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5 Best Advent Calendars For Adults That You’ll Want to Gift Yourself

The countdown for Christmas is for grown-ups, too!


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The countdown to Christmas is one of the most exciting times of year for kids and grown-ups alike. The best advent calendars of 2020 will get adults in the Christmas spirit with luxe cosmetics, candles, teabags and skincare.

What is an Advent Calendar?

Advent calendars originated from Germany over two centuries ago. They marked the Advent’s days by keeping a tally with a chalk mark or by burning a candle. Many moons later, we’re still opening advent calendars and receiving mini gifts in anticipation of Christmas.

Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up

Buy at Walmart, $39.96

Why we like it:

  • Centerpiece and advent calendar in one!
  • Ornaments of your favorite characters
  • Comes with behind-the-scenes book

Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you. This advent calendar recreates the Great Hall. Each day you receive a new ornament to decorate your tree, which doubles as a centerpiece. Ornaments include ornaments including Hermione’s Time-Turner, the Monster Book of Monsters, Hogwarts house crests. Bonus: A softcover booklet is packed with behind-the-scenes details about the films.


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Why we like it:

  • Value: $640
  • 25 Incredible products inside
  • Sold out 5 years in a row

Sign yourself up to pre-order the LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar which is guaranteed to sell out for the 6th year in a row! Treat yourself, or a friend to a gift a day, whether it’s cosmetics or care products, this advent calendar holds twenty-five doors to last you the whole run-up to Christmas.

One reviewer wrote: “This was a very fun box to receive (I gifted myself). I tried to show some restraint and only open one a day – but that didn’t last very long. Very nice (high end) products were included in this gorgeous box. So worth the money and will definitely gift myself with one of these calendars again next year!

Voluspa Japonica 12 Candle Archive Gift Set

best advent calendars 2020

$75, Bloomingdales

Why we like it:

  • Set of 12, each with a different scent
  • Burn time: 15 hours each
  • Made in USA

Rooted inspiration from Japanese paper making, this Voluspa advent calendar features the traditional quantity of 12 gifts, for the 12 days of Christmas. Each candle has an embossed glass holder which can be reused for other purposes once the candle is burnt through. Some of the yummy scents include Santiago Huckleberry, Yashioka Gardenia, Moso Bamboo, Crane Flower and more.

One reviewer wrote: “These candles are amazing. Not only are the fragrantly wonderful, the glass and the box make an awesome gift presentation for that someone special! I indulge in purchasing these for myself! The candles burn for a long time and remain fragrant. Love love love these.”

17 in. Wood LED Christmas Shooting Star Advent Calendar

Buy at Home Depot, $59.98

Why we like it:

  • LEd light
  • Carved and engraved wooden backdrop
  • Drawers hold anything you wish

This beautiful wooden advent calendar will be a Christmas treasure for years to come. Each drawer is engraved with a number, and holds anything you desire — form candies to small trinkets. An LED light casts a dreamy glow upon the carved elves, trees, and snowy scene. This makes a lovely gift for the Christmas-obsessed family member who starts decorating early every year.

Bare Minerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty

Buy at Bare Minerals, $99

Why we like it:

  • 24 beauty surprises
  • Limited edition
  • Clean beauty

This limited-edition beauty advent calendar has a Bare Minerals best-selling makeup or skincare surprise each day of the month. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty lover friend, mom, or self-care guru. Gifts include serums, mascaras, lipsticks, and other beauty-must-haves that will fully stock your beauty bag for months to come.

Gifts include:

  • SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Serum (8 ml / 0.27 fl. oz.)
  • SKINLONGEVITY Long Life Herb Eye Treatment (5 g / 0.18 oz)
  • PORELESS Clay Cleanser (30 ml / 1 fl. oz)
  • PURENESS Gel Cleanser (30 ml / 1 fl. oz)
  • PRIME TIME Original Foundation Primer (7 ml / 0.24 oz)
  • MINERAL VEIL Finishing Powder (0.75 g / 0.03 oz)
  • Loose Blush in shade Golden Gate (0.57 g / 0.02 oz.)
  • BOUNCE & BLUR Blush in shade Pink Sky (1.4 g / 0.05 oz.)
  • ALL-OVER FACE COLOR Loose Bronzer in shade Faux Tan (0.57 g / 0.02 oz.)
  • ALL-OVER FACE COLOR Loose Highlighter in shade Pure Radiance (0.57 g / 0.02 oz.)
  • Loose Eye Color in shade Celestine (0.28 g / 0.01 oz.)
  • Loose Eye Color in shade Queen Phyllis (0.28 g / 0.01 oz.)
  • BOUNCE & BLUR Eyeshadow in shade Harvest Moon (1.4 g / 0.05 oz.)
  • PRIME TIME Eyelid Primer (1.5 ml / 0.05 fl. oz.)
  • STRENGTH & LENGTH Serum-Infused Mascara (2 ml / 0.07 fl. oz.)
  • LASHTOPIA Mega Volume Mineral-Based Mascara (3 ml / 0.10 fl. oz.)
  • GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade Swag (2 ml / 0.06 fl. oz.)
  • GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipstick in shade Bo$$ (2 ml / 0.06 fl. oz.)
  • GEN NUDE Buttercream Lip Gloss in shade Forbidden (2 ml / 0.06 fl. oz.)
  • GEN NUDE Patent Lip Lacquer in shade Pout (2 ml / 0.06 fl. oz.)
  • BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick in shades Hibiscus and Petal (1.2 g / 0.04 oz.)
  • MINERALIST Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick in shades Courage and Honesty (1.7 g / 0.05 oz.)
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