When I was a kid, I used to love getting an advent calendar — mainly because I’m a chocolate addict and nothing made waiting for Christmas better than chocolate. That is still true today, of course, but my tastes have also grown as I’ve grown. I still like the idea of counting down to Christmas, even if it’s only to know how many days I have left to shop. (Yes, I wait until the last minute. Don’t judge.)
A few treats never hurts, but nowadays I want something more than just your basic, grocery-store chocolate. And the internet doesn’t disappoint. Did you know that there are actually advent calendars specifically made for adults — that have grown-up stuff like booze, candles, skin care, and of course, chocolate. What a time to be alive.
Best advent calendars for adults
If you or someone you know is a hot sauce fanatic, this not-so-basic hot sauce advent calendar comes with unique sauces (Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion, Ghost Pepper, Cayenne, Tabasco, Habanero, Banana, Anaheim, Jalapeno, Serrano, and Scotch Bonnet) to test and try out for 25 days.
This chocolate advent calendar is so popular, it’s been backordered until December 9 – luckily, since it’s only a 12-day calendar, you’ll still have time to enjoy it. But hurry and order it now. People love Jessica Leonard’s advent calendar for its unique chocolate flavors (some of which are spiked with alcohol), including earl grey, Irish cream, Moscow mule, buttered caramel, mulled cider, and more.
An advent calendar with 24 days of coffee surprises? YES PLEASE. The description reads, “24 speciality coffees from around the world have been carefully selected to create the perfect taste experience. Each sachet contains enough coffee for your desired brewing method.” Sounds divine.
Not a coffee-drinker? There’s a tea advent calendar just for you, and if you love trying out new teas, you’ll love getting to unwrap 24 uniquely, specially-curated packets of teas (like Scandinavian cranberry with elderflower!) leading up to Christmas. Cozy indeed!
With 24 different types of flavored popcorn, you have our permission to binge holiday movies all month long (not that you needed it, but our point is that this advent calendar is the perfect, tasty companion for movie night solo or with the family).
There’s a reason why chocolate advent calendars are a classic. Indulge in a Godiva chocolate for 24 days leading up to Christmas. An assortment of milk and dark chocolate, each chocolate holds different fillings, like nuts, fruit, caramels, and more.
The Lindt Bear isn’t just for kids. Enjoy the 24-day countdown with Lindt’s iconic chocolate bears. This one is a classic, so expect it to sell out quick.
Looking to spice things up with your S.O. Get yourself a sexy sex advent calendar and up the sexy time in December. The set comes with 24 sex toy gifts — try something new every night. And FYI, the calendar includes a Womanizer Starlet 2, which on its own is $80. If you aren’t acquainted with the Womanizer, you’re in for a treat. (Think oral sex but no partner necessary.)
If you’re a Friends fan, you’ll be all about this Friends-themed advent calendar, which features 40(!!) little accessories, including keepsakes and ornaments. This will probably sell fast, so be sure to pre-order now.
Each of the 24 windows opens to a 1 oz. Bonne Maman jar of either delicious fruit spread, or honey. Known for their unique flavors, you can expect flavors like Apricot/Lavender, Cherry/Blackberry, Cherry/Christmas Spice, Cherry/Elderflower, Fig/Cardamom, Grapefruit/Dragon Fruit, Lemon/Yuzu, Mango/Peach/Lime, Orange/Cinnamon, Pear/Mirabelle Plum, Raspberry/Lychee, Rhubarb/Strawberry, Strawberry/Verbena, Sweet Orange/Passion Fruit, White Nectarine/Peach, and others.
What could be better than being surprised with a new pair of The Office-themed socks for 12 days leading up to Christmas? The socks come in two varieties (short and long), and are in men’s sizes, so make sure to look up the conversion if you need women’s sizes.
If you love beef jerky, this is definitely for you. You get 25 different flavors of jerky, including original, honey bourbon, and ghost pepper, and sweets like scotch caramels and peppermint taffy.
An advent calendar specifically for dudes! It’s chock full of hair and skin products.
Best wine & alcohol advent calendars
Wine is a great way to unwind after a long day of dealing with the demands of tiny humans. Each wine is from one of the best wine regions in the world, but it’s only equal to one glass, so if you want the whole bottle, take notes!
Another great option for wine lovers, get yourself or someone else 12 full bottles of wine to enjoy leading up to Christmas. This set includes a variety of wine, like merlot, moscato, pinot, and chardonnay.
This one is perfect for people who take their whiskey very seriously. This set includes 24 premium spirit samples, a Glencairn glass, Flaviar coaster, and a tasting notes booklet.
Best makeup advent calendars
ASOS’s beauty advent calendars is one of the most popular ones online, and it’s selling fast, for good reason. This one focuses more on skin, body, and haircare versus makeup, and what’s something most of us are wearing less of this year? Makeup. So if you want to pamper yourself with skincare products (like Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Calming Mask) or give your hair some TLC with Aveda Daily Damage Repair, this set comes with premium products you’ll actually use. Plus, of the 24 products, 13 are full size.
Calling all Body Shop lovers! Now is your time to slather on a different lotion, lip butter, hand cream, shampoo/conditioner up until Christmas day. Some products include: Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, Almond Milk & Honey Butter Body Butter, Mango Shower Gel, and more.
Don’t have a bath? You’ll love this 24-set of shower steamers that’ll let you celebrate the upcoming holidays every night (or morning) with a rejuvenating or relaxing scent. Featuring shower steamers infused with essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, fir tree and clove, you’ll be feeling festive in no time.
For the pampered beauty lover, there are 24 days of luxurious French goodies. You get treats like almond shower oil, soap, conditioner, hand cream, and foot cream.
Count down the days until Christmas with 22 mini polishes by Ciaté London, one full size Plant Pot polish, and a deluxe watermelon lip oil! The set comes with a variety of colors, all perfect for our winter palette. Ciaté is known for their high-quality, chip-resistant polishes. So, if you’ve especially been missing your regular manis and you’re in need of some new, gorgeous colors, get yourself (or someone you love) this advent calendar. Your nails will thank you.
The price is steep, but this Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar is not messing around. It comes with full and travel-sized CT favorites, like Charlotte‘s Magic Cream Moisturizer, Pillow Talk Mascara and her trusty Matte Revolution Lipstick.
You deserve a countdown to Christmas just as much as the kids do. Because dammit, you survived another holiday season. So treat yourself!