12 Of The Best Advent Calendars That Aren’t Chocolate

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The season to indulge has just about arrived, but there’s no reason this should have an adverse effect on that health kick you’ve been nursing on and off for the past year. The holidays are great for a number reasons: the festivities, the food, and for a lot of people, the anticipation for Christmas is what lights up the entire month. Advent calendars are particularly great for this because not only do you get to countdown until Christmas Day, you get a little surprise treat everyday to do it. They’ve also evolved a lot since we were kids — chocolate advent calendars will still always be super nostalgic, but there are plenty of grown-up variations that you won’t find in the seasonal aisle of the grocery store. Plus, you get to try out a bunch of products for what is arguably a great bargain: win-win! 

Here we round up the best advent calendars that are still in stock — but act fast, because December is nearly upon us!

The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Advent Calendar
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The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Advent Calendar

This year, The Body Shop is making a push for both sustainability and equality in its holiday collection. From recyclable packaging and the brand new Miss Santa illustrations, to the calendars’ daily trivia of women achieving big things throughout history. Filled with limited-edition seasonal scents (including the all-new Warm Vanilla as well as Juicy Pear) to tried-and-true favourites like the Shea Body Butter, the Dream Big This Christmas Advent Calendar is the only one out of three advent calendars that The Body Shop released this year that is still available in stores!

$69 at The Body Shop
Palais des Thés Tea Advent Calendar
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Palais des Thés Tea Advent Calendar

This time of year is always hectic, be it with work or the holidays, which makes this particular calendar perfect for the occasion. Behind each door of this French-made calendar is a teabag chosen from Palais des Thés’ best-selling flavours. Take the time each morning or evening to relax with a cup of tea before diving back into the Christmas madness.

$44 at Nordstrom
L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
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L’Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar

French body and skincare brand L’Occitane’s offering this year features 24 of its best-selling products, from the cult favourite Shea Butter Hand Cream to the well-loved Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. The calendar is built like a treasure chest with bits and pieces of a story to reveal alongside the products, highlighting sustainability and tips for a better planet.

$109 at L’Occitane
Roman Cabin Village Light-Up Advent Calendar
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Roman Cabin Village Light-Up Advent Calendar

Advent calendars don’t have to be filled with things to eat/drink or slap on your face either. You can DIY one with this Cabin Village Light-Up Advent Calendar by Roman. The alpine scene in the centre lights up for some homey Christmas decor, and the dated drawers are perfect for mini treats or gifts of your choice.

$139 at Nordstrom
Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar
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Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar

Consider this glamorous offering from celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury a limited edition gift set that just happens to be packaged in little drawers — 12, to be exact. Open up to reveal the stars of her line, from full-sized lipsticks to travel sizes of her infamous skincare products, each to make your holidays “fabulous, darlings!”

$278 at Nordstrom
DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea
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DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea

DavidsTea is a Canadian staple in any weather, but it’s hard to beat a hot mug of tea when the weather is frightful. This advent calendar is filled with bestseller blends, old favourites, web exclusives, sneak peeks of new teas, and even features some exclusive surprises behind some of the boxes! Steep as you please.

$40 at DAVIDsTEA
Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar Set

Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar Set

Experience ‘molecular cosmetics’ for yourself with this advent calendar from Dr. Barbara Sturm, whose skincare line is well-loved by stars and influencers for its highly effective anti-aging properties. Packed with deluxe samples of products like the Anti-Pollution Drops, the Enzyme Cleanser, and the Hyaluronic Serum, this set is perfect for the skincare-obsessed.

$689 at Nordstrom
NYX Cosmetics Love Lust Disco Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar
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NYX Cosmetics Love Lust Disco Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar

Get lippy with NYX’s Greatest Hits Lip Advent Calendar. This set consists of 24 lip products in all the formulas from Butter Gloss to Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in a range of nude, pinks, berries and reds. Each product is mid-sized—perfect for trying out before committing to the full size, slipping a few options in your purse when you just can’t decide, or even gifting to your friends if you’re feeling generous.

$65 at NYX Cosmetics
Clarins 24 Days Advent Calendar
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Clarins 24 Days Advent Calendar

Get your glow on this winter with 24 of Clarins’ bestselling, cult-favourite products, all beautifully packaged in a holiday box. Ranging the gamut from skincare and makeup, to bodycare, the set reveals daily goodies like a travel size of the Hydra-Essential Moisturizer, a miniatures Natural Lip Perfector, and full sizes of the Wonder Perfect 4D Mascara and Joli Rouge Lipstick.

$140 at Clarins
MAC Stars for Days Advent Calendar Set
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MAC Stars for Days Advent Calendar Set

Countdown to the big day with the help of MAC and its 24-piece advent calendar that’ll keep you glowing. This set comes complete with everything from lipsticks and eyeshadows, to primer, cleansing oil, and even a cute keychain.

$271 at Nordstrom
Lush 12 Days of Christmas
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Lush 12 Days of Christmas

Get your holiday senses tingling with this box of festive scents! Give your body something to look forward to every day with indulgent treats like the Cookie Dough Shower Scrub or classic bath delights like the Snow Fairy. Packed in a reusable box, this advent calendar set includes twelve products to help you countdown to Christmas and treat yourself at the same time.

$99 at LUSH
Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar
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Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

Give your nails some love, too, with this calendar from Ciaté London that reveals a new shade of gel-wear polish every day leading up ‘til Christmas. Whether you like neutrals, neons, pastels or dark hues—this calendar has got you covered.

$71 at Sephora

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