The 44 Best Advent Calendars That You Can Still Shop
Count down with fancy chocolates and tiny bottles of wine.
Updated Nov 22, 2023 1:16 PM
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If you celebrate Christmas, nothing hits quite like an Advent calendar to kick off the holiday season. The daily ritual of popping open a paper door or digging into a felt pocket for a surprise treat is satisfyingly nostalgic. It’s an activity that can (and should) be as much fun for kids as it is for adults—especially when the calendar’s contents span beyond candy canes and milk chocolates into the realm of fancy British desk accessories and tiny bottles of wine. Our picks for the best Advent calendars of 2023 cover just that and then some.
From gourmet goodies to luxury beauty collections to stylish designs you can reuse for years to come (including a whole section dedicated to refill ideas), our favorites lean more chic than cheesy—and it’s not too late to pick one up. Multiple listings below (organized in alphabetical order and categorized by treats you can eat, special sips to savor, candles to light, and more) are still shipping out.
Our Favorite Advent Calendars of 2023
- Anthropologie George & Viv Ski Lodge Advent Calendar
- Apotheke 25 Day Advent Calendar
- Arhaus Star Advent Calendar
- Astrid & Miyu 12 Day Earring Advent Calendar
- Bean Box 12 Mornings of Coffee
- Bobbi Brown 12 Days of Glow Bestsellers Advent Calendar
- Bonne Maman 2023 Limited-Edition Jam and Honey Advent Calendar
- Charlotte Tilbury 12 Door Beauty Advent Calendar
- Davids Tea 24 Trips Advent Calendar
- Delysia Chocolatier Chocolate Truffles Advent Calendar
- Diptyque Advent Calendar
- Dr. Barbara Sturm 2023 Advent Calendar
- Erin Condren 12 Days of Stationary
- Flaviar Whiskey Advent Calendar 2023
- Galison Andy Warhol 12 Days of Puzzles Christmas Countdown
- Happy Socks 24-Pack Advent Calendar
- H&M Gift Advent Calendar
- Kiehl’s Limited-Edition Holiday Advent Calendar
- Kiwi Co Advent Calendar Bundle
- Lakrids by Bülow 2023 Gourmet Licorice Advent Calendar
- Le Chocolat des Francais Advent Calendar
- L.L.Bean Woodland Advent Calendar
- Maker Wine 2023 Canned Advent Calendar
- McCrea’s Candies Caramels Advent Calendar
- Meri Meri Railway Train Advent Calendar
- Mirzam Chocolate Spice Route Advent Calendar
- Missoma x Fortnum and Mason Advent Calendar
- MoMA Design Store Super NYC Chocolate Advent Calendar
- New York Puzzle Company The New Yorker Jigsaw Advent Calendar
- Onyx Coffee Lab 2023 Advent Calendar
- Palais des Thés 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar
- Pottery Barn Lit Glitter Houses Advent Calendar
- Pottery Barn Elf Advent Calendar
- Rituals Advent Calendar
- Saks Fifth Avenue 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
- Swarovski Disney100 Advent Calendar
- The Really Good Whisky Advent Calendar
- Uncommon Goods Holiday Scratch-Off Advent Calendar Playlist
- Vahdam 2023 Loose-Leaf Teas Advent Calendar
- Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine
- Voluspa 12 Day Advent Calendar
- West Elm House Advent Calendar
- Williams Sonoma Chuck’s Luxury Advent Calendar
- Williams Sonoma 24 Days of Baking Cookies
The Best Unique Advent Calendars
If you’re shopping for someone extra-special this holiday season, may we suggest a gift that keeps on giving? Astrid & Miyu’s collection of 2023 Advent calendars just dropped, and they may be the most luxurious jewelry offerings we’ve come across to date. Choose between two 12-day boxes filled with either rhodium silver or 18-karat gold-plated earrings, from dainty huggies to hoops to studs worth $800. By the end, your giftee will have everything they need for the ultimate ear stack. Or consider the 24-day options, filled with double the amount of accessories in the form of necklaces, bracelets, and rings—a lump sum of $1,900 for $955.
If you missed out on Papier’s first-ever Advent calendar this year (it recently sold out!), we may have found the next best thing: Erin Condren’s 12 Days of Stationery. While there aren’t any scalloped sticky notes or sophisticated notepads, there are glittery clips and pastel-hued pens, all housed in one shimmery box, that are designed to delight your desk. It’s also incredibly budget-friendly at just $35.
