How is it December already? One day we were marking the first day of fall, and then we woke up the next with just 24 days left until Christmas. So whether you’re ready or not, the holidays are almost here. If you need some help getting into the holiday spirit, then one of our favorite ways to get into the mood is with adult Advent calendars.
The best adult Advent calendars of 2022 are filled with delicious treats and surprise gifts, and they also make great early Christmas or Secret Santa gifts as well.
What exactly is an adult Advent calendar? You know, those boxes full of chocolates you loved as a kid? Now there are adult versions, and you’ll love them just as much — maybe more. Alcohol Advent calendars? They’re real!
Compared to Christmas trees, which have been part of Christmas traditions since at least the 1500s, Advent calendars for adults filled with booze or chocolates are a relatively new tradition. However, they’ve become one of the most popular annual holiday traditions, and some of the most well-known options sell out almost as fast as they go online. Already this year, we’ve seen Lovehoney introduce new adult adult Advent calendars, new Total Wine alcohol Advent calendars, and new options from familiar brands like Funko Pop! and Godiva.
Whether you’re treating yourself this holiday season or looking for a festive gift for a special someone in your life, there’s an Advent calendar for every adult. Remember, the best Advent calendars of 2022 are definitely going to sell out (some of them already have!), so don’t procrastinate any longer!
What Kind of Adult Advent Calendars Can You Buy?
The best Advent calendars aren’t just for impatient kids anymore. A handful of brands have designed fun and festive adult Advent calendars to keep us sane while we count down the days of December.
You won’t find generic chocolates in our favorite adult Advent calendars. Instead, the contents of modern adult Advent calendars vary wildly depending on what you’re looking for. You can undoubtedly find super-niche calendars, like those for Star Wars fans or cheese lovers, but a few themes pop up regularly when we search out the best Advent calendars for adults. These include:
- Alcohol Advent Calendars (like the famous Aldi wine calendar)
- Premium chocolates and fine candy
- Grooming and beauty products
- Edibles (jams, teas, cookies, coffees, craft popcorn, etc.)
- Dog advent calendars
- Chic DIY Advent calendars to fill yourself
- NSFW Adult Advent calendars featuring sex toys or lingerie
- Pop culture collectibles
Grown-up Advent calendars also make great early holiday gifts, and most of them double as tasteful Christmas decorations, too.
To spruce up your December countdown, we’ve rounded up the best Advent calendars for adults with daily surprises. Keep reading for our selection of the best Advent calendars of 2022 featuring whiskey, chocolate, collectibles, craft popcorn and so much more.
1. Holly Dolly Advent Calendar
This year, we’re naming the Dolly Parton Advent Calendar the best of the year. After all, who couldn’t use a little more Dolly in their lives? And as it says on the box, don’t you want to have a “Dolly Jolly Christmas”?
Whether she’s releasing hit records or helping to fund a vaccine for COVID-19, there’s not much Dolly Parton does that isn’t a-may-zing. That includes releasing an Advent calendar. We typically ask ourselves, What Would Dolly Do? Now we know what Dolly would eat, at least when it comes to candy. Parton’s Advent calendar is filled with 25 of her favorite treats, which are now our favorite treats.
2. Total Wine Alcohol Advent Calendars
You may know Total Wine as your local adult beverage supplier, but the company has a growing presence online as well. For Christmas 2022, the company has debuted a trio of new Adult Advent Calendars, and there’s something for beer, wine and spirits lovers. Personally, we’re excited about the 12 Days of Spirits calendar, which is full of vodka shooters to get you in the holiday spirit, but beer lovers are sure to enjoy the 24 Beers of Cheer calendar. Most popular alcohol Advent calendars sell out the closer we get to Christmas, so place your order before it’s too late.
