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37 best unique Advent calendars to shop this 2022 holiday season

It’s not just about chocolate — Advent calendars now come filled with coffee, skin-care products, baking tools and more.
Women with Advent Calendar
Advent calendars are a festive addition to the holiday season no matter what you celebrate.Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

Most Advent calendars are designed to count down the days until Christmas. But no matter what holiday you celebrate, opening those little doors each day to find a new candy, coffee pod or mini skin-care product can be a fun, festive activity.

If you’re looking for an Advent calendar for yourself or for a gift, Select rounded up some of our favorite options we think you should know about.

Best Advent calendars for the 2022 holiday season

Below, we included some of the most popular Advent calendars across categories people tend to search for, like chocolate, wine and beauty. We also included some unique options filled with products like socks, jam or candles to make sure there’s something for everyone on your shopping list.

Advent calendars usually are designed to count down the 24 or 12 days until the holiday you’re celebrating. If you’re starting late, don’t worry — you can always double up and open two doors on one day to catch up. We also rounded up a selection of Hanukkah-specific Advent calendars here.

To help you sift through the selections, we compiled the Advent calendars into the following categories:

  1. Bestselling Advent calendars of 2022

  2. Best chocolate Advent calendars

  3. Best alcohol Advent calendars

  4. Best coffee Advent calendars

  5. Best tea Advent calendars

  6. Best beauty and wellness Advent calendars

  7. Best Advent calendars for adults

  8. Best Advent calendars for kids

  9. Best Advent calendars for pets

Bestselling Advent calendars of 2022

In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar

If 12 tastes of wine aren't enough, this Advent calendar from In Good Taste offers 24. It comes with mini bottles of whites, reds and rosés, each amounting to about a 6-ounce pour. The wines come from the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Argentina and South Africa. Starting Dec. 1, the brand sends daily emails about the day’s wine, along with suggested food and recipe pairings.

Olive & June Christmas Calendar

Olive & June makes one of our favorite cuticle serums, and it’s included in the brand’s Christmas Calendar. There are also 24 other nail-care products, like a mini overnight hand treatment and nail strengthener, seven mini nail polishes and a pack of press-on nails. You also get a topcoat, dry drops, buffers and files.

Lego Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar

With this Advent calendar, Lego lovers of all ages can open mini figures from Guardians of the Galaxy, like Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Mantis and more. In total, you’ll find 24 Lego pieces behind the doors of this calendar, including accessories like a drone, spaceship, snowman and more.

Pukka Tea Advent Calendar

Introduce the tea lover in your life to new varieties this holiday season with Pukka’s Tea Advent Calendar. It comes with 24 tea bags in flavors like Mint Refresh and Night Time. The Advent calendar and tea sachets are all recyclable, the brand says.

Bean Box Twelve Mornings of Coffee Advent Calendar

For those who don’t have a single-serve coffee maker or espresso machine, Bean Box’s Advent calendar has 12 different coffee blends you can make with a drip coffee maker or French press. Choose between whole bean or ground coffee. Each pack is pre-measured to make a pot of coffee good for four to six mugfuls, according to the brand.

Whittard of Chelsea Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two

Whittard of Chelsea’s Advent calendar is designed for two — there are two packets of hot cocoa in each of its 24 drawers, making it a great gift for couples. The 12 cocoa flavors include Rocky Road, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Creme Brulee.

Best chocolate Advent calendars

Venchi Prestige Assorted Chocolate Advent Calendar

If you’re looking for a classic, no-frills Advent calendar, this one from Venchi fits the bill. It comes with 31 individually wrapped, assorted chocolates hidden in small drawers. And the treats are gluten-free, according to the brand. The brand also makes an Advent calendar with 25 assorted chocolates that’s $25 if you’re looking for a more affordable option.

Lindt Holiday Chocolate Teddy Bear Advent Calendar

Lindt’s Advent calendar is packed with a variety of chocolate treats, like mini milk chocolate bears, milk chocolate balls, milk chocolate Neapolitans and more. There’s a new confection every day in the 24 days leading up to whatever holiday you celebrate.

Godiva 2022 Holiday Classic Chocolate Advent Calendar

Godiva’s 2022 Advent calendar is filled with a handful of chocolates, with flavors like Milk Chocolate Embrace, Raspberry Star and Dark Milk Medallion. It also includes seasonal chocolates shaped like Santas, snowmen and penguins.

