The 7 Best Advent Calendars of 2018

If you flip a switch at 12:01 on November 1, you’re not alone. I won’t go full Christmas until closer to mid-November, but let’s just say I freed a few of our decorations from the basement this past weekend. Bring on the hot cocoa, cheesy Hallmark Christmas films and holiday cheer! And, of course, bring on the Advent calendars!

Beyond the chocolate calendars of your youth, one of the best things about #adulting is picking up a luxe advent calendar to gift yourself throughout the season. Need a little self care? Advent calendar. Want to treat yourself? You’ve got it. A few of this year’s picks have cropped up each year, but there are a few new calendars you’re going to want to get your hands on. Sadly, we’ve already missed out on the calendars from MAC, Jo Malone + NARS (sold out!). But I promise these 7 Advent Calendars will tickle your holiday fancy.

Saje 12 Days of Wellness Calendar

Saje has topped my list three years running with their Wellness Calendar, which should come as no surprise. The Saje Advent calendar gives you an extra excuse to do something nice for yourself each day during the two weeks leadnig up to Christmas by popping a little oil in your favourite ultrasonic diffuser. Each of the 11 essential oil blends in this year’s calendar are limited edition, allowing you to experience something a little new from the brand each day. The calendar also contains a ceramic ornament diffuser, so you can take your aromatherapy to go.

This year’s brand new blends: All the Feels / Awake / Cozy / Excited / Festive / Balanced / Joyful / Loved / Peaceful / Relaxed / Sleepy (you can see what ingredients they contain here)

Remember – if one of these becomes a favourite, be sure to tell the brand! They brought back three of last year’s essential oil blends as full-size bottles in this year’s holiday collection! Buy it now for $109.95 

Lush 12 Days of Christmas 

Bombs, bubbles & body wash: need I say more? If you love Lush, you need this 12-day countdown calendar. This is a great way to get your hands on Lush’s holiday offerings in a cute hatbox (and save a little bit in the process). Buy it now for $99.95 

Lush Wonderful Christmas Time 

If you’d like to treat yourself to a full 24 days of Christmas, splurge on Lush’s Wonderful Christmas Time gift box. Featuring 24 days of bubble bars, body wash, lotions and more, it’s the ultimate way to take a self care hour. Buy it now for $199.95 

Atelier Cologne Discovery Advent Calendar

This advent calendar from Atelier Cologne gives you a little bit of everything. Along with featuring 17 scents from the brand, travel sized body lotions, soaps, shower gels and a rollerball fragrance are included as well. By the end of the month, you’ll have found your perfect fragrance (just in time for Boxing Day sales!) Buy it now for $75


Diptyque Advent Calendar

This is the Holy Grail of Advent Calendars: the usually-sold-out Diptyque Advent Calendar. Packed with mini candles, fragrance and skin care treats, this is the must-have calendar for any Diptyque lover. And you’d better really love it at that price tag. Sold out at Holt Renfrew, but available at Nordstrom for ~$584

Net-A-Porter 25 Days of Beauty

Another go-to for luxury beauty fiends, Net-A-Porter’s 25 Days of Beauty has a best-selling, high-end beauty product behind each of the doors. Brands like Le Labo, Omorovicza, Charlotte Tilbury & Sunday Riley each make appearances in this sleek beauty advent calendar. Buy it now for $208.

DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea

Would you rather sip your way to Christmas? DAVIDsTea 24 Days of Tea is a fan-favourite tea calendar packed with throwback teas, online exclusives and a sneak peek of brand new teas. Each door hides two servings of tea, making this perfect to share with a friend. If you struggle to get through the calendar each year (hello!) there are two new options. 24 Teas to Love (organic teas) & 24 More Sleeps (low-caffeine teas) are lower-priced options, containing 24 sachets of tea for $32.

Which of these Advent Calendars will you pick up for yourself? I’m already making plans to grab the one from Saje (how could I resist?)