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Two dozen gorgeous boxes filled with lovely surprises, a collage of tiny doors hiding yummy treats … if it’s November, that can mean only one thing: time to pick out an advent calendar. The age-old tradition of unwrapping a small gift each day leading up to Christmas has become a hot trend—which means the calendars themselves have become a hot commodity. So whether you’re planning to treat yourself or another lucky someone, don’t delay your visit to The Shops, home to unique and entertaining advent calendars galore.
Jo Malone London
The brand’s beloved advent calendar has become nothing less than a seasonal icon. This year’s version is a two-tier box in the company’s trademark cream-and-black packaging, holding 24 items, such as Orange Bitters Cologne, Pine & Eucalyptus Mini Candle and Lime Basil & Mandarin Shaped Soap. $450
Hop aboard the skincare train. Twelve festive cars deliver happy, healthy, radiant holiday skin through mini versions of best-sellers and fan favorites. Highlights include: Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash and Ginger Hand Lotion. $70
A bold addition to the hide-and-seek festivities, the beauty giant’s Holiday Vibes calendar holds 24 reusable boxes, filled with Sephora Collection products, like.a charcoal nose strip, red Lip Liner To Go, Fizzing Star, Scrunchie, Mini Nail File and more. $45
The Body Shop
The retailer’s Share the Joy calendar is a pop-up delight, featuring 24 head-to-toe treats—think bath bubbles, body butters and sheet masks—plus a small act of kindness in every box that allows you to pass along some good cheer. $79
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Open the doors of this old-school gingerbread “house” to find festive, foil-wrapped chocolates in the forms of Christmas balls, Santas, snowmen, presents and more. $15
These magically colorful Parisian “houses” hold sweets from days gone by: chocolate bonbons, nougat, calissons, fruit paste, caramels, orangettes, mendiants, covered almonds and hazelnuts. $65
Another ode to the good old days. The NYC-based chocolatier stashes 24 milk chocolate treats behind the doors and windows of a Victorian toy shop, made and wrapped in Brooklyn. $20
Choose from a pair of advent calendars by Belgium’s luxury chocolate makers. The classic version sports a Christmas scene, the other one pops up, and both deliver the taste of Christmas with 25 chocolates and playful praline-filled figurines. Classic, $52.90; Pop-up $74.90