If we’re being honest, advent calendars have a tendency to leave us wanting more. Granted, the thrill of receiving this treat-a-day present has never been about what’s inside. It’s all about the spark of excitement in revealing a surprise every day.

Usually that surprise is cheap chocolate. Chocolate that is gritty. Chocolate that does not shine (as quality bon-bons often do), but instead takes on an almost chalky pallor. It’s chocolate that has quit on life, but is still good enough for a cheap thrill.

Today, advent calendars have stepped up their game. They’re not relegated to just edible treats, either. And they often contain gifts you’d be inclined to buy standalone.

Here are 5 such calendars worth gifting this holiday season:


Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar, $72, Sephora
The always-popular Ciate advent calendar features 24 highly-pigmented nail polishes in an array of colours and finishes all housed in an adorable house. This advent calendar sells out fast, so if there’s a nail polish fan on your list you better act quick.

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