Ad­vent cal­en­dars have ex­ploded with gift-wor­thy op­tions NEW

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

YORK (AP) — The Ad- vent, to some Chris­tians, is the four Sun­days be­fore Christ­mas. More gen­er­ally, the vari­a­tion of the Latin word for “com­ing” marks the season to pre­pare for the hol­i­day.

Among rit­u­als associated with the Ad­vent is keep­ing an Ad­vent cal­en­dar. Some re­us­able ver­sions be­gin on Dec. 1, and many in­clude win­dows, doors or pock­ets to re­veal a poem, por­tion of the Christ­mas story or a small gift.

It’s the lat­ter as­pect of Ad­vent cal­en­dars that has gone com­pletely bonkers in re­cent years, of­fer­ing dog treats, bath bombs, socks, booze and even a lim­ited-edi­tion be­he­moth stuffed with pricey trea­sures from Tif­fany & Co.

Here’s a peek:

Tif­fany & Co.: It’s aptly named The Ul­ti­mate Ad­vent Cal­en­dar, and it’s shaped as a 4-foot-tall replica of the com­pany’s Fifth Av­enue flag­ship store. Each of the 24 com­part­ments holds a gift in a Tif­fany blue box. There’s a ster­ling sil­ver pa­per cup and a T True bracelet in 18-karat yel­low gold. This one is more as­pi­ra­tional than at­tain­able. Only four are avail- able, start­ing at $112,000 each.

Harry Pot­ter: The Harry Pot­ter In­fin­ity Box is per­fect for young fans. The com­part­ments of the YuMe Toys cal­en­dar are stuffed with a range of items, in­clud­ing plush toys, travel tags and enamel pins. One ver- sion in­cludes 24 pieces for $59.99, and an­other 18 pieces for $39.99.

Choco­late: Sweet treats, Ad­vent cal­en­dar style, are more tra­di­tional and all over the place. Harry & Da- vid of­fers two, the Choco­late Ad- vent Cal­en­dar Duo, with 24 doors each for a to­tal of $34.99. The pack- ag­ing is merry with Santa front and cen­ter. Milk choco­late only. Each door in­cludes a lit­tle fes­tive mes­sage. The Go­diva Ad­vent Cal­en­dar in- cludes lim­ited edi­tion snow­men and Santa pieces in choco­late.

Pets: Dogs and cats are peo­ple, too, when it comes to Ad­vent calen- dars. Op­tions are every­where. Tar- get sells the Bosco & Roxy’s Ad­vent Cal­en­dar for Dogs with a for­est fairy theme and 24 bis­cuits. $14.99.

Eth­nic pride: The Cal­en­dario de Fi­es­tas from Sol Beer cel­e­brates Mex­i­can Amer­i­can cul­ture with 25 items de­signed by Mex­i­can Ameri- can artists, in­clud­ing Jes­sica Re­sen- diz of Raggedy Tiff, which cre­ates ap­parel and ac­ces­sories in­spired by her roots, child­hood me­mories and Mex­i­can cul­ture. There’s a bur­rito pinata fresh­ener, a Co­ra­zon de Oro sew-on patch and Pan Dulce shoe- laces.

Say it with cheese: Food blog­ger An­nem Hob­son thought up the So Wrong It’s Nom cheese cal­en­dar to much in­ter­net fan­fare from folks look­ing for al­ter­na­tives to choco­late.

Get boozy: The Drinks by the Dram dis­tiller has a nice se­lec- tion, in­clud­ing 24 days of Scotch. It ranges from new dis­cov­er­ies to world-renowned brands from across Scot­land. $160. Ships from the U.K., so takes about a week to ar­rive in the U.S.

Beauty: There are so many, from bath bombs to makeup sponges. Birch­box of­fers the Count­down to Beauty cal­en­dar with 12 days of good­ies and ex­tra sur­prises from a va­ri­ety of sell­ers, in­clud­ing Lan- come, M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown. $40. And for men, there’s Count- down to Groom­ing with 14 days of finds, from Kiehl’s mois­tur­izer to Harry’s body wash. $35. Shop at birch­box.com.

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