Goodbye, chocolate. These calendars make counting down to the holidays *so* much fun.

By Susan Brickell
December 06, 2019
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The countdown to the holidays has begun and with the invites to white elephant swaps, cocktail parties, and friends and family get-togethers pouring in, it's time to start stocking up for everyone on your list.

If you have a loved one who's a known makeup junkie or obsessed with skin care, beauty advent calendars are a genius and thoughtful way to treat them to a sampling of crazy-good products from top brands. (Related: Shape Beauty Awards 2019: Best Skin-Care Products)

These giftable calendars are filled with everything from anti-aging serums and masks to bath bombs and stunning scented candles—so you can give the gift of glowing skin or an escape from holiday stress. Plus, it's ridiculously fun opening those tiny doors to reveal the next surprise, right?

Whether you're shopping for your mom, sister, or bestie (and hey, the dudes in your life can benefit from a skin-care calendar, too!), these are the best beauty advent calendars of the season. Snap them up while you still can, and don't forget to pick up for yourself to indulge in a little self-care. (Related: Cyber Monday May Be Over, But You Can Still Save Big at Nordstrom Right Now)

Anthropologie 12 Days of Party Prep Beauty Advent Calendar


This pretty pink advent calendar has everything your BFF needs to get holiday party-ready, including a Slip silk scrunchie, Kopari toner, and celeb-loved Patchology lip masks and Skyn eye gels.

Buy It: Anthropologie 12 Days of Party Prep Beauty Advent Calendar, $50,

L'Occitane Holiday Advent Calendar


The ultimate collection of elevated beauty basics, this calendar boasts 24 skin-saving finds like shea butter hand and foot cream, essential oil-infused shampoo and conditioner, lip balm, and more.

Buy It: L'Occitane Holiday Advent Calendar, $64,

Sephora Favorites 12 Days of Skincare


Have you been wanting to test out that cult-favorite serum or pricey peel at Sephora, but didn't want to shell out the money for a full-size version? This kit features products to keep your skin feeling refreshed, thanks to hero items from Biossance, Dr. Dennis Gross, Peter Thomas Roth, Sunday Riley, Caudalie, and much more.

Buy It: Sephora 12 Days of Skincare, $52,

Urban Outfitters Best of Beauty Advent Calendar Gift Set


If you're late to the holiday countdown (guilty), this advent calendar includes 12 mini products that'll see your bestie through to the holidays. It's packed with Benefit mascara, Caudalie serum, Mario Badescu facial spritz, Supergoop moisturizer with SPF, and more cult favorites—so they're guaranteed to love it. (Related: The Best Moisturizers for Every Skin Type)

Buy It: Urban Outfitters Best of Beauty Advent Calendar Gift Set, $54,

Rituals Advent Calendar


This festive beauty advent calendar from Rituals is sure to get anyone on your list into the Christmas spirit. With shower products, face oils, body creams, and cozy candles, this kit encourages loved ones to take a moment for Ayurvedic-style self-care every single day.

Buy It: Rituals Advent Calendar, $74,

Macy's 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar


Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over, but that doesn't mean you can't snag awesome deals on holiday gifts still. This 24-piece collection is valued at almost $300—but you can currently score it for a fraction of the price—and it boasts amazing products like Clinique eye concentrate, Elemis cream, and Dr. Brandt exfoliator (a derm-favorite microdermabrasion product).

Buy It: Macy's 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, $90, $129,

Kiehl's Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar


Chock full of customer favorites from Kiehl's—including the brand's infamous anti-aging Midnight Recovery Concentrate—this advent calendar restocks your loved one's medicine cabinet with 24 premium samples from shower products to eye treatments to a corrective spot solution for zapping breakouts.

Buy It: Kiehls Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar, $90,

George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar


Perfect for the jetsetter, this kit contains a variety of travel-friendly beauty items including Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil, Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, and Marvis Toothpaste, to help fight jetlag wherever they go. (Related: Travel Beauty Products That Will Refresh Your Hair, Face, and Body After a Long Flight)

Buy It: George & Viv 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, $72,

Bare Minerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar


For the clean beauty addict in your life, this advent calendar from Bare Minerals combines the gift of skin care and makeup with surprises behind 24 windows, including a serum, primer, bronzer, highlighter, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, lip colors, setting spray, and more.

Buy It: Bare Minerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar, $99,

Ulta Beauty Merry Bright Skincare for Her


You can't go wrong with this under-$20 beauty kit that's meant to give your skin a serious glow-up, thanks to masks, exfoliating treatments, and moisturizers from some of the best brands (think: Clarins, Kiehl's, Proactive, Strivectin, and more).

Buy It: Ulta Beauty Merry Bright Skincare for HerUlta Beauty Merry Bright Skincare for HerUlta Beauty Merry Bright Skincare for HerUlta Beauty Merry Bright Skincare for Her, $20, $39,

Clarins Holiday Wishes Advent Calendar Set


This advent calendar will help you meet all of her #skingoals with Clarins picks like a gentle cleanser, soothing balm, firming mask, and toning lotion, among other hero products.

Buy It: Clarins Holiday Wishes Advent Calendar Set, $51, $60,

Charlotte Tilbury Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Beauty Advent Calendar


Gorgeous enough to leave out on the vanity, this kit is a mix of full-size and travel-size beauty items from cult-favorite brand Charlotte Tilbury. For 12 days, she'll be unveiling a product behind each window, scoring items like a miracle mascara, moisturizer, and lippies.

Buy It: Charlotte Tilbury Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic Beauty Advent Calendar, $200,



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