Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options NEW
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.