Sugarfina 24 Tastes of Christmas Advent Calendar

For loved ones with a sweet tooth, Sugarfina’s Advent calendar might be exactly what they’re looking for this holiday season. In addition to chocolates, the Advent calendar contains gummy candies and caramels in lots of flavors and shapes. Each of the calendar’s 24 drawers is filled with four treats.

Kinder Joy Christmas Advent Calendar

Kinder Joy’s Advent calendar comes in a pack of two — you can gift them to two different people or keep one for yourself and give the other away. The Advent calendar is filled with 24 pieces of individually wrapped chocolates with a creamy milk chocolate filling.

Compartes 2022 Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar

Compartes — which made Oprah’s list of Favorite Things this year — recently debuted its first Advent calendar, which is filled with 24 pieces of the brand’s chocolate. You’ll get to try different varieties of milk, dark and white chocolate leading up to the holidays

Best alcohol Advent calendars

VineBox 12 Nights of Wine

The VineBox 12 Nights of Wine Advent calendar comes with 12 glass tubes, each filled with approximately 3 ounces of wine. The box — available in Holi-Day (white) or Twas-The-Night (black) designs — includes whites, reds and rosés selected by VineBox’s sommeliers. The wines, from countries like Italy, France and Spain, highlight different flavors from around the world, the brand says. Daily virtual tasting videos are also sent to you via email so a certified sommelier can teach you about each wine.

The Spirit Co Whiskey Advent Calendar

Why give one bottle of whiskey when you can give 24? The Spirit Co’s whiskey Advent calendar includes 24 different worldwide varieties, like West Cork Black Cask, Teeling Small Batch and others. The spirits come in handmade, wax-sealed drams that each hold about a 1-ounce serving.

Nipyata Boozy Advent Calendar

Nipyata’s Boozy Advent Calendar has a dozen spirits in miniature bottles. It includes whiskey, vodka, rum and gin, as well as coffee and Irish cream liqueurs.

Best coffee Advent calendars

Nespresso x Pierre Herme Advent Calendar

A great gift for coffee lovers, this Advent calendar is a collaboration between Nespresso and pastry chef Pierre Herme. It’s filled with 24 Original Line Nespresso pods, each highlighting a different coffee blend.

Keurig Advent Calendar Variety Pack

With this Advent calendar, Keurig owners can try a new coffee flavor each morning until the holidays. The Advent calendar houses 24 K-Cup pods from brands like Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McCafe, Peet’s Coffee and Swiss Miss — all they need is a single-serve coffee maker.

Best tea Advent calendars

David’s Tea 24 Days of Tea Advent Calenda

Tea bags in unique flavors are hidden behind the 24 doors of this Advent calendar. You’ll get to try varieties like herbal, fruity, chai, oolong and more. You get two tea bags each day in flavors like Peanut Butter Brownie, S’mores Chai, Sugar Pear Fairy, Tinsel Toddy and Calming Chamomile.

Vahdam Tea Advent Calendar 2022

Vahdam’s Advent calendar is filled with 24 different flavors of tea. There’s five tea sachets behind each door, and the Advent calendar includes green teas, herbal teas, chai teas and exclusive holiday blends.

Best beauty and wellness Advent calendars

12 Days of ChapStick Holiday Advent Calendar

ChapStick’s Advent calendar makes keeping your lips hydrated during the cold winter weather a lot more fun. There are 12 lip balms packed inside the calendar, each a different flavor. In addition to the brand’s classic original and cherry flavors, you’ll also get limited-edition holiday flavors, like Candy Cane, Pumpkin Pie, Holiday Cocoa, Vanilla Latte, Sugar Cookie and more.

Bath & Body Works 12-Day Countdown Calendar

Bath & Body Works’ Advent calendar comes with body-care products as well as home fragrance products, like candles and room spray. You’ll get hand soap, shower gel, lotions and hand sanitizers in festive scents, including Merry Cookie, Vanilla Bean Noel and Winter Candy Apple. There’s also a fragrance plug and fragrance refill pod inside the Advent calendar, in addition to an ornament.

Uncommon Goods Shower Steamer Advent Calendar

Whatever you celebrate this season, 24 days of shower steamers made with essential oils are a perfect antidote to holiday stress. The fragrant steamers include peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender and dissolve in water. They can also double as fizzy body scrubs, the brand says.

OPI Holiday '22 Nail Lacquer Mini 25-Piece Advent Calendar

Planning on doing at-home manis or pedis over the holidays? OPI’s Advent calendar has 22 mini bottles of seasonal polish shades from their Jewel Be Bold collection, plus a topcoat, base coat and nail strengthener.

