The Best 2021 Advent Calendars for Adults to Buy Now

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Are you searching for a unique and fun advent calendar for yourself? Maybe a beauty advent calendar or w ine advent calendar? Well, we got you covered! We’re ready for the holidays and all they bring — food, family, and a reason to celebrate. Traditionally, an Advent calendar is a special way to countdown to the days of Advent and the anticipation of Christmas. In more recent years, we’ve seen Advent calendars in all kinds of categories — from beauty to foodie. We took it upon ourselves to find the best advent calendars for adults in 2021

Here’s a rundown of what we’ve got below:

Beauty Advent Calendars: Did you know in the UK beauty advent calendars are SO popular that they sell out in minutes? That’s because beauty advent calendars are often filled with samples of high-end products at a serious discount. Don’t sleep on these — here is where you’ll find the best deals on products you’ve always wanted to try.

Candy + Chocolate Advent Calendars: Everything from chocolate to candy is what you’ll find in this section.

Wine Advent Calendars: YUP. A wine a day is just what we need to round out the year.

Unique Advent Calendars: Lots of fun ideas in this section including candles, beef jerky, jam, a music calendar and more!

Keepsake Advent Calendars: These are classic and beautiful advent calendars that you can reuse year after year. Fill them up with treats, a holiday bucket list, notes, or any special thing you can think of!

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Best Beauty Advent Calendars for 2021

One of our favorite new ideas for advent calendars – beauty advent calendars! Lots of fun options, but as a note, these typically sell out, so don’t wait too long if you want to try one of these this year!

1. George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

Anthropologie's Beauty Advent Calendar

Counting down to the holidays just became a bit more glamorous with this well-curated beauty advent calendar from George & Viv! Featuring artwork by Emily Taylor and 24 premium samples — including some of our faves from Mario Badescu, Sunday Riley, and Caudalie — this limited-edition, festive set holds over $275 of beauty treasures and treats. This would make a great gift as well!

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2. Kiehl’s Limited Edition Holiday Advent Calendar

A Dreamland of Giving awaits inside Kiehl’s Limited Edition Advent Calendar. Featuring holiday-inspired designs by artist Marylou Faure, this collection houses one of their customer favorite skincare products behind each door for the ultimate gift that keeps on giving! $99 ($245 Value!)

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3. Benefit The MORE The Merrier Advent Calendar

You’re guaranteed to want to keep this very merry holiday gift all to yourself! Benefit Cosmetics beloved beauty advent calendar is stocked with 12 of Benefit’s bestselling & fan-favorite beauty treats in purse-friendly mini & fun sizes.

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4. Elemis Beauty Advent Calendar for 2021

Count down to the holidays whilst discovering 25 skincare essentials with this ultimate beauty calendar from Elemis. Featuring the top formulas from their world-renowned collections, this luxurious gift set is the perfect seasonal surprise and adds some festivity to your daily skincare routine.

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5. L’OCCITANE Advent Calendar

A holiday staple, the L’OCCITANE Classic Advent Calendar holds 24 of their most-loved beauties. Discover iconic verbena and almond shower essentials like Almond Shower Oil, award-winning Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum, and a bundle of their best-selling hand creams including classic shea butter.

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6. Sephora Holiday Vibes Advent Calendar

This 2021 beauty advent calendar from Sephora contains Sephora Collection makeup, skincare, bath, and accessories hidden in the 24 reusable boxes, so you can fill up on all things beauty before year’s end. The packaging comes from sustainably managed forests.

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7. IT Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar

Experience 12 days of confidence with this 12-piece must-have collection of essentials for eyes, lips, and face.

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8. Olive & June 25 Days of Mani Magic Advent Calendar

Have yourself a mani little Christmas with the Olive & June 2021 Advent Calendar!

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9. The Body Shop Advent Calendar

This advent calendar from The Body Shop is packed with lots of little head-to-toe treats for keeping you and that beautiful body pampered all season!

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10. Makeup Revolution You Are The Revolution Advent Calendar 2021

revolution makeup advent calendar 2021

Countdown to Christmas in style with the You Are The Revolution Advent Calendar 2021! Featuring 25 days of new and exclusive Revolution products and accessories, including lipsticks, lip glosses, highlighters, makeup brushes, and more. It’s the ultimate advent calendar for the beauty-obsessed! BONUS – 20% off this weekend (10.15-10.17.21)

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Best Candy + Chocolate Advent Calendars for Adults

The perfect sweet treat for each day of December with these candy and chocolate advent calendars!

11. Dolly Parton Chocolate Advent Calendar

For Dolly Parton, the holiday season is all about faith, family, food and fun. This year, she provides plenty of sweet surprises for everyone with her very own advent calendar! Every day in December, you’ll discover a different treat hidden behind one of the windows. The candies are some of Dolly’s favorites, including chocolates, caramels, gummies and mints.

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12. Godiva Chocolatier Holiday Gourmet Chocolate Advent Calendar 2021

This 24-count Godiva chocolate advent calendar features an exciting assortment of gourmet milk, white, and dark chocolates crafted with classic Belgian fillings

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13. Sugarfina 2021 Advent Calendar

The Christmas countdown never tasted so sweet! This holly, jolly tasting collection is the perfect way to count down the 24 days until Christmas. Each festive little drawer is filled with pieces of candy to surprise you and your loved ones!

Flavors include Sugarfina faves such as: peach Bellini, heavenly sours, dark chocolate sea salt caramel, birthday cookie bites, matcha bears, and more!

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14. Sweet Girl’s Bakery Cookie Advent Calendar

Treat a cookie lover to an advent calendar that makes every day feel like Christmas. Each door reveals a delicious cookie from Sweet Girl’s Bakery in Florida, where founder Nicosia Jones makes every batch from scratch. From the reindeer and stockings to the snowflakes and trees, Jones embellishes each one with vibrant vanilla royal icing.

