The joy of opening a daily door on your advent calendar is no longer just for kids. Take your pick from luxury chocolate, makeup and wines, or even jam, jewellery and gin with these 25 adult advent calendars to put you in the Christmas spirit!
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I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite Christmas memories as a kid was the daily ritual of opening the next door on my advent calendar. My grandmother would always send a religious one, and my mum would sneak us a chocolate one too. These are positively tame now in comparison to the array of advent calendars on offer for kids, including ones from big brands like LEGO, Play-Doh, Barbie, Playmobil and Disney or other character favourites.
The big surprise in recent years, however, is the resounding success of adult advent calendars. I had one of the Marks & Spencer’s beauty boxes last year…and have to admit I may have broken all my own rules and opened the doors ahead of time to sneak a peek!
If you fancy getting in on the Christmas fun, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting adult advent calendars you won’t want to miss. Be prepared, they sell out early!
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The Best Adult Advent Calendars
Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Advent Calendar, €15/£10
Oh yes, choco heaven awaits in this Ferrero golden gallery calendar! Inside, you’ll find the traditional golden wrapped goodies, as well as some other Ferrero treats.
Available in-store and from Amazon.co.uk.
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Ilchester Cheese Advent Calendar, £26.99
This tasty cheese advent calendar is the perfect gift for all cheese-lovers! Behind each door are mini cheeses and cheesy jokes. Cheeses include Jarlsberg, Applewood, Mexicana, Ilchester Cheddar Cheese, Ilchester Red Leicester Cheese, Ilchester Double Gloucester Cheese, Ilchester Wensleydale Cheese with Cranberries & Ilchester Wensleydale Cheese and Gingerbread.
Available from Amazon now.
Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar, €360/£320
The ultimate treat is this Jo Malone Beauty advent calendar – it is STUNNING! Each door reveals a scented delight, from perfume to candles to bath and body goodies.
Available in-store and online directly from Jo Malone and selected retailers from mid-October.
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar, €69.99/£49.99
As we got VERY excited about, the incredibly popular Aldi wine advent calendar is coming back – and if last year is anything to go by, you’ll want to mark it in your calendar now!
Along with classic wine advent calendar, Aldi is also selling the new Sparkling Advent Calendar – each of the 24 doors open to reveal a mini bottle of 8 Sparkling Pinot Grigio, 8 Sparkling Rosé and 8 Prosecco bottles.
Available in-store from Aldi from November 1st.
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Yankee Candle Advent Calendar, £79.99
Count down to Christmas with this special Yankee Candle® Tower Advent Calendar. Every day reveals a different gift, including 3 Small Jar Candles, 10 Votive Candles, 18 Scented Tea Lights, 1 Wick Trimmer, 1 Snuffer, 1 Tea Light Holder and 1 Votive Candle Holder. Festive fragrances that help bring the Christmas spirit into your home.
Available online from Yankee Candle, and in selected stores, now.
Ultimate Craft Beer Advent Calendar, £129.90
If you want to be among the first to sample the world’s finest flavours – this ultimate selection advent calendar is the one to choose.
Behind the doors, you’ll find 24 beers from 12 different countries, including rare and exclusive imports sourced from Europe, New Zealand and the US. The calendar also features acclaimed breweries like Cloudwater, Verdant, Wander Beyond, CR/AK, and De Molen.
Available for pre-order now from HonestBrew and will release for dispatch later in November.
Nespresso Advent Calendar, €30
Coffee lovers will enjoy this one! The limited edition Nespresso advent calendar has a daily capsule of roast and ground coffee to discover from December 1st to 23rd, with a special treat to open on the 24th.
Elemis Advent Calendar, £175
Treat your skin to some festive delights with this Elemis advent calendar. There are 25 skincare surprises to discover, worth over £403, including face and body products from the popular Pro-Collagen collection, Superfood, Peptide and Skin Nourishing ranges.
Available online and in selected retailers from October.
Wedgwood Porcelain Tree Decoration Advent Calendar, €650
Built to commemorate the 260th anniversary of Wedgwood, this stunning and elegant Wedgwood advent calendar makes a delightful addition to the Christmas decorations.
Modelled on a traditional Georgian townhouse, it contains 24 exquisitely crafted, miniature porcelain tree decorations. Each decoration is hung on a white satin ribbon, found in a numbered drawer.
Available online from John Lewis and other select retailers now.
OPI Advent Calendar, £65.90
Containing 25 mini nail polishes, this OPI Shine Bright Collection Advent Calendar includes the holiday season’s latest range of bold and sophisticated colours with Shine Bright Nail Lacquer.
Available in-store and online from John Lewis, Littlewoods and other retailers now.
Diptyque Luxury Advent Calendar, £350
Get set for all the candles and scent you could possibly imagine – this luxury Diptyque calendar is a major treat! The calendar includes 25 little pleasures, from candles and eau de toilette to eau de parfum and skincare products. Featuring beautiful illustrations by artist Ugo Gattoni, this advent calendar will retain its magic even after the holiday season.
Available online and in selected retailers now.
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, £70
The Make It Real Advent Calendar, pictured here, is one of three advent calendars from The Body Shop this year. Packed with skincare bestsellers, deliciously-scented bath and body, make-up and more, there is lots of fun to be had with this one!
Available in-store and online from The Body Shop now.
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Cath Kidston Advent Calendar, €48/£40
Open a door each day to reveal a beauty treat in this iconic Cath Kidston Festivale Animals Advent Calendar. Behind beautifully printed doors, find enriched hand creams, hand balms and body lotions to lip balms, cleansing body scrubs, scented soaps, bath fizzers & salts. All certified vegan and cruelty-free, wrapped in the cheery, printed paper box.