There are a number of puzzle-based Advent calendars out there, but not nearly as many featuring artwork by the iconic Andy Warhol. This whimsical countdown includes 12 different paintings and prints constructed from 90% recycled paper and soy-based inks. It’s a new arrival at Galison, a brand that transforms all sorts of imagery into puzzles, games, stationary, decor, and more at a palatable price point.
In each of the 24 drawers of this extra-large gift box is a cotton-based set of socks (just be sure to reference the size guide to find the right fit for either yourself or giftee). Inside, expect the brand’s bright, flashy designs—these are not your plain white Hanes!—and more than a few unique looks beyond the standard stripes or polka dots.
There are a handful of luxurious Advent calendars from Fortnum & Mason worth perusing—in fact, we’d argue there are simply far too many fabulous choices to pick just one to highlight—but we landed on this exclusive jewelry box with Missoma. Available for a limited time, each of the 12-day boxes holds a gemstone-inflected piece inspired by the brand’s Enamel and Stone collection (stars include turquoise charm hoops and a trendy bobble chain choker). It’s valued at roughly $966. The caveat: This ships from across the pond.
Got a parent who’s big into solving jigsaws and reading The New Yorker? Then behold the perfect Advent calendar. This highly giftable set comes (quite impressively) packaged with 24 mini holiday puzzles—each made in the U.S. and featuring 1,000 pieces—that will keep them busy until the big day and beyond.
To commemorate Disney’s 100th anniversary this year, Swarvoski has released a special edition of its Advent calendar filled with not just necklaces, but 22 colorful ornaments made from the brand’s signature crystal in the shape of the beloved production company’s characters and holiday staples like snowflakes and candy canes. You won’t be able to get these anywhere else.
This is one of the more creative Advent ideas we’ve seen to date—and for the 2023 season, it’s only $10. The record-shaped calendar is crafted in the U.S. from 50% recycled materials and features scratch-off numbers that reveal distinct QR codes. After you daily scratch and scan via your smartphone, a holiday tune crooned by an emerging artist will download and play. And there are plenty of other Advent calendars worth exploring, from shower steamers to DIY ornaments for kids.
Filled with founder Chuck Williams’s favorite things, this exclusive calendar is a luxury item gold mine. Aside from the typical trinkets and treats, like licorice and Bonne Maman preserves, this box also holds Italian herbs and olive oil, as well as candles and ceramic ornaments fashioned in the form of stockpots and fish.
The Best Advent Calendars for Tasteful Treats
Chocolates aren’t the only sweets to enjoy in the days leading up to Christmas, and Bonne Maman’s cult-favorite calendar is proof. This year’s theme takes shoppers around the train tracks of a Christmas village, holding 24 delicious vessels of jams and spreads (including one batch of honey). It’s filled with staples like strawberry and raspberry preserves, as well as a few unique flavors such as orange yuzu, grapefruit, and Mirabelle plum with spice. Multiple reviewers who have purchased it in previous years note that the serving in each miniature mason jar lasts well past the new year, too. You’ll want to buy this one sooner than later—it always sells out—and thankfully, it’ll ship in two days’ time if you happen to be an Amazon Prime member.
You can now preorder this ribbon-wrapped calendar from Austin-based sweets maker Delysia. Crafted by award-winning chef Nicole Patel, these 25 truffles are a serious surprise of complex flavors (we’re talking honey sriracha, rosemary apple pie, and beef Bourguignon) that are designed to be paired with snacks and sips.
Lakrids by Bülow is famous for its sweet and salty confections. Made in Copenhagen, this year’s decadent box of licorice—constructed with 75% recycled and FSC-certified cardboard—features a gold embossing symbolizing the Danish tradition of weaving Christmas hearts. Inside, you’ll find 24 classic flavors and exclusive varieties, but all are totally gluten- and gelatin-free. “The variety of flavors that this company is able to create is incredible,” one reviewer writes. “You don’t get an overwhelming taste of black licorice…you also get fruit flavors or cookie butter or chocolate.”
Francophiles, take note—Jayson Home is now stocking this year’s Advent calendar from iconic brand Le Chocolat des Francais. The whimsical package is dressed in bright, bold, fantastical illustrations by Paris-based artist Valentin Pujadas. Each of the 24 patterned doors hides one “superorganic” piece of chocolate that’s sure to delight adults and little ones alike.
