Here are the most exciting and beautiful French advent calendars of 2020. Each year, French chocolatiers and luxury beauty brands release even more beautiful advent calendars (Calendrier de l’Avent in French), elevating them to a must-have for cozy holiday decor. The offerings have extended beyond chocolates and French brands make excellent advent calendars filled with goodies from tea, beauty, and other high-end treats.
If you’re not very familiar with the concept of advent calendars, they’re basically made of paper of cardboard and have 24 consecutive windows or doors, each with a little treat. It’s a great way to count the days until Christmas by opening one window per day through Christmas Eve. In France, advent calendars are very popular and especially with children. As a kid, I used to have an advent calendar each year, filled with amazing chocolates and leading up to Christmas Day. I do love the feeling of anticipation and counting the days until Christmas, that’s why I like to perpetuate this tradition even if I’m a grown woman.
Nowadays, Christmas Advent calendars have become super fancy and make great gifts. Those French advent calendars listed below are filled with chocolate, food, candles, perfumes, and beauty products. And even if you don’t celebrate Noël, you can either treat yourself to one of these divine advent calendars or they make fantastic gifts if you’re a guest somewhere this year at Thanksgiving.
The Most Beautiful French Advent Calendars To Order Now
My criteria when determining the best French advent calendars of this year are the following ones: they must be French, each surprise behind the numbered doors needs to rise above an everyday treat, and finally, the event calendar has to be beautiful to be displayed at home. Keep scrolling below to shop my favorite French advent calendars 2020 and Christmas advent calendar ideas that are available online. Make sure to order yours asap as they tend to sell out fast!
One of my favorite advent calendars, the Diptyque Advent Calendar punctuates the wait with 25 surprises — emblematic products from the collection and exclusive items, in full and deluxe sample sizes. Featuring beautiful illustrations by artist Ugo Gattoni, this advent calendar will retain its magic even after the holiday season. This luxury advent calendar definitely worth the price! You can order here at Bloomingdale’s, at Diptyque, or at Selfridges.
2. Atelier Cologne
Uncover the beautiful world of master perfumer house Atelier Cologne with those two beautiful advent calendars. With the Discovery Gift Set receive a full-size Clémentine California travel perfume with a matching leather case, accompanied by 2 deluxe mini sprays, 17 mini sprays, and 3-holiday charms. Perfect as an indulgent treat as you’ll be able to discover a new fragrance daily – and potential new signature – to surround yourself with during the festive period. The Discovery Advent Calendar costs $108 and worths $192, you can order here at Sephora.
The Luxury Advent Calendars re-imagines a holiday classic with 24 days & 24 luxurious gifts. An invitation to unlock a treasure trove of curated mini and full-size fragrances, candles, and luxurious hand creams. It costs $375 and worths $575 and you can order here at Selfridges.
Discover 24 pampering treats with L’Occitane Signature Advent Calendar including their best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil, and award-winning Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum. Plus, meet their hair care up-and-comers: a gentle shampoo fit for any hair type and two hair masks from their SOS Collection. Plus, Award-winning French illustrator, Édith Carron, brings the whimsical world of Provence to life in L’Occitane delightful Signature Advent Calendar. The 24 days of beauty treats cost $74 (value $115), you can order here at Nordstrom, or here at Sephora.
This year Clarins released two advent calendars: the 12-Day Advent Calendar (costs $60 and worths $159) and the 24-Day Advent Calendar (costs $120 and worths $270). The 12-Day Advent Calendar is a limited-edition advent calendar set that includes 12 of Clarins’ most-loved skincare and makeup formulas with two full-size products plus 10 mini beauty surprises. You can order here at Bloomingdale’s.
The 24-Day Advent Calendar is making the countdown to Christmas even more magical with 24 full-, travel-, and sample-sized beauty surprises—iconic skincare and makeup favorites to discover each day. In a festive box that’s ready for gifting, it guaranteed to surprise and delight any lover of all things beauty. You can order here at Selfridges.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Beauty
Give the gift of luxury with this 24-piece gift set filled with YSL’s bestselling makeup, skincare, and fragrances. Each door reveals a unique travel size or full-sized product, designed to accommodate all beauty needs. Designed with 24 drawers, it includes the iconic Touché Eclat, Black Opium Eau de Parfum, and a few Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks. The perfect way to discover new favorites, it’s an indulgent gift for beauty lovers. You can order here at Selfridges.
6. Mariage Frères
The most sophisticated tea house in France just unveiled this season’s most chic countdown to Christmas. Seductive and luminous, Noël Glamour Tea Advent Calendar from Mariage Frères, dressed in white, red, and gold and studded with a shower of silver stars, houses 25 unique teas to discover and enjoy every day. In this beautiful advent calendar, you can expect black tea, red rooibos, and jasmine, combined with scented flowers, yuzu, mint, cocoa, coffee, festive spices, and more. The ultimate advent calendar for tea lovers and Francophiles. You can already order here at Harvey Nichols.
7. Palais des Thés
The French tea maker Palais des Thés invites you to try a flavored tea recipe, whether an exceptional single-estate tea or a gourmet infusion, throughout the whole of December. This advent calendar contains 24 muslin bags of tea or infusion with whole leaves. Also, every day which new tea to try, uncover an inspiring quote behind each window. It includes Black tea, herbal tea, rooibos tea, green tea, herbs, flowers, and spices. Probably one of the most popular French advent calendars out there! You can order here at Macy’s, or at Bloomingdale’s.
8. Bonne Maman
If chocolate isn’t your thing, maybe jam is? The French brand Bonne Maman, famous for its jams and marmalades, has a lovely limited edition Advent calendar for 2020. Filled with 24 mini spreads, including preserves, jellies, and honey all made using traditional French recipes, this limited-edition collection is a fun way to inject some festive spirit into breakfast time throughout December. It’s the best French advent calendar for foodies! Order here at World Market’s website.
9. Pierre Hermé
The fifth edition of the Advent calendar is presented in its traditional version, unique to the Maison Pierre Hermé Paris. A bluish and enchanting Christmas crown, which resembles the ring of Saturn this year. Each drawer is filled with chocolate bonbons and delicacies that shine like a mantle of stars. For the first time, the Advent calendar will be available in a limited edition, in an exceptional version, in collaboration with the Meisenthal glass factory. For 62€, get a wreath-shaped box containing 24 of pastry chef Pierre Hermé’s delicate chocolates. Order here at Pierre Hermé’s website.
10. Michel Cluizel
This festive season, the revered Parisian chocolatier Michel Cluizel leads you into the Moonlight Kingdom – a spellbinding realm full of magic and the most enchanting chocolate. Hidden behind the doors of this stylish Advent Calendar are 24 different decadent morsels created from the finest dark, milk, and white chocolate. There are exotic fruits, exceptional pralines, gooey ganache, silky caramel, crunchy pieces, spices, and even single origin chocolate. Order here at Harvey Nichols.
And you what are your favorite Christmas advent calendars? Are you going to shop for French Advent calendars this year? Please add your comment below.
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