Using an Advent calendar as a part of your holiday season is a wonderful way to add some extra cheer to the festive month. Let's be clear here, they're not just for little kids anymore. Packed with pretty much anything you could think of, Advent calendars can have treats like sophisticated wines behind each door, traditional chocolates and even bottles of hot sauce. If counting down the days until Santa slides down the ol' chimney isn't your thing, you can still find fun opening a door for each day of the calendar to see what surprise is hiding inside. Not to mention, Advent calendars make for great party-host gifts too.
Advent calendars come in a large variety of styles and types, meaning they can practically cater to any interest you can imagine. On the mature end, some calendars feature alcohol and makeup. While others appeal to kids, and the kids at heart, with products from the likes of Disney, Lego Harry Potter and more. We've rounded up a list of our favorite Advent calendars to help you get in the holiday spirit. If you're in the market to treat yourself this holiday season or you're shopping for a gift for someone on your list, take a look at the best Advent calendars of 2023. Don't drag your feet here; many of these Advent calendars will sell out fast.
Bonne Maman's jam Advent calendar is always popular, and that's not a surprise. Who doesn't love jam? The 2023 version features exclusive holiday flavors, Raspberry Chocolate, Lemon Yuzu, and Caramel and Cinnamon. There are 24 petite pots (including one with honey), making for a sweet Christmas countdown.
Why should humans have all the fun during the holidays? Treat your pooch to 24 days of cheesy, meaty treats. It's a great way to include your four-legged friend in the holiday excitement, or you can gift it to the dog lover in your life.
If you or a loved one is crazy about hot sauce, this Advent calendar is sure to delight. There are 12 1.75-ounce bottles to challenge anyone who likes a little kick in the mouth. Spicy gourmet flavors include Habanero Evil, Zombie Apocalypse, Pineapple Papaya BBQ, Psycho Curry and more. This Advent calendar is bound to be a foodie favorite.
Start your day off right with a different tea each morning. Palais des Thés' tea Advent calendar includes 24 different gourmet tea bags filled with all sorts of delectable varieties, including black teas, green teas, herbal teas and Rooibos. It's a fantastic gift for the tea lover in your life to help take some of the stress out of the holidays.
In Good Taste's popular wine Advent calendars sell out quickly each year, and they're back for the 2023 holiday season. The calendar comes with 24 mini bottles, each holding 187 milliliters of premium wine from somewhere around the globe. It makes a festive hostess or office party gift for a wine lover, but we think it's also great to savor solo.
If you haven't tried Williams-Sonoma's peppermint bark, let me just warn you that it's highly, highly addictive. Luckily, with this festive Advent calendar, you can savor a sweet treat each day instead of gobbling a whole box down (which has been known to happen in my household). You'll get 24 mini treats in the shape of characters including trees, Santas, toy soldiers and snowmen -- all made from the most delectable peppermint bark on the planet.
Anyone who's a firm believer that Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth will appreciate this Disney Advent calendar from Funko Pop. The collectible brand has created 24 vinyl figurines of all your favorite Disney characters with a holiday twist. It's tons of fun to find out which character you'll get each day, and you can use the holiday-themed mini figures to decorate around your home.
Count down to Christmas with Flaviar's much sought-after whiskey Advent calendar. 2023's theme is The Lost Art of Distillation: The Amber Kingdom. The set includes two collectible Glencairn tasting glasses, a tasting log, and most importantly, 24 vials of premium whisky. You can preorder it now for $250, and orders are guaranteed to arrive before the end of November.
When it comes to chocolate and other sugary confections, See's is a classic. It comes as no surprise that its Advent calendar is quick to sell out each year. Luckily, you can preorder it this year, with orders shipping Oct. 19. Inside you'll find 24 individually wrapped chocolates, lollypops and other treats.
Make all your holiday parties sparkle with beauty products that are sure to keep you feeling ultra-glamorous. With $329 worth of beauty enthusiast favorites, including Hoola Bronzer, Gimme Brow and Roller Lash Curling Mascara, you'll be getting a great bargain too.
If there's an IPA lover in your life, this Advent calendar won't disappoint. Add some cheer to the holidays and wind down after a stressful day with a tasty brew from highly-rated craft breweries. You'll get 12 of the highest-rated IPAs of 2023 to help you count down the days. You won't know exactly which ones, but that's part of the fun. Preorder it now for delivery in early November.
If you want to pamper yourself or a loved one this holiday season, Olive & June is the ultimate at-home mani experience. This year's "25 Days of Mani Magic" features seven mini polishes in festive colors, nail art stickers, overnight hand treatment, a cuticle serum and all the manicure accouterments you could dream of. In addition to the 25 Days calendar, Olive & June also sells an 8 Nights of Mani Magic Advent calendar.
If watching Harry Potter is an annual holiday tradition in your household, this is the Advent calendar for you. You're never too old for Legos, and Harry Potter makes this Advent calendar all the more magical. Behind each door you'll find a variety of builds and minifigures, including Harry, Hermione, Ron and Dumbledore.
Make the Advent season bright -- literally -- with Voluspa's coveted candles. Tucked behind the 12 doors of their 2023 Advent calendar are some of the brand's top fragrances, including Sparkling Cuvée, French Cade & Lavender, Forbidden Fig, Coconut Vanilla and Baltic Amber. Seasonal scents Spiced Pumpkin Latte and White Cypress add a special touch to the holiday season. (We won't spoil the surprise of the other five fragrances!) Each 2.5-ounce candle lasts for approximately 25 hours, so you'll have plenty of time to soak up those scents.
What better way to count down the days than to watch your favorite holiday movies with a bowl of popcorn each night? Pop open the doors and discover a variety of premium popping corn and seasonings, including zesty cheddar, sweet caramel, dill pickle, chocolate chip cookie dough and other fun flavors. This is the perfect Advent calendar for someone who loves to indulge but doesn't want candy, because who doesn't love snacks?
I'm a chocolate fanatic and one of my favorite chocolatiers is San Francisco-based Dandelion Chocolate. So I was thrilled when they started making an Advent calendar, and it does not disappoint. Each carefully boxed chocolate is melt-in-your-mouth heaven. And they get an A+ for presentation. It's expensive, but you get a lot for the price, and it makes a gorgeous gift.