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It’s not even Halloween, and yet devotees of the Yuletide season are already enthusiastically planning their post-Thanksgiving festivities. Enter the Advent calendar, the beloved Christmas tradition that counts down the days of December until the big gift-giving celebration.
No matter your creed, these festive boxes are filled with delightful gifts for surprising every type of recipient, whether they’re a luxury beauty buff (there’s a separate list for them here too), a sci-fi superfan, a movie lover or a TV junkie. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best Advent calendars filled with Legos, Marvel superheroes, Hollywood-loved skincare products, chic candles and much more — shop all of our picks below.
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1. Playmobil Back to the Future Advent Calendar
Great Scott, how is it already the holiday season? Playmobil’s Back to the Future Advent calendar features the beloved film’s iconic clock tower, which is filled with 24 surprises ranging from adorable figurines of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to character accessories and other movie mementos.
2. Funko Pop! Harry Potter Advent Calendar
Funko Pop! is a fan favorite for their whimsical Advent calendars across the pop culture multiverse. From The Office and Nightmare Before Christmas to Harry Potter, the gift boxes will surprise you with up to 24 charming vinyl figurines of your favorite characters.
3. Godiva Holiday Luxury Advent Calendar
Among the best chocolate advent calendars is Godiva’s holiday gift set, which contains a variety of 24 delicious morsels of milk, dark and white chocolates in festive shapes (like Santa, a snowman, a penguin and more).
4. Star Wars Advent Calendar
Whether you’re on the light or dark side, unwrap over 30 intergalactic treats with this Star Wars Advent calendar. Each window reveals goodies starring Yoda, C-3PO, Darth Vader and other characters, from greeting cards and paper ornaments to pencils and buttons, the Force promises plenty of surprises.
5. Sephora Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar
Say goodbye to the usual dry skin that comes with winter weather with Sephora’s bestselling Advent calendar, which is packed with 24 reusable boxes filled with hydrating skincare, eye masks and makeup wipes as well as hair accessories, lip colors, nail polish and many more holiday beauty goodies.
6. Little Likes Kids Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar
Filled with puzzles and stickers, Little Likes Kids’ Countdown to Christmas Advent calendar has plenty of activities for keeping children busy as they await Santa’s arrival. It includes 24 unnumbered reusable stickers and a multicultural puzzle that reveals a scene of St. Nick and his helpers.
7. Palais Des Thés 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar
Tea lovers can enjoy a new blend for 24 days with Palais Des Thés’ Advent calendar. It makes the perfect gift with a ceramic mug (or a high-tech cup), and it comes with flavors ranging from Scandinavian tea with cranberry and elderflower to Chinese black tea, to name a few.
8. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
Auto aficionados young and old will have a hard time trying not to speed through this Hot Wheels Advent calendar. This holiday-themed gift set comes with 24 surprises (from 1:64 scale cars to holiday accessories) and a built-in track playmat for tiny test drives.
9. Lego Marvel Advent Calendar
Lego’s Marvel Advent calendar contains 24 buildable items, including seven mini-figures of heroes and villains (Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow, Thanos, Thor and Nick Fury) vehicles and many other Avengers accessories.
10. Disney Classic Advent Calendar
Mickey and friends’ Advent calendar will surprise Disney fans with 24 days of adorable keepsakes, including figurines of him and his friends, festive decor, stickers and other kid-friendly gifts.
11. Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar
Star Wars fans and Lego lovers clearly have no shortage of Advent calendars this year. This 335-piece Lego Star Wars holiday gift set includes 24 days of buildable goodies, including figurines from The Mandalorian alongside classic Stormtroopers, a Tusken raider, an X-wing and other vehicles, characters and accessories.
12. Funko Pop! Fortnite Advent Calendar
If designer gaming gear isn’t your (or your giftee’s) thing, the next best thing is a Fortnite Advent calendar. One of the best gifts for gamers, this 24-piece set reveals vinyl figurines of the battle royale video game’s characters.
