We all love surprises and especially when they are guaranteed daily in the form of the Christmas Advent Calendar! Here are our top picks with something for everyone in the countdown to Christmas.
Yankee Candle – Holiday party special – £29.99
A new candle to burn every evening throughout December? Yes please. This festive calendar includes 20 tea lights and 4 votive candles in a variety of scents including the new Christmas scents; Christmas Memories, Winter Glow, Christmas Cookie and Bundle Up.
Virgin Wines Wine advent calendar – £69.99
This calendar is one to look out for. You will be spoilt for choice with 23 windows each hiding 187ml-200ml bottles of red, white and sparkling wines and one with a festive port. All 24 bottles are from world renowned wineries from across the globe. This is the perfect way to decide which wine you would like with your Christmas dinner, and give you the chance to try some you may have never heard of!
Ciaté London’s Mini Mani Month – £50.00
Perfect for any budding nail artist, this calendar is a unique alternative to the usual chocolate-filled calendars. Change your nails every day this festive season with 18 mini paint pots and one full-sized. The delectable selection include four new and exclusive shades as well as a special limited edition surprise, one mini treatment and two magical nail toppers, plus, in the words of Ciaté; a sneak peek of a new nail care superhero!
Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary parties – £150.00
It’s time to indulge and this luxurious makeup advent calendar is the ultimate. Charlotte Tilbury is known worldwide for her amazing makeup so why not get a flavour for her legendary products with this countdown calendar and glam yourself up for the party season!
Simply Chocolate Advent Calendar -£25.00
This one is for those with a sweet tooth and an impatient disposition! The best thing about this advent calendar is that it’s made up of days and half days, (e.g. 1 Dec, 1.5 Dec, 2 Dec, 2.5 Dec), so you can gorge on a load of extra milk, dark and white Danish chocolates. It might be even more calories, but who cares, it’s Christmas!
The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Advent Calendars – £60-£99
Is there anyone that doesn’t love body butter from The Body Shop? This festive calendar includes are variety of The Body Shop’s best products including bath, moisturising and makeup goodies. Perfect for anyone that likes to treat themselves every day!
Lego Advent Calendars – £18.00 – £24.95
Lego’s range of advent calendars have the novel build-as-you-go element, which makes door number 25 the most exciting for all the right reasons, as you get your finishing touch! Once Christmas is over, you can keep the pieces for use in the massive tub of bricks we all have in the cupboard, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Bomb Cosmetics Advent Calendar – £19.99
This vibrant calendar is ideal for those who love a long hot bath after a busy day. It includes little soaps and bath bombs in a variety of delicious scents, perfect for pampering on a chilly December night.
Retro Radio Advent Calendar -£19.99
If you are in to your retro sounds then this DIY retro beat box will provide a fun twist on the festive tradition. Build a working FM radio in 24 steps with this novelty advent calendar, open a window each day to reveal a different electronic component.
The Snaffling Pig Co Pork Crackling Advent Calendar – £12.50
Possibly the best part about a roast pork dinner is the pork crackling! Satisfy your savoury cravings with this calendar devoted to crackling. The calendar includes a piece of pork crackling behind each door with six different flavour variations: pigs in blankets, low and slow BBQ, maple, black pepper and sea salt, salt and vinegar and perfectly salted.
Bluebird Tea Advent Calendar – £35
Coming in an understated parcel-brown card box with silver and blue etching (all very hygge), you get 24 tea-themed gifts including the Brighton-based company’s award-winning blends. Flavours range from Mojitea, a green tea perked up with peppermint and lime, to Christmassy varieties. Look out for the Gingerbread Chai, an energising mix of rooibos and cardamom with sweet mallow flavours and a cinnamon and ginger kick. If it’s not a bag behind the door, other gifts include tea-scented candles, mini matcha pots and little intricately decorated and delicious chocolates.
The Gin Foundry Ginvent Advent Calendar – £124.95
This calendar is what we have all been waiting for – 24 days of gin! The Gin Foundry create a new calendar every year showcasing the country’s best and most unusual gins ranging from London dry to fruit infused and so on. Not only is this a brilliant calendar but it is also a shared experience! Each day The Gin Foundry host live tastings on all social media platforms to get everyone involved and interested in all the different types of gin. They also publishing interviews and features on the gins included so if you have a particular favourite, you can go out and get yourself a bottle!
Oliver Bonas The Nutcracker Jewellery Advent Calendar – £20.00
This is one we haven’t seen before… A jewellery advent calendar! Each door reveals a little charm which will leave you with an adorable gold bracelet. The perfect alternative to sweet treats!
The World’s First Cheese Advent Calendar – Price TBC
Cheese lovers rejoice! London-based food blogger Annem Hobson has spent the last year creating this amazing idea of a cheese advent calendar! After searching high and low for one last year, Annem came to the sad conclusion that such a calendar did not exist. This inspired her to make the prototype in the picture below. The only downside is that this isn’t available this year unfortunately. After discussions with manufacturers we can hope to see this on the market next year sporting a selection of delicious cheese from Edam and Stilton to creamy Cheddar. If a whole year is too long to wait, Annem has put together some handy instructions for creating your very own calendar with minimal effort.