Skip the milk chocolate and go straight for a box of McCrea’s best-selling caramels. The Boston-based confectioner is now shipping its holiday box filled with 12 different flavors; surprising highlights include rosemary truffle and black lava sea salt. Each piece is handcrafted in small batches and slow-cooked (the traditional method, with copper kettles) using locally sourced butter, milk, and cream. This year’s box features an illustration by New Hampshire–based artist Cindy Hendrick showcasing ice-skating and woodland animals.
From Dubai-based maker Mirzam, this 24-day Advent calendar’s goal is to transport shoppers to where the cocoa beans used to create its chocolates are sourced (think: Madagascar, India, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, and more). Last year’s box included artwork by illustrator and writer Rawaan Alkhatib, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem; needless to say, we’re excited to break into this equally illustrious one, too.
Exclusive to the MoMA Design Store, this Advent calendar illustrated by Jenny Bowers is a tour of New York, with stops being made at iconic skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and neighborhood staples like Katz Delicatessen. Behind each of the 24 doors is a piece of gourmet chocolate—some in the shape of bears—sourced from the South of France.
Opening up this calendar is like walking into the front door of a Paris patisserie, only you’re the head baker. Williams Sonoma tools are wrapped up inside to help you tackle the task. (Spoiler: There’s a sweater-patterned spatula and a whole assortment of cookie cutters shaped like ornaments, snowflakes, and candy canes.) This best-selling box is the gift to give to those with more than one cookie-cutter exchange party planned. For those of us who prefer a less interactive countdown, immediate gratification can be had with the eight-day cocktail countdown box in collaboration with Woodford Reserve.
The Best Advent Calendars for Special Sips
In past years, Bean Box‘s Advent calendar had a wait list of 2,000-plus…so preorder yours now before it sells out. Titled the 12 Mornings of Coffee, the storybook-themed box offers 12 different holiday blends from roasters across the U.S. and includes notes on flavors (including a new medium roast inspired by the chocolate-frosted Yule log cake from Coava Coffee) and proper brewing instructions (though you choose whether you want each blend to arrive ground or in whole-bean form). Then you can enjoy four to six perfect cups as you get closer to Christmas Day.
Fight off winter’s chill with a steamy cup each day of December from Davids Tea’s 24 Trips of Tea, a new exclusively packed box to complement its yearly bestseller. Stocked with teas sourced from across the globe—Japanese Sencha, Saigon Chai, Brazilian Maté—it offers up two 8-ounce servings a day for 48 servings total. If you don’t want to stray far from tradition, we’d stick to the original, which is packed with old-time favorites and new seasonal blends. But, any option from the specialty retailer is guaranteed to keep you warm throughout the month. Other options include the matcha-only box and an entirely caffeine-free selection (just in case you don’t happen to pull open the pocket until later at night).
Consider gifting the whiskey connoisseur in your life this treasure trove of spirits. Filled with 24 top-shelf samples, the calendar kicks off a journey of flavor from the U.S. to Ireland and ships with a collectible Glencairn tasting glass, exclusive leather coaster, journal listing info of each whiskey, and a free yearlong membership to Flaviar’s online whiskey club. Plus as long as you order by November 17, this carefully curated box will arrive by December 1. It’s also $30 off right now.
This calendar of canned wine caught our eye for its well-packaged box. Most wine calendars are a bit bulky (and weighed down by glass bottles), but this one can hang around like a 12-pack you picked up from the store. The difference, however, lies in the mix of red, white, rosé, and sparkling sips. Each of the featured blends is made by a female or minority-led, small-production winery and holds nearly two glasses of wine to enjoy on your own or neatly split with a fellow oenophile. Plus you can tune into the complimentary tasting videos to learn more. And if you preorder now (it starts shipping the first week of November), you can save $20.
Onyx Coffee Lab’s coveted Advent calendar of artisanal coffee returns. You can now preorder its stunning accordion design for a guaranteed arrival by December 1. Each of the 24 pockets holds 2 ounces of whole beans from the award-winning roaster, including exclusive offerings. And new this year, you can tune in to daily videos that walk through the intricacies of every cup, from the harvesting methods and the origin to the producer and even a breakdown of the terroir. By the month’s end, you maybe, just maybe, might find yourself game to become a Q grader.
