This Year’s Advent Calendar Round Up – 2023


‘Tis the season for spoils! And if you’re looking to treat someone or yourself this festive season, why not get your hands on an advent calendar jam-packed with goodies? It’s like Christmas everyday during the month of December. With this in mind, we went in search of some of the best 2023 advent calendars. Expect everything from makeup, skincare and jewellery to LEGO®, Lindt Chocolates, and much more! There’s sure to be the perfect option for you and your loved ones this festive season.

The Gin Box

Gin lovers, this is for you! Have fun counting down to Christmas with The Gin Box Advent Calendar, which will take you on a journey through an interesting selection of gins ranging from traditional to uniquely flavoured. Starting on 01 December, sample and enjoy a 50ml gin serving daily until Christmas Eve. There’s 24 gin to savour. Cost is R1 399* per box.

Mother City Liquor

Do you enjoy sipping on a wide range on spirits? Then You’ll definitely want to get the Sugarbird & Friends Multi Spirit Advent Calendar to place under the Christmas tree. At R599.99*, sip on 24 unique South African craft spirit minis throughout the holiday season! This is the perfect gift idea for the spirit connoisseur. It’ll take you on a journey through some of South Africa’s very best in spirit distillers and producers. Each door has a distilled 40ml spirits from a different distiller.


Enjoy some aromatherapy this holiday seasonwith SOiL’s Aromatherapy Advent Calendar 2023. Countdown to Christmas by exploring and enjoying natural and organic wellness products each day until Christmas Eve. This calendar includes a variety of goodies, such as pure essential oils and pure essential oil blends; massage oil blends; remedy roller blends; carrier oils and even a ceramic aroma charm. Click here to purchase yours now for just R319*.


Nespresso lovers will love this advent calendar! With this pre-Christmas gift, you’ll enjoy discovering a selection of unforgettable Nespresso coffees each day until Christmas Eve. Then, at the end, you’ll unveil the exclusive Limited Edition Coffee Mug. How awesome! This delightful holiday season treat costs R599* and can be purchased online at

My Perfume Shop

Is she looking to find her perfect fragrance? Or does she simply just love having a collection of perfumes to choose from? Either way, My Perfume Shop has a lovely advent calendar gift idea for you! Wake up every day to a surprise gift in the shape of either a vial or a mini. There are 24 different scents to experience and enjoy, including from Victoria’s Secret’s Tease, Zadig & Voltaire’s This is Love, Jimmy Choo’s Illicit, Lolita Lempicka’s Sweet, and many more. Get yours for R1799* (currently on sale).


For the ultimate spoil, be sure to get your hands on one of L’Occitane’s Beauty Advent Calendars. They have a selection of options for you to choose from, all you have to decide is how much you want to spend on owning on of these beauties. Choose from the Box of 24 Wonderful Treasures (R2 400*); the Cultivators of Love (R1 300*); The Conscious Selection (R1 580*); or the Premium (R2 800*). They ALL look lovely!

The Body Shop

As always, The Body Shop will be delighting us this holiday season with a selection of advent calendars to suite all budgets! Take your pick from the Entry Advent Calendar (R1 250*); the Deluxe Advent Calendar (R2 100*); and the Ultimate Advent Calendar (R3150*). You’ll find a whole bunch of lovely spoils with each of these advent calendars. Trust us, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

M·A·C Cosmetics

M·A·C lovers, this is the ultimate treat for the holiday season! Yes, it may cost a pretty penny, but what you get in this Frosted Frenzy Advent Calendar is well worth the price tag, we assure you! For R5 500*, you’ll get to enjoy a limited-edition holiday advent calendar with 24 mini and major surprises to unbox every day until Christmas. these surprises feature everything from best-selling products to all-new shades.

Destiny Jewellery

This advent calendar will most definitely put a sparkle in your (or that special someone’s) eye! Available at for R2 000 (on special at the time of writing this) and Zando, the Destiny Jewellery Advent Calendar with Crystals from Swarovski, will delight with this dainty box containing a variety of sparkling jewellery pieces.

The box contains four pairs of earrings and four pendants with crystals and pearls from Swarovski; and 13 charms (some with crystals from Swarovski). There are also two necklaces and a bracelet for your charms. And to ensure that you are buying authentic crystals from Swarovski, the Swarovski seal comprises the latest security features. To establish the authenticity of the Swarovski seal tag or sticker, you can verify the tracking number on the Swarovski website. How fabulous!


Do you love Clarins beauty and skincare products? If yes, then you’re definitely going to love this! You can get your hands on their 12 Day Advent Calendar for R1 200* with 12 Clarins best sellers for each day of the holiday season. Please note, these sell out FAST! So, order yours online before it’s too late! They make the perfect festive gift to count down to Christmas.

Essence Cosmetics

This one is for the makeup lovers! If you have a fondness for essence cosmetics, then be sure to pick up their 2023 essence Merry Everything & Happy Always Advent Calendar (R650* from House of Cosmetics and Takealot). Each day until Christmas Eve is a surprise with this stunning calendar, gifting you with 24 carefully selected and lovingly arranged Christmas-themed presents from Essence.

Jam-packed with beauty favourites from the standard range in original size and limited products in a Christmas design, it is THE must-have for the festive season.


Christmas is not Christmas without chocolate! And Lindt has the perfect advent calendar for all you chocoholics. Take your pick from the Lindt Teddy Sleigh Advent Calendar (265g) filled with milk, dark and white chocolates with a smooth melting filling OR the Lindt TEDDY Advent Calendar filled with even more sweet thrills. As for prices, you’d have to visit a Lindt store near you. You can also find these at select Clicks and Woolies stores, or order them online!


Why not gift your little ones with the joy of LEGO®? They have a variety of LEGO® advent calendars that are sure to delight this Christmas. This is certainly a fun way to get into the festive spirit, with 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the season. There’s the the LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes Avengers Advent Calendar (R669), and the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar (R669), and the LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (R719). Take your pick and have a blast building a mini LEGO® world! Do keep in mind that these sell fast, so be sure to get your hands on them ASAP!

Funko Pocket Pop!

How about something different this year? We’re absolutely loving the Funko Pocket Pop! advent calendars this year! Head to and add some fun to your cart with the Funko Pop Pocket – Star Wars Advent Calendar 2022. Yes, it’s from last year, but it doesn’t make it any less exciting if you haven’t purchased it yet! This set costs R1 999* and include 24 unique Funko Pocket Pops, Star Wars themed, of course. Or grab the Funko: DC Comics 2023 Advent Calendar from Comic Warehouse for R1 499*.

Jo Malone London

This one is a bit of a pricey one! So, we’ll just call the Jo Malone London Advent Calendar a luxury! We’d even categorise this as a gift that covers ALL special occasion gifting in one present. But let’s tell you more about this calendar. Countdown to Christmas with a selection of scented treats, including mood-boosting home fragrances, popular colognes in miniature, seasonal adornments, and a couple of full-sized surprises. Wondering what it’ll cost you? If R8 250* doesn’t scare you off, then we know you’ll most certainly enjoy this!

Or Simply Make Your Own!

Not keen on any of these? Not to worry, there’s always the option to create your own for your family and friends, and have them do the same for you! All you need to do is by a ready-made advent calendar box – has one, the Black & White Advent Calendar Christmas Decoration! It’s a great option for the kids and adults, you can use it for anything and anyone. It’s R1 150 per box* but the best part is you can reuse it every year. Now for the fun part – buy 24 bits and bobs that you know your kids/partner/recipient will enjoy. This definitely adds a lovely personalised touch to the advent calendar.

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