advent calendars 2020 south africa

The best advent calendars 2021 – all available in SA!

This article was originally published on 28 Nov 2017 and was last updated on 21 Nov 2021. 

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. (Alternatively buy yourself 24 of your favourite chocolates and eat one every day – the calories won’t count. Obviously.)

Chocolate advent calendar, Woolworths, R59.99.

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Lindt Hello advent calendar, Woolworths, R269.95.

Nothing beats Lindt (except maybe Reeses but that’s imported and pricey). Start your countdown to Christmas with a delicious Lindt choccie.  Nom, nom, nom.

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Lindt assorted advent calendar, Clicks, R189.

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Chocolate Advent Calendar, Clicks, R24.99.

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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, Lego certified store, 599.

I bought one last year and it was pretty cool. It really is fun opening stuff up while waiting for Christmas. Although at R600 I am not sure if I will do this again ALTHOUGH this year’s does come with a Gringotts elf which I don’t yet have.

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Lego Star Wars, Lego certified store, R599.

It contains BABY YODA!!!!

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Fidget advent calendar, Snatcher, R379.

Take your pop it addiction to the next level with these awesome toys to keep you busy.

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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. Some are reasonably priced, while others could count as a gift all on its own.

Last year a Sorbet advent calendar was featured, but it looks like that in 2021 this is no longer the case. 

Essence advent calendar, R599 (available from Takealot & Superbalist) 

Contains a mixed selection of sparkling and Christmas themed Essence products.

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The Body Shop advent calendar love big, R1900

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.

There are three versions available

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Clarins 24 day advent calendar, Clarins.co.za, R2000.

Get 24 of Clarins makeup and skincare best sellers. They also have a 12 day advent calendar for R1200. 

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L’Occitane advent calendar, out of stock

At the time of writing both advent calendars were out of stock. Get notifications from the website if you are interested to be the first to know when they are available again (R1200 and R2200).

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Soil essential oil advent calendar, Faithful To Nature, R299.99.

The Soil advent calendar consists of 24 windows containing a hand-picked combination of essential oils, massage oils and carrier oils.

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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. Also I may or may not have bought two of these for my furkid nieces.

Cuthbert’s advent calendar, Pet Plus, R68.

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Probono advent calendar, Takealot, R135.

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NEW Probono advent calendar for dogs, Pet Heaven, R60

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Dog countdown advent calendar, Woolworths, R99.99.

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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.

12 Mini gin advent calendar, Takealot, R375.

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).

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Sugarbird & friends mini brandy collection, Wine of the Month, R399. 

My family got this for my bf last year and it’s a really good gift for brandy lovers (he isn’t a big drinker so still has some bottles left over).

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Nespresso compatible hot chocolate advent calendar, Makro, R219.

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Nespresso compatible festive drinks coffee advent calendar, Takealot, R285.

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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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