Once upon a time, advent calendars were mainly flimsy cardboard boxes filled with cheap chocolate. Fast-forward to 2022, and there’s a festive buffet of extravagant, limited-edition 3-D structures housing delightful surprises catered to whatever your recipients’ interests are. But as one of the hottest commodities during the holiday season, the most-coveted ones are selling out fast, so you’ll want to order yours soon. Here are the eight best beauty advent calendars for everyone on your list.
For the fragrance aficionados: All the Jo Malone classics: English Pear & Freesia? Check. Wood Sage & Sea Salt? That, too. Here it is: The ultimate gift for any fan of the London brand’s iconic fragrances.
For the beauty newbies: Need a gift for a teen looking to dip their feet into the world of beauty? Give them this fun 24-day advent calendar from Pretty Little Thing. It features plenty of cult fave skin care and makeup brands — including Mario Badescu, Bondi Sands, Olaplex and Carmex — to start stocking their own beauty top shelf with.
For the glamazons: Ready to put on a festive face this holiday season? Get your hands on NYX’s 24-day holiday countdown, which features a range of the brand’s most-loved product selects, including the Soft Matte Lip Cream and Liquid Illuminator.
For the in-the-know connoisseurs: Packed with the buzziest beauty brands in the industry, this curated set features 30 cult products — 20 of which are full size — from brands like Dr. Barbara Sturm, Le Labo, 111Skin and Sunday Riley. This will get beauty lovers’ hearts racing.
For the travellers: Kiehl’s limited-edition calendar designed by London and Cape Town-based animation studio Made By Radio is sure to delight with its whimsical illustrations. Inside are 24 top-selling formulas (Creme de Corps! Midnight Recovery Oil!), with deluxe travel-friendly packaging perfect to throw into the carry-on for on their next escape.
For the Sephora fans: Nothing says holiday countdown like a box full of Sephora faves. Treat the nice ones on your list (and yourself, of course) to 24 days of beauty surprises, including sheet masks, manicure essentials, festive lipsticks, shimmery eyeshadows and more.
For those who love pampering: This limited-edition green and gold box houses the very best of French brand L’Occitane’s rich, heavenly scented hair and body care products. It may or may not get you the husband/wife/sister/daughter of the year award.
For those who love to give back: Not only will this blockbuster advent calendar pamper your giftee with head-to-toe skin care treats (like the Shea Shower Cream and Mango Body Yogurt) and offer daily suggestions for acts of kindness, but it also supports the brand’s lengthy list of Community Fair Trade partners that helped make each item.
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Renée Tse is a freelance writer based in Toronto. She writes about beauty and fashion. Reach her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org