12 Goodie-Filled Christmas Advent Calendars Your Wife Will Absolutely Love
The holiday season is special for so many reasons, chief among them the many opportunities it grants us to play Santa and treat our favorite people to something special. While your mind is likely already focused on finding the perfect Christmas gift (or Hanukkah gift!) for the lucky members of your Nice List, we're here to tell you that you don't have to wait until Christmas Day to get started on the gifting fun.
Holiday advent calendars are a great way to bring the magic of the season to each and every day in December before the big show happens under the Christmas tree on December 25. To help take one thing off your holiday to-do list, we're rounding up our favorite thoughtful advent calendars for your wife this year. Our picks range from calendars packed with beauty products to gift boxes that open to reveal stunning jewelry (really!), and each is sure to deliver a holiday season she won't soon forget.
1. Apotheke 12-Day Advent Calendar
Nothing sets the mood quite like the right transformative holiday scent. Gift your candle-obsessed spouse this Apotheke gift set and allow them to spend the days leading up to Christmas exploring all the yummy fragrances within, ranging from the very seasonal Cardamom Chestnut to relaxing Hinoki Lavender. Bonus: Each two-ounce tin promises a whopping 15 hours of burn time, so there will be plenty left to enjoy once December wraps.
2. Palais des Thés Parisian Tea Advent Calendar
Chances are your wife is running around like crazy ahead of the holiday season, trying to make everything magical and memorable for the family. Treat her to some much-deserved me time during the Christmas countdown with this fancy tea advent calendar from Palais des Thés. It's packed with 24 days of bespoke blends from the French tea house, including the delicious Lovers Tea. Bonus: Each sachet is hidden behind a perforated "door" so the daily reveal is a surprise for your favorite tea drinker.
3. Sterling Forever Basics Build Your Own 5-Day Advent Calendar
How's this for a knockout gift idea? This wow-worthy countdown calendar from Sterling Forever allows you to hand-pick five pieces of jewelry for your wife, with options including chunky bracelets, delicate studs and romantic rings. Once you choose your selections, they're bundled into a chic box she'll be giddy to open once she spots it under the Christmas tree.
4. VINEBOX 12 Nights of Wine
You're probably already her favorite person, but you can cinch that title even further by gifting your wife this wine advent calendar ahead of the holiday season. VINEBOX tapped a handful of pro sommeliers to create this advent calendar. Their picks range from vibrant whites and rich reds to festive rosés, all packaged into perfectly portioned pours so she can sit and sip right away. The best part: This year, VINEBOX is kicking things up a notch with daily virtual tasting videos she can enjoy to learn more about the nuanced flavors behind each blend.
5. Bonne Maman 2022 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
If there's one holiday advent calendar that has reached icon status over the years, it's this one from Bonne Maman. During a time of year when everything is go, go, go, this (literally) jam-packed calendar encourages her to create some space in her schedule for a little R&R. The selection of 24 petite fruit spreads and honey can be slathered on everything from toast to sugar cookies and includes some limited-edition holiday flavors such as Chestnut and Orange With Spice and Strawberry With Star Anise. Pro tip: This calendar tends to sell out fast each year, so snag it for your wife now!
6. Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Diamond Chest of Beauty Stars
Have a serious makeup lover on your hands? She'll go starry-eyed when she sees this beauty advent calendar from celeb-favorite makeup brand Charlotte Tilbury under the Christmas tree. The 12-door gift box is packed with a combination of full-size and mini beauty products that will help her capture that enviable glow just in time for her work bash or next holiday hosting gig. With brand hit-makers like Brow Fix and Hollywood Beauty Light Wand included, this is one countdown calendar she'll thoroughly appreciate.
7. Mazzi and Erez Peled Advent Shower Steamer Set
In our opinion, there's no better holiday gift than one that allows your loved one to pour a bit back into their own cup during a particularly busy season of life. This self-care-focused holiday advent calendar encourages your wife to do just that, with a collection of 24 seasonally scented shower steamers that'll turn any morning ritual into a spa-like experience. Each steamer is formulated with essential oil fragrances reminiscent of the season (think: Peppermint and Orange + Clove) and includes gentle exfoliating salts, so they can be used as a scrub or simply left to dissolve in the corner of the shower.
8. Tingletouch The Advent Calendar for Couples
Show her some extra love and attention during the countdown to Christmas with help from this date night-focused advent calendar from Amazon. It combines thoughtful and romantic suggestions with a DIY approach to holiday gifting, allowing you and your spouse to choose your own adventure when it comes to executing each date night idea. Instead of getting a piece of chocolate each time you open a window, you'll get three activity suggestions for the day that range from fun to intimate to adventurous. It may just make December your best month yet.
9. Olive & June Christmas Calendar
Make sure her nails are always Insta-ready this holiday season with this coveted gift box from popular beauty brand Olive & June. The 25-day countdown calendar will reveal everything from moisturizing hand cream and cuticle lotion to candy cane nail decals and seven mini polishes in seasonal shades, all of which will leave her tips in tip-top shape all December long.
10. Dermstore 2022 Advent Calendar
If you're on the hunt for more of the best beauty advent calendars out there, look no further than this comprehensive countdown calendar from one of our favorite retailers, Dermstore. It's basically a high-end facial in gift box form, chock full of skincare products ($765 worth, to be exact!) that will make any beauty lover swoon. She'll score daily reveals from brands like Kate Somerville, Wander Beauty, Elta MD and Peter Thomas Roth, closing out the month with what is sure to be the skincare collection of her dreams.
11. Williams Sonoma 24 Days of Baking Cookies Holiday Advent Calendar
For many people, the holiday season goes hand-in-hand with baking, adding a special (and sugary!) nostalgia to the Christmas countdown that just can't be beaten. If your wife loves to tie on an apron and flex her muscles in the kitchen, she'll love this baking holiday advent calendar from Williams Sonoma. The exterior of the box brings the charm, with an elegant illustration of a patisserie—but it's what's inside that'll really get her in the festive spirit. Each day's reveal gifts some sort of pastry-themed goodie, from a snowman cookie cutter to a sugar shaker and icing bottle. Translation: She'll be ready to tackle those cookies for Santa in no time.
12. Amanda Watson Stitch a Day Advent Embroidery Calendar
Help your favorite craft star count down the days of Christmas with a playful piece that'll keep her mind and hands busy. Designed by Amanda Watson, this little piece of noel needlework offers up a new festive icon to stitch each day, along with the necessary materials (embroidery hoop, floss and fabric) to execute the project. It's a great gift idea if your wife is already a needlepoint enthusiast, but also works if she's been on the hunt for a new hobby to try out. Oh, and the end result can totally double as charming Christmas decor for the rest of the season—so fun!