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Julia Wang
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Adult Advent Calendar Ideas So Good We Want Them All

These advent calendars will have you giddy like a kid on Christmas day.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas earlier and earlier every year. Summer’s barely over before back-to-school, Halloween, Thanksgiving and visions of sugar plums and jingles about chestnuts roasting on an open fire all seem to hit you at once, even before the barbecue grill’s been put away, which may actually come in handy for those chestnuts…Okay, we’re exaggerating a tad, but that’s why we love the Advent calendar, the 1900s German-invented cardboard calendar with a 24-day countdown to December 25. Early ones were made of cardboard and featured pictures, little trinkets or chocolate, providing just the right measured dose of anticipation and delight leading up to Christmas for children. Since then, they’ve gotten pretty fancy-schmancy and, no surprise, adults want in on the fun too. We’ve found an adult Advent calendar for everyone—for the tea sipper, wine drinker, beauty maven and others—that’ll have you giddy and wide-eyed, looking forward to the holidays like a kid all over again.

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Ciaté Mini Mani of the Month Advent Calendar. All that glitters will be your mani and pedi with this beauty Advent calendar by London brand Ciaté featuring a rainbow of shimmery, creamy and glittery polishes that are 3-free.
Buy it: $59, Ciatelondon.com

Photo: Courtesy of L'Occitane

L’Occitane Advent Calendar. What goes hand in hand with a pretty mani? Pampered skin, of course. Every window of this adult Advent Calendar features a hidden gem of goodness, from rose-scented hand cream to cherry blossom body lotion.
Buy it: $69, Usa.Loccitane.com

Photo: Courtesy of Aldi

Aldi Wine Advent Calendar. When the German supermarket giant unveiled it was releasing an affordable wine advent calendar for the holidays, people (rightfully) lost their minds. Good tidings in the form of 200-milliliter bottles of red, white, rosé and bubbly will have you asking, “When is it wine o’clock again?”
Buy it: $67, On sale around November 1 in Aldi stores

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Coffee Advent Calendar. What’ll get you up and out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning: a coffee advent calendar for adults featuring 24 specialty brews from Scandinavian micro-roasters. And for every advent calendar purchase, Kaffebox provides a person in a developing country with a lifetime supply of clean water—that definitely puts a pep in our step.
Buy it: $173, Kaffebox.com, Order by Nov. 20

Photo: Courtesy of Olive & Cocoa

Chocolate Advent Calendar. If you’re a kid at heart (who isn’t?) or are a stickler for tradition, you can’t go wrong with chocolate among our adult Advent calendar ideas. This one from Olive and Cocoa has a pretty wooden display so you can nest your sweets before they disappear one by one.
Buy it: $58, OliveandCocoa.com

Photo: Courtesy of Birchbox

Birchbox Advent Calendar. If 14 days of Christmas seems more your speed, then look no further than this Birchbox beauty advent calendar for adults. It features over a dozen of the subscription box company’s best sellers, including Benefit’s Benetint, Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil, IPKN Twinkle Lips Glow Coral.
Buy it: $32, Birchbox.com, available starting Nov. 2

Photo: Courtesy of ASOS

ASOS Grooming Advent Calendar. Guys, you and your scruff have not been forgotten. From oral hygiene to beard maintenance balm, the male version of the beauty Advent calendar has been dreamt up British fashion brand ASOS.
Buy it: £55 ASOS Grooming Advent Calendar

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The 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar. Yes, you’ll need plenty of tea and sympathy after all the shopping, gift wrapping and card-writing that’s in store for the holidays. David’s tea, a Canadian tea purveyor, offers over 150 tea blends, so each day’s brew will be something new to look forward to.
Buy it: $45, DAVIDsTEA.com

Photo: Courtesy of Bonne Maman

Bonne Maman Advent Calendar: Brace yourselves, people, because we don’t think you’re ready for this jelly, especially in seasonal flavors including orange blossom honey, raspberry litchi spread, mirabelle plum spread…yum!
Buy it: $25, Worldmarket.com

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Whisky Advent Calendar. Who could use a hot toddy right about now? Whether you take your whiskey straight-up or in an old-fashioned cocktail, you get to try it any which way till Christmas day with this whisky advent calendar. The best surprise of all: there’s a hidden £600 worth bottle among the bunch. Cheers!
Buy it: $166, MasterofMalt.com

Published October 2017

PHOTO: Courtesy of Olive & Cocoa