3. Lovehoney Blowmotion 12 Days of Play Sex Toy Advent Calendar
Work off some steam around the holidays with the Lovehoney Blowmotion 12 Days of Play Sex Toy Advent Calendar. Packed with several toys to enjoy solo or with a friend, the Advent calendar is filled with goodies to facilitate sexy times for anyone with a penis. Lovehoney’s Advent calendars regularly sell out, and this year they’ve introduced fun new options for men, women and couples, so make sure to get on it, then get it on.
Read More: Lovehoney Debuts 5 New Adult Advent Calendars in 2022
4. LEGO Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar
New for 2022, LEGO has released their latest Advent calendar from a galaxy far, far away. Great for the whole family, the calendar includes several Star Wars favorites in their holiday best. We especially like Darth Vader enjoying Christmas like a snowbird in Florida. While this may not come with adult treats like whiskey or beef jerky, it would make a great parent-child bonding activity, and it’s an Advent calendar nerds of all ages will appreciate. Of course, before you place your order, you should know that LEGO isn’t the only brand with a new Star Wars Advent calendar this year…
5. Vinebox 12 Nights of Wine
This advent calendar from Vinebox was designed for the certified sommelier who wants to enjoy a glass of wine during the day or night leading up to the holidays. Each box includes a virtual tasting experience as well as twelve carefully crafted glass tubes and a world-class pour of exquisite wine. Vinebox is one of our favorite wine clubs, and this wine Advent calendar has sold out for six years in a row.
6. Flaviar’s Whiskey Advent Calendar 2022
Flaviar’s annual whiskey Advent calendar is back and boasting 24 bottles in 1.7-ounce servings, with Bourbon and Rye, Scotch and Irish, Japanese and Australian varieties. The calendar includes a Glencairn glass, an embossed leather coaster and a tasting journal. The calendar features a new lineup this year and will begin shipping in November. Although it’s a bit pricey, Flaviar has a knack for selecting the most interesting spirits from around the world, and every year, this Advent calendar is a treat.
7. Bean Box The 12 Mornings of Coffee 2022 Specialty Advent Calendar
December has already started, but there’s still time to buy 12-day adult Advent calendars, like this specialty box from subscription company Bean Box. The calendar itself arrives in a beautiful storybook gift box that unfolds to reveal 12 coffees sourced from the finest coffee roasters in the United States. You can choose from whole beans or ground coffee, and it’s a great gift for any coffee lover.
8. Alo Advent Calendar
For the yoga enthusiast, this Alo Advent Calendar is here to motivate you to get in tune with your body and elevate your mind. As the days lead up to everyone’s favorite gifting-giving day, enjoy treats from the yoga-centric brand that include mini beauty products, wellness gear and accessories.
9. Godiva Chocolatier Holiday 2022 Red Advent Calendar
GODIVA has a long tradition of releasing annual Advent calendars, and this year, the world-renowned chocolate makers are putting their truffles front and center. The set will include a collection of white, milk and dark chocolate truffles in a beautiful box that makes the perfect gift.
10. The 12 Days of Hot Sauce Advent Calendar from Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods is one of our favorite destinations for unique gift ideas, and this year they’re offering the perfect holiday treat for anyone that loves spicy food. This popular hot sauce Advent calendar contains 12 different bottles of gourmet hot sauce, which range from “savory to mouth-melting.”
11. L’Occitane Best of L’Occitane Skincare Advent Calendar<br><br>
You’re fast running out of time to enjoy 24-day Advent calendars, so don’t wait any longer to order this popular beauty Advent calendar from L’Occitane. This beauty brand is always popular around the holidays, and this festive box contains 24 gifts from the brand’s collection of body care products. For the beauty-obsessed sister, mom or friend in your life, make their Christmas extra special with 24 days of self-care. Priced at $80, the 2022 Advent Calendar from L’Occitane contains $115 worth of gifts.
12. APOTHEKE Luxury 12-Day Advent Calendar
Enjoy the holiday countdown with the Apotheke 12-Day Advent Calendar. This limited edition box set is packed full of fragrant candles, each housed behind peek-a-boo windows that are opened as you lead into the holiday. With this candle Advent calendar, you’ll receive 12 two-ounce mini votives with fragrances such as White Vetiver, Hinoko Lavender, Cardamom Chestnut, Blackberry honey and more.