13. Friends: The Official Advent Calendar
Open 25 days of Friends-inspired souvenirs, ornaments, holiday trinkets and more with this Advent calendar for superfans of the ’90s sitcom. You might want to pair it with the complete series DVD collection or the Lego Central Perk building kit for the ultimate gift set for Friends fans.
14. Peppa Pig Advent Book Calendar
Have an oink-a-riffic holiday with Peppa, George and the rest of the Pig family with this adorable Advent calendar. This holiday book set lets little bookworms discover a new book to read for 24 days until Christmas.
15. Lark & Berry Charms Box Advent Calendar
London-based fine jewelry brand Lark & Berry’s Charms Box is the ultimate Advent calendar for earring aficionados, who can expect 12 white or yellow gold charms finished with cultured diamonds (which are indistinguishable from mined stones). Inspired by the overview effect commonly experienced by astronauts, the designs were created to complement the label’s luxe hoops. Dame Helen Mirren, Billy Porter, Michaela Cole and Lana Condor are among those who have worn Lark & Berry.
16. Nipyata! Boozy Advent Calendar
Starting Nov. 1, Nipyata’s holiday offerings will include the Boozy Advent Calendar that’s stocked with 12 50-milliliter bottles for fueling your festivities.
17. Beekman 1802 All Aglow Shadow Box
Known for bringing Schitt’s Creek‘s Rose Apothecary brand to life, New York-based Beekman 1802 is releasing a luxe beauty Advent calendar on Sept. 30 at 7 a.m. EST. After selling out in minutes last year, the handmade special edition gift box is back in 2021 with 24 products, including the brand’s best-selling goat milk soaps and hand creams and skincare.
18. 12 Days of Bond Advent Calendar
Devotees of 007 can count down to Christmas with this 12 Days of Bond Advent calendar. From a Casino Royale chip and agent-ready socks to Bond chocolate bars and a gold bullet replica, there’s something to delight every movie fan.
19. Shoppe Geo 12 Days of Crystal Magic Self-Care Advent Calendar
Remind yourself (or your recipient) to relax with this 12-day self-care Advent calendar filled with crystals. Alongside stones like clear quartz, calcite, peach moonstone, citrine, black tourmaline and more, the set also comes with a guide to crystals and inspirational daily messages.
20. Meri Meri Dog Advent Calendar
Pint-sized (or grown-up) pup lovers will love opening Meri Meri’s dog Advent calendar, which comes in an adorable suitcase and includes cute wooden canine figurines for plenty of imaginative holiday play.
21. Roblox Advent Calendar
This Roblox Advent calendar is for all of the imaginative fans of the creative gaming platform. It comes with a total of 30 holiday-themed Roblox treats, including six collectible figures, accessories and two exclusive virtual item codes.
22. Net-A-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar
Net-A-Porter’s best-selling luxury beauty Advent calendar comes with over $1,800 worth of full- and travel-sized skincare goodies from Augustinus Bader, Dr. Barbara Sturm, 111Skin, Tata Harper and many other cult-favorite brands.
23. In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar
One of the best wine Advent calendars is In Good Taste’s set of 24 mini bottles. Vino lovers can sample California wines from 2018 to 2020, like Fortune Favors chardonnay, Mr. B pinot noir, Good Trouble syrah and La Pluma rosé; whites and rosés from Italy and France; and fruity flavors from wineries such as Stealing Thunder, Game Theory and others.
24. Simply Chocolate Neuhaus 2021 Premium Chocolate Advent Calendar
For all of the sweet-toothed holiday celebrants, Neuhaus’ chocolate Advent calendar promises 25 daily treats in a fun 3D pop-up box. Inspired by the Belgian company’s Galerie de la Reine flagship in Brussels, the collection includes dark, white and milk pralines to enjoy every day in December until Christmas.
25. Doctor Who Tardis Advent Calendar
Sci-Fi lovers can travel through Doctor Who episodes of seasons past with this festive Tardis Advent calendar. From a Sontaran egg cup and coasters to a bottle opener and more, you’ll get 24 gifts along with trivia for jogging your memory of your favorite show moments.
