An advent calendar is such a lovely tradition that truly helps bring a bit of hygge during Christmas, something that is much needed this year.
For me, advent calendars are something that makes Christmas time even more joyful and exciting, every year since I can remember I have had one and I love waking up in the morning to open up another door. It is a lovely way to count down to the big day, and something that makes December extra special don’t you think? This year in particular with everything going on, I think it is important that we focus on those little things that bring a smile on our face. Many of us might not be able to celebrate Christmas in the way we usually do or with those dear to us, so holding onto those traditions that remind us of a happier time can help bring a bit more normality to this strange time. In my case it looks like I won’t be able to go home to Norway, which means it will be my first ever Christmas not spent with the family… I know something as simple as an advent calendar will not replace that longing, but it might help us feel a little bit more high spirited this year so it is worth a try. because it is those little things that makes Christmas magical.
There is such a big variety when it comes to advent calendars on the market. You can find anything from sweet treats, beauty, candles to tea – the possibilities are endless. Since I haven’t decided which one to go for myself yet (I know it is only October but some of these do sell out fast), I thought I would share my top finds with you to help you in the process. And I will make sure I show my choice over on my Instagram when I have made up my mind :)
The best advent calendars for Christmas hygge:
This is for all you tea lovers out there! This beautiful the advent calendar from French brand Tea Heritage is a wonderful way to wait for Christmas, because it is packed full of adorable teabags shapes like an ice skate (as seen above) or other different festive designs. The front of the calendar is adorned with an iconic place in the French city of Lyon; the magnificent Fontaine des Jacobins.
The calendar will be shipping on November 1st, and I can imagine this will be a popular one so be early to order yours if you want one.
I love that this calendar is for two, so you can either share with your partner, friend or mum – or simply have two mugs for yourself! It has 24 days dedicated to all things hot chocolate, time to indulge in 12 delectable flavours with a selection of milk, white and dark hot chocolates from their collection, including the signature Luxury and adventurous Sticky Toffee Pudding or Peanut Butter. The glamourous art deco-patterned calendar box with cute drawers is also great for keeping and reusing next year.
(And for tea lovers, they do also have a tea advent calendar).
This calendar let’s you countdown to the holidays with 12 glasses of world class wines, perfectly paired with a socially distanced holiday season. The box includes a mix of reds and whites (and maybe a surprise winter rosé) curated from all over Europe. From old vines in France to trendy new regions along the coasts of Italy and Spain, it is a great way to discover new favourites.
Try classic Pinot Noir from France’s Burgundy region and sip tropical-fruit scented Chardonnay from the shores of Sicily. Other highlights include trendy fruit-bomb wines from Spain, classic Tuscan reds and crisp, floral whites from hillside vineyards in southern France. Limited quantities – so be quick to order!
Is there anything more cozy than lifting candles? This Christmas candle set features twelve candles with festive fragrances inspired by a classic Christmas carol which helps set the hygge mood during the holiday season. This box is a great gift idea too, and will surprise and delight just about anyone on your list this season.
Smells includes Apple Cranberry Wassail, Holly Jolly Wreath, Old-Fashioned Candy Cane and Holiday Cookie Dough.
This festive Nordic beauty advent calendar is the perfect companion for 24 days of Nordic beauty indulgence! Behind each door hides a delightful surprise, one of either 17 skincare or 7 make-up favourites. It is great as a gift to a friend who might need a bit of self care this holiday or as a treat for yourself.
Last year I had their 2019 advent calendar because I was curious about the brand, and I found it as a great introduction to their range. It consisted of many great items I ended up loving such as their face creams, mascara and body lotion… (but I do not want to spoil too much about what is inside for those who don’t want to know).
Get into the Christmas spirit this year with this adorable personalised advent calendar packed with 24 Christmas activities for you and your partner. Designed and printed by Ellie Ellie, this traditional couples advent calendar features a beautiful watercolour Christmas tree design along with 24 Christmas activities – one for everyday on the run up to Christmas day. Along with your choice of personalised names on the top.
The advent calendar has been specifically designed to be sustainable and therefore can be used year after year to get you and your partner into the Christmas spirit.
Enjoy 24 days of crispy surprises and sweet delights as you count down for Christmas Eve with this stunning minimal CHRISTMAS CALENDAR from Lakrids by Johan Bülow. A few yers ago I had this one, and if you are a liquorice lover like me you will like it too!
Discover surprising combinations and sensorial taste experiences through a world of blurry lights, glistening sights, sweet delights, and liquorice as the core. As you count down to Christmas, every surprise comes in packs of two so it is perfect to share. This year the calendar is made of 93 % recycled cardboard which is great.
This calendar will bring you 24 days of positivity to help you through the festive period. The run-up to Christmas is mostly an exciting time for us all, however it can also be an anxiety-inducing time for others. It can be a lonely time, especially this year, and may trigger emotions that are harder to deal with at that time of year, so this positivity advent calendar is here to help you take a moment in the morning to focus on one positive thing each day.
Behind each door you will find a positive prompt, based around 5 genres: Gratitude – take a moment to be grateful, Motivation – a motivational and inspiring quote for the day, Knowledge – a fun fact about Christmas, Kindness – an act of kindness and Wellness – A little something for you.
Delivery will be from early November.
Forget the chocolate-fuelled chaotic run up to Christmas. These handmade natural beeswax candles, with a burn time of 20 minutes, are the perfect way to escape the chaos. Burn one a day for advent and make some time for yourself to sit back and relax. Each set includes 25 beeswax candles with a lovely honey scent and a brass stand. The candles burn cleanly and come in a black presentation box with instructions for use.