13. Beekman 1802 Time Capsule Advent Calendar
Beekman 1802 designed an interactive advent calendar that you’ll wish never came to an end. Each of the 24 luxe gifts is individually wrapped in ready-to-gift time capsules printed along with daily affirmations. Enclosed are new products for the skin and body as well as the brand’s #1 bestsellers including the goat milk bar soap.
14. Rituals Advent Calendar
This stunning 3D Advent calendar from Rituals is adorned with string lights that sparkle and create a beautiful holiday decoration. Inside are 24 beauty products that are perfect for men and women, including Ayurveda Rich Body Oil, Sport Ice Shower Gel, Elixir Collection Miracle Keratin Recovery Hair Mask and more. Gifts worth up to $213.50.
15. Limited Edition Happy Socks x The Beatles Collection, 24-Pack Gift Set
Anyone would be happy with socks that display images of the iconic Beatles group. Like a collector’s item, this advent calendar set is for diehard fans. It features 5 never-before-seen embroidered gems, 8 new limited edition styles, and 11 remastered versions of previous designs.
16. Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark Advent Calendar
What would the 24-day countdown to Santa’s delivery day be without the Williams Sonoma peppermint bark advent calendar? Inside you’ll discover irresistible peppermint bark created in four festive shapes. We wish these crunchy treats were released more than once a year, they’re that good.
17. Funko Pop! Advent Calendar: Marvel
Funko Pocket Pop! has several fan bases covered with their 2022 lineup of Advent calendars. Customers can choose from Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Disney, showing their fandom on the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Each calendar includes 24 collectibles, all with a holiday theme. Groot covered in Christmas lights? Ho ho ho hold on while we get our wallet.
18. Himalayan Pet Supply Best Friend’s Advent Calendar Dog Treats
Packages arriving daily at your door and guests stopping by to celebrate are part of the holiday season, but these things can be stressful for dogs. Keep your best friend in mind with the Himalayan Pet Supply Best Friend’s Advent Calendar Dog Treats. The calendar includes 24 pup-friendly treats like Cheesy Bear Bacon bites and dog-friendly Carrot Cake Cookies.
19. Vahdam Loose Leaf Teas 2022 Advent Calendars
The SPY team loves Vahdam, the Indian tea company that has also appeared on Oprah’s Favorite Things list. The company imports loose-leaf tea from the finest tea fields in India, and uses recipes that have been handed down through the generations. The company has several tea Advent calendars for adults, with options starting at just $39.99.
20. In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar
This wine advent calendar is all in good taste. Seriously. Starting December 1st, enjoy 24 mini bottles of wine to usher in the most wonderful time of the year. Discover varietals such as a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and a fruity Pinotage as you unlock each window leading up to the big day.
21. Brewvana’s 12 Beers of Christmas Beer Box
Support independent breweries and your love of lager with the 12 Beers of Christmas Beer Box from Brewvana. The hand-selected brews are comprised of a variety of styles to fit any brew master’s taste. Recipients will receive a Brewvana winter beanie, tasting guide, chocolate and other swag, and access to the nightly interactive virtual tastings.
22. Sugarfina 8 Nights of Hanukkah Candy Collection
Sugarfina’s 8 Nights of Hanukkah Advent Calendar will have you drooling long before holiday music starts playing in stores. The decorated will allow to delight in kosher-certified candies — everything from mini sugar cookies and caramels to toffee almonds and cold-brew cordials. See? Salivating!
23. Graham + Fisk’s Canned Wine Advent Calendar
While the Vinebox Advent calendar is an excellent sipping choice for wine connoisseurs, Graham + Fisk’s Wine-In-A-Can is an excellent pick for wine enthusiasts looking for a more affordable option that still features high-quality blends and pours. A great option for large groups, Graham + Fisk’s Advent calendars are available in 12 or 24-can options. Both sizes feature four award-winning California wines, including rosé with bubbles, white wine with bubbles, as well as a red and white.
