Cop an eyeful of these dazzling advent calendars that are yours for the taking. Except you have to wait until December to get cracking with, given how wow-worthy these calendars are, is really testing our patience. From doors filled with gin, to John Lewis’ epic beauty offering, to calendars that cost as much as London rent, here are some of our faves this year…
We can’t wait to get our mitts all over Fortnum and Mason’s beauty advent calendar! And yule be missing out if you don’t too! Expect to find Chantecaille’s Faux Cils Mascara, Penhaligons Halfetti body lotion, Lucia Magnani’s rejuvenating eye cream, and even a Yolke leopard silk eyemask. Seriously, we can’t wait to be sporting that with a glass of mulled wine in tow! How wine-derful! All in all, the calendar is worth a staggering £750, so it’s a pretty big deal. Add this to your basket now and receive this little (big) treat from 25th October.
Worth: £750 Price: £195
It’s as iconic as the Spice Girls Union Jack dress. Yes, the John Lewis advent calendar has come back into our lives with a whole load of sparkle and doors packed with a beauty punch. The calendar not only looks pretty, but spans a whole host of beauty brands including Sisley, Dermalogica, Lancôme, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Elemis, Clarins, BECCA and Charlotte Tilbury. Wowzers! Plus, when you’re finished, you can reverse the calendar to make it into a jewellery box.
Worth: £255 Price: £150
The Liberty London advent calendar is probably the most anticipated calendar around, so it’s hardly surprising we’ve got our alarm set ready for the 16th of October when the calendar is set to be released, eeek! And, we know you’re itching to know what’s inside… Well, 18 of the 25 drawers include full-sized products, making it the most generous line-up to date… Inside you’ll find a mini Sam McKnight Lazy Girl dry shampoo in Liberty Print packaging, a limited edition Omoravicza Queen of Hungary mist, and the exclusive new scent from Vihlelm Parfumerie, Peony Couture.
Worth: £600+ Price: £215
Here to spread some Christmas cheer is Harrods and their mega beauty advent calendar. Seriously, these guys have whacked in 25 full sized products as well as a few mini favourites from the Beauty Hall thrown in for good measure! Pull back the doors and nuzzled inside the doors you’ll find BECCA’s Skin Love primer, Augustinus Bader’s the rich cream, and the rest will all be revealed during the countdown…
Worth: £600 Price: £250
Did you know back in the 1950’s, almond trees completely disappeared from the Provence landscape? Since 2000, L’OCCITANE has helped to reintroduce these trees back onto the hills on Provence, and today, it’s full of them. This year, L’OCCITANE’s Christmas beauty advent calendar takes the form of a book, retelling this empowering story. Every day you’ll open up a box and inside you’ll find everything from soothing hand creams to repairing shampoos, rich lip balm to refreshing soaps.
Worth: £79 Price: £49
Introducing Cult Beauty’s first ever advent calendar! And, boy, have they brought in the big names in beauty! Nuzzled within each drawer, you’ll find a new icon-a-day. Each product will ensure you’re left dazzling your way through December, and an extra special overflowing drawer on the 25th to get your sparkle ready for the big day!
Worth: £680 Price: £195
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a beauty advent calendar… Here to help your loved one choose which calendar to buy you is Elemis and their 25 days of beauty advent calendar (you might need to give him bit of a nudge in the right direction but hey, we’re trying out best!). Countdown to Christmas with a few beauty surprises thrown in for you to discover. You’ll find everything from day creams to toners, face masks to cleansing balms, and as avid users of Elemis ourselves, we can vouch this calendar is certainly on our bucket list to try out!
Worth: £339.55 Price: £165
On your marks, get set, goooo and buy Glossybox advent calendar now! Like seriously, before it’s too late! This year you’ll find some of the world’s finest beauty brands including Chloe, Dermalogica, NYX and Tarte. And, don’t think these guys are skimping on the sizing, because 15 of these products are full-size, winner!
Worth: £370 Price: £80 (or £70 if you’re a lucky subscriber)
The Boutique-y Gin Company bottles the quirkiest of gins, spit roasted pineapple, ghost gin, need I continue? And this year you can get your hands on one of the snazziest calendars going. Have a boozy Christmas with a gorgeous hand-illustrated design by Grace J Ward and 24 award-winning gins with fun flavours of pineapple, chocolate orange and more, housed inside.
You had us at Jo Malone! Countdown to Christmas in style with 24 scented surprises popping up along the way courtesy of Jo Malone and their captivating advent calendar. Although, nearly the price of a plane ticket, it’s perfect as an early Christmas present for your girlfriend, wife, or even mum as she’ll be able to indulge in the beautiful colognes, and bath and body miniatures. You’ll certainly bag yourself a kiss under the mistletoe if you do…
There’s nothing quite like opening up an advent drawer and seeing what’s inside, and when candles are involved we’re all in! With the Diptyque Paris, you’ll be greeted with 15 mini candles (BAIES included, woohoo!), seven personal fragrances and two body care products. Oh, and a cheeky little limited edition surprise (eek!) but we won’t spoil the secret for you!
Have your-elf a merry little Christmas courtesy of Lush! We’ve cheated a little bit here because it’s still technically beauty but in the shape of bathroom essentials! And, using one of Lush’s bath fizzers after a long hard day grafting is one mega essential! In true Lush style, the packaging is ultra snazzy, and as you open up the doors, three draws will be revealed with 24 compartments, housing a whole selection of limited edition bath, body and shower products. There’s even a cute little polar bear bubble bar; it’s so sparkly and cute!
If you’re looking for a dreamy advent calendar that’s guaranteed to make your Mrs happy (and not break the bank like the others listed), The Body Shop advent calendar is a great option. The Christmas elves at The Body Shop have been rummaging around finding only the very best mini’s for you lucky lot. Expect to find special festive editions, lip butters, bath bombs, and even some cute pink gloves, perfect for exfoliating! Plus the packaging is super adorbs too!
Worth: £81 Price: £45
It looks like Santa might well bring you that spa break you’ve been after this xmas! Courtesy of Cowshed, you’ll have a whole 24 doors to choose from, including a spa-inspired edit of miniatures that’ll give you a relaxing Christmas, post crazy cousins and Aunt Susie demanding more Brussel sprouts. Treats like hand cream, nail polish, pillow mist and skincare, all infused with signature Cowshed fragrances. Sign us up!