The holidays are basically here, so before the invites to parties start pouring in, get a head start on shopping for everyone on your list. If you're buying a gift for someone who is in love with makeup or obsessed with skin care, beauty advent calendars are a genius and thoughtful way to treat them to a sampling of ridiculously good products from top brands. (More inspo here: Black-Owned Beauty Brands You'll Love for Great Hair, Skin, and More)
These are the beauty advent calendars to shop this holiday season:
These giftable calendars are filled with goodies like anti-aging serums, masks, bath bombs, and stunning scented candles — so you can give the gift of glowing skin or an escape from holiday stress. Plus, opening those tiny doors to reveal the next surprise is a treat they can enjoy all month long.
Whether you're shopping for your mom, sibling, or bestie, there's a beauty advent calendar out there for everyone. Snap them up while you still can, and don't forget to pick up one for yourself to indulge in a little self-care.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Dreams & Secrets Advent Calendar
With 12 luxury beauty items stocked inside, this bejeweled calendar from Charlotte Tilbury really would be a "beauty dream" for anyone who's after celeb-loved beauty. Revamped with the brand's newest and most beloved products, including the Legendary Lashes Volume Mascara, the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, and limited-edition lipstick, gloss, and shadow pens, this gift set holds everything your recipient needs to complete their holiday look.
L'Occitane Signature Holiday Advent Calendar
Perhaps the most classic calendar in the beauty world, L'Occitane's 2021 assembly of elevated basics contains 24 skin-saving finds like shea butter hand and foot cream, essential oil-infused shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, and face serum. One happy recipient of last year's calendar detailed their experience with the products, saying their lips were softer after just one day and their hands were softer after two: "I couldn't be happier." It's no wonder this best-seller, valued at $115, is a hit with shoppers year after year.
Clarins 24-Day Advent Calendar
Centered on clean beauty and sustainability, Clairin's calendar contains 24 makeup and skincare treats to discover each day. The brand is beloved by Shape beauty editors, and customers can't get enough of the Blue Orchid Face Treatment. Brand favorites like the Supra VolumeMascara and the Velvet Cleansing are also present, and when you add everything up, you're getting nearly $300 worth of best-sellers.
Benefit Cosmetics The More The Merrier Holiday Advent Calendar
Known for its retro packaging and renowned for its brow gel (which Sephora shoppers call "the best eyebrow product on the market"), Benefit does not disappoint with this year's advent calendar. Packed with 12 bite-sized makeup staples, including the best-selling They're Real mascara, Pore-fessional primer, and (of course) that Gimme Brow gel, this calendar contains $140 worth of covetable cosmetics, but it only costs $65. (Related: The 10 Best Eyebrow Fillers for Every Type of Brow)
Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Advent Calendar
Want 25 different bath bombs and soaps for a buck apiece? This calendar is stuffed with mini shower and bath bombs, each with its own unique blend of scents and essential oils. From the soothing Northern Lights Bathmallow with lemongrass and geranium to the energizing You Can't Catch Me Blaster with gingerbread and peppercorn, there's an aromatic experience behind every door, and last year's recipients say this has earned a spot on their 2021 list.
Olive & June Christmas Calendar
One of the fastest-growing brands in nail care thanks to its goof-proof at-home mani and pedi systems, Olive & June has put together a manicure lover's dream for the holidays. Its calendar contains nine mini polishes in wintery shades like reddish-pink Hibiscus and silvery shimmered Cosmic, a nail buffer, an award-winning cuticle serum, and everything else you need for professional-quality nails. For the person who loves a fresh coat but hates salon prices, this collection "will transform your at-home mani game," as one Shape editor put it.
Origins 12 Beauty and Holiday Favorites
This pine tree-adorned advent calendar from Origins can kickstart a lit-from-within holiday glow. In addition to face washes, serums, eye creams, moisturizers, and body lotions, the holiday kit includes the best-selling Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask, formulated to absorb environmental toxins. For the gifter looking for clean beauty steals, these 12 naturally derived products stack up to $125, but come beautifully packaged for much less.
Spotlight Oral Care 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Calendar
For the person who's serious about their smile, this calendar from Spotlight Oral Care is a 12-piece treat. The dentist-curated gift countdown includes the brand's Sonic Toothbrush, teeth-whitening strips, a lip mask, and more. Spotlight Oral Care toothbrushes alone are typically worth almost $90, making this collection a delightful deal.
Trader Joe's 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Brought to you by everyone's favorite Cauliflower Gnocchi makers, Trader Joe's has put together an impressive collection of customer-loved bath and body products, including the festive Cranberry Cider Shimmer Body Wash and the popular Rose Facial Oil. Like Everything but the Bagel Seasoning was at launch, these calendars might not be so easy to find at your local store –– so buy one here to beat the lines.
Voluspa Mini Candle Advent Calendar
For the person who always has space for another scented candle, Voluspa's Mini Candle Advent Calendar is a festive variety for their ever-growing collection. With 12 warming winter scents like Vanilla Fireside, Spiced Pumpkin Latte, and Forbidden Fig, this holiday collection will keep their home and spirits bright all season long.
IT Cosmetics 12 Days of Confidence Collection Advent Calendar
Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after beauty advent calendars, this year's iteration from IT cosmetics includes the brand's coveted staples: the Superhero Volumizing and Lengthening Mascara, Confidence in a Cream Hydrating Moisturizer, Confidence in a Cleanser Hydrating Facial Cleanser, and much more. Sephora shoppers say they've discovered new makeup obsessions from IT and can't wait for this limited edition set
Anthropologie George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
The 24 samples from an impressive selection of skin care brands, including Youth to the People, Mario Badescu, Sunday Riley, and Peter Thomas Roth, are almost secondary to this beautifully designed calendar with artwork by Emily Taylor… almost. Featuring festive illustrations in typical Anthro style, the calendar holds goodies worth $275 — but it won't cost you nearly that much.