Palais des Thés offers up 24 blends of tea from France wrapped up in cotton bags, including this holiday’s limited-edition flavor, Le Thé Magnifique. Steeping all of these little luxuries won’t cost more than $38, which is why we reckon it’s always quick to sell out. And behind each paper pouch is an inspiring quote to power you through the holidays. One reviewer at Nordstrom heralds the box as a “yearly tradition,” adding they specifically scoop it up for their daughter to enjoy. “She loves picking her surprise tea flavor every morning. The packaging is quite festive also.” And we’d have to agree—the latest box, a lovely blue cardboard, is adorned with sparkling gold and silver foil stars.
Your choice of two boxes—the reds-only Cozy collection or the Chill box featuring a mixed assortment of whites, rosés, and chillable reds from Italy, France, and Spain—are each filled with 12 tasting-size glass vials selected by sommeliers. The kicker? This Advent calendar has sold out six years in a row, so get it while the getting is good, especially considering it received a major revamp this year.
If you want to bring the tasting-room experience home, sign up for In Good Taste’s calendar. Not only does each day offer a new mini bottle to try, but a virtual tasting, too. In an email you can opt into, the company will also send along notes and tips on how to best enjoy the box throughout the month, since it’s stuffed with makers exclusive to the online retailer. Plus you can get it for $20 less if you preorder it anytime before September 30 with the code CHEERS.
A great way to describe the Really Good Whisky Company’s Advent calendar is, as it says, “25 drams for 25 days.” This box includes a fresh lineup for 2023 of 25 single-malt whiskeys to sip. Each sample includes a QR code that will take shoppers to exclusive tasting videos, running through the history and flavors of everything from Speyburn’s 18-year malt to Craigellachie’s 13-year special. Since this does ship from the U.K., however, U.S. buyers should prepare for this one to spend about two weeks in transit.
Spice- and tea-purveyor Vahdam is offering a 24 tin-filled gift set of leaves all freshly sourced and packed in India. Inside each of the caddies is a range of in-house blends, including chai, black, herbal, and more. For those who savor a wide variety of teas with strong notes of spice, this makes for a great gift.
The Best Advent Calendars for Surprise Scents
Filling your home with festive fragrances can go beyond a candle. As of October, Apotheke, a Domino-approved scent source, has brought back its 25-piece Advent calendar. The navy blue box, decorated with silvery illustrated wisps of stardust, includes wax wonders, matches, and reed diffusers (as well as luxury wick snippers and snuffers).
This year’s Diptyque calendar is as large and luxurious as in years previous. Filled to the brim with festive fragrances, including new scents in decorative vessels topped with a golden lid, the box is decked out with calligrams forming flickering frames (much like the ones that will soon top one of the 11 candles inside). But you’ll also find its best-selling perfumes, soaps, shower oils, body balms, and more. You may be wondering if the $510 price tag is worth it. We’d argue that it is, considering there’s more than one full-size product hidden inside (not every day is simply a miniature sampling).
This Sephora-exclusive set features 12 of the home-fragrance brand’s best-selling scents—including the festive Sparkling Cuvée, rich Baltic Amber, and fresh Frosted Holly Berry—all tucked inside mini embossed votives dressed in their holiday best.
The Best Advent Calendars for Beauty and Wellness
A $290 value of Bobbi Brown cosmetics for $180? Say less. This giftable beauty set of 12 makeup essentials and skin-care samples—including a few full-size favorites (yes, that includes the extra lip tint)—comes in the shape of a sparkly ornament.
Celebrity makeup stalwart Charlotte Tilbury’s Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets offers 12 bejeweled drawers filled with $279 worth of bestsellers. It’s a swoon-worthy surprise for the makeup guru in your life or a self-care splurge for yourself. This year’s highlights include two full-size products, specifically a beachy rose refillable lipstick and full-size tub of the brand’s lip oil, plus 10 travel-size minis of serums, blushes, brushes, and more.
Talk about a luxurious gift—this Advent calendar from Dr. Barabara Sturm just arrived and it is packed with best-selling products valued at $1,060. It’s the perfect way to try a little bit of everything from the German skin-care brand. Most of the 24 included items are sample sizes of cleansers, balms, and serums. Other surprises include deluxe-size face masks and creams as well as toners. We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to save this one for yourself, but it does ship for free and with complimentary gift wrapping should you choose to gift it.
