I have no patience when it comes to advent calendars. I can never open just one a day; I need to open them all and as quickly as possible. I find advent calendars to be a playful way for brands to spread holiday cheer while giving people small samples of all of the best things they make. (Those samples can also end up as nice one-off gifts!) If you have an affection for advent calendars like I do, boy is this list going to be fun. Below is a list of the top 10 advent calendars to give as an early December gift or to just gift to yourself.
SkinStore Holiday Edit 2020
As a previous beauty editor, skincare advent calendars are my personal favorite. I love trying new things, but skincare can get pretty pricey, pretty quickly. This advent calendar gives you deluxe and full-size items to better your skin. From face masks to hand cream, you’re getting almost $550 worth of products for a heck of a lot less.
Capri Blue 12 Days of Volcano Holiday Gift Set
Walking into any Anthropologie, they always smell the same. That’s thanks to the Capri Blue Volcano candles that have become ubiquitous in their stores. Bring that scent home in the form of 12 days of Volcano-scented goodies. From candles to bath bombs, this advent calendar packs a punch.
2020 Coffee Advent Calendar by Yawn
For the coffee lovers out there, gift them 24 different coffee varieties in the form of this adorable calendar. Choose from whole bean, French Press grind, or fine grind (espresso). You can even go for the complete package and add in their own French Press.
The 25 Sauces of Christmas Countdown to Santa Clause
Pack a little punch into your gift-giving with this hot sauce advent calendar. Knock someone’s socks off with sauces that feature the Ghost Pepper or the Trinidad Scorpion. There are some tamer peppers in some of these sauces, but they won’t know until they try!
LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
This is the calendar my boyfriend’s parents have been gifting me every year and it never fails to excite. This year’s version is packed with minifigs (the “technical” term for the LEGO figures), ships, and fun smaller pieces like a tiny Porg or a droid donning a Santa hat.
Cookie Making Advent Calendar
To me, the universal language of the holidays is baking. Every family has their own traditions and what’s a better way to let everyone celebrate what they love to bake than a baking advent calendar? Each day includes ingredients for holiday cookies, including tools and recipes as well.
L'Occitane Holiday Advent Calendar
The cold weather and the constant washing of hands has lead to some serious dry skin. The L'Occitane advent calendar is full of best-selling hand cream and skin care to help even the most moisture-deprived digits around.
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