25. Friends: The Official Advent Calendar (2021 Edition)
It’s been more than 20 years since Friends went off the air, but thanks to streaming, OG fans can continue to rewatch their favorite episodes while new fans can discover the series and understand life before smartphones. Whether you’re buying for a teen who just ‘found’ Friends or a fan who has been around since we thought the “Rachel” would work on anyone other than Jennifer Aniston, there’s the Friend’s Advent Calendar. The first edition was released in 2020 and was such a hit that it’s been updated for 2021 (and is still perfectly giftable in 2022). Have fun with activity booklets, keepsakes from famous episodes, and more in this Advent calendar that is available now.
26. Bonne Maman 2022 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
Start your mornings with a delicious treat thanks to Bonne Maman’s new 2022 Advent calendar, which includes 23 limited-edition spreads and one jar of honey. Bonne Maman includes a sample of the company’s herbal tea for the first time.
27. Ariana Grande Fragrance Vault Advent Calendar
Stans of Ariana Grande and anyone with an affinity for all things fragranced will overhaul their assortment of perfumes with this special collection. The advent calendar boasts 12 mini bottles of every single perfume under Grande’s beauty portfolio including her previous limited edition scents and gives an exclusive peek at her newest duo collaboration.
28. Wedgwood 2022 Christmas Advent Calendar House
The always splurge-worthy Advent calendar from Wedgwood is back and as beautiful as ever. This year’s design features the brand’s timeless blue and white colors on the stunning wooden house. The limited-edition Advent calendar includes 24 individual drawers that each house a stunning porcelain ornament that is an instant keepsake.
29. Harry and David’s 12 Days of Cheese
Describing a gift as cheesy is typically a put-down, but not in the case of Harry and David’s 12 Days of Cheese. Arriving in a Paulownia wood crate, the Advent calendar includes 12 types of delectable cheese, including Beehive Cheese Co. Truffle Hive cheese, Rising Sun Farms pesto and sun-dried tomato cream cheese torta. Let’s hope Santa brings you some crackers this year. Harry’s & David is a classic gift, and these delectable cheese boxes make for a great early Christmas gifts.
30. Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Nail Polish Advent Calendar
Didn’t have time to make it to the nail salon before your holiday party? The nail salon comes to you with the Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Nail Polish Advent Calendar. The set includes 22 mini nail polish pots, one full-size nail polish, and a removable, keepsake illustration by Ruby Taylor London. Create a rainbow manicure, or finally see whether you can pull off a shimmer nail (you can!). SPY has personally tested out Ciaté’s 2021 Advent calendar and can confirm it’s an absolute delight for anyone that loves nail polish!
31. Harry Potter: Holiday Magic: The Official Advent Calendar
If you love Harry Potter as much as we do, then we’ve found the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. This official Harry Potter calendar is perfect for kids and adults who are still sad their owl from Hogwarts never arrived (same). Inside you’ll find 24 surprises, including mini books, collectibles, keychains and more.
32. Molly J Advent Calendar
For those who need a little help taking the edge off around the holidays, there’s the Molly J Advent Calendar. The calendar includes 25 handmade CBD gumdrops in 12 delightful flavors in standard and high-dose options. The gummies are crafted in small batches and are gluten-free with zero THC.
33. Winter Delight Holiday Popcorn Advent Calendar
The holidays are a great time to stay inside where it’s cozy and enjoy a movie night. What better companion than the Winter Delight Holiday Popcorn Advent Calendar? Enjoy twelve delicious varieties of popcorn, including butter, cheese, caramel and ranch, and cookies, such as Mallow Moon Mallow Cakes and Hazelnut Wafer Cookies.