Cleansers, face masks, facial serums, and more—Kiehl’s Advent calendar once again comes fully stocked with 24 of its best-selling skin-care products. While mostly sample sizes, the entire box is valued at $253, so it’s still considered a steal at $155. The box’s exterior features a collaboration with Icinori’s creative duo Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller, who devised a fantastical urban scene. Purchasers of previous years’ boxes do warn, however, that whomever you gift it to this year may love it so much it will be added to their list for many more holidays to come.
Of all the Advent calendars we personally tested last year, this was a clear favorite, so we were stoked to see it restock for 2023. A 3D cardboard Christmas tree bejeweled with string lights, this illuminated gift looks good at every angle. Each of the 24 goodies is wrapped up in gold foil like an ornament, holding mini candles, skin creams, travel-friendly bottles of perfume and body mists, and full-size lip balms.
Bring home the feeling of holidays in New York with an exclusive box adorned with the image of Saks Fifth Avenue’s light show. Inside, enjoy 25 different self-care samplings of brands carried by the retailer, including our favorites like Aesop (hand wash) and Diptyque (a mini candle in the scent Roses).
The Best Advent Calendars for Kids
You may actually not want to craft this calendar together, since these 24 cardboard boxes—strung together by red yarn—are designed to be filled with treats of your choosing. (Need ideas? We have a few linked below.) Hang this up like a strand of garland in a door archway or between the railings of your stairway and delight in opening the gold foil–covered envelopes, offered in a red or khaki green colorway, together leading up to Christmas morning.
This one’s for the kids: This two-pack countdown is filled with 24 envelopes of separate pieces and all the needed accessories and tools to assemble a winter village, complete with reindeer, before the big day.
Everything inside this leather-handle mini trunk is a timeless toy your little one can enjoy for many more holidays to come. With an old-fashioned feel, each numbered box contains another piece of a wood train set—rail tracks, trees, and stoppage signs—that they’ll be able to fully enjoy come Christmas morning.
In celebration of Elf‘s 20th anniversary, Pottery Barn released an entire collection of whimsical home decor dedicated to the holiday film (you can always count on it to grace your television screen in the days leading up to Christmas). And if it’s one of your little one’s favorites (or your own, no judgment here), this countdown is a tough one to pass up. It illustrates Buddy’s journey from the North Pole to New York and can be brought out year after year to spread cheer with its variety of door sizes to hide treats both big and small. We love that it’s battery operated, so you can enjoy its twinkling presence without having to plug into an outlet.
The Best Advent Calendars for Years to Come
It’s hard not to be mentally whisked off to an Alpine village in Italy thanks to this wood-based calendar. The large doors are decorated with numbers in the jewel-toned windows, but also on the front doors to the inn itself, as well as ski rentals and the Calit Cafe. They open and close by a circular track where you stuff any delightful treat of your choosing. Once again thanks to the magic of illustrator Emily Taylor—complete with cutout characters like a polar bear outfitted to hit the slopes—it’s more than a place to sash small gifts throughout the holiday season; we can see it fitting right at home in a vintage Dickens Village display.
Crafted from wood, this star-shaped countdown not only includes 25 mini doors for tiny treats but a multidimensional winter scene (complete with a snowman) illuminated by warm twinkling lights. It’s one of many reusable Advent calendars available at Arhaus this year. Other highlights include Santa’s sleigh and a stacked town topped with flying reindeer.
“This calendar is sturdy and well built to last many Christmas seasons and could easily become a family heirloom of wonderful memories,” one reviewer shares of this best-selling L.L.Bean staple. The rustic design features outdoorsy scenes and accessories—cardinals, pinecones, and ice skates—plus plaid and green-painted fronts. Many other shoppers gush over the durable construction.
New to Pottery Barn, this “wintry architectural wonderland” stacks up houses, each bejeweled with glittery doors and windows that can stand on their own or be hung on the wall. It also comes with snowcapped sisal trees, but our favorite part is the fact that with the press of a switch, the homes all glow with your chosen contents inside.
In a sea of West Elm Advent calendars, sometimes the simplest is best. This A-frame’s standout feature is its size. And housed within its nearly 2-foot-tall, lightly stained arched walls are rows of 25 wood houses waiting to be filled.
The Best Advent Calendar Refills
When going the reusable Advent calendar route, filling one up with the sweets or goodies of your choosing is part of the fun. But perhaps you’re not sure where to start or where to buy a bulk assortment of treats. We rounded up a few ideas, from classic gold-covered chocolate coins and wrapped gumdrops to travel-size bottles of skin care and even a miniature set of glass ornaments.