Start The Holiday Countdown With One (Or Two!) Of These Advent Calendars

From beauty and wellness to holiday decor and kids, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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The best advent calendars to help ring in the holiday season

What better way to do a proper Christmas countdown than with an advent calendar, right? This year, we’ve gathered loads of options to choose from: for the vegan, the lip gloss boss, the zen yogi, the tea addict to the playful kid, and more. Read on for some of our fave picks.

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Best advent calendar for sweet treats

Open each drawer to find a festively foiled chocolate treat. Favourites include a solid milk chocolate snowman and mini salted caramel square.

Home for the Holidays Advent Calendar, $28 at Purdys Chocolatier locations and

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Best advent calendar if you’re vegan

Your December just got a little sweeter! Designed for the vegan in mind, enjoy a variety of fruity gummies day-after-day.

Vegan 24 Day Advent Calendar, $39 in store and online at Squish.

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Best advent calendar if you’re diffuser obsessed

Infuse your space with a new scent every day, thanks to Saje’s limited holiday collection of essential oils.

12 Days of Wellness Advent Calendar, $110; available in store and online November 2 at Saje Natural Wellness.

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Best advent calendar if you’d like to treat yo’ self

The Sephora Collection brings you a magical discovery of beauty surprises. Receive skincare, makeup and must-have purse accessories as you count your way down to Christmas.

Sephora Collection Once Upon A Time Advent Calendar, $56 at Sephora.

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Best advent calendar if you live for holiday ornaments

‘Tis the season for decorating after all! This calendar reveals 24 hand-designed laser-cut birch ornaments, locally made in Toronto, Ontario.

Light & Paper Ornament Advent Calendar, $85 at Light & Paper.

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Best advent calendar if you have four furry legs

Leading up to Christmas Day, treat your pup to a daily gourmet cookie in the shape of a bone. Then on December 24th, expect a visit from Santa Claus himself (in the shape of a cookie, of course).

Bosco and Roxy’s Bark the Halls with 24 Days of Festive Cookies, $20 at PetSmart

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Best advent calendar if you love surprises

There may be no telling as to what beauty products you will discover, but if one thing’s for sure, this worldwide brand never disappoints. Check out the skincare tools we’re totally obsessed with right now.

Advent Calendar, $59 (contents worth more than $130) at Yves Rocher.

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Best advent calendar if you love a good glow

Jam-packed with beauty products, you’ll be sure to have radiant, glowing skin all holiday long! And speaking of glow, learn how to find the best highlighter for your complexion.

Beauty Universe Advent Calendar, $250; available at Charlotte Tilbury and in stores at Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, and Sephora.

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Best advent calendar if you want to re-energize your body

Enchant your skin morning, noon and night with bath and body favourites, as well as some skincare surprises. Plus, how cute is this owl?

24 Days of the Enchanted Advent Calendar, $69 (contents worth $156) at The Body Shop.

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Best advent calendar if you’re feeling giving

For each calendar purchased, L’Occitane is lending a helping hand to UNICEF by providing vitamin A supplements to children to prevent blindness.

Signature Advent Calendar, $59 (contents worth $116) at L’Occitane.

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Best advent calendar if you drink organic tea

Containing a mix of throwback teas, classic faves and even some new festive blends, this calendar will have you savouring your mornings.

24 Days of Tea Sachettes, $29; available in store and online October 23 at DavidsTea.

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Best advent calendar for kids

With over 50 surprises inside (including exclusive Hatchanimals characters), your little one(s) will have lots to discover.

Hatchimals Advent Calendar, $30 at Indigo.

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Best advent calendar if you’re a lippy addict

Take your lips through a colourful journey this holiday season — and who knows, you might even find your perfect match.

Sugar Trip Advent Calendar, $65; available in store and online at NYX Cosmetics.

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Best advent calendar for the little NHL fan

Give the hockey kiddo in your life the ultimate advent calendar: one where they can become an NHL superstar on Christmas Day.

Playmobil NHL® Advent Calendar — Road to the Cup, $35 at Indigo.

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Best advent calendar if you’re a cosmetic whiz

Guess it’s not really a surprise calendar, but a real beauty devotee would want to know what they’re purchasing, right?

Quo 12 Days of Beauty, $40 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

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Best advent calendar if you’re a beauty enthusiast

From lip gloss, eyeshadow, mascara, blush and highlighter, to even tools like tweezers and nail clippers, there’s no doubt your glam will be on point this New Year.

Cosmetic Advent Calendar, $17 at Winners.

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Best advent calendar if you’re the DIY type

Instead of purchasing an advent calendar that’s already set-in-stone with goodies, why not try filling one yourself this year? Plus, it makes for a fun pre-holiday activity.

Mudpie Tree Advent Calendar, $20 at Indigo.

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