The Ritual of Advent 3D Gift Set

Ritual’s Advent calendar is designed to promote self care by supplying you with everything you need to relax at home. It comes with 24 products, including aromatherapy items, like candles and fragrance sticks, plus hair care and skin care, like showe gel, hand lotion, shampoo and conditioner, body oil, face masks and more.

Best Advent calendars for adults

Bonne Maman Limited Edition Advent Calendar

Bonne Maman’s Advent calendar has 23 different fruit spreads and one honey for the foodie in your life. It includes exclusive seasonal jams, like Chestnut & Orange with Spices, Pear with Cocoa Nibs, Strawberry with Star Anise, and Apple with Caramel & Cinnamon. The jams and honey come in 1-ounce jars.

Williams Sonoma Holiday Advent Calendar: 24 Days of Baking Cookies

For the baker in your life, this Advent calendar from Williams Sonoma comes with 24 tools for making and decorating cookies. You’ll find silicone spatulas, icing bottles, piping bags and decorating kits inside the drawers, plus 16 cookie cutters, a sugar shaker, gift bags to share treats with loved ones and more.

Voluspa 12-Day Candle Advent Calendar

Voluspa makes some of our favorite fall candles, and this 12-day Advent calendar comes with “petite” seasonal options, like Spiced Pumpkin Latte, plus some year-round scents like Goji Tarocco Orange and Santal Vanille. Each candle has a burn time of up to 25 hours, the brand says.

Uncommon Goods Embroidery Advent Calendar

Advent calendar or craft project? This Uncommon Goods’ pick is both, and at the end of the holiday season, you’re left with a new piece of home decor. From Dec. 1 until Christmas, stitch a new design each day. The kit comes with fabric, an embroidery hoop, colored thread and directions that both beginner and advanced needlers can understand, the brand says.

Happy Socks Advent Calendar

If you can’t choose just one pair of Happy Socks to give this holiday season, the brand’s Advent calendar has 24. These unisex socks are made with organic combed cotton and decorated with holiday prints, dots and more. They also have a reinforced toe and heel, according to the brand.

Best Advent calendars for kids

Mondo Llama Holidays 12 Days of Crafting Kit

Kids ages 6 and up who like DIY activities can enjoy crafting in the 12 days leading up to whatever holiday they celebrate. This kit from Mondo Llama comes with supplies like pom poms, stickers, google eyes and more, along with instructions to make 12 different crafts.

Play-Doh Advent Calendar

Another option for crafters 3 and up is Play-Doh’s Advent calendar. It has 24 1-ounce cans of the colorful putty tucked behind doors, including a 2-ounce can of sparkly Play-Doh. Some days, kids will open creation cards that the brand says offers inspiration for what to make with the Play-Doh, as well as tools to shape and mold it.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Beary Merry Advent Calendar

Packed with stuffed animals and accessories, kids ages 3 and up will get to collect a handful of new Build-A-Bear toys from this Advent calendar. It comes with six plush toys and 19 clothing pieces to dress them up in.

Funko Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar

There are 24 mini Star Wars figurines inside this Advent calendar, making it the ideal gift for fans 3 and up. You or your giftee can display the Funko Pocket Pops! on their desk or on shelves as they collect them.

Harry Potter Holiday Magic Advent Calendar

Made for kids 10 and up, this Harry Potter-themed Advent calendar comes with 25 days’ worth of collectibles to immerse fans inside the Wizarding World. You’ll find paper ornaments, recipe cards, buttons and more behind each door.

Best Advent calendars for pets

Target Wondershop 12 Days Advent Calendar Dog Toy Set

Instead of treats, gift the dog in your life 12 festive toys leading up to the holidays. This Advent calendar from Wondershop comes with eight plush toys that crinkle and squeak when dogs play with them, plus four knotted rope toys.

Frisco Holiday 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar with Toys for Cats

Did you think we’d leave out the cats? This Advent calendar comes packed with Christmas-themed cat toys including an elf hat, a Christmas tree and a bell. The plush toys are designed with crinkle paper, catnip, strings and tails for fun feline play.

Purina Fancy Feast Gourmet Wet Cat Food & Savory Cravings Cat Treats Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar is chock-full of Fancy Feast food cats can enjoy leading up the holidays. It comes with 20 3-ounce cans of wet can food, including options from the brand’s Classics, Medleys, Gourmet Naturals and Gravy Lovers lines. Four packs of Fancy Feast Savory Cravings Treat Boxes are also hidden inside the calendar.

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