The Ultimate Guide to Advent Calendars in 2023: Delicious Treats and Magical Surprises!

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Advent Calendars

Top Advent Calendars to Buy This Year

Hot take: while I love everything about the holidays, nothing beats a good advent calendar. I grew up with a mom who would sneak away in the intervening days between Thanksgiving and the beginning of December to purchase all the candy my sisters and I loved. One by one, she’d fill the felt-formed days of our family advent calendar with treats for the three of us. And for a child—ahem, even a young adult home from college for the holidays—nothing made me happier than the simple, everyday joy of opening up a new treat every day.

Now, as a full-blown adult on the cusp of 30, I have to say: advent calendars still slap. While I love reveling in the small delights myself, there’s nothing more gratifying than packaging up these little joys for your family and friends. With that in mind, I’m on the hunt for the best advent calendars in 2023—and I’m taking you along for the ride.

Advent Calendars

Why all the fuss over advent calendars?

With Instagram-worthy design and much-loved products, the advent calendar’s rise in popularity is two-fold. First, besides the fact that opening a present every day is just incredibly fun, advent calendars are a practical way to try a new product before committing. With an assortment of favorites in adorable mini form—plus the occasional full-size treat—to open daily, the countdown to holiday is among the best of rituals.

Second, you won’t find a more affordable way to amass an assortment of products. With favorites like Olive & June, Papier, Bloomingdale’s, and more offering a literal sample platter of products sold below retail value, you’re getting the best deal on the products you’ve always wanted to try.

When do 2023 advent calendars go on sale?

The short answer? NOW. Friends, we are rounding out the month of September and already, there are advent calendar launch notifications in my inbox. However, many will become available around mid-October. Because brands produce these limited-edition products in smaller stocks and at such great prices, you can expect them to sell out quickly.

Advent Calendars

The Best 2023 Advent Calendars

Pick your poison. The best calendar for you (or for a gift) truly comes down to whatever you’re drawn to—be it edible treats, stationary, beauty, or a little mix of everything. Ahead, we’ve collected the best ones that we know about so far. Trust, in the wide world of advent calendar shopping, there’s always a surprise in store.

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Best Advent Calendars for Stationary Lovers

Stationary Advent Calendar

Papier Stationery Advent Calendar

When Papier’s gorgeous advent calendar arrived on my doorstep, my first thought was: this is way too cute—how can I possibly wait until December 1st to open it? But open it, I did, and the surprises inside were a delight to behold. (Hey, research!) Any fan of the written word will anxiously await the opportunity to peek inside each of the 24 beautifully-wrapped boxes. Because if you know Papier, you know no one does stationary quite like the British brand. And of course, the box itself is beautiful, with foiled details fit for this magical time of year. Bonus: All the boxes are reusable, so if you’d like, you can even use them to wrap up the tiny trinkets you’ll be gifting this year.

  • Price: $132 (valued at $210)
  • Availability: Available to shop beginning October 3rd.

Papier Stationery Advent Calendar

Rifle Paper Co. Snow Globe Advent Calendar

For those who enjoy a little holiday whimsy, this cutie from Rifle Paper Co. does just the trick. The scenic holiday illustrations—in the brand’s signature style—add a fun touch of festivity to any Christmas display. Hidden behind each door is a surprise illustration, delivering a lovely delight to little ones who may be too young to enjoy advent calendar gifts. It’s the most affordable option on this list, but nonetheless makes a great addition to your holiday home.

  • Price: $20
  • Availability: Available now.

Rifle Paper Co. Snow Globe Advent Calendar

Best Wellness Advent Calendars

Wellness Advent Calendars

The White Company Advent Calendar

While I’m more than happy to receive sweet treats in my advent calendar, as I grow older, I can appreciate small touches of luxury woven into my day. This sleek and sophisticated calendar exudes indulgence, with daily gifts covering all categories of self-care, including candles, home sprays, body care, and skin care. This advent calendar doesn’t hold back—while some of the gifts are minis, it includes full-size beauty products and candles. Purchase for a really special someone in your life (hint: that person can be you!). When you compare the price to the value, it’s an easy yes.

