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Advent Calendars for Every Interest That Are Totally Worth It

Advent Calendars for Every Interest That Are Totally Worth It
Design: theSkimm | Image: Food52, Food52
Nov 2, 2022

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As we approach the holiday season, there’s one childhood tradition we’re pretty excited to bring into our adult lives: the Advent calendar. If you’re looking to spoil someone on your list (even if that someone is yourself), we’ve rounded up fun options for every preference. From Advent calendars with artisanal coffee beans to ones for whiskey lovers to options chock-full of cult-fave skincare products. Best gift of the season, coming right up.

A wine advent calendar with 24 mini bottles…

Sourced from Spain, Sicily, California, and more, this one includes everything from a zinfandel to a moscato, a malbec to pinot noir. It comes with a guidebook and nightly emails that’ll take your giftee through all the varieties — with tasting notes for each bottle, wine insights and tips, and wine recipes. Pinkies up. ($149.99, In Good Taste)

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A dog advent calendar, because pups deserve to celebrate too…

Whether you’re gifting this to your own four-legged friend or a loved one’s dog, this’ll make any pup’s day extra special. It’s packed with holiday-themed toys perfect for small to medium dogs, for a dozen days of playtime fun. (And we won’t tell if you give them all 12 toys on the same day.) Paw-some. ($36.85, Chewy)

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A Kiehl’s beauty Advent calendar stuffed with the brand’s bestsellers…

The ultimate package for skincare fanatics or anyone who’s a fan of Kiehl’s products, this Advent calendar will give ’em the gift of soft, glowy skin. It’s got 24 of the brand’s top-selling skincare and body care items — including creams, retinols, oils, and serums. We have a feeling they’ll find at least a few new go-to products in this collection. ($105, Kiehl’s)

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A chocolate Advent calendar to fill their season with elevated sweets…

When it comes to chocolates, you can’t go wrong with Godiva. This one comes with chocolate truffles in flavors like dark chocolate salted caramel, white chocolate Christmas cookie, dark chocolate cranberry, and milk chocolate roasted almond. And they’re packaged in a pretty, winter wonderland–themed box with temperature control so they won’t melt on the journey there. A chocolate a day keeps the doctor away, that’s what they say, right? ($70, Godiva)

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An adult Advent calendar that’ll give couples an excuse to spice things up…

Even the partner who says they “don’t need any gifts” will enjoy this one, promise. With 12 items to encourage some exploration, this adult Advent calendar will get the party between the sheets started. It comes with seven sex toys, two bondage items, a sexy game, and some essentials to get you through (and beyond) the hibernation season. ($120, Lovehoney)

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An Advent calendar full of Ladurée confections…

Your giftee will be unboxing caramel candies, flavored chocolates, jams, and nougats from the famous Parisian sweets maker. Macarons, bonbons, and handcrafted sweets for 24 nights? It doesn’t get much better than that. ($110, Food52)

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A beauty Advent calendar with travel-sized favorites…

Not only will they get skincare essentials like moisturizers, cleansers, and serums, but also fun accessories like a mini mask brush, an eye massage tool, and even a travel candle for relaxation. They’re the perfect size for the frequent flyer, so they can have a spa-worthy DIY facial no matter where they are. ($124, Origins)

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A coffee advent calendar with 12 days of ground small-batch varieties…

This caffeinated countdown by Bean Box will keep the java lover on your list happily buzzed all season long. Each drawer has 1.8 ounces of beans — enough to brew about two 12-ounce cups — and customer-favorite blends like Winter Solstice and Holiday Cheer. Bonus: It also comes with tasting notes and brew instructions for each one. ($64, Bean Box)

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A 12-day candle Advent calendar stocked with bestselling fragrances…

Like Panjore Lychee, Spiced Pumpkin Latte, and Frosted Holly Berry. These mini candles from Volupsa will have their home smelling just delicious for the holiday season. They’re made with a coconut wax base, sans sulfates, parabens, or phthalates. Plus, each candle comes in the brand’s signature glass vessel, which can be repurposed after the wax has burned down. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. ($75, Sephora)

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A whiskey Advent calendar celebrating single malt Scotch…

This one includes 25 mini bottles of Scotch carefully selected from casks filled in one of Scotland’s finest distilleries — from Laphroaig, Clynelish, and even the now closed Imperial. The samples range in age from seven to 31 years and have not been chill-filtered or colored. Bottoms up. ($244.90, The Whiskey Exchange)

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A cocktail Advent calendar for making spirits bright (and buzzed)…

Got someone on your list who’s into mixing and shaking? This is the Advent calendar for them. It includes five 50-milliliter bottles of Member’s Mark Spiced Rum, American vodka, French vodka, gin, and silver tequila. Plus, each day comes with a QR code recipe so your giftee can try something new. Next stop, martinis, margaritas, and mules. Psst…register for our upcoming event, Party Like a Pro, on Dec. 5 to receive an exclusive Sam’s Club membership deal. ($21.98, Sam’s Club)

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An Advent calendar that’ll help them get their craft on…

If an evening spent scrapbooking sounds like their perfect night, they’ll be thrilled to open this one. It’s got 24 pieces of handy crafting tools like metal cutting dies, embossing folders, stencils, and acrylic stamps, plus a 36-paper sheet pad to get to work on. ($54.95, HSN)

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