The best Advent calendars for the 2015 holiday season

By Sarah Kelsey

One of the most exciting ways to kick-start the holiday season is to buy an awesome Advent calendar to help count down to that most special time of year. And there's something for everyone, whether you're a foodie, a beauty junkie or even a four-legged friend.

First crafted in the early 20th century, the treat-filled trackers are used by adults and kids alike to count down the days until Christmas. For decades, people would open a box each day to reveal a special holiday saying or a piece of chocolate, but the bounty in today's offerings is much more varied and suits a wide variety of holiday lovers.

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Beauty junkies rejoice over product-packed versions where compartments boast lip balms and mini body washes. They're perfect for the likes of Olivia Palermo and Kendall Jenner, who want to roll into the holidays looking their best.

Then there are options from sites like Etsy, where top Canadian crafters have come up with cool contraptions that would tickle the fancies of Hollywood DIYers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad.

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And the options don't end there! Gentlemen, kids and even dogs all have calendars catered to their interests, so a clan as big as the Jolie-Pitts could each find a big box of holiday cheer just right for them.

Whether you're buying for friends and family or nabbing one for yourself, gear up for this holiday season with these carefully curated Advent calendar suggestions.

Sarah Kelsey is a gal in the know who regularly appears on television and writes for a variety of outlets. Check out her work at sarahkelsey.ca, on Twitter @sarahkelsey, Instagram @sakelsey and Pinterest @sakelsey.

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