  • Price: $249 (valued at $342)
  • Availability: Available now.

The White Company Advent Calendar

Elemis First Class Skincare Advent Calendar

Elemis revealed a truly stunning advent calendar that could be described as a spa in a box. A full-size treat is tucked in with an array of mini wellness products (including the best-selling Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash). But my favorite feature? Each singular box can also act as a VERY CUTE ornament. All I want for Christmas… is a tree, dotted with resurfacing facial pads. (But really.)

  • Price: $260 (valued at $749)
  • Availability: Available now.

Elemis First Class Skincare Advent Calendar

Palais Des Thés 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar

A new tea for every day of the month? Yes, please. Palais Des Thés pulled out all the stops with this affordable advent calendar. During a time of year when we’re craving any bit of calm we can get, this 24-day calendar comes as a welcome invitation to brew a cuppa and savor a few minutes of peace. Pair with your favorite mug and perhaps a baked good or two. This advent calendar is proof that oftentimes, it’s the simplest things that can bring the most joy.

  • Price: $36
  • Availability: Available now.

Palais Des Thés 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar

Best Beauty Advent Calendars

Beauty Advent Calendars

Dr. Barbara Sturm Skin Care Advent Calendar

Dr. Barbara Sturm yet again delivers the chicest design—a white jewelry box filled to the brim with luxury products, both mini and full-size. You’re 24 days away from your most radiant self—yes, even through the madness that is the holidays. Indulge in science-backed cleansers, serums, balms, and more, several of which feature the anti-aging regenerative superhero, purslane.

  • Price: $560 (for reference, serums alone are in the $100 range—here you’re getting multiple, plus several more products)
  • Availability: Available now.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Skin Care Advent Calendar

ULTA Beauty 24 Days of Self Care Advent Calendar

If there’s anyone to look to for the ultimate gift(s) of self-care, it’s ULTA. All your favorite beauty and skincare brands in one place? Not a tough sell. Highlights include Sunday Riley, Supergoop, Kopari, and my favorite Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Lip Gloss. For the beauty lovers out there, this advent calendar is fun and functional. Because please, is there really such a thing as too many products?

  • Price: $60
  • Availability: Available now.

ULTA Beauty 24 Days of Self Care Advent Calendar

Bloomingdale’s 25-Day Beauty Advent Calendar

Bloomingdale’s is straight-up name-dropping and I’m here for it. You’ve got Valentino mingling with Le Labo and Prada. There’s an appearance by (our faves) Augustinus Bader and Charlotte Tilbury. Plus, it’s hard to resist the calendar’s design, depicting Bloomingdale’s iconic 59th Street flagship at Christmastime.

  • Price: $300 (valued at $800)
  • Availability: Available now.

Bloomingdale’s 25-Day Beauty Advent Calendar

2023 George & Viv Beauty Advent Calendar

Have we given Anthropologie the crown yet for what’s perhaps the most festive and fun assortment of holiday goodies? If not, this advent calendar seals the deal. Filled with 24 samples from the brand’s bath and beauty line, George & Viv, this comes at a more accessible price point for those who still want to take part in the beauty magic without spending their entire holiday shopping budget. Featuring artwork by Canadian artist Emily Taylor, the entire calendar is thoughtfully designed to surprise and delight each day of December.

  • Price: $88
  • Availability: Available for pre-order and estimated to be available around October 9th.

2023 George & Viv Beauty Advent Calendar

Best Advent Calendars for the Mani-Pedi-Obsessed

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Olive & June 25 Days Of Mani Magic Advent Calendar

The annual Olive & June advent calendar is here and it’s a good one. If you’ve yet to venture into the lovely world of at-home manis, allow me to gently suggest, you’re missing out. Olive & June not only provides the tools to do it yourself, but they also provide the knowledge. I have learned heaps about nails—and my own ability to do them—from their helpful tutorials and the free mani masterclass. The O&J advent calendar sells out every year for good reason, but here’s my favorite: full-size polishes will almost always expire before you have a chance to use them all. The seven mini polishes inclusions here allow you to play with best-selling colors minus the waste.

