Folio Gift Guides: Top 5 Holiday Countdown Calendars

Most students have a love-hate relationship with the month of December. On one hand, you have all your final exams packed into a two-week time span, but after that’s over with, you can relax, possibly go home and celebrate the jolliness of the holidays. No matter what holiday you celebrate, a fun way to get in the spirit can be through countdown calendars. These calendars give you a little treat to look forward to every day, and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, they can be a nice daily indulgence for the month of December. Here are some of the best countdown calendars to kick off this holiday season, all conveniently available in stores near campus.

1) David’s Tea’s 24 Days of Tea, $40

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The David’s Tea countdown calendar is a great option if you’re a tea lover, or if you enjoy sipping on a toasty beverage to keep your hands warm throughout the season. Behind each door of the calendar is a sample of loose leaf tea. The receiver gets to sample a wide variety of flavours and figure out their favourites. Since the sample size is only one or two servings, there’s no huge commitment—if there are a couple you’re not as fond of, no worries. If given as a gift, pay attention to the teas your gift recipient prefers so you can go back to purchase the full-sized tin for a thoughtful stocking stuffer. For a student on a budget, it’s fun to sample all of David’s Tea’s exclusive holiday flavours, as well as their year-round best-sellers.

2) The Bearded Man Company’s Beard Oil Advent Calendar, $37 USD

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This is a great countdown calendar if you happen to be (or happen to have) a well-groomed man. Men’s grooming products have skyrocketed in sales over the past decade and now companies like Clarins, Tom Ford and Clinique are making specialty lines just for men. These products are all chemical-free and full of non-greasy essential oils that will help maintain a clean and well-styled Decembeard. Plus, they come in a variety of awesome scents. The scents are manly, but not in a stuffy or overly musky way.

3) Lush’s 12 Days of Christmas, $99

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The Lush calendar comes with 12 limited-edition holiday surprises—and although the price is a good deal, we’d still recommend you put this on your wish list! This calendar gets special kudos for being sustainably packaged in a reusable, recyclable (and gorgeous) box. Skincare is super important to combat the dry December weather, so bath and body products during this time of year are extra appreciated. The bubble bar “Candy Mountain” and the body lotion “Sleepy” will definitely help you drift into a nice relaxing slumber before a tough exam. Lush products always smell amazing and are aromatherapeutic, plus the scent will lightly linger on your body, leaving you smelling fresh.

4) Godiva’s Chocolate Advent Calendar, $35

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Chocolate is a must-have for the season. It also makes a nice treat to snack on while studying for exams. This grown-up version of your classic chocolate countdown calendar looks just as good as it tastes: the illustrations on the box by Dinara Mirtalipova will surely get you in the holiday spirit. The box contains a 25-piece assortment of luxurious dark, white and milk chocolates. Godiva chocolate always taste milky and smooth, and never overly crunchy or too thick. If you stop by the Godiva you can even grab a treat to-go for yourself such as a milk chocolate dipped strawberry, or their new artisan-made milk chocolate truffle shake (it’s to die for).

5) Lego’s Star Wars Advent Calendar

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Every ’90s kid was majorly into Lego. Remember opening huge boxes of Lego toys at your grandparents house during the holidays and having to be torn away from them when it was time for turkey dinner? What better time to get back into that childhood Christmas spirit than with some nostalgia-inducing Lego adventures? Lego can still be fun even for adults (but who are we kidding, we’re barely adults), and it’s a fantastic gift to share with younger siblings or cousins for those family bonding moments. The calendar includes eight figures, a battle droid and an assortment of vehicles and weapons, including Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Plus, after the holidays are over, they make a cute bedroom decoration display.