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 online from Debenhams from mid-October.
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Jack Daniels Whiskey Holiday Countdown Calendar, £50
If you’re a whiskey fan, or fancy trying something new and exciting, you’ll love this Jack Daniels Whiskey Holiday Countdown Calendar. With a mini bottle behind each door, the calendar contains over a litre of whiskey, in a mix of the various Jack Daniels tipples.
Available in-store and online from Asda stores from mid-October.
Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar, €40/£40*
Worth over £300, this is the ultimate beauty advent calendar and you won’t want to miss it – and it always sells out, so act fast! Filled with 25 beauty, skincare and haircare treats, you’ll get a chance to try new products from brands such as M&S Beauty, Pixi, Nuxe, L’Occitane, Ren and Stila.
The list of phenomenal brands you’ll be able to get your mitts on includes Ren, Nuxe, L’Occitane, Murad, This Works, Stila, Nails Inc, Philip Kingsley, Aveda, Prai, Percy & Reed, Emma Hardie, and Autograph.
Available in-store and online from October 31st (*with a €30/£25 spend on clothes, home or beauty)
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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! The new version for 2019 contains 24 mini bottles of red, white, rose and fizz, with a mix of French, Spanish and Italian wines.
Available in-store from Aldi from November 3rd.
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Yankee Candle Advent Calendar, from £24.99
This year’s Yankee advent calendars come in two differing styles – the book calendar, £34.99, and the advent wreath, £24.99. The calendars include scented favourites in both tea light and sampler votive candle sizes, and you’ll find lots of new scents to try as well.
Available online from Yankee Candle, and in selected stores, now.
Ultimate Craft Beer Advent Calendar, £139.90
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 on November 20th.
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.
Gibson’s Jigsaw Advent Calendar, £18.99
This unique jigsaw advent calendar includes 12 x 80-piece jigsaw puzzles. Each puzzle can be added to the last to create one of three magical Christmas street scenes, creating the perfect Christmas gift for any jigsaw puzzle enthusiast.
Available from Amazon now.
Treat your skin to some festive delights with this Elemis advent calendar. There are 25 skincare surprises to discover, worth over £339, 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, €715
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 x Hello Kitty Advent Calendar, €70/£58.50
Containing 25 mini nail polishes, this OPI advent calendar collaboration with the iconic Hello Kitty brand is great for beauty lovers!
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.
Luxury scents include favourites like Ambre, Pomander, Benjoin, Oud, 34, Vanille, Noisetier, Roses, Tubéreuse, and Patchouli.
Available online and in selected retailers now.
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar, £65
The Dream Big This Christmas Deluxe 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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Kellogg’s 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar, €25
Who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane? Well, this Kellogg’s advent calendar is exactly that – and even comes with a vintage-style stoneware bowl. With a selection of different Kellogg’s breakfast cereals hidden behind each door, this is a breakfast-lover’s dream!
Available online from Debenhams now.
Cath Kidston Advent Calendar, €48/£40
Open a door each day to reveal a beauty treat in this iconic Cath Kidston Christmas Village advent calendar. The selection of 24 mini products includes hand creams, soap, body scrubs, cuticle cream, lip balms and body lotions.
Available in-store and online from Cath Kidston and selected retailers now.
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Pukka Tea Advent Calendar, €12.99/£9.99
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 Pukka Herbs, or online through various retailers.
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar, €185/£150
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 2019 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, £79.99
This luxury wine advent calendar sold out over the last few years, so pre-order now to indulge in 24 delicious wines. For 2019, 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 to reserve now from VirginWines for dispatch in late November (£10 deposit required for pre-booking)
L’Occitane Advent Calendar, from €59/£49
This year, L’Occitane has released two beauty advent calendars, priced at €59 and €99. 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, £17.50
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! Add the marshmallow toaster and skewer set for an extra £3.75.
Available online from Naked Marshmallow now.
Marks & Spencer Jewellery Advent Calendar, €27/£19.50
This 12 Days of Christmas jewellery advent calendar is a great gift idea. The set includes a different charm behind each door, which can be interchanged with the earrings and necklaces included. Plus, even better, the Skin Kind™ metal means it’s suitable even for extra sensitive skin.
Available in-store and online now.
Molton Brown Luxury Advent Calendar, €200/£175
Brimming with beloved bath and body icons, the calendar delivers 24 decadent treats, each individually wrapped and presented in a grand Art Deco-inspired box with a hand-tied ribbon. Don’t miss out on all the treats, including a number of full-size items!
Available from Molton Brown from early October.
bareMinerals 24 Days of Clean Advent Calendar, £79
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.
Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, £50
The Amazon beauty calendar is back, packed with 24 beauty, hair, nail and skin care products and worth over £220. The brands include Elemis, FOREO, L’Oreal, John Frieda, Percy & Reed, TIGI and more.
Available from Amazon.co.uk.
Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, £23
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, £124.99
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, €135/£95
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!