Need gift inspo? These 15 advent calendars are packed with wine, candles, and more

Advent calendars don't just have to be about chocolate (Though there's nothing wrong with that). These 15 advent calendars are filled with beauty-must haves, cooking essentials, wine, and more.

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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. 

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Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins the Real Homes team as their U.S. E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY-project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.