Advent Calendar season seems to come earlier every year, but you won’t find any complaints here! If you’re looking for advent calendars in Canada, you’ve come to to the right place. From local snacks to DIY options and beauty calendars, too, we’ve rounded up the best advent calendars of 2021.
The trick to getting a great Advent calendar is to grab what you love *immediately* as many sell out very fast. This post will be updated as some favourites are released – Nov. 1 is a popular holiday launch date!
The Best 2021 Food & Drink Advent Calendars
Jams, cheese and tea, oh my! Go beyond chocolate & candy with 2021’s best food advent calendars, including a local Toronto option.
Bonne Maman 2021 Advent Calendar
The sleeper hit of the 2020 advent calendar season was this Bonne Maman calendar, packed with 24 jams & jellies. This year’s exclusive holiday flavours include Cherry with Hibiscus Flower, Sweet Orange and Passion Fruit, Peach with Jasmine, Wild Blueberry with Lemon Balm and Raspberry with Rose – delish! (Psst – you can also buy it through this small Canadian retailer for a lower price once you include shipping…). Bonne Maman 2021 Advent Calendar, $45.99
Le Dolci Holiday Cookie Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a local, Canadian pick that’s a bit different from the norm and can be personalized, Toronto-based Le Dolci’s holiday cookie calendar is your best bet. Hand-iced cookies with seasonal flair hide behind each door – an upgrade from the usual chocolate. Add your family name or company logo for an extra fee. This calendar must be ordered before November 19 and will ship across Canada! Le Dolci Cookie Advent Calendar, from $48
Jackson-Triggs 2021 Wine Advent Calendar
Wine-lovers, take note! Jackson-Triggs has released a special holiday variety pack, featuring 12 bottles of the brand’s Ontario wines. This is perfect to keep on-hand for impromptu holiday celebrations or last-minute gifting. Available at the LCBO in limited quantities, a different wine hides behind each door. Jackson-Triggs Holiday Variety Pack, $188.95
Babybel Advent Calendar
Yes, this is real. If “cheese, please” is a common refrain in your house, give this calendar a try. Featuring the brand’s original, cheddar and Swiss varieties, this cheesy calendar will be a hit with kids in particular. Available exclusively at Walmart starting Nov. 1. Babybel Advent Calendar, $15
Nespresso Advent Calendar
Coming soon – Nespresso’s 2021 Advent Calendar! Word on the street is that it launches November 1 in Canada.
DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea
Cozy up to a hot cuppa after a long day of merry-making with DavidsTea fan-favourite advent calendar. Featuring 24 varieties of tea, holiday editions, exclusives and everyday favourites are on deck. DavidsTea Advent Calendar, $50
Best 2021 Kids’ Advent Calendars
For the tiniest elves, fast-track your way to the top of their nice list with these advent calendars that are perfect for kids & families.
Felt Ornament Advent Calendar
If you’re looking for a reusable Advent calendar option that doesn’t require you to figure out what to fill 24 pockets with – this is it. Hide one of the included velcro-backed ornaments in each pouch and slowly decorate the tree in the lead-up to Christmas. This is what Izzy will be using this year! Mini Maison Felt Ornament Advent Calendar, $49.99, Indigo (exclusive)
The Usborne Advent Calendar Book Collection
If your little loves to read, this collection of beautifully illustrated books is the perfect way to count down during the holiday season. Featuring classic tales like Jack & the Beanstalk, Cinderella and The Nutcracker, these mini-books are a sweet alternative to traditional calendars. Usborne Book Advent Calendar, $34.95
Ornament-A-Day Advent Calendar
Crafty kids will rejoice at the opportunity to make a new ornament each day. Fun & festive, there’s nothing better than keeping little hands busy during this time of year! Ornament Advent Calendar, $39.99
Hot Wheels Advent Calendar
Race into the holiday season with this Hot Wheels calendar, featuring 8 vehicles and other play accessories. Perfect for the car-lover or collector, the box folds out into a playmat. Best of all, these toys will continue to go to good use after the holiday season. Hot Wheels Advent Calendar, $29.97 at Walmart
2021’s Best Beauty, Wellness & Luxury Advent Calendars
The ultimate in treat yourself, these luxurious advent calendars are perfect for pampering yourself or a loved one during the holiday season. The price tags might be a bit eye-popping, but if you’re a beauty, wellness or luxury-lover, there’s always value to be found.
Kiehl’s 2021 Advent Calendar
Skincare advent calendars can be hit or miss, which is why I love leaning into a favourite brand. If you love Kiehl’s, or if you’re curious to try their iconic products, this luxury advent calendar is a must. Behind the well-designed doors, you’ll find fan favourites like creme de corps, midnight recovery concentrate and creamy eye treatment with avocado. Kiehl’s Advent Calendar, $140 ($322 value)
Voluspa Advent Calendars (Mini and Standard)
Candle calendars are a favourite option because they typically last well beyond the season – and are perfect to split up and use as stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or companion gifts if you’re so inclined. If you love Voluspa candles, choose between luxe (pictured) or mini versions of their 12-day calendar which includes their most popular scents. Voluspa Advent Calendar, Full Size – $199.99 at Nordstrom / Mini Candle Calendar- $99.00 at Sephora
Holt Renfrew Beauty Advent Calendar
Luxury beauty advent calendars in Canada can be tough to come by. If you dream of a Liberty or CultBeauty-style calendar, this is likely your best bet. Details coming soon – November 1 launch. Holt Renfrew 2021 Beauty Advent Calendar, $—
Jo Malone 2021 Advent Calendar
Jo Malone’s calendar is always a bit of a show-stopper – both in price and in contents. This year’s calendar is available for pre-order in Canada, directly through Jo Malone, and features fragrance, candle and bath & body minis in your favourite JM scents. A 30ML fragrance is also included! Jo Malone 2021 Advent Calendar, $595
Lush Advent Calendar
25 days of bath & body goodies is the ultimate dream, especially when they’re holiday & year-round favourites from Lush. From bombs and bubbles to lotions and scrubs, Lush’s Advent Calendar is a must-have for the bath lover. Lushies take note: this reusable box also holds some exclusives, like Sleepy, Thundersnow and Cinders Bath Bombs, Kris Mouse and Christmas Penguin Bubble Bars, or Merry Christmas Shower Gel. Lush 2021 Advent Calendar, $299.95
The Best 2021 Candy Advent Calendars
What’s an advent calendar round-up without sugary treats! Go beyond the typical chocolate options and treat your sweet tooth to something special with these luxury candy calendars.
Squish 24 Days of Candy
For a Canadian candy calendar, look no further than Montreal-based SQUISH’s coveted offering. Tasty, innovative treats are behind each door, offering up candies like Vegan Cherry Watermelon Crush, Brain Freeze and Magic Mushrooms. Squish 24 Days of Candy Advent Calendar, $44.50
Sugarfina 2021 Advent Calendar
Luxury gummies, chocolates and more hide inside each tiny box in this beautifully-designed calendar, a twist on the traditional sugary favourite. Sugarfina has so many unique and interesting flavour combinations and each day is an opportunity to enjoy four pieces of delicious candy (or share, if you’re so inclined). Sugarfina Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar, $70
Keep checking back for new calendar suggestions as we get closer to the holiday season!