26. Dolly Parton Advent Calendar
The Queen of Nashville’s loyal fans won’t be disappointed with Williams Sonoma’s best-selling Holly Dolly Advent calendar. A portrait of Dolly Parton will watch over you as you unwrap 24 treats ranging from chocolates and mints to gummies and caramels.
27. Balmain City of Lights Medium Advent Calendar
Treat your (or your loved ones’) tresses with Balmain’s City of Lights Advent calendar, which comes with five luxury beauty treats ranging from haircare to a festive scented candle.
28. Target Wondershop Dog Toy Advent Calendar
Surprise your favorite pups with one of the best dog toy Advent calendars from Target, which never fails to charm holiday lovers with its Wondershop boutique. This gift collection includes 24 toys for small dogs, from knotted ropes and tennis balls to plush toys with squeakers.
29. The Nightmare Before Christmas Official Advent Calendar
Await Sandy Claws’ arrival with the official Nightmare Before Christmas Advent calendar. You won’t tire of the same old thing, thanks to 25 holiday surprises such as mini books, ornaments, stickers, and other spooky collectibles.
30. Women’s Holiday Cats 15 Days of Socks Advent Calendar
Calling all cat people: this purrr-fect Advent calendar will reveal 15 pairs of socks for feline lovers for keeping your paws (err, feet) warm until Christmas and beyond.
31. Charlotte’s Beauty Dreams & Secrets Advent Calendar
Makeup mavens will love Hollywood makeup artist-turned-beauty entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury’s Advent calendar, which promises 12 skincare and cosmetics best-sellers in a glamorous reusable jewel-handled chest. It contains three full-sized products and nine travel-sized items, including the brand’s Pillow Talk lipsticks, Hollywood Beauty Light Wand rose gold highlighter, Wonderglow primer, Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir and more.
32. Harry & David Advent Cookie Calendar
Start (or end) your December days with a decadent dessert from Harry & David’s Advent cookie calendar, which contains 24 drawers filled with double-chocolate cherry cookies, gingerbread sandwich cookies, vanilla shortbread, German chocolate cookie bars and many more mouth-watering sweets.
33. Saks Fifth Avenue Ready, Set, Refresh! 14-Piece Advent Calendar
Beauty buffs will be delighted with 14 days of skincare, haircare and fragrances when they open up Saks Fifth Avenue’s Advent calendar. Expect cult-favorite products from Augustinus Bader, Briogeo, Eve Lom, Furtuna Skin, Sunday Riley, R+Co. and more.
34. Voluspa Japonica Advent Calendar
There’s nothing like a festive candle to give an air of holiday joy and relaxation. Voluspa’s Japonica Advent calendar has 12 days of luxe scents to set the aromatic scene, with each coconut wax candle offering up to 24 hours of burn time.
35. Sterling Forever 24 Days of Jewelry Calendar
Accouterments aficionados can add something to their festive ear party every day until Christmas when they open a drawer in Sterling Forever’s 24-day Advent calendar. From delicate chain hoops and gold-plated pave bar studs to threader earrings and 14-karat gold-plated chunky ear cuffs, this jewelry gift set is perfect for accessory lovers.
36. Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
Not located near Hollywood-beloved skin-care expert Dr. Barbara Sturm? You can still get the #SturmGlow with one of the best luxury beauty Advent calendars, courtesy of the starry skin specialist. The massive box contains 24 travel- to full-sized products for keeping your visage looking youthful and healthy during the holidays and beyond, including the brand’s best-selling Super Anti-Aging Serum, the Hyaluronic Ampoule, Enzyme Cleanser, Balancing Toner and more.
37. Wedgwood 2021 Advent Calendar
This one’s for all of the holiday devotees who expect nothing but luxury for their festive decor. Wedgwood’s 2021 Advent calendar includes 24 porcelain ornaments in the heritage U.K. fine china brand’s signature blue and white colors.
38. Swarovski Annual Edition 2021 Advent Calendar
For the gem lovers who prefer to bling out their Christmas tree, Swarovski’s Annual Edition 2021 Advent calendar will gift them 25 days of sparkling ornaments.
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