Who said we should only get gifts on Christmas Day?

By Kat de Naoum
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L'Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
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Think it's too early to be on the hunt for the best beauty advent calendar for 2019? Think again. Last year, many of us waited until the very last minute to discover all the good ones had sold out. We certainly won't be making that same mistake again. Many beauty advent calendars don't even become available until December—which means the chances of getting your hands on one are slim—but we've found some of the best beauty advent calendars that are available right now. Who said we should only get gifts on Christmas Day? How about 12 or even 24 days of gifts in a row? Don't mind if we do.

What is a beauty advent calendar?

A play on the traditional countdown to Christmas advent calendars that provide a chocolate treat behind each little date-marked door, a beauty advent calendar has a beauty surprise behind each of its doors. From makeup and skincare to beauty accessories and even perfume, these calendars have everything you need to make the build-up to Christmas just as exciting as the day itself.

The most popular advent calendars of 2018 were from top beauty brands like L'Occitane, Charlotte Tilbury, and Bare Minerals, and this year, these same companies have updated versions that we're falling for. What's more, these calendars usually contain a selection of top products at a fraction of the price it would cost to buy them separately—making them a wonderful pre-Christmas gift for your nearest and dearest. Plus, these calendars are an awesome treat-yourself present to really get you in the holiday spirit.

Scroll down to see our picks for the best beauty advent calendars for 2019, and let the festivities begin.

The Ritual of Advent Calendar Gift Set

The Ritual of Advent Calendar Gift Set
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As Amazon's choice for best makeup advent calendar, the Ritual of Advent gift set is a luxury 24-day calendar, filled with gorgeous Rituals beauty surprises valued at $179. "I'm on day 7 [and] so far, the products have been phenomenal," one happy buyer reported. "I look forward to seeing what is in store for me each day! Well worth the price for a little self-pampering."

Buy It: $89; amazon.com

Sephora Collection Wish Upon a Star Advent Calendar

Wish Upon a Star Advent Calendar
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This is a cute and inexpensive advent calendar set to give out to friends or colleagues. Valued at $85, the Sephora Wish Upon a Star advent calendar provides 12 handy beauty products and accessories—including false eyelashes, eyelash glue, a blending sponge, and hair ties—for the 12 days of Christmas for way less. And right now, it's on sale for only $18, so it's a great budget buy. (For a little more, you can purchase Sephora's newest Frosted Party Advent Calendar as well.)

Buy It: $18 (orig. $36); sephora.com

25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar From Macy's

25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
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We want this Macy's beauty advent calendar, and we want it now. Clinique, Donna Karan, Elemis, Estée Lauder, Mario Badescu, NYX, Origins, and Shiseido are just a few of the top brands that grace us with their presence in this gift set. As if $297 worth of beauty products at less than half the price wasn't enough, Macy's is also throwing in a $15 gift card.

Buy It: $129; macys.com

The Lakeside Collection 12-Day Beauty Advent Calendar at Walmart

Walmart 12-Day Beauty Advent Calendar
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An inexpensive gift idea for anyone needing a little bit of a push to get into that holiday mood, this beauty advent calendar from The Lakeside Collection has one useful beauty item for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Gifts include tweezers, eye shadows, lipsticks, nail polishes, and a bunch of other beauty surprises.

Buy It: $11; walmart.com

Bare Minerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar

bareMinerals The Best Clean Beauty Makeup Advent Calendar 2019
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Chock-full of mini versions of Bare Mineral's best sellers—like the Complexion Rescue Defense Lotion, Prime Time Primer, and Mineral Veil Finishing Powder—the 24 Days of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar is the perfect way to prepare for the holidays. The 24 days of pampering will have you picture-perfect just in time for Christmas, and as an added bonus, most of the sizes are TSA-approved, so they're great for holiday travel. This is a limited-edition advent calendar so grab yours while you still can.

Buy It: $99; bareminerals.com

L'Occitane Holiday Luxury Advent Calendar

L'Occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
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With 24 charmingly decorated drawers filled with tantalizing L'Occitane beauty treasures, the Holiday Luxury Advent Calendar is one of our favorites on this list. With best sellers like the Immortelle Overnight Reset Oil-in-Serum and Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream, valued at a total of $198, this set gives you your money's worth and more.

Buy It: $99; loccitane.com

Molton Brown 2019 Luxury Advent Calendar

Molton Brown 2019 Advent Calendar
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Every day of December will feel like Christmas with the Molton Brown 2019 luxury advent calendar. With 24 delightful products for bath, body, hands, and hair, in heavenly scents including elderflower, fiery pink pepper, jasmine, and sun rose, be prepared to smell amazing for the holidays. The set also contains three mini candles, and everything is presented in a gorgeous art-deco style box that you'll want to keep long after the holidays are over. This is by far the most expensive advent calendar on the list, so it's a true splurge.

Buy It: $250; moltonbrown.com