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Advent calendars are not what they used to be. Gone are the days of opening matchbox-size paper doors to reveal a simple image of a snowflake or mistletoe. Today’s advent calendars are customized, elevated, and no longer just for kids. Following are 12 advent calendars adults are sure to love this season.

For Beauty and Wellness Lovers

Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, $560 net-a-porter.com Our Travel Curator team is a big fan of Dr. Barbara Sturm and her cult-like skincare regimen. So this 24-product (full-size and mini) calendar, tucked into an elegant box, is high on our list. Try a new cleanser, mask, serum daily.

24 Days of Wellness Alo Yoga Advent Calendar, $250 aloyoga.com This limited-edition, minimalist (black and white) advent calendar is all about wellness and self care. Pull out a drawer to find Alo treats, affirmations, products, accessories, even a one-year subscription to Alo Yoga Moves.

For Foodies

Palais des Thés 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar $36 nordstrom.com Tea lovers will devour this curated collection of herbal teas (black, green, Rooibos). The calendar includes 24 different flavors and comes beautifully packaged.

Vine Box 12 Nights Of Wine Box, $129 getvinebox.comGet Vine Box’s 12 Nights of Wine debuted as the first curated wine advent calendar. The 2022 version includes 12 carefully crafted glass tubes, each containing a pour of exquisite wine, and a virtual tasting experience for each, led by a certified sommelier.

Ladurée Advent Calendar, $110 food52.com The next-best thing to spending the holiday in Paris: devouring sweets from Ladurée, the city’s famed confectioner. This pretty blue calendar contains 24 days worth of chocolates, bonbons, caramel candies, nougats, jam, and calissons.

For Home

Acqua Di Parma 25-Piece Advent Calendar, $600 saksfifthavenue.com This lavish advent calendar (housed in a marble box by Emilio Pucci) features 25 signature eau de parfum, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and candles straight from Italy. 

Wedgwood 2022 Christmas Advent Calendar House, $885 neimanmarcus.com Admittedly a bit over the top, this fabulous calendar, in the shape of an elegant house, makes for a holiday to remember. Set up the tree and every day leading to Christmas, open and add a beautifully crafted Wedgwood ornament in the brand’s signature blue and white jasper hues.

For Him, For Her, For Them

Mignonne Gavigan jewelry Advent calendar, $385 mignonnegavigan.com Add a little bling to the season with this jewelry-filled advent calendar. The Mignonne Gavigan box contains 24 pieces (earrings, necklaces, bracelets) inspired by art, nature, travel, and textiles. 

Smartbaits 24 Day Advent Calendar, $40 thefishingshop.com Reportedly the first-ever fishing advent calendar. Each of the 30 numbered flaps contains a new mystery lure. All (29 soft baits and one hard bait) change colors when they hit the water, attracting freshwater fish.

For Fur Babies

Frisco Holiday 12 Days of Christmas Cardboard Advent Calendar with Toys for Dogs, $29.98 chewy.com Furry friends will sit, roll over, and give paw for this special treat. For 12 days, open the holiday box to a different Santa-to-reindeer doggy toy (with squeaker). Toys range from latex to rope to plush, and are best suited for small and medium size breeds.

Advent Cookie Calendar, $59 wufers.com You will love the custom-illustrated boutique box (complete with magnetic closure and copper foil). Fur baby will adore the 24, bone-shaped cookies, made with human-grade, locally sourced ingredients in Wüfers North American bakery. 

More and Merrier Catnip Advent Calendar Cat Toy, $27.99 petco.com Indulge the feline in your life with 12 days of catnip and cat toys. Comes with loose organic catnip blends (ie valerian root and lavender) and refillable plush cat toys.