The country known for living luxuriously doesn’t cut any corners leading up to the holiday season. French brands make excellent advent calendars, filled with goodies from chocolate to beauty products.
Even if you don’t celebrate noël, treat yourself to one of these divine advent calendars (more to added as we find out about them). Order yours ASAP, they tend to sell out fast!
1. Palais des Thés
Undoubtably one of the more popular French advent calendars out there, this one from the French tea maker Palais des Thés contains 24 teas. It’s $32 and shipping is $12.50. Order here at Palais des Thés website or here on Neiman Marcus’s website.
From the French chocolatier and tea salon, there’s the Angelina advent calendar filled with assorted chocolates. The cost is $50 and shipping is free. Order here on Neiman Marcus’s website and order here on Bergdorf Goodman’s website.
The French beauty brand is offering Les Treize Desserts holiday gift set-slash-advent calendar, inspired by the 13 desserts customary a Provençal holiday dinner. For $140, you get 13 days of beauty goodies and one more art-inspired gift. Order here on Bastide’s website.
A very popular option, L’Occitane is offering a box full of body creams, balms, moisturizers, oils and other goodies. The 24 days of beauty treats cost $64 (value $105). Order here on Occitane’s website and here on Sephora’s website.
The ultimate treat yo’self luxury gift, Diptyque offers a 25-window advent calendar containing everything you need to pamper yourself during the holiday season: candles, creams, perfumes, oils, and even a few ornaments. This whopper of a goodie box costs $425. Order here on Bloomingdale’s website and here on Neiman Marcus’s website.
6. Bonne Maman
Something for everyone, lovers of breakfast, bread or cheese plates will be happy to hear about Bonne Maman’s advent calendar. For $35, you get 24 days of fruit preserves, jellies and honeys, all made in France. Order here on World Market’s website.
7. Dammann Frères
The tea company Dammann Frères, which has been operating in Paris since 1692, is offering 25 different teas in its advent calendar, including nine new blends. It’ll cost 22€, not including shipping or taxes. (Note: when Frenchly tested the cost for an order to New York, it came out to 32€85, or about $37.) Order here on Dammann Frères’s website.
The French beauty brand Lancôme offers one of the best deals available. Their advent calendar of 24 gifts — day creams, night creams, concealers, mascara, lip colors, moisturizers — is worth $318, but costs $110. That’s a holiday miracle if we’ve ever heard one. Order here on Lancôme’s website.
9. Yves Rocher
Another French beauty company offering a good deal, Yves Rocher has an advent calendar filled with perfume, nail polish, gels, scrubs, cleansing waters… for a total of 24 days. You’ll pay $59, but the value is $150 (and shipping is free). Order here on Yves Rocher’s website.
We also have a few favorite advent calendars that aren’t available in the U.S. You can only get these excellent countdowns-to-December-25 if you’re a resident of Europe, select European countries, or sometimes just France.
The Paris bistro founded in 1893 is offering an advent calendar full of chocolate squares for 19€. Order here at Maxim’s website. Delivery is available in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
11. La Boîte du Fromager
It’s a dream come true. Enjoy the cheesy advent calendar of the François Bourgon, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Fromager-affineur. It’s not so much of an advent calendar though as it is 24 cheeses in 24 days. The cheeses are sent in two shipments of 12 so as to stay nice and fresh for you. For 59€99, your order comes with a wooden cheese plate with a compartment for storing four cheese knives, which are also included in your order. Order here at La Boîte du Fromager’s website. Delivery is available only in France.
12. Pierre Hermé
For 62€, get a wreath-shaped box containing 24 of pastry chef Pierre Hermé’s delicate chocolates. Order here at Pierre Hermé’s website. Delivery available in France, Corsica, Monaco, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden.
13. Alain Ducasse
Sugar-coated almonds, pralines, cream-filled chocolates… Alain Ducasse’s jungle-themed advent calendar contains 23 edible treats and one extra “special surprise.” The cost is 45€. Order here at Alain Ducasse’s website. Delivery is available in France, Corsica, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria, and Slovakia.
14. Le Chocolat des Français
An excellent deal, get 24 Le Chocolat des Français chocolates for 29€. Order here at Le Chocolat des Français’s website. Delivery is available in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Switzerland.
15. My Little Box
The subscription box service of My Little Paris, My Little Box has a special advent calendar that can be ordered, no subscription necessary. There are 14 beauty items and 10 accessories coming your way in this gorgeous advent calendar (value 192€). The advent calendar is 55€ for non-subscribers and 50€ for subscribers. Order here at My Little Box’s website. Delivery is available in France and Belgium.