34. D-FantiX Christmas Advent Calendar
Advent calendars and Christmas decorations, in general, can be eyesores. If you want a more chic holiday look in your home, pick up some of these Advent calendar pouches to string on the wall. They’re great for adults or kids, as you can stock them with whatever you want, such as cheese, chocolate, alcohol, or personal notes.
35. Supernatural: The Official Advent Calendar
Missing the Winchester brothers? Celebrate your fandom of all things Supernatural this holiday season with the new official Advent calendar for the beloved series. The Advent calendar is packed with 25 exclusive gifts and collectibles, including a cell phone card holder, buttons, and more keepsakes.
36. Woodland Paper Play Advent Calendar by Meri Meri
If you’re looking for a cross between a nativity set and a folk festival, we suggest the new Woodland Paper Play Advent Calendar by Meri Meri. The Advent calendar includes 24 envelopes, all housing pieces of animals and a forest setting that come together to make a whimsical holiday display. A fun pick for kids and adults, the scene is somewhat non-denominational, which makes it a great option for homes that celebrate the holidays their way.
37. Dylan’s Candy Bar Advent Calendar
For a traditional Advent calendar packed with delicious chocolate goodies, check out Dylan’s Candy Bar and their annual Advent calendar. The affordable Advent calendar features 24 milk chocolates in a variety of holiday-themed foil wrappings. Kids and adults will love counting down to December 25 with this traditional treat.
38. Best Choice Products Wooden Christmas Village Advent Calendar
We love everything about these decorative wooden Advent calendars, which feature battery-operated LED lights that will bathe your home in a warm light after dark. The gorgeously decorated Advent calendar features a charming Christmas village on the top, which sits above 24 individual wooden shelves. Fill each day with a little treat or surprise, and everyone in your family will enjoy counting down the days to Christmas.
39. Spice Advent Calendar
Food is a big part of the holidays, so naturally, an Advent calendar is designed especially with foodies in mind. The Spice Advent Calendar includes 24 spices to enjoy in the days leading up to the holidays and beyond. Season your mains, sides and desserts with spices designed for fish, meat, vegetables and sweets.
40. The Office 12 Days Of Socks Advent Calendar Set (Mens 6-12)
One of the weirdest and most functional Advent calendars naturally lends itself to a theme around The Office. In this blue box, you’ll find 12 pairs of socks, one for each day leading up to Christmas. Each pair features a different pattern referencing the famous comedy show. Eight pairs are low cut, while the other four are crew cut. While you might be tempted to keep these socks for yourself, this makes an incredible gift for your favorite The Office fan.
42. Spa Life “Fizzle All The Way” Bath Bomb Advent Calendar
The holidays can be very stressful, so give yourself a bit of downtime with the Spa Life Fizzle All the Way Bath Bomb Advent Calendar. Behind each door, you’ll find a different festive bath bomb to help you get the “you time” you deserve. The bath bombs feature aromatherapy scents, plenty of fizz, and different colors. They’ll even leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and lightly scented for hours after your bath.
43. Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s luxurious Advent Calendar spans the best-selling goodies from her cult-favorite skin care. For those who love to practice self-care, they’ll be elated to find a complete skincare regimen of 24 products including cleansers, serums, masks, hand cream, moisturizer and plenty more.
44. C&F Home Felt Santa Advent Calendar
Today, you can find adult Advent calendars featuring wine, hot sauce, gourmet chocolate, and plenty of pop-culture Advent calendars for nerds of all stripes. However, every family needs a specific calendar that helps them count down the days to Christmas, which is why we love this simple Santa Advent Calendar, which you can hang in your kitchen or living room come December 1.
45. Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar 2022
A cup of tea around the holidays is a great way to warm up, relax, and, if caffeinated, get the second wind you need to finish wrapping presents. For tea drinkers who love trying new flavors, the Pukka Herbs Tea Advent Calendar for 2022 is packed with teas made from organically grown and ethically sourced plants. All teas are vegan, Kosher, and non-GMO, which means you can sit back and sip worry-free during the holidays.