The 7 Best Advent Calendars for 2016

Does your holiday meter flip its switch at midnight on October 31? You’re not alone! While I don’t go full-on Christmas for some time, I start a little bit of seasonal cheer on November 1. Small things, like swapping our pumpkins for golden acorns and our tombstone for a deer snowglobe.

As strange as it may seem, do not wait to buy your advent calendars. Ok, you can wait to buy the chocolate ones…but not these. Buy them now! Advent calendars have taken off in the last few years and I always use them as an excuse to treat myself. I’ve rounded up the best advent calendars for 2016 below. Let me know your favourites in the comments!

The Newcomer:
Saje Wellness Advent Calendar


This is Saje’s first year doing an Advent calendar and let me tell you – it’s packed with amazing goodies. Whether your choose to kick off or close out December with this calendar, you’re sure to get an amazing treat behind each door. There are no fillers in the Saje Wellness Advent Calendar: every single item is something I would (or have already) bought individually! What you can expect: 4 roll-ons, 2 diffuser blends and an exciting assortment of 6 other items. Available mid-November at and in store for $89.99

The One I Never Finish But Always Buy:
DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea


DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar, I can’t quite quit you. Maybe it’s because you’re so darn cute each year, or that my mother-in-law now gifts you to me as soon as you come out. Or maybe it’s because you’re so easy to enjoy and fun to explore. Featuring 24 different blends for each day of December before Christmas, this adorable calendar full of delicouis tea will keep you cozy, calm and refreshed until Christmas. And beyond, if we’re feeling honest: each tin contains more than one serving of tea, so you can easily stretch this into the new year! This one always sells out and is already available in store and online, so hurry up already! Available online and in-store for $40.

The Ultimate in Treat Yourself:
Lush 12 Days of Christmas


Get the feeling of walking into LUSH for 12 days in December with LUSH 12 Days of Christmas. Packaged up in a beautiful, re-usable hatbox, this calendar contains seasonal favourites and everyday must-haves. You can’t go wrong with any of these items and the kit includes some of my seasonal favourites (hello, Butterbear!) so I hope Santa brings one for me… Available in store & online now for $99.95.

The Luxe Must:
L’Occitane 2016 Advent Calendar


Whether you’re a L’Occitane veteran or are new to the brand, this year’s Advent Calendar is a must-have. The perfect gift for a friend who loves to travel or entertain, the 24 luxurious minis inside are guaranteed to get a smile. Each of these deluxe-sized products will urge you to re-purchase: L’Occitane has carefully selected some of their best sellers (like my favourite Shea Butter Hand Cream) for the kit. Available in-store for $59.00

The Best One For Makeup Junkies:
NYX Advent Calendar


This little suitcase filled with NYX cult favourite Soft Matte Lip Cremes and mini Eyeshadows is sure to please the beauty-lover in your life. Each door hides a new shade, so December can be a month of beauty exploration. Available online for $50 USD.

The Splurge:
The Body Shop Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar


At $169, this is the most expensive advent calendar on this year’s list. But, with a $300+ value, it’s also one of the best deals! If you’re a Body Shop aficionado, you’ll want to get your hands on the Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar (or its little sister, The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar). The perfect mix of beauty tools, bath & body products and makeup, the Body Shop’s Advent Calendar is a full month of beauty surprises. Available in-store and online for $169.

The Ultimate Zen:
Advent Calendar To Colour


Craving a bit of time to yourself this season? This adorable coluring book Advent Calendar will entice you to set aside a bit of time each day to colour in the holiday scene. The book will stand up on its own when opened for display, but can also be folded and tucked away until it’s complete. This is such a sweet idea for kids, but also great for adults who might want a little zen and mindfulness during the season. Available in-store and online at Indigo for $12.95.

Which of these will make your list this year? I’m still gutted that you can’t get the uber-pricey but also amazing and wonderful Jo Malone and Diptique calendars here in Canada, but these will fill the void until they do! xo