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Best Wine Advent Calendars for 2021

What’s more fun than trying a different wine each day of December!

15. In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar

In Good Taste makes some of our favorite wine tasting kits, so this wine advent calendar of course looks like a winner! Featuring 24 premium wines in 187ml mini bottles. Perfect for sampling your way through the holidays.

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16. Laithwaites World of Wine Advent Calendar

The 2021 edition features a whimsical new design by artist Cassandre Montoriol. Tucked inside this artsy, festive centerpiece you’ll find 24 mini bottles—each providing a very generous glassful on the days leading up to Christmas. Every bottle is unique – but don’t wait too long on this one, they sold out in weeks last year!

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17. 12 Nights of Wine Advent Calendar

12 nights of wine advent calendar from vinebox

There’s a reason this wine advent calendar sells out every year! The Vinebox 12 Nights Of Wine box was the world’s first curated wine advent calendar, and the 2021 edition is their most indulgent collection yet. Inside each box you’ll find twelve carefully crafted glass tubes, each carrying a world-class pour of exquisite wine all handpicked by their Certified Sommeliers.

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18. Miniatures Drinks Advent Calendar

gin advent calendar with mini bottles

This fun custom wooden advent calendar can be used year after year! You can have it personalized with a name as well as choose to have bottles included or find your own bottles. Perfect if you like cocktails!

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Fun + Unique Advent Calendars for Adults

There are so many create advent calendars these days so we wanted to highlight a few of the other fun options we’ve found!

19. VOLUSPA Mini Candle Advent Calendar

Celebrate the season with Voluspa’s Mini Candle Advent Calendar. Unveil 12 bestselling fragrances, each in an embossed votive, tucked behind peek-a-boo packaging. Light your way through the holidays in a fragrant countdown that is sure to delight any recipient.

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20. Bonne Maman 2021 Limited Edition Advent Calendar

This advent calendar (that has over 485 5 star reviews!) is the perfect choice for a foodie! This holiday season, treat yourself and those you love to the Bonne Maman 2021 LIMITED EDITION Advent Calendar with 24 mini fruit spreads and honey.

And don’t wait too long on this one as it sold out quickly last year.

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21. 24 Reasons to Smile Teabag Edition Advent Calendar

Perfect for the tea lover! One for every day, discover twenty-four teas and tisanes in teabags over twenty-four days. Do you (or the tea lover this is a gift for) prefer loose tea? They have an advent calendar with loose tea as well!

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22. Harry Potter Funko Pop! Advent Calendar for 2021

Such a fun option for the Harry Potter fan – and if you love Harry Potter, did you catch this Harry Potter inspired wedding? This advent calendar features 24 pocket pops of your favorite Harry Potter characters.

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23. Friends 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

friends advent calendar 2021 by revolution

Featuring 12 days of new and exclusive Revolution x Friends products and accessories, including never-seen-before eyeshadow palettes, hair scrunchies, makeup brushes, and more. It’s the must-have gift for the ultimate Friends fan in your life. Could this BE anymore perfect?!

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24. Beef Jerky Advent Calendar

beef jerky advent calendar

This is such a fun one for a jerky fan! From Garlic Beef to Root Beer Habanero, these joyous jerky bites are sure to fill your stomach with holiday cheer. 

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25. Holiday Scratch Off Advent Calendar Playlist

music advent calendar

The North Pole is far removed from the rest of society, but Santa and his helpers are pretty tech-savvy. Take, for example, this one-of-a-kind Advent calendar that—dare we admit—puts candy to shame. Each day, you’ll scratch off a number to reveal a QR code. Scan the code, and your phone will download a carol sung by an emerging artist. 

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26. Advent Shower Steamer Set

shower steamer advent calendar

It’s a body-polishing scrub. It’s a senses-pleasing shower steamer. It’s an…Advent calendar? Yes, this handsome boxed set is all of those things, and an impressive gift as well. Mazzi and Erez formulate their sparkling shower steamers with essential oils in the scents of the season, like peppermint, eucalyptus, fir tree and clove, for a fragrant little surprise every day.

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27. 25 Days Until Christmas Candle

candle advent calendar

If rushing through the holidays is taking the twinkle out of your family’s eye, gather together for a simple daily ritual that will slow the season down. This festively scented soy candle is an uncomplicated take on the traditional Advent calendar. The 25-hour burn time invites you to light the candle for one hour each day and spend the time together as the room fills with the seasonal aroma of orange and cinnamon.

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Keepsake Advent Calendars for 2021

Did your family have a keepsake advent calendar? Or did you have the store chocolate one? We love these gorgeous keepsake calendars – they will look gorgeous with your holiday decor!

28. Kringle Village Light-Up Advent Calendar

Featuring a snowy village scene and twenty-four tiny drawers for treats and treasures, this whimsical advent calendar is sure to be cherished for generations to come.

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29. Arctic Advent Calendar

How gorgeous is this keepsake advent calendar? With hand embroidery, this advent calendar has 24 tiny pockets you can fill with treats and treasures leading up to Christmas.

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30. Lit Gnome Advent Calendar

Sometimes it takes a village – of gnomes – to guard over Christmas treasures, like the ones that decorate our advent calendar. Behind each numbered door that counts down to Christmas, there’s space to hide sweet treats or tiny gifts. The magic sparkle of miniature lights will most certainly bring out the kid in all of us this season.

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31. Winter Sports Skier Advent Calendar

Perfect for the winter sports fan, this wooden keepsake advent calendar is sure to be a hit each year!

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Which advent calendar are you planning to purchase this year? So many decisions! :)