nourish for all skin types. Making the higher price-point worth it.
Kurt S. Adler Snowman & Tree Christmas Advent Calendar (opens in new tab)l (Was $109.99), Now $74.79, at Kohls
Want to continue the fun all-month-long? Opt for this 24-piece advent calendar t (opens in new tab)hat offers festive fun each and every night.
Williams Sonoma Chuck's Luxury Advent Calendar (opens in new tab) l for $299.95, at Williams Sonoma
Want a little bit of everything? This season opt for this luxury advent calendar. (opens in new tab) From jams to olive oil and even William Sonoma's famous peppermint bark — this monthly calendar has all the cookware-inspired ornaments, seasonings sweets we could ever want (and so much more!).