Why I love advent calendars

Why I love advent calendars

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I love advent calendars! My autumn is filled with research about which one I should buy. But why? Why are advent calendars such a thing for me and millions of others? What makes the concept so appealing?

Introducing the fall

For me, advent calendars are a great way to soften the blow of summer being over. Although I absolutely love fall (here’s why!), it is always a little saddening that the sun disappears and the rain is introducing itself again after months of warmth. Advent calendars however get me excited for everything that I can look forward to: cosy evenings, gift-giving with family and lots of self-care! By watching YouTube videos about them, I can totally get in the right mood. And, if you need to do some research yourself, I love the channel of Eltoria!


Part of the fun of advent calendars is in the fact that they can help you explore the world of beauty, skincare, beers, whatever tickles your fancy! I love trying new products and brands, especially when it comes to make-up and skincare. However, it can be very expensive, especially when the products are not what you hoped. Since advent calendars are often way cheaper than all the items separately, choosing the right calendar can really help you to save some money! For instance, the one I bought was 40 pounds, but worth over 150 pounds.

Time to take care of yourself

The summer sun is great for vitamin D, but when the sun is disappearing, you might need to take some extra care of yourself to keep you happy. And what’s better for self-care than showering yourself with gifts? I always try to immediately use the products in the calendar that day. This is easiest with well-balanced calendars, so that’s definitely something to be mindful of when choosing one.


Scientific studies have found that experiences generally make us happier than products do. This is why economic psychologists tend to advice spending your money on things to do, rather than on stuff. The memories from the experiences won’t fade as quickly as the joy of a new sweater does, which is a huge part of the reason behind the findings. But, why is this important when talking about advent calendars? Although an advent calendar is very much a product, it can give you an experience if you let it. Opening it as an exciting part of your day and figuring out how to use the product. In addition, the advent calendar strengthens the Christmas experience. However I must say, I do see the my advent calendar as an experience, but if you purely do it for the products, it might not work. In that case, you might be better off spending money on your perfect Christmas eve.

Which one?

There are a million advent calendars out there, from chocolates to make-up, from skincare to wines and beers. Although I’m no expert, I can tell you about my experiences to help you out when choosing your own.

The first few years when I started this, I bought the small Revolution advent calendars. They’re great if you want to expand your make-up tools and if you want to get to know the brand. I especially love their highlighters and eyeshadow palettes and the advent calendars aren’t too expensive, which make them a pretty great option, especially when you buy them during Black Friday.

This year, I bought the calendar from Holland and Barrett. It’s my first skincare advent calendar, so I’m very excited to try everything in it. The reasons why I didn’t choose a skincare advent calendar before, were the price and the fact that my skin is pretty sensitive, so many products won’t work well on me. However, after reviewing this one, I don’t expect any products to irritate my skin and the price was amazing!

The Rituals advent calendar however also looked great to me and as always, The Body Shop came out with some wonderful options (if you like coconut). When you’re looking for a gift for someone else, Lindt is also a great option or you can choose a wine or beer calendar, the Aldi even has options!

Either way, I hope you’ll find something to make you as excited for the upcoming months. We deserve a great Christmas after the months we’ve had this year. What is your favourite Christmas tradition? Let me know in the comments below. And if you liked this, please subscribe to my blog or follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, so you’ll never have to miss a new post!

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Hi there! My name is Lisa and I am the author of Mind and Body Intertwined. I have a bachelor's and a master's degree in psychology. During my study, I found out how much the mind and the body are connected and it fascinated me, which is why I started my blog. Would you like to join me on this little corner of the world?

22 Comments on “Why I love advent calendars

  1. I look to an advent calendar every year! My grandma always buys them for us grandkids. They’re not extraordinary, just the little chocolates, but it’s such a treasured tradition!

  2. That’s amazing! I’ve actually never bought an advent calendar! I’ve only had ones as kids where you get a chocolate once a day 🙂 I’ll be keeping my eye out for some! Great post!

  3. I love the festive feeling you get when opening an advent calendar! I never even considered getting anything other than a chocolate advent calendar, I might invest in an alternative one this year. Thank you for sharing. 😊

  4. I LOVE advent calendars – I’ve mixed it up between chocolate ones and less traditional ones in recent years. My fave by far was the Yankee Candle one!


  5. I’ve never actually purchased an advent calendar outside of the conventional chocolate ones! They’re always way to expensive but I’ve always wanted to try one!

  6. Interesting! I’ve never done an advent calendar myself. I think I would enjoy one of the experience ones though! Thanks for sharing!

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