I took a poll on Instagram to see when people were ready to start seeing holiday content on the blog and several of you felt strongly that nothing should start until after November 1st, others felt after Remembrance Day was more appropriate. All the while, my gift guides from 2018 and 2017 have been steadily increasing in pageviews.
Well, I won’t keep you waiting any longer, whether you start your Christmas shopping in January or leave it until December 23rd. You might want to get going on this particular list though because today I’m highlighting the most delightful advent calendars of 2019.
As someone who has neglected advent calendars before, it’s not as fun when you have to peel open those little doors all at once and end up eating 24 tiny chocolates in a single sitting. I can assure you, both your gut and your dentist will despise you if you do that.
So, without further ado, let the merriment begin and order your favourites so they arrive by December 1st.
YASSSSSSS! At long last, we Ontarians can access the joy that only gin can bring. 24 mini bottles of gin – available at the LCBO. Clearly this is the advent calendar I’m MOST excited about on this entire list. This set will deliver a truly spirited holiday season – the cocktail options are endless.
One my personal favourite ways to countdown to Christmas morning. The Squish set offers a flavourful array of gummies ranging from the Avocado Dreaming to Sour Wine. Bonus: there’s usually more than one gummy behind each door, so you could share, if you’re in the giving spirit.
Transform yourself into a glamazon for every holiday party on your dance card with the help of makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury and her upmarket collection lipsticks, eyeshadows, masks, and moisturizers. All enveloped in this gorgeous glittery case.
This set became an instant classic when the popular Canadian purveyor of loose-leaf teas first released its advent calendar a few years ago. This collection is chock-a-block with throwback favourites, web exclusives, bestselling blends and sneak peeks of new tears, along with three exclusive offers.
If you have a friend who has yet to transition to the magic of dip manicures and has sworn off shellac, in defense of the health of their nails, this assortment of 22 mini nail polish pots and one full-size pot will give them enough options to switch up their mani every couple of weeks – for the WHOLE year.
It wouldn’t be much of a list of advent calendars without some chocolate. So, here you have it: chocolate but the really good kind – not the sort that tastes faintly like recycled plastic.
The iconic fragrance house has released a deluxe collection of 25 little treasures in discovery sizes. A unique selection of seven diptyque eau de toilettes, two beauty care products, fifteen mini candles and one regular size candy to make every day of December smell uniquely delicious.
For the person who’s desk is always immaculately styled, this beautiful pink and rose gold gift box hides exclusive kikki.K products behind each of its doors. From miniature notes to pencils and paperclips, this collection will make you want to be productive, even the morning after the office holiday party.
Well-suited to kids big and small, let them play conductor with this previous railway advent calendar, featuring twenty-four beautiful wooden pieces and a keepsake bag. The set comes in a delightful themed box, shaped like a train station, that reveals decorative pieces to create a snowy scene.
For the skincare fanatic in your life, this complement of 12 masks includes the world famous “Pink Mask” and other favourite go-to products. This will keep their complexion dewy and wrinkle-free well into 2020.
Open to residents of Ontario (of legal drinking age, duh) the fine folks at Nita have compiled a collection of 24 beers from breweries from Ottawa to Hamilton – with plenty of seasonally tailored options. Perfect for the craft beer snob in your life – or yourself, if you fit that description.
Have an aspiring YouTube hair tutorial teacher in your life? This set of 12 different hair accessories could be just the ticket. Bonus: hard to burn your hair off with a curling iron if you’re just accessorizing with a velvet srunchie, barrettes, or hair clips.
Pint size perfumes for the person who is always changing up their scent. Pamper them with a curated selection of pure perfumes, decadent hand creams, and nourishing bath and body treatments.
If you didn’t get excited about the gin advent calendar off the top, I sure hope you are able to muster some of your yuletide spirit for this ADORABLE and delicious whisky advent calendar that features 24 drams of drinking goodness.