Available in-store and online from Cath Kidston and selected retailers now.
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Pukka Tea Advent Calendar, £8.25
With 24 different organic herbal teas to try each day throughout the festive season, this limited edition tea calendar is a healthy alternative to traditional chocolate. Inspired by nature, the bestselling teas include Turmeric Gold, Night Time and Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey, Vanilla Chai and Wild Apple & Cinnamon.
Available online from Amazon, or online through various retailers.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar, €185
This luxury treasure trove of beauty goodies has 12 doors hiding away a mix of full-size and travel-size makeup and skincare treats (including a full-size Pillow Talk lipstick!) that are sure to upgrade your makeup bag.
Available online from Charlotte Tilbury and in selected retailers now.
Fever-Tree Ultimate Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar, £60
Indulge in your favourite tipple this Christmas, courtesy of the Fever-Tree gin & tonic advent calendar. Behind 24 doors, you will find 12 x 50ml bottles of iconic craft gin and 12 x 150ml cans of specially matched Fever-Tree tonic. Gins include Hendricks’s Gin, Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Portobello Road London Dry Gin, Chase Distillery, Audemus Pink Pepper Gin and more.
Available exclusively from Waitrose now.
Soap and Glory Beauty Advent Calendar, €55/£45
Retro glam is always front and centre with this fun brand, and the 2020 Soap & Glory advent calendar is no different. Pick up all your S&G favourites in this Miracle on 24th Sweet calendar, including Scrub of the Your Life body buffer, Sugar Crush body buttercream, Sexy Mother Pucker lipglosses, Heel Genius foot cream, and lots more.
Available in-store and online from Boots now.
Luxury Wine Advent Calendar, £89.99
This luxury wine advent calendar sold out over the last few years, so pre-order now to indulge in 24 delicious wines. For 2020, you can choose if you would prefer an all-red, all-white or mixed wine advent calendar, and all of them feature more grape varieties, more wine styles, and more independent winemakers from across the globe.
Available online from VirginWines.
L’Occitane Advent Calendar, from €63
This year, L’Occitane has released two beauty advent calendars, priced at €63 and €115. Each has 24 gifts, with everything from shower gels, shampoos, soaps and eau de toilette in the rich signature fragrances L’Occitane are renowned for.
Available in-store and online from L’Occitane and selected retailers now.
Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar, £15
There are six gourmet flavours to try in this deliciously inventive marshmallow advent calendar (Salted Caramel, Milk & Cookies, Butterscotch, Gingerbread, Mint Choc Chip, and S’mores) and even a Belgian hot chocolate spoon with vanilla bean marshmallow behind the final door on Christmas Day – yum!
Available online from Naked Marshmallow now.
Molton Brown Luxury Advent Calendar, €200/£175
Celebrate in style this year and count down to the joyful Christmas day with the Molton Brown luxury advent calendar, filled with intriguing new fragrances, bathing classics and much more. Inspired by the liberating glamour of the Roaring Twenties, this elegant calendar shimmers with holographic foil to evoke a 1920s chandelier. With a striking new design, it’s secured by a hidden magnet and opens from the side to reveal your 24 stellar indulgences.
Available from Molton Brown from early October.
bareMinerals 24 Days of Clean Advent Calendar, £89
Open a window to discover a bestselling makeup or skincare mini. With gorgeous shades and textures, this limited edition Bare Minerals advent calendar a great choice for beauty fans and everything you need for holiday-ready beauty.
Available in-store and online from Bare Minerals now.
Bomb Cosmetics Tinsel My Fancy Advent Calendar, £65
These are almost too adorable to use! The fun bath bombs and goodies are scented and glorious, and a really fun alternative for an adult advent calendar. This year’s Tinsel My Fancy Advent Calendar includes Elf on the Shelf bath mallow, Snow Globe soap, Hand in the Cookie Jar hand cream, Apple Crumble lip scrub, Joy to the World bath blaster, Let it Bee solid shower gel, and lots more.
Available from Bomb Cosmetics now.
Disney Ladies Socks Advent Calendar, €40/£22.50
Disney fans will love this Disney socks advent calendar with 12 pairs of character socks to brighten your days in the lead up to Christmas!
Available in-store and online from Boots in November.
Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, £23.99
The Bonne Maman limited edition advent calendar is back! Add a little sweetness to your Christmas with a delicious selection of jams and preserves. The mini pots behind each door are an exciting mix of exclusive new flavours, including Grapefruit and Dragon Fruit Jam, Purple Fig Extra Jam, Raspberry and Lychee Jam, Pear and Mirabelle Plum Jam, Orange and Cinnamon Marmalade, Lemon Marmalade, Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam and many more.
Available online from Bonne Maman now.
Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn Advent Calendar, £25
Joe & Seph’s are renowned for gourmet popcorn treats, and this ingenious advent calendar is a delight! There’s nothing boring about flavours like salted caramel, banoffee pie, chocolate orange, or chocolate-covered popcorn…yum!
Available online from Joe & Seph’s and in-store at selected retailers now.
Superstar Sparkling Wine Advent Calendar, £124.95
What could be better than some daily fizz to celebrate the run up to Christmas? This luxury advent calendar includes a 20cl bottle of Prosecco, Cava or Champagne behind each door for true decadence!
Available from The Pit Stop from early October.
Lancome Advent Calendar, €145/£105
Each wonderful house in the Lancome advent calendar is filled with a beauty surprise from all your favourite Lancome ranges. Treats inside include Renergie Nuit Multi-Lift night cream, Hydra Zen cream gel, Bi-Facil, Tonique Confort, Absolue Revitalising Night Ritual Mask, Tresor shower gel, Hypnose mascara and more.
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What a great selection of adult advent calendars to choose from! Which one is your favourite? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!