With December quickly approaching, the countdown to Christmas is about to officially begin. One popular way to mark the time is with an advent calendar, in which each day reveals a new trinket until you reach December 25. Typically, these small items are candy or toys. But recently, companies have been introducing contemporary advent calendars that are a twist on tradition.
You'd expect a conventional advent calendar to include imagery of Christmas trees, holly, and snowmen. The Harry Potter calendar, however, strays from holiday-themed illustrations by featuring a portrait of Hogwarts that conceals 24 sweet morsels from the Wizarding World. Each day you'll dig into the likes of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Gummy Slugs, Dolly Mix, and more.
We often think of advent calendars as containing inexpensive items, but not Tiffany & Co. The jewelry and homewares company has created a holiday collection that includes 24 gifts that are the epitome of luxury. Some of the items contained are diamond and tanzanite drop earrings as well as a steel watch with diamonds. It should come as no surprise that this calendar retails for $112,000 and comes in a limited edition of four.
Scroll down for more contemporary advent calendars that buck tradition for some holiday fun.
Advent Calendar for Cats by Trader Joe’s
Sure, cats know nothing about Christmas, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy an advent calendar full of tasty treats. Look on the shelves of Trader Joe’s for this item and enjoy feeding your furry friend Atlantic salmon and dried seaweed goodies.
Woodland Advent Calendar by Terrain
Put together a winter woodland scene, day by day, with this charming calendar and keepsake box.
Countdown to Grooming by Birchbox
Skincare fanatics, rejoice. Here’s the perfect advent calendar for you. Containing 14 days’ worth of Birchbox “grooming finds,” you can celebrate the holidays for weeks after Christmas has passed.
Enamel Pin Advent Calendar by Meri Meri
Wear playful enamel pins year-round when you open this 12-day advent calendar. While some of the items are holiday-themed, many—like a cactus and a lobster—will look good anytime.
The Ultimate Advent Calendar by Tiffany & Co.
House in a keepsake replica of their Fifth Avenue flagship store, Tiffany & Co. includes a diverse selection of luxurious objects.
Frosted Party Advent Calendar by Sephora
Beauty supplier Sephora has created an ideal advent calendar for glamour lovers. Featuring 24 “frosted beauty surprises,” there is a combination of skincare, body, and accessory products—11 of which are limited edition.
Harry Potter Advent Calendar by Williams Sonoma
Countdown to Christmas with the Wizarding World from December 1 to December 24. Each day has a new confection from lemon sherberts to butterscotch drops and more.
2019 Limited Edition Advent Calendar by Bonne Maman
Make your countdown to Christmas a delicious one with the Bonne Maman advent calendar. It has 24 unique flavors of fruit spreads or honey in one-ounce jars. Perfect for sampling!
Coffee Advent Calendar by Copper Cow Coffee
Fuel your December with coffee. In this 12-day advent calendar, you’ll try pour-overs and natural creamers that'll result in delicious drinks like cardamom lattes.
House Advent Calendar by West Elm
If you’re still itching for something that feels traditional yet is contemporary cool, look no further than the House Advent Calendar designed by West Elm. Get into the Christmas spirit all month long when you place your own toys or candies into the small wooden drawers.