Once upon a time, advent calendars were just for kids, and then the adults realised there was lots of opportunities to crash the fun. So from chocolate to beauty to charity, we have something in our roundup for the whole family to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas…
Lush Advent Calendar
With a new twist on it’s packaging, this Mary Poppin’s-esque luggage trunk locks away all the goodies to see you through December. The double layer calendar features the retro Christmas favourite, Christmas Eve bubble bath; cult favourite Dream Cream body lotion that is fresh and floral and leaves body feeling uber moisturised; new Orange Scrub, a zesty shower scrub that is uplifting; and the new Snow Fairy Shampoo Bar. All handmade in the UK with recyclable materials, this is a fabulous advent calendar for beauty aficionados. Priced £185 from www.lush.co.uk
The Make Arcade Craftvent Calendar
This bumper box includes 24 numbered envelopes, each individually packed with a felt sewing kit containing everything needed to make a super cute Christmas decoration that can then go on display. Great quality and really quirky, the fun felt designs are mainly festive-themed but there’s also a few hidden surprises included! Priced £60 from The Maker Arcade
Organix Advent Calendar
Not forgetting the littlest family members, Organix have launched their first ever calendar this year for youngsters from 18 months. Behind each door is an organic treat that comes with Organix’s same No Junk Promise so you’ll find no artificial colours or flavours. Priced £8.99 from www.organix.com
Thriving Box Co Advent Calendar
With only 50 available, this very limited-edition calendar ensures you will be well stocked on all things nice, whilst safe in the knowledge that each purchase has given a boost to small and stylish independent retailers across the UK. Behind each door are festive food and drinks, skincare products and decorations worth over £200. Priced £125 from John Lewis.
Hot Chocolate Advent Calendar for Two
24 drawers are filled with the most magical festive drink – hot chocolate. Sip up all the delights of hot chocolate wonder with Whittard’s delightful variations that include double helpings of sumptuous classics along with their tasty creative concoctions.
Once the contents have been drunk, the striking, intricately designed box can be refilled as a beautiful keepsake. Priced £60 from Whittard of Chelsea.
Advent of Change Calendar
This reverse advent calendar is all about giving back. Instead of receiving a daily gift, you give something to one of 24 incredible UK charities. The cost of the calendar ensures that 24 donations of 50p are made on your behalf to some great worthwhile charities. Details behind each door provide more information on your daily contribution, from helping to provide shelter to a homeless person, fulfilling the wish of a sick child or helping to support frontline workers. Priced £17.95 from www.adventofchange.com
Acts of Kindness Calendar Craft Kit
One of the great delights of Christmas is giving. Whether you’re giving gifts, your time or your love. This calendar includes 24 small envelopes with lots of festive stationary items to decorate each one and then you can fill them with daily acts of kindness and share them with friends and family. Priced £16 from www.idohandmade.co.uk
The Tipsy Tree with Fizz Advent Calendar
Surely one of the best advent calendars about?! This wooden decorative tree is filled with 20cl bottles of fizz including Prosecco, Cava and Champagne. If you enjoy a tipple then this is right up your street, although maybe not one to crack open before the school run! Each tree holds 24 bottles and the sturdy wooden tree packs flat after use so it can be whipped out annually to help spread Christmas cheer year-on-year. Priced £140 from First 4 Hampers
L’occitane Luxury Advent Calendar
For the ultimate in beauty and skincare calendars, this is one of our top picks. Filled with 24 miniatures of all of L’occitane’s wonderful products, each drawer has a surprise sumptuous skincare, fragrance or beauty product hiding inside. From hair masks, to hand creams to pillow mists, the calendar gives the chance to enjoy and experience a wide range of their bestselling items every day, with some lasting weeks! Priced £99 from uk.loccitane.com
24 Days of Stationery Advent Calendar
Back for 2020 with a brand new joyful and stylish design and entirely new contents, this year’s personalised stationery advent calendar is sure to delight. 24 beautiful and useful items of stationery are waiting to be discovered inside the luxe foil embossed boxes that have been designed to look like a row of colourful books on a shelf. Priced 89 from Martha Brooks
LINDOR Pick & Mix Advent Calendar
We had to include a chocolate option and for a silky-smooth chocolate delight, it has to be LINDOR. This calendar features a surprise from their range of 32 pick and mix flavours with an extra special 38g treat for Christmas Eve. Priced £12 from www.lindt.com/shop
The Body Shop Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar
This year The Body Shop has launched three advent calendars that tell the tale of spreading love and kindness. The Make It Real calendar includes all of TBS faves and hero products including mini pampering face masks, body butters and scrubs. It’s great value coming in at £70 with over £130 value of products. Priced £70 from The Body Shop
Warner Bros Friends Bath Fizzer Advent Land
90’s sitcom, Friends, will always be there for you, and for those after some new merch to add to their collection, will love this brand new cool calendar jam-packed with bath fizzers, lip balms, creams and beauty accessories complete with Friends retro branding. Priced £17.99 from Mad Beauty
Popaball ‘Pimp Your Prosecco’ Advent Calendar
Liven up a glass of fizz with this fun calendar containing 12 fantastic shimmers and bursts of Popaball tasty flavourings to give your drink a makeover with a fancy new look or hint of fruit taste. Really innovative and a fun calendar that will put a smile on your face, but maybe one to crack open in the evening rather than at 8am! Priced £29.99 from www.popaball.co.uk
Lynx Africa Countdown Calendar
Is it even Christmas if Lynx doesn’t make an appearance?! Stay on top of your grooming game with this countdown calendar that features 12 Lynx Africagoodies, including theBody Wash, Body Spray, pair of socks and a variety of other grooming essentials. Also available in Ice Chill variety. Priced £20 nationwide.
Protein Ball Co. Advent Calendar
Advent calendars don’t have to be all confectionary and sweet treats. For a healthy alternative, this calendar is filled with 100% natural protein balls flavoured in six different flavours to enjoy – goji and coconut; lemon and pistachio; raspberry brownie; apple and blueberry; peanut butter and a surprise festive-themed ball. Vegan, gluten and wheat free, they also contain no soy or added sugars making them a great gift for fitness and clean eating enthusiasts. Priced £19.99 from www.theproteinballco.com
Haynes Electronic Games Advent Calendar
Discover a new electronic component every day with 24 doors that open up to components that build an impressive 24 different games. Priced £22.00 from Menkind
Christmas Dinner Pork Crackling Calendar
If you love a decent pork crackling then this quirky calendar will be right up your street! Experience the weird and the wonderful with 24 mini bags of pork delight including some delightful flavours including Pigs in Blankets, Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple and Perfectly Salted. Priced £17.50 from John Lewis.
Joe & Seph’s Vegan Popcorn Advent Calendar
For a light, sweet treat, mix it up with this calendar filled with eight tasty flavours of Joe & Seph’s delicious popcorn. Each bag of artisan popcorn features a fun spin on flavour pairings with olive oil, black pepper and sea salt or dig in to the coconut and cacao snack-sized bags of joy! Priced £25 from Yumbles.com