11 of the best advent calendars 2019 – all available in SA!

This article was originally published on 28 Nov 2017 and was last updated on 25 Nov 2019. 

I remember the patience I had to exercise as a kid when we would get our very own advent calendars. One chocolate a day is tough when you are building up to Christmas. The best part was opening the little door and getting a treat. Well, things have a come a long way since chocolate advent calendars. Here are the best chocolate, beauty, grown-up, toy and even furkid advent calendars you can get in South Africa!

The best chocolate advent calendars

What would the festive season be without chocolate? Here are some delicious chocolate advent calendars to keep you going until Christmas.

The Lindt teddy advent calendar, R164.

Nothing beats Lindt (except maybe Reeses but that’s imported and pricey). Start your countdown to Christmas with a delicious Lindt bear. A friend at work got one and let me test one out (they weren’t waiting) and my bear was dressed in his Sunday best and tasted amazing. Nom, nom, nom.

chocolate advent calendar 2019 lindt
The Woolworths chocolate ball cone advent calendar, R149.99. 

Every year my mom buys us a pack of those gold-wrapped chocolate balls from Woolies. It’s become kind of a tradition, but now you can have one every day until you get a whole pack all to yourself. Win-win.

chocolate advent calendar 2019 woolworths

The best toy advent calendars

There is a Lego Harry Potter advent calendar. I repeat, there is a Lego Harry Potter advent calendar.

The Lego Harry Potter advent calendar, R499.99

lego harry potter advent calendar

The Lego Friends advent calendar, R399.99

lego friends advent calendar

Lego Star Wars advent calendar, R519.99

lego star wars advent calendar

The best beauty advent calendars

I’m not much a beauty product fundi, but here are some beauty advent calendars that I thought were quite cool.

Essence advent calendar, R409.

Essence is an affordable beauty line and this looks like it has a lot of products that everyone will love. I really like their nail polish and nail oil.

beauty advent calendar essence

The Loccitane advent calendar, R950 (worth R1350). 

They have the best hand cream, my favourite being the Jasmine one. Treat yourself to an early Christmas with these awesome products. This would definitely be a treat yo self gift.

beauty advent calendar loccitane

The Body Shop advent calendar, R1000.

I love stuff from The Body Shop, especially their body wash and Jasmine perfume (I really like Jasmine). These products are travel size so they are perfect for your holiday adventure.

beauty advent calendar the body shop


The best advent calendar for your furkid

It was only a matter of time and that time is now. Celebrate Christmas early this year by getting your furkid involved. Each day has a new delicious treat your pet will love. Plus by buying this you are supporting animal organisations.

Advent calendar for dogs, R95. 

advent calendar for dogs

The best advent calendars for grown-ups

December is the silly season and if you need some help celebrating, welcome to the world of alcohol and coffee advent calendars.

Sugarbird gin advent calendar, R399.

Start off the holiday season in style. This is a great one to share with friends. Just add tonic (you can use craft tonic, but good old Schweppes will work just as well).

gin advent calendar 2019

Coffee advent calender, R299.

The folks at Caffeluxe have created two coffee advent calendars for Dolce Gusto and Nespresso machines. coffee advent calender 2019

Which one of the advent calendars would you love to add to your Christmas wishlist? Let us know why on social media or in the comments below. 

Disclaimer: All prices correct at time of writing. 

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