What better way to countdown the holidays than with 24 days of tiny indulgences? Sometimes, finding a gift for our fiery and funny aunties or sweet grandparents can be a bit of head-scratcher, but these calendars stuffed with tiny treats are as thoughtful as they are a pleasure to unwrap. From petite-packaged chocolates or popcorn accompanied by appetizing accoutrements, these cheerfully decorated calendars will help make the holiday season more merry, bright, and festive.
For the grandparents … who share the goods. What’s not to love with these traditionally-styled Madelaine Chocolate Company calendars? Zipf’s Candies stocks a couple different themes, like a Victorian village toy shop with illustrations of Santa, teapots, toys, and trees; a classic Christmas pageant with a nativity scene; and a beautifully decorated classic Christmas tree. Each day reveals one metallic-wrapped chocolate, perfect to share with loved ones, especially grandkids. $15. Zifp’s Candies, 8433 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; 215-248-1877; facebook.com/zipfscandies
For the aunties … who spill the best (figurative) tea. The Vahdam India Advent calendar gift set of tea is packed with five tea bags of 24 flavors, equaling a whopping 120 tea bags. Flavors include hibiscus rose herbal, ginger mint green, pumpkin spiced, and sweet cinnamon masala chai, among others. The box of cheerful and orderly drawers is decorated with an illustrated holiday theme featuring Santa and his sleigh and holiday merrymakers. vahdamteas.com, $59.99
For the parents … who have everything. Gift the parents in your life with a beautifully decorated Advent calendar in the shape of a Christmas tree. Available at Lore’s Chocolates, this calendar features 24 milk chocolate truffles wrapped in metallic foil, each in individual holiday-themed mini-drawers. The freestanding tree, offered in white and red or green with joyful Christmas colors, also doubles as an entryway tabletop decoration for those who prefer to keep home adornments low key. Lore’s Chocolates, 34 S 7th St., Philadelphia; 215-627-3233; loreschocolates.com, $69.95
For the significant other … who loves cheesy Hallmark holiday films. Get holiday movie night popping with an Advent calendar filled with theater snacks galore: popcorn, an assortment of sugar glazes, nuts, marshmallow bits, chocolate, and recipes from Williams Sonoma. This cute 24-day countdown is ideal for college students and couples who may be enjoying their first Christmas together. The popcorn calendar is available for delivery or in-store purchase at all four local stores. williams-sonoma.com, $54.95
For … you. You’ve worked hard this year, and while checking your list twice to gift everyone else, treat yourself to something nice in the form of two dozen Godiva chocolates. The 24-day Christmas countdown includes an assortment of festive-shaped chocolates like Santa plus a snowman, penguin, star, and medallion in milk, white, and dark chocolate. Each piece is decadently rich — eating them in one go as an act of self-care is perfectly acceptable. This year was tough, no judgment. Additionally, when flipped open, the album cover design reveals a lovely note about being open to wonderful possibilities and savoring the moments we have. godiva.com, $39.95