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19 Advent Calendars You Can Gift Yourself This Season (They’re Not Just for Kids!)

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Did you ever receive an advent calendar as a child?

I adored them.

Even though I’d only find a cheap piece of milk chocolate behind each flimsy cardboard door, I couldn’t wait to punch out the next day’s number as we counted down to the most magical day of the year.

Just for fun, I searched for the advent calendar I remember growing up and guess what? They still make it!

A recent discovery

Last year, I watched an Instagram friend open up her advent calendar from Olive & June each day on Instagram and was introduced to the world of advent calendars for adults.

Of course, by the time I saw her post, we had marched well into December. But I vowed that next year, I’d jump on this festive trend and grab an advent calendar for myself!

Because advent calendars are not just for kids anymore.

24 surprise gifts not only adds to the magic of the season, they also brings child-like delight to the days leading up to Christmas. Anticipatory joy is real. (It’s why I’m such a huge fan of bucket lists for mental health!

Countdown to Christmas with the best advent calendars for adults‚ from the classic chocolate-filled version to popular beauty products from your favorite brands. Each door opens to reveal a delightful treat to pamper yourself (or your pet!)

So out of the dozens of advent calendars out there, I pulled the very best ones for this post—from classic Christmas treats to more unique options—to make this year’s countdown to Christmas better than ever.

All cost less than $100!

HEADS UP: Most companies only make a small number of advent calendars per year because they don’t want extra inventory. That means calendars sell out quickly. So if you want a specific one, scoop it up now before they run out!

19 Delightful advent calendars for adults

Don’t forget to tell me in the comments which one you would grab!

Food Advent Calendars

Peppermint Bark Williams Sonoma Advent Calendar

Williams sonoma peppermint bark advent calendar

Melt-in-your-mouth peppermint bark every day for 24 days. Can you imagine? Plus, they rotate in four different mini character shapes!

$29.95 on Williams Sonoma

Coffee Advent Calendar for Adults

Keurig coffee advent calendar

Brew holiday magic all season long with this festive and flavorful way to try a new cup of coffee (or cocoa!) every day. Not a coffee drinker? Grab a tea advent instead.

$30.90 on Amazon

Jam and Honey Food Advent Calendar for Adults

Mini Fruit Spread advent calendar

Each day reveals a special jar of jam or honey, including exclusive new holiday flavors that every foodie will love.

$39.99 on Amazon

Christmas Candy Advent Calendar for Adults

24 Tastes of Christmas advent calendar

Is there anything more classic than candy? You get FOUR pieces of candy per box, making for a delightful surprise every day.

$54.00 on Sugarfina

Sugar Cookie Advent Calendar for Adults

sugar cookie advent calendar

Celebrate each day leading up to Christmas with a delectable (and adorable!) mini sugar cookie. All are individually wrapped.

$65.00 on Etsy

Harry & David Food Advent Calendar for Adults

Harry & David deluxe advent calendar

Discover a sweet surprise inside every drawer from gourmet truffles to mini mints. A luxury upgrade to the classic chocolate advent calendar!

$99.99 on Harry & David

Beauty Advent Calendars

NYX Beauty Advent Calendar for Adults

nyx holiday advent calendar

Get 24 of NYX’s iconic bestsellers in mini AND full sizes. This one is last year’s version, but that means you can grab it for less this year!

$60.00 $30.00 on NYX (SALE!)

Olive & June Nail Polish Advent Calendar for Adults

Olive & June Nail Polish advent calendar

This popular beauty brand offers a ton of variety within their calendar from polish to nail stickers to press-on nails. It’s the perfect starter set from O&J!

$65.00 on Olive & June

Anthropology Beauty Advent Calendar for Adults

Anthropologie advent calendar

Grab $300 worth of beauty products from brands like Supergoop! and Sunday Riley. All in a stunning, whimsical package.

$82.00 on Anthropologie

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar for Adults

The Body Shop advent calendar

Open 25 body-loving treats to pamper yourself all season long. The unique construction of this calendar means you can reuse it long after the holidays.

$90.00 on The Body Shop

Advent Calendars for Men

Toiletry Advent Calendar for Men

Man’ Stuff Toiletry advent calendar

This mega-sized calendar reveals grooming essentials made exclusively for this advent calendar. Meaning, you won’t find them anywhere else!

$35.77 on Amazon

Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar

Star Wars Lego advent calendar

Filled with 24 mini builds, the Star Wars nerd in your life can celebrate the season with his favorite characters.

$36.00 on Amazon

The Office Socks Advent Calendar

The OFfice Socks advent calendar

Do you love The Office? Show off your fandom with 12 days of Office-themed socks, just for men.

$39.99 on Amazon

Unique Advent Calendars

Christmas Movie Advent Calendar for Adults

Christmas Movie advent calendar

Each box contains one of 24 Christmas movies for you to watch combined with a bit of trivia. You can personalize the card sleeve too!

$15.43 on Etsy

Brain Teaser Unique Advent Calendar

Brain Teaser advent calendar

Complete a new challenge every day leading up to Christmas. This one is fun for all age groups!

$19.99 on Amazon

Puzzle Advent Calendar for Adults

PUzzle advent calendar

Put together one square of a holiday-themed puzzle every day. Each piece features a number on the back that corresponds to the number on the box!

$27.99 on Amazon

Exit Strategy Game Advent Calendar for Adults

Exit Game advent calendar

EXIT is known for their fun escape rooms in a box. Each door reveals a new riddle to solve so you know which door to open next.

$49.95 on Amazon

Christmas Stocking stitch along advent calendar

Stitch this adorable embroidery design one stocking at a time leading up to Christmas. Perfect for anyone who loves needlepoint!

$7.00 on Etsy

Advent Calendars for Dogs & Cats

Advent Calendar for Dogs

DreamBone Chews advent calendar for Dogs

Spoil your dog with 24 chewy treats that offer all the benefits of rawhide, WITHOUT the rawhide.

$14.38 on Amazon

Advent Calendar for Cats

Purina Wet Food Cat Advent calendar

Shower your cat with love this holiday season with a mix of delectable treats and cans of Fancy Feast in classic and limited edition flavors.

$29.99 on Amazon

Out of all of these, I’m tempted to buy the NYX beauty calendar because it’s on clearance (and I do love a good deal!). But I’m also eyeing that Olive & June advent calendar since it was the first calendar that started my search.

No matter which one I get, I’m 100% IN on this trend!

What do you think of advent calendars for adults?

I also want to know if you had an advent calendar growing up and what it was, as well as which of these advent calendars you would choose for yourself!

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