I found some Ulta Advent Calendars — new to 2023 — that I will definitely add to cart. One of my favorites is the Le Mini Macaron “12 Days of Nails” Advent Calendar ($68). You get six mini gel polishes, plus a top coat, gel removal wraps, and myriad other items that will get your digits ready for the holidays. Below, I’m rounding up the Ulta Advent Calendars already available. But, more importantly, I’m suggesting ways to save. Because $68 for an advent calendar ain’t cheap.
If you’re shopping with your Ultamate Rewards Credit Card for the first time, you’ll save 20% instantly on that initial purchase with it. But don’t go signing up for store cards just for a one-time 20% off savings. There are other ways to get what you love for less. It’s all outlined in our Ulta store hacks. Plus, you’ll find everything you need to know about Ulta’s Black Friday before it happens.
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Ulta Beauty Collection 12 Days of Bath, $22
You get 12 days of bath goodies in this reasonably priced Ulta Beauty Collection Advent Calendar ($22, Ulta). It includes:
- Dreamy Snow Body Wash, Body Lotion, & Hand Cream
- Winter Vanilla Foot Cream, Bath Confetti, & Candle
- Polar Berry Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, & Bath Fizzer
- Scrunchie, Shower Cap, & Loofah
Cost per calendar day: $1.83
Ulta Beauty Collection 6 Days of Bath Fizzers, $20
This calendar may only be six days long, but it contains just as many full-size bath fizzers. Typically a bath fizzes retails for $2.99 each, so right around $18 for six of them. This advent calendar ($20, Ulta) upcharges slightly for the holiday-themed packaging. These are the scents included:
- Glistening Snow Bath Fizzers (2)
- Sugar Cookie Bath Fizzers (2)
- Polar Berry Bath Fizzer (1)
- Winter Vanilla Bath Fizzer (1)
Cost per calendar day: $3.33
The Body Shop The Advent of Change Calendar, on sale for $62.30 (reg. $89)
What you’ll notice is The Body Shop goes all in on advent calendars each year, producing three tiers of calendars from a small-ish version up to an extra big version. The Advent of Change (on sale for $62.30, Ulta) is the smallest in size but mighty in that it contains 24 separate surprises for each day leading up to Christmas. Nearly all of the products are a sample size, like the Coconut Shower Cream which comes in two-ounce bottle. But then the Mango Hand Balm and British Rose Hand Cream are in their typical one-ounce tubes.
Cost per calendar day: $2.60 at the sale price
The Body Shop The Big Advent of Change, on sale for $87.50 (reg. $125)
And here we have the second tier of The Body Shop’s range of advent calendars. The Big Advent of Change (on sale for $87.50, Ulta) hits you with a full 25 days of products, not just 24. You’ll find the usual smattering of full-size hand balms mixed with some sample size products and then a few full-size items, like a bottle of their Tea Tree Shampoo, 8.45 oz (note this product does come in a larger size sold individually in 13.5 fl.oz. bottle).
Cost per calendar day: $3.50 at the sale price
The Body Shop The Ultimate Advent of Change, on sale for $136.50 (reg. $195)
You’ll get 25 beauty products with The Body Shop Advent of Change (on sale for $136.50, Ulta), so there’s a little something to open on Christmas Day, too. There are a few full-size products in the bunch, including:
- Almond Milk Shower Cream (reg. $13, 8.5 oz)
- Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (reg. $18, 8.5 oz)
- Moringa Body Yogurt (reg. $17, 6.9oz)
- Banana Shampoo (reg. $15, 8.5 oz)
- Pink Grapefruit Soap (reg. 7, 3.5oz)
- British Rose Shower Gel (reg. $13, 8.5oz)
- Mango Body Butter (reg. $24, 6.8oz.)
- Edelweiss Smoothing Day Cream (reg. $36, 1.7 oz
- Vitamin C Glow Sheet Mask (reg. $7)
- Avocado Lip Care Stick (reg. $8)
- Almond Milk Body Lotion ($reg. $17, 6.8fl.oz.)
- Coconut Hand Balm (reg. $8, 1oz.)
Those products alone total $151. The 13 others come in the form of deluxe sample size products.
Cost per day: $5.46 at the sale price
OPI Holiday ’23 Nail Lacquer Mini 25 Piece Advent Calendar, $79.94
The OPI ’23 Nail Lacquer Mini 25 Piece Advent Calendar ($79.94, Ulta) contains the 14 nail polish shades from their Terribly Nice Holiday Collection. Additionally, you’ll receive nine other mini polishes (an assortment of OPI favorites, like Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around) and a RapiDry Top Coat as well as a Start to Finish 3 in 1 Treatment. Each bottle is just .125 fl.oz., so roughly one-fourth the size of a regular 5 oz. OPI polish.
Cost per day: $3.20
Clarins 12 Day Advent Calendar, $78
Only two of the products in Clarins 12 Day Advent Calendar ($78, Ulta) are full-size products: the Beauty Flash Balm ($50) and Lip Comfort Oil 04 Pitaya (reg. $29). But those two along total more than the calendar itself. The other 10 products, ranging from a foaming cleanser to eye cream, are packaged. in either travel-size or mini form. Right now at Ulta you can get a free Cryo-Flash Cream Mask gift with a $40 Clarins purchase (so this qualifies). This offer is good through Oct. 28, or while supplies last.
Cost per day:$6.50
Use your Ultamate Rewards points on Ulta Advent Calendars in order to save.
Right now you’re thinking, “These are great, lady, but what about those prices?” Here’s the deal: These Ulta Advent Calendars aren’t on sale yet. And, to be perfectly honest, likely won’t go on sale until December is in full swing.
However, if you are an Ultamate Rewards member (and you should be, because it’s totally free to join), you earn points on every single purchase. you make in store or at Ulta.com assuming you share your rewards number at checkout. For the most basic Ultamate Rewards tier, shoppers earn 1 point for every $1 spent. Once you hit 100 points (or $100 spent), you can redeem them for a $3 reward. But if you’re a saver, you can hoard those points to hit larger redeemable rewards. For example, at 250 points you’re eligible for an $8 reward.
Use these redeemable rewards to lower the cost of your Ulta Advent Calendars.
Stack rewards with Ulta coupons.
The super sweet thing about shopping at Ulta is they have coupons (dude, sometimes they’re IRL coupons found in magazines). You are welcome to stack a reward with a coupon. In fact, here’s what Ulta says in their FAQ.
Yes, your points can be combined with other discounts and special offers, as well as any form of payment accepted at Ulta Beauty. For example, you can redeem your points and use the magazine coupons (e.g., $3.50 off $10) in the same transaction.
So let’s say you’re eligible for a $3 reward and one of those $3.50 off $10 coupons. That’s a total of $6.50 off an Ulta Advent Calendar. It might not seem like huge savings, but it sure beats paying full price.