By Aimee L

I for one don’t need an Advent calendar to know that Christmas is coming, but there is something so special about opening a little numbered door to reveal a surprise gift inside, that I feel everyone—religious or not—can get behind.

Christmas is my most favourite time of the year and I am obsessed with advent calendars, so being assigned this story was a dream come true for me, and the fact that I got to open up countless advent calendars to select my top five, was the cherry on an already delicious cake! So without further ado, here are my top 5 advent calendars for this year. I based my choices on several factors, from price to the lovely goodies inside and I hope that you too will get as much joy as I did from opening them.

Whittard Chelsea’s The Tea Lover’s Advent Calendar

As a huge tea addict, I just had to feature this in my list. With 24 different authentic loose leaf teabags waiting to be discovered, this Advent calendar brings a touch of surprise and delight to December mornings. Behind the doors, you’ll find a hand-picked selection of some of their favourite blends and single origins. This calendar is available at Tangs.com and is priced at $100.

Thirsty Craft Beer Advent Calendar

If you love beer, you are going to love this Craft Beer Advent Calendar that allows you to explore new beers while you rekindle your love with old favourites! With 24 different craft beers from some of the most amazing breweries across America, plus a handful from Australia and Belgium, this is any beer drinkers dream gift this Christmas. This beery calendar is available here and is priced at $159.

Sephora Frosted Party Advent Calendar

I bet you can’t show me even one person who doesn’t love Sephora, because that person does not exist! If you love makeup, beauty products, perfumes or skin care, you are going to want to get your hands on their Frosted Party advent calendar with 24 frosted beauty surprises.

This advent calendar has a delightful combination of must-have beauty products like their Cream Lip Stain and Colourful Clip-On Shimmer Shadow to skincare products like their Pineapple Nose Mask and Shea Lip Mask. Not forgetting body products like their Melting Shower Jellies and accessories like their pocket mirror and nail stencils.

If that wasn’t reason enough to grab this set, the fact that eleven of these goodies are limited-edition beauty surprises is sure to seal the deal. Oh, and did I mention that the calendar smells so nice too? This advent calendar is available here and is priced at just $45.

The Body Shop Dream Big Beauty Advent Calendar

Call me biased, but I think The Body Shop advent calendar is possibly one of the most decadent and probably one of my favourite advent calendars in the market! This year, they have THREE different versions, to suit everyones budget.

From a full size Special edition Juicy Pear Hand Cream to Strawberry Fragranced Bath Bombs, the three calendars have a lovely mix of skin care, body care, makeup and accesories that will make your Christmas that much better!

You can select the Beauty Advent Calendar $69, the Deluxe Advent Calendar $99 (featured above) or the Ultimate Advemnt Calendar $229 which are all available here.

Marks & Spencer Disney Frozen 2 Tree Decoration Advent Calendar

This is a must-have for your daughter, niece, favourite little-human or girlfriend who is obsessed with Elsa and the gang. They can now bring their favourite Frozen character home this year with this super cute tree decoration advent calendar.

Discover a bauble behind each door in the run-up to Christmas. The calendar includes 25 shatterproof decorations made from sustainable materials and is available at M&S Wheelock Place, Paragon and Parkway Parade and is priced at $52.90.