  • Price: $65 (valued at $127)
  • Availability: Pre-orders are available now (until they sell out) and calendars will ship mid-October.

Olive & June 25 Days Of Mani Magic Advent Calendar

Olive & June 8 Nights of Mani Magic Advent Calendar

For those who celebrate Hannukkah, Olive & June’s “8 Nights of Mani Magic” is just as wonderful. The Mini Remover Pot is enough to change your life (makes removal so easy), plus the Dry Drops allow you to paint and go for those quick touch-ups. And eight nights doesn’t mean skimping on the goods—this set still includes 18 giftable surprises.

  • Price: $55 (valued at $105)
  • Availability: Pre-orders are available now (until they sell out) and calendars will ship mid-October.

Olive & June 8 Nights of Mani Magic Advent Calendar

Best Luxury Advent Calendars

Luxury Advent Calendars

Williams Sonoma Christmas Popcorn Advent Calendar

There’s something about the holidays simply synonymous with dipping our hands into big bowls of popcorn. Whether it’s while watching our favorite Christmas movies, trimming the tree, or simply when we need a festive snack, popcorn always does the trick. (And who else loves string classic popcorn garlands around the tree?) Behind each of the 24 doors is a blend of sweet and savory kernels, ranging from mushroom to salted caramel to, of course, movie theater seasoning. This would make a lovely, thoughtful gift for whoever’s hosting you this Thanksgiving.

  • Price: $70.95
  • Availability: Available now, estimated to ship mid-October.

Williams Sonoma Christmas Popcorn Advent Calendar

Whittard Of Chelsea The Hot Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar

Hot chocolate is a holiday season must. And when it comes from the longstanding British purveyor of fine foods (selling coffees, teas, and chocolates since 1886), you know you’re in for a treat. The flavors are inventive but comforting—each is the perfect small, sweet treat for a post-dinner indulgence.

  • Price: $125
  • Availability: Available for pre-order, shipping date not yet posted.

Whittard Of Chelsea The Hot Chocolate Christmas Advent Calendar

Candle Advent Calendars

Best Advent Calendars for Candle Lovers

Voluspa Japonica 12 Day Advent Calendar Candle Gift Set

I’m low-key obsessed with Voluspa’s hand-poured candles. The California-based brand released the most delicious advent calendar for the scent-obsessed. I’m already imagining scent-hacking (I’m making it a thing) my life by pairing each month of the year with a corresponding candle.

  • Price: $158
  • Availability: Available now.

Voluspa Japonica 12 Day Advent Calendar Candle Gift Set

Little Karma Co. Advent Scented Christmas Candle Gift Set

While this is the smallest advent calendar of the bunch, I love the intention behind it. Four candles for each of the four Sundays help you set the routine of enjoying a small flicker of grounding light before the busyness of each week. It’s the perfect way to support a small business and prioritize inner peace during the holiday season.

  • Price: $68
  • Availability: Now

Little Karma Co. Advent Scented Christmas Candle Gift Set

Also Worth Mentioning:

An Advent Calendar With 24 Mini Puzzles

Not sure about you, but puzzles are a mainstay at my house during the holiday season. I am truly OBSESSED with this idea of doing a puzzle day for two reasons. One, instant gratification every night. And two, a 100-piece puzzle does not require a semi-permanent card table topped with an in-progress puzzle. Meanwhile, I’m praying my kids will keep their lovely but sticky hands away.

  • Price: $200
  • Availability: Now

The New Yorker Puzzle Advent Calendar

On our watchlist:

Finally, watch this space. Last year some of our favorites released truly stunning beauty advent calendars, but as of this publication, we’ve yet to hear a peep. Our eyes are on Soko Glam, Revolve, Anthropologie, and, of course, Target. (Your move, Bullseye.)

Now that you have the inside scoop on the best advent calendars in 2023, get ready to kick-start the holiday season with a daily surprise of joy and beauty. Which advent calendar will you choose? Let us know in the comments!

Note: Prices and availability are accurate as of the time of publication and are subject to change.