Is it just us, or are advent calendars one of the best parts of the holiday season? Waking up each morning and opening a little door to uncover a new surprise basically allows us to have a miniature celebration every day of December. Gone are the days when advent calendars were just chocolate and sweets (although those are great, too). Now, many companies, from beauty to jewelry to gourmet beverages, are cashing in on this fun and festive activity.
With such a wide range of advent calendars available, some of these can even help with your wedding planning. If this sounds too good to be true, just check out our curated list below.
Advent Calendars To Help You Look Your Best Going Down The Aisle
Beekman 1802 is an LGBTQ-owned skincare company that creates scientifically-tested, clean products that are safe for even sensitive skin. With their advent calendar, you can try all their best-selling products to see which ones make your skin supple, soft, and glowing like you’ll want it on your big day. The calendar includes their most loved skin and body products, like their goat milk bar soap, hand creams, lip balms, serums, and more.
Time Capsule Advent Calendar by Beekman 1802, $150
You probably don’t need 24 new earrings for your wedding day unless you have a lot of piercings, but with 24 options in silver and gold tones, you’ll be able to find a pair you want to walk down the aisle wearing. And while this is a bit of a splurge, costing almost $500 for $1,300 worth of jewelry, some of the options will as work as great bridal party gifts.
Set of 24 Earrings Advent Calendar by Sterling Forever, $499
Featuring haircare, skincare, and cosmetic products, this advent calendar has all kinds of goodies you can use when tying the knot. While all the products are best sellers, some of our favorite items in this calendar include KOSAS Weightless Lip Color Lipstick, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Aura Serum, Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment, Benefit Cosmetics 24-Hour Brow Setter Brow Gel, Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector, and Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40.
Beauty Advent Calendar by REVOLVE, $150 ($580 value)
If you don’t need cosmetics but want to try out new high-end skincare and grooming products, look no further than this advent calendar from Liberty London. The calendar includes 27 products, and over half are full-sized. Our favorite finds in the calendar include the Mario Badescu Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Augustinus Bader The Cream, Davines Pasta & Love Pre-Shaving & Beard Oil, and the LGBTW+ owned company (MALIN+GOETZ)’s Bergamot Hand + Body Wash. While you’ll pay less than $300, this calendar has a value of over $950.
Liberty Men’s Advent Calendar 2022 by Liberty London, $295
Advent Calendars To Give You A Boost On A Busy Day Of Planning
Wedding planning is a lot of work, so you may find yourself more tired in the months leading up to your big day. That’s why the 12-day advent calendar from Bean Box is something you’ll want on hand. Featuring beans from the best specialty coffee roasters in the U.S., coffee lovers will thoroughly enjoy these brews each morning. You can even select if you prefer whole beans or freshly ground beans.
12 Mornings of Coffee by Bean Box, $64
Don’t have time to make a pot of coffee each day? Well, if you have a Keurig nearby, then their 24-day advent calendar is a great solution to your dilemma. Not only will you get the Keurig classics like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and The Original Donut Shop, but you’ll also get pods from the brands you love, like McCafé, Peet’s Coffee, Caribou Coffee, and Krispy Kreme.
24 Cups of Cheer K-Cup® Pod Advent Calendar by Keurig, $20
Not a coffee drinker? There are also a wide range of tea advent calendars available, like this one from Palais des Thes. Each day you’ll get an individual tea bag to steep and enjoy. It’s unclear what flavors are included, so some may not be caffeinated. If they’re not, you can enjoy a soothing cup of tea to relax you at the end of the night.
Tea Advent Calendar by Palais des Thes, $36
Advent Calendars To Help You Unwind
You can’t forget about self-care in the midst of your wedding planning. Carve out some time each night to open the boxes in this advent calendar from Vahdam India. You’ll get to unwind with their relaxing teas or unveil items that allow you to care for yourself, like a beautiful red nail polish or a lip scrub for silky soft lips. There are even mood-lifting gummies and Vitamin D, so you’ll be in tip-top shape for the big day.
24 Days of Self-Care Advent Calendar by Vahdam India, $125
Is it really Christmas if you don’t partake in the traditional chocolate advent calendar? Elevate your typical choice and go for this option from LGBTQ+-owned Compartés. You’ll get to indulge in gourmet chocolates that have a no-melt guarantee during shipping. And the right chocolate, like the delicious options from Compartés, can definitely help you relax after a long day.
2022 Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar by Compartés, $110
Sometimes you just need a glass of wine at night, and with hectic days of prepping and planning, you may find them happening more often than usual. Sample a new glass of wine each night with this advent calendar from In Good Taste filled with mini bottles for a perfect pour. You’ll get to sip on exclusive wines from the US, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and South Africa.
Wine Advent Calendar by In Good Taste, $150
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Written by Rebecca Rovenstine | Cover Photo by Torsten Dettlaff