These daily treats will help you build up your holiday spirit.
If you had advent calendars growing up, you probably remember that feeling of overwhelming excitement when you received a small, inexpensive chocolate each day. As the days passed, the holiday magic mounted exponentially until you could barely contain yourself anymore. It’s just a fact that advent calendars are precious objects that make the season memorable, no matter your age.
And while there’s nothing wrong with the drugstore chocolate advent calendar, brands are increasingly offering very chic upgrades to those once-humble planners. We’re talking about decadent desserts, luxury skincare, high-end makeup, and even candles — all nestled into pristine and unique boxes you’d be proud to display on your mantle.
Whether you’re shopping for someone else or treating yourself, we helped you out by finding the most beautiful advent calendars for the 2023 holiday season.
Best Advent Calendars 2023
Diptyque Holiday Advent Calendar Gift Set
Sure, we’ll admit we’re starting off with a splurge, but we couldn’t not mention this viral pick by Diptyque, the iconic fragrance brand. Featuring luxury votive candles, soap, lotion, and shower oil, it’s safe to say this is the ultimate self-care calendar.
Lovehoney X Womanizer Sex Toy Advent Calendar (24 Piece)
If you and your partner need a holiday dose of fun or you’re looking to spice things up solo, try out this, ahem, calendar built for pleasure. It includes 24 sex toys and accessories that are sure to put you in the giving (and receiving) spirit.
Bonne Maman 2023 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
Ah, bonne maman. You know them for their wildly delicious fruit preserves, so why not celebrate the holidays with a daily jammy treat? This calendar includes 23 unique spreads like caramel with cinnamon, raspberry chocolate, and pineapple with ginger — plus, one bonus honey. The calendar itself is designed to look like Santa’s busy workshop, which is perfect if you want the look of a traditional Christmas calendar.
The Dermstore Holiday Beauty Box
If you don’t want to gift travel-sized beauty samples, try this Dermstore box, which is packed with full- and deluxe-size offerings from viral brands like Supergoop!, Augustinus Bader, and PCA SKIN. Plus, the sleek black box will appeal to minimalists who don’t want to throw tinsel on everything.
Ethel Wooden Advent Calendar
For a personal touch, try an empty calendar that you can stuff with your own set of goodies. This handsome, hand-painted wooden calendar features 24 compartments that are ready to be filled with edible treats or precious keepsakes. And because you can use it more than once, you’re bound to create a new holiday tradition to look forward to for years.
Flaviar’s Whiskey Advent Calendar 2023
Instead of gifting your loved one a single bottle of whiskey this year, consider treating them to 24 mini samples. The samples are not just delicious, but packaged in a box that just screams stately luxury.
Charlotte Tilbury 12 Doors of Beauty Advent Calendar
In lieu of chocolates, an advent calendar complete with Charlotte Tilbury makeup is not for the faint of heart. This option is for beauty enthusiasts everywhere, and while it comes with a price tag to match the long list of celebs who love the brand, keep in mind that it actually includes two full-sized makeup products alongside the 10 skincare and makeup minis. Plus, you can reuse the sparkly box as a jewelry organizer.
12 Mornings of Coffee Advent Calendar
Give yourself or a loved one a boost each morning with this unique calendar of pre-ground coffee beans. Each bag features tasting notes and brewing instructions, so you’re guaranteed to pour the perfect cup.
Sephora Collection Advent Calendar
Is someone in your life absolutely obsessed with Sephora’s in-house line? Look no further than this colorful calendar, which features 24 sample products from the Sephora collection. “Ordered this for my preteen daughter,” one buyer writes. “It comes with a ton of assorted products — it’s a great way to countdown the days until Christmas!”
The Body Shop The Advent of Change
The Body Shop
Need new body products? The Body Shop has your back (and then some). This whimsical calendar features 24 nourishing items that are guaranteed to pamper you, which we all need amid the holiday stress. One happy reviewer gushes: “Fabulous advent calendar! My daughter will absolutely love all the items. I’d watched an unboxing video on YouTube and was very impressed with the range of gorgeous products inside. Purchasing online was quick and easy.”
Voluspa 12 Day Advent Calendar
Nothing beats the relaxing feeling of lighting a candle — so why not infuse that indulgence with holiday spirit? This calendar features 12 best-selling votives ranging from tobacco to pumpkin spice, so you’re sure to find your next signature room scent here.
Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Advent Calendar
Despite the emergence of exciting self-care calendars, we’re still loyal to our first love: chocolate. We love the upgraded experience of this decadent Charbonnel et Walker calendar, which features innovative treats made with milk chocolate.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Holiday Advent Calendar
This beauty advent calendar specifically addresses fine lines, dryness, and dullness, curated together in this beautiful, austere box. The collection features 24 premium, luxury products like Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Calming Serum, Lifting Serum, and Anti-Aging Face Cream. If you suspect you’ll set a new year’s resolution of finally investing in your skin, this calendar can help you get started early.