This year, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses. I’ve done my best to incorporate local offerings into the 2020 round-up of best advent calendars. If you know of any Ottawa area businesses selling advent calendars – please let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Of course, the most EXCITING advent calendar will be my 3rd annual Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar. This year, to make it easier to play along at home, I’m pre-releasing a full eBook with all the recipes in mid-November so you can prep and plan ahead.
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So, without further ado, let the merriment begin and order your favourites so they arrive by December 1st.
24 Cookie Countdown | Batter Up Bakery | $75
Local baker Jamie-Lynn Pokryzwka has put together an assortment of sweet treats to help you countdown to the 25th. From shortbread to gingerbread, each day holds an individually wrapped cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth throughout December.
2020 Advent Calendar | BBxCollection | $80 *Available on November 13th*
Ottawa’s own BBxCollection is releasing their 2020 advent calendar on November 13th. The advent calendar will be packed with more than $175 worth of goods from their shop, including: earrings from Birch Jewellery, Canadian-made lip balm, bath bombs, donation to the Ottawa Food Bank, a gift card, and a T-shirt!
Bejewelled Beauty Chest Advent Calendar | Charlotte Tilbury | $250
You’ll probably be staring at your face more than usual on this year’s Zoom holiday party circuit – so whether you plan to go bare-faced with a fresh glow from the Goddess Skin Clay Mask or full glam with one of her famous lip colours – this twelve-piece set from Charlotte Tilbury has got you covered.
24 Days of Tea | David’s Tea | $50
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 teas.
Apothecary 14-Piece Advent Calendar | Saks Fifth Avenue | $104.80
This 14-piece set is a curated collection of potions, lotions, and tools for skin, hair, and wellness. The set includes a full size Foreo Luna Play T-Sonic facial cleansing device along with buzz-worthy skincare brand Augustinus Bader. Seeing as this December will likely entail more staying in than going out, this kit presents the perfect opportunity to level up your self-care routine before 2021 comes along.
12 Days of Wellness Kit | Saje | $110
Countdown to holiday wellness with this collection of 12 best-selling scents from Saje. You’ll need a diffuser to use these with but a little aromatherapy can go a long way, especially when all our nerves are fraught from living through a pandemic. There are blends designed to enhance meditation, uplifting your mood, winding down, and more.
Japonica 12 Candle Archive Gift Set | Voluspa | $104.80
Inspired by the fine art of Japanese paper making, Voluspa has released a deluxe collection of 12 candles, each in an embossed glass holder. Delicate fragrances will keep your home smelling great throughout the holidays and beyond.
12 Days of Stationery | Indigo | $39.50
For the person who’s desk is always immaculately styled, this beautiful set holds 12 days of stationery and desk accessories behind its doors. From miniature notes to pencils and paperclips, this collection will make you want to be productive, even the morning after the Zoom office holiday party.
Festive House Paper Craft Advent Calendar | Meri Meri | $55.24
Well-suited to kids big and small, this lovely paper craft advent calendar from Meri Meri allows them to construct a paper house for a reindeer family day-by-day. This set comes in a lovely house-shaped box with numbered trays that reveal new characters and home furnishings to complete the paper house.
Limited Edition Advent Calendar | Kiehl’s | $129
For the skincare fanatic in your life, this beautifully designed collection from Kiehl’s features 24 of their customer favourites – from facial cleansers to serums and everything in between. This will keep their complexion dewy and wrinkle-free well into 2020.
Holiday Beer Calendar | Nita Craft | $123.90
Open to residents of Ontario the fine folks at Nita have compiled a collection of 24 beers from breweries from Ottawa to Hamilton, 23 unique breweries are represented, with plenty of seasonally tailored options. Perfect for the craft beer snob in your life – or yourself, if you fit that description.
Shine Bright: Nail Lacquer Advent Calendar | OPI | $67.50
Always changing up your mani? Or have a loved one who does? This set of 25 mini nail lacquers from OPI is just the ticket for the colour chameleon in your life.
Clémentine California Advent Calendar Perfume Set | Atelier Cologne | $145
Pint size perfumes for the person who wants scents that transport them to endless beaches and late sunsets. The Clémentine California contains fresh and fruity notes of clementine, juniper berries, and vetiver for a summery scent.
Prestige Chocolate Advent Calendar | Venchi | $80
Of course, I couldn’t leave you without sharing the quintessential advent calendar. CHOCOLATE! This fancy array of chocolate bonbons from Venchi is sure to #sparkjoy this holiday season.
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