This is a super-sweet handmade candle advent set which even can be personalised with a message of your choice to run along the inside of the box. (If you select no personalisation it comes with the word PAUSE in this space instead.)
The Pact advent calendar is the ultimate calendar for a coffee lover, whether as a gift or a delicious treat to yourself. Let it brew with 25 exclusive coffees ranging from rich, dark chocolate flavours to sweet sherbet.
Countdown to the big day with coffees from Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia and lots of other exciting origins. Every sachet is sealed for freshness just after roasting, and filled with speciality grade coffee that has been sourced through Direct Trade. It includes flavours like Ndundu Peaberry (a sell-out Limited Edition made with magical coffee beans) and Asomuprisma (the female-grown coffee that’s challenging gender equity).
This personalised ’24 days of stationery’ advent calendar is every stationery lover’s dream. 24 beautiful items of stationery is waiting to be to be discovered inside the 24 luxe foil embossed boxes that have been designed to look like a row of colourful books on a shelf.
From a personalised notebook, to a writing notecard set, luxury pens, and a range of gold stationery accessories, each day offers something different to be revealed and enjoyed. As well as looking festive and simply stunning, the advent calendar packaging is 100% recyclable and biodegradable with no plastics.
With the Ritual of Advent Calendar, you can enjoy a luxurious Rituals product behind every window. This is a great way to count down the last 24 days to Christmas and treat yourself or your loved ones to a special moment each day. This festive calendar includes a unique selection of little luxuries, including four special Advent candles. Advent starts four Sundays before Christmas and to mark the beginning of this festive period a candle is lit. Each Sunday a new candle will be lit until Christmas has arrived.
If you reckon counting down to Christmas with a selection of superb vodkas sounds like a delicious thing, then the Vodka Explorer advent calendar certainly sounds like something you will enjoy! There are no little squares of plain chocolate sitting behind the windows of this calendar. Instead, you will find a different 30ml wax-sealed dram of vodka from some of the world’s top producers behind each of the 24 windows. An excellent gift for those looking to explore the spirit, or if you’re already a fan of vodka and looking to explore some different expressions during the Christmas countdown.
This is another one is for the grown-ups! The advent calendar consists of 24 dark chocolate bottles of 375g with delicious liqueur fillings. These classic bottle-shaped chocolates are endorsed by some of the most famous liqueur brands, they have no sugar crust inside which gives a superior taste experience. The assortment is made of famous original brands such as The Famous Grouse, Cointreau, Drambuie, Jim Beam, Remy Martin and Canadian Club. Anthon Berg was founded in the heart of Copenhagen-Denmark in 1884 and developped its original chocolate liqueurs in 1922. The exceptional quality of its products made it one of the most respected chocolate brands in Scandinavia.
Available for a limited time, the 2020 Walkers Shortbread advent calendar is the perfect way to countdown to the holidays for hygge lovers! Fill your holiday season with surprise and joy as you open a new window each day to reveal a different individually wrapped delicious shortbread cookie.
The calendar has limited quantities and is sure to sell out quickly, so be early.
Scented with rich, festive notes of pine needles, cedar wood, red berries and candied sugar, this festive animals advent calendar is 24 days of surprise and delight. Behind beautifully printed doors, find enriched hand creams, hand balms and body lotions to lip balms, cleansing body scrubs, scented soaps, bath fizzers & salts. All certified vegan and cruelty-free, wrapped in our cheery, printed paper box. So cute right?
Celebrate the entire season with this advent calendar, featuring a beautifully illustrated festive, cozy scene. Count down the days until Christmas with 25 doors that open to reveal surprise illustrations inside.
This advent calendar contains a selection of the finest fresh festive handmade new & festive chocolates for you to enjoy one a day from December 1st to Christmas Day to help get you in the mood for Christmas! This limited edition box is presented with a frosted sleeve to show the date each chocolate should be eaten in (this is important given they have arranged the order to be able to include chocolates with a short shelf life) and a special menu describing each one.
This beautiful advent calendar is a great way to recreate the traditional Nutcracker fairy tale and ballet performance. Each numbered tray reveals characters and props from the story, all with colorful and shiny detail and it also includes a honeycomb Christmas tree. This is a really lovely gift that will be a joy to receive and display in your home.
This is a playful Christmas calendar that turns the special season into an imaginative story through the 24 days of Advent. Fill each of the 24 small pockets with a little gift or part of a story. Every day, there is another surprise waiting! After opening each pocket, turn them inside out and discover a little part of Copenhagen, building a festive play town one building, boat, tree and snowman at a time. This helps you feel inspired to create your own Christmas town.
For anyone wanting to give a unique calendar for a loved one, there are also many other empty ones that you can fill yourself and re-used each year. Or what about creating your own DIY calendar? Pinterest is a great source for inspiration for that.
BONUS: ADVENT CALENDAR from Ikea
The IKEA Advent calendar makes the countdown to Christmas Eve even more fun. We had it last year and it was great because each day you get a chocolate, but you also get gift cards from Ikea (which are worth at least €5) so you might end up being lucky and get a card with the value of €1000. It is also illustrated with classic Ikea furnitures, so if you are an Ikea lover like me – this is a great choice.
Find it in store at your local Ikea.
Now I need to decide which one I will be getting this year… it is very hard to choose! Would love to hear what calendar you will have. Maybe you have found a nice one not included in this list to recommend?