Give the gift of mini beauty products for your loved ones to try this season.

Claire Harmeyer
Updated Nov 19, 2020 @ 2:48 pm
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Believe it or not, 'tis the season for gift-giving. We're looking to cross items off of our loved ones' wishlists, from presents our best friend will swoon over to gift ideas for the people who seem to have everything. But before we get to the actual holidays, we're gifting the beauty-enthusiasts in our lives with beauty advent calendars to get them in the festive spirit.

If you're away from your loved ones this holiday season, show them how grateful you are for them with a beauty advent calendar, aka the perfect Thanksgiving gifts. The makeup and skincare lovers in your life will be thrilled when they can open a surprising new beauty product each day leading up to Christmas.

Luckily for you, we did the dirty work and found 11 beauty advent calendars filled with makeup essentials and pampering products like body scrubs and bath salts. We're definitely adding the Macy's 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar to our wishlists, as it offers $434 worth of beauty products from brands like Mario Badescu, Sunday Riley, Kiehl's for just $99. Below, shop our favorite beauty advent calendars under $25, $50, and $100 available this holiday season.

Best beauty advent calendars under $25:

Belk Beauty 24 Piece Advent Calendar

Celebrate all of December leading up to Christmas with a new beauty surprise every day. This 24-piece beauty advent calendar includes a wide variety of products from makeup to hair accessories to self-care items like bath salts.

Best beauty advent calendars under $50:

NYX Professional Makeup Diamonds & Ice, Please! Holiday Countdown Advent Calendar
($55 save 25%)

Who said we can't get glammed up without holiday parties this season? This festive beauty advent calendar by NYX Professional Makeup is bringing the bling this December, and we're here for it. The calendar includes 24 of NYX's bestsellers like lip glosses, eyeshadows, and highlighters for a total value of $75.

e.l.f. Cosmetics 12 Day Advent Calendar

If trying a new beauty product every day of December sounds too overwhelming for you, opt for this 12-day advent calendar by e.l.f. cosmetics. Packaged in an iridescent box, this beauty advent calendar serves multiple beauty needs with products like the brand's face cream, lip gloss, brow gel, and eyelash curler.

Best beauty advent calendars under $100:

Clarins Winter Wonders Collection Advent Calendar

How cute is the candy cane box this beauty advent calendar comes in? Clarins Winter Wonders Collection is all about pampering your skin. The 12-piece set includes an exfoliating body scrub, eye masks, and body oil, to name a few luxurious self-care items. Plus, the advent calendar also offers a tube of mascara, because Clarins knows you want to look glam this holiday season—even over Zoom.

L'Occitane Holiday Advent Calendar

Valued at $115, get more bang for your buck with this L'Occitane Holiday Advent Calendar. Count down to Christmas every day with soothing products like shea butter intensive hand balm, almond body milk, and essential oils shampoo and conditioner.

bareMinerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar

Not only does this beauty advent calendar, valued at $250, offer 24 days of surprises, but it's eco-friendly, too. BareMinerals made its 2020 beauty advent calendar box totally recyclable, and it's decorated in a festive print, so no wrapping paper is necessary. With both makeup and skincare products, this is a calendar we might want to gift and snag for ourselves.

MAC 12-Pc. Frosted Firework Boom Boom Wow Mini Advent Calendar Gift Set

MAC always creates a festive beauty advent calendar, and this year is no exception. Gift your friends or family with 12 days of makeup items; with lipsticks, eyeshadows, and mascara, this beauty advent calendar offers a complete holiday makeup look in one box.

Macy's 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar

Okay, we found the mother of all 2020 beauty advent calendars. The Created for Macy's 25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar is valued at $434, but you can snag it for just under $70. Score products from brand like Clinique, Mario Badescu, Sunday Riley, Kiehl's, and Peter Thomas Roth, to name a few. Bonus: Not only do you get to count down every day of December until Christmas, but you'll open the last gift on Christmas day, which is extra festive.

Kiehl's Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar

Kiehl's is one of our favorite (and most-trusted) skincare brands, and this advent calendar offers 24 of its best products like cleansers, moisturizers, face masks, and serums. Plus, the beauty advent calendar is part of the brand's greenest holiday campaign to date, with completely recyclable packaging and zero plastics. To top it off, Kiehl's will donate $100,000 from this collection to Feeding America to help provide one million meals to families in need this holiday season. Giving back is what the holiday season is all about, so we're totally on board with this gift.

ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Holiday Calendar

This beauty advent calendar is worth a whopping $477, and includes 24 beauty products, 13 of which are full-size. Score products from trendy brands like The Ordinary, First Aid Beauty, and even Laura Mercier. This box has it all, from jade rollers and clay masks to toothpaste.

Atelier Cologne Clémentine California Advent Calendar Perfume Set

Okay, this beauty advent calendar is just over $100, but hear us out: It's valued at $192 and includes one large perfume, one medium perfume, and 17 mini perfumes, so you can test out tons of different scents like Silver Iris and Rose Anonyme. Plus, look how pretty the packaging is.

Happy holidays, beauty lovers!