11 Chic, Unique Advent Calendars That’ll Make Your Holiday Countdown Even More Fun

published Oct 13, 2023
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I already know what you’re thinking: It’s only October — who’s already shopping for advent calendars? The truth is, you should be, especially if you want to snag a good one before they’re all gone. Many of our favorite retailers have already released theirs, so you’ll be able to find something that suits your taste regardless of whether you’re into beauty, food, mixology, or home scents. And, when you buy a calendar now, you’ll have even more to look forward to come December. When you have a look through our top picks below, you’ll see they’re much more exciting than the traditional tree-shaped calendars that you have to fill, yourself. Plus, they’re pretty enough to double as decor and would make wonderful gifts for just about any person (or furry friend) in your life. There’s no reason not to make the countdown to the holidays a little bit more magical, so stock up now!

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Papier's 24 Doors of Desk Delights calendar is perfect for the person who's determined to get organized come the new year. This stunning bundle arrives with all the desk essentials they could possibly need, including mini notebooks, washi tape, sticky notes, and more. If you get this for yourself, you can rest assured that all of your new year to-do lists will be both pretty and actionable.

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Is there anything more comforting than putting a puzzle together with loved ones over the holidays? This budget-friendly calendar comes with 12 80-piece puzzles, so the whole group will never get bored. Put together cheerful winter landscapes as you enjoy one another's company.

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Williams Sonoma

Add some pizzazz to your bar cart with this mixology-themed calendar. It's a bit pricey, but for good reason: It has the ingredients for eight days of cocktails, including artisanal mixers and barrel-aged bitters from experts at Kentucky-based distillery Woodford Reserve. Plus, it goes without saying that boozy holidays are the best ones.

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn's delightful Elf collection features this 25-day calendar, so you can travel with Buddy through the Candy Cane Forest and other wintery landscapes as you open your daily gifts. What's more, the calendar has working LED lights, which are battery-operated and will cast a festive glow on your mantel or coffee table.

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There's nothing like sitting down to a hot cup of tea on a chilly day. If you enjoy drinking the steaming beverage, you'll love this tea-filled calendar, which comes with 24 hand-picked tea bags from the experts at Palais des Thés. It also doesn't hurt that the calendar's starry exterior is totally dreamy.

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Uncommon Goods

Not into tea but addicted to coffee? There's a calendar for that, too! This enticing package opens to reveal 12 bags of seasonal coffee grounds, ranging from light to dark roasts. Enjoy nostalgic wintertime notes of cranberry, spice, roasted chestnut, and more as you work your way through the divine-smelling grounds.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

For the beauty-lover, there's always Saks' iconic 25 Days of Beauty calendar. Discover travel-sized products from some of the most luxurious brands on the market, including Charlotte Tilbury, Augustinus Bader, Dr. Barbara Sturm, and more. It's a great way to test new creams and cosmetics without splurging on the full sizes just yet.

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Forego traditional chocolates in favor of something a little different. These wine gummies from Danish confectioner Wally and Whiz will delight with flavor combinations like cherry and vanilla, elderflower and yuzu, and hibiscus and raspberries — 12 different natural flavor combinations over 24 days. And a little bonus for those who pay special attention: the days are numbered on the packages in braille.

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Williams Sonoma

Your beloved pup deserves to get in on the holiday festivities, too! Since they've been oh-so-good this year, gift them this clever dog-friendly advent calendar from Williams Sonoma. Behind each door is an all-natural dog treat flavored with chicken and bacon for a very happy holiday.

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Candles are the perfect gift. Everyone likes them, everyone uses them, and everyone enjoys them! They're foolproof. This holiday advent calendar contains 12 candles in striking glass jars, including intoxicating scents like white cypress, Baltic amber, and forbidden fig.

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Uncommon Goods

You're likely familiar with Lush's bathbomb-filled advent calendar, but it'll cost you a pretty penny. Achieve the same soothing shower experience for one-third of the price with this 24-piece shower steamer set. The little steamers — which can also double as body scrubs — are made from seasonally scented essential oils, so you can breathe in the fresh scents of eucalyptus, peppermint, and fir tree as you lather up.