Advent calendars are how adults cheat the gift-giving system. Instead of trying to figure out what your second cousin’s girlfriend would want for the holiday, there’s a beautifully wrapped box loaded with a variety of products she’s bound to love. And for the ones receiving the gift? You now have an excuse to open presents before the actual holiday. But unlike those childhood options housing pieces of chocolate behind its doors, these advent calendars shouldn’t give you a stomach ache if you open too many.
The appeal of the beauty countdown calendar is this: Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars for full-sized products, these offer up sample-sized options for a fraction of the price. So whether you’re
shopping for a beauty novice who can’t tell the difference between a serum and a facial oil, or a total expert who’s looking to explore one of their favorite brands, there’s probably an advent calendar for it.
Check ahead for our favorites this holiday season. But make sure you snag one before December 1 so you don’t miss out on the daily beauty swag. Or, you know, open it all at once — to each their own.
Exactly how to get your aunt in Florida to stop asking for face lotion suggestions: Clarins’ famous box o’ beauty has every skin necessity in samples sizes.
Clarins, $ 125, available at Nordstrom
If you’re hopping from office meetings to crosstown dinner parties, you’ll need a healthy skin prep
and makeup kit always on deck. This countdown from Charlotte Tilbury delivers. Charlotte Tilbury, $ 200, available at Nordstrom
For the hometown friend who has seen every nature documentary on Netflix, twice over. But just because they like their products natural doesn’t mean their willing to skimp on pretty packaging.
The Body Shop, $ 105, available at The Body Shop
If you’re interested in revamping your entire bathroom’s top shelf with some good vibes, this 12-piece skin set should do the trick. Featuring Origin’s best-sellers like Peace of Mind spot treatment and GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturizer, within seconds of unloading all the goods, you’ll feel those new year resolutions rolling on in with ease.
Origins, $ 70, available at Nordstrom
When you can’t get an appointment at
L.A.’s trendiest spa, you bring the botanical treatments to your own bathroom. Thanks to the mallow blossom bubble bath, relaxation tea, and herbal bath salts, you’ll be able to melt away those family dinner conversations in no time. Susanne Kaufmann, $ 170, available at Anthropologie
Even if you don’t get
seasonal affective disorder (SAD), that doesn’t mean your skin won’t. This 12-step system includes everything from a rejuvenating essence to a gentle enzyme peel that guarantees a fully revamped complexion by January 1. Amorepacific, $ 55, available at Sephora
We all know someone who still rides — and would definitely die — for Clinique. So much so, they probably still go to the department store to stock up on its famous moisturizing lotion. If that’s the case, maybe it’s time you introduce your friend to some of the brand’s newer launches.
Clinique, $ 49.5, available at Sephora
Nyx redefined what it meant to drop
affordable beauty vaults this year. Now, the brand that keeps you within your credit card limit is bringing your lipstick dreams to life with this countdown collection of its famous formulas. NYX, $ 65, available at Ulta Beauty
Nail polish is the kind of thing you never feel like you have enough of — but Ciaté is making sure you will. This mini mani collection includes 19 minis and one full-size pot of the brand’s reformulated glossy nail lacquer. Plus, you’ll find a base coat and nail file inside for your at-home treatment needs.
Drugstore finds that look — and feel — like you spent your entire holiday bonus on it. But don’t worry, this indulgent set features affordable best-sellers from Boots No7 for under $ 50.
No. 7, $ 40, available at Walgreens
Is it even the holiday season without a massive set of Jo Malone favorites? This collection will keep you satisfied with bougie body wash, perfumes, and of course, candles — until you can’t possibly smell any more like a flower.
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar, $ 450, available in Jo Malone London boutiques.
Gift-givers take note: If someone loves stealing the beauty amenities in luxe hotel bathrooms, this is the holiday present for ’em. Filled with decadent products, like nine fragrant body washes, this high-end collection will be their sticky finger fix.
Molton Brown, $ 250, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Not sure what skin type every friend in your group has? This countdown box from Ole Henriksen includes a
product for every concern, plus some magor hygge-worthy masks. Ole Henriksen, $ 69, available at Sephora
When you don’t know exactly what your Secret Santa wants, this massive skin-care collection includes
everything. Think: shower scrubs, body mists, serums, candles, and even mascara. Rituals, $ 79, available at Rituals
Rarely do we know people who maintain standing facial appointments — but those proactive people exist. And if you have to shop for them during the holidays, this smorgasbord of skin-care savers will do the trick.
Skinstore, $ 99, available at SkinStore
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