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, £10
Oh yes, choco heaven awaits! 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.
Jack Daniels Whiskey Advent Calendar, £60
If you’re a whiskey fan, or fancy trying something new and exciting, you’ll love this Jack Daniels Whiskey Advent 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. Keep an eye out for the keyring hip flask behind one of the doors too…
Available from Asda stores from mid-November.
Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar, £300
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 Harrods from October, and in-store and online from Jo Malone from November 1st.
Aldi Wine Advent Calendar, £49.99 / €69.99
As we announced back in August, 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 2018 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 4th.
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Baileys Chocolate and Mini Liqueurs, £18
Full of tasty Baileys-flavoured truffled, this is definitely an adult-only advent calendar. You’ll also find three mini bottles of Baileys, including Original, Coffee and Orange flavours.
Available in-store and online from Debenhams from mid-October.
Yankee Candle Advent Calender, from £24.99
This year’s Yankee advent calendars come in two differing styles – the foldout 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
This ultimate selection advent calendar comprises some of the best craft beers from the UK and Europe, including those from acclaimed breweries like Cloudwater, CR/AK, Magic Rock and Northern Monk.
Available for pre-order now from HonestBrew for delivery mid-November.
Treat your skin to some festive delights with the Elemis advent calendar. Face and body products include the popular Pro-Collagen collection, as well as the Superfood, Peptide and Skin Nourishing ranges. A full-size gift on the last day is something to look forward to!
Available online from October.
12 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar, £29.99
I love the packaging on this festive treat, and each of the 12 doors hides a mini bottle. Although the precise gins have yet to be confirmed, rumour has it that there will be a Bombay Sapphire, Gordon’s Pink Gin and JJ Whitley’s flavoured gins.
Available in B&M stores nationwide now.
Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar, £35 / €50
Worth over £250, 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.
Available in-store and online from November 6th.
Disney Advent Calendar, £15
Disney fans will be delighted to see this 25 Days of Disney calendar hit the stores, especially as each door reveals a Disney-themed Christmas bauble for your tree!
Available in Primark and Penneys stores from October.
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Carluccio’s Luxury Advent Calendar, £85
Ideal for foodies, this luxury advent calendar is packed with Italian delights – aged balsamic, truffle butter, porcini oil, and so much more!
Available in-store from October.
Diptyque Luxury Advent Calendar, £320
Get set for all the candles and scent you could possibly imagine – this Diptyque calendar is a major treat! Luxury scents include favourites like Ambre, Pomander, Benjoin, Oud, 34, Vanille, Noisetier, Roses, Tubéreuse, and Patchouli.
Available exclusively from Selfridges now.
The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars, £45-£99
The Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar, pictured here, is the most expensive of The Body Shop beauty calendars at £99 (although worth more than £230). It contains 14 full-size products from the luxury ranges, so you can pamper yourself to no end!
Available in-store and online from The Body Shop now.
Cath Kidston Advent Calendar, £40 / €50
Open a door each day to reveal a beauty treat in this iconic Cath Kidston townhouse 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 Boots now.
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Pukka Tea Advent Calendar, £7.99
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, £150
Shaped like a large vanity box, this luxury advent calendar has 12 doors hiding away a mix of full-size and mini items that are sure to upgrade your makeup bag.
Available in-store and online from Selfridges now.
Johnnie Loves Rosie Jewellery Advent Calendar, £55
Each day, open the numbered door and find a jewellery treat waiting behind. The calendar includes a whole range of jewellery surprises including necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and charms.
Available online from Johnny Loves Rosie now.
Soap and Glory Beauty Advent Calendar, £40 / €50
Retro glam is always front and centre with Soap & Glory, and the advent calendar is no different. Pick up all your S&G favourites, including Scrub of the Your Life, Sugar Crush body scrub, Crazy Sexy Kohl Eyeliner, Sexy Mother Pucker and more.
Available in-store and online from Boots now.
Luxury Wine Advent Calendar, £79.99
This luxury wine advent calendar sold out in 2016 and 2017, so pre-order now to indulge in 24 delicious wines. A daily digital wine tasting experience is also included, to help you maximise the enjoyment of the reds, whites, rose, port and fizz included in the calendar.
Available from VirginWines from early November (£10 deposit required for pre-booking)
L’Occitane Advent Calendars, from £49
This year, L’Occitane has released two fantastic advent calendars, priced at £49 and £89. Each has 24 new gifts, with everything from shower gels, shampoos, soaps and eau de toilette in the rich signature fragrances L’Occitane are renowned for.
Available online and instore now.
Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar, £15
There are six gourmet flavours to try in this delicious marshmallow advent calendar (Salted Caramel, Candy Floss, Strawberry Cream, 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 £3.95.
Available online from Naked Marshmallow now.
Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar, £175
A merry mix of festive flavours, this luxury advent calendar is a treat for the senses. While the full contents has yet to be revealed, we do know that there will be a number of full-size items, including an eau de toilette.
Available from Molton Brown from early October.
bareMinerals Out of this World Advent Calendar, £79
Loaded with 24 days of bestsellers and fan favourites for complexion, eye, lip and lashes, this gorgeous advent calendar has it all. With gorgeous shades and textures, it’s a great choice for beauty fans.
Available in-store and online from Bare Minerals now.
12 Days of Christmas Bath Bomb Advent Calendar, £35
These are almost too adorable to use! The fun bath bombs are scented and glorious, and a really fun alternative for an adult advent calendar.
Available from Bomb Cosmetics now.
Cheese Advent Calendar, £10
If savoury is more your style, what about this clever little calendar with a mix of cheeses to try over the festive season. Includes Applewood, Jarlsberg, mature cheddar, Red Leicester, Wensleydale with cranberries, and lots more.
Available from Asda stores from end of October.
Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, £50
The Amazon beauty calendar is back, packed with 24 beauty, hair, nail and skin care products and worth over £195. The brands include Max Factor, Elemis, Real Techniques, Essie and more.
Available from Amazon.co.uk from October 9th.
Bonne Maman Advent Calendar, £23
Add a little sweetness to your Christmas with a tasty selection of jams and preserves from Bonne Maman in their first ever advent calendar. The mini pots are an exciting mix of 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 from Costco now.
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 banoffee pie, chocolate orange, cookies and cream, or chocolate-covered popcorn…yum!
Available from Joe & Seph’s 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 October 8th.
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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!