As the holiday season approaches, choosing an advent calendar has become just as exciting as unwrapping Christmas presents! Chocolate, toys, beauty and more – here’s our guide to the best of 2021.
For the ultimate in fun, Lush’s Advent offer (£ 185) features 25 vegan products – including four retro items from their past collections and six exclusive pieces – all packaged in a stunning reusable trunk designed by Sally Kelly. For the first time ever, the calendar is available for purchase at Lush stores, and it’s also online at https://www.lush.com/uk/en.
The ARRAN Sense of Scotland Body, Hair & Home Calendar sells for £ 60, but is chock-full of premium content worth over £ 140 – including soaps, shampoos, candles and a signature eau de parfum – in a beautiful green packaging inspired by the forests of the Isle of Arran. (www.arran.com)
L’Occitane offers an affordable slice of premium goodies with its Classic Advent Calendar (£ 55), which includes care products for the beloved hair, body and skin, and there’s a version as well. luxury (£ 99) and, for the eco-conscious, a stunning £ 160 reusable calendar. Available in store or online at https://uk.loccitane.com/.
Young beauty fans will enjoy the Disney Princess 12 Day Royal Surprises Bath and Beauty Advent Calendar (£ 15, www.boots.com) and for younger Disney fans, Shuffle has released a Advent calendar with a new character every day. – ending with a game the whole family can enjoy on Christmas Day (£ 29.99, John Lewis and Amazon)
Invisibobble is offering 24 days of hair accessories including ties, clips, scrunchie and wrapstar for £ 29.99 (www.boots.com and www.invisibobble.co.uk), while young fashionistas will love the fun new penguin-themed addition from Milledeux to their collection of hair accessory calendars (£ 90, www.milledeux.com), with the festive clips inside echoing the cheerful reusable box they are in are accommodated.
Do you know a Harry Potter fan? Much like Dobby, make their day with a sock (well, 12 pairs) and send them the Harry Potter Sock 2021 Advent Calendar (£ 40, https://lostuniverse.com/). LEGO also offers a ‘Harry Potter’ themed calendar (£ 24.99), as well as LEGO friends, ‘Star Wars’ and more, all available at https://www.lego.com/en-gb / search? q = advent% 20calendar.
Fans of “Frozen” won’t want “Let It Go” when it comes to Danilo’s musical advent calendar. Create a festive scene – then watch the characters move to the beat of the music. (£ 19.99, https://www.danilo.com).
Fuel children’s imaginations with Schleich’s selection of advent calendars. Create a festive equine recreation with the Horse Club Calendar, or for the little ones there are Farm World and Wild themed calendars. They all cost £ 24.99 and are available at Schleich-s.com.
Arts and crafts enthusiasts of all ages will love the Merry Mischief Jigsaw Puzzle Calendar (£ 30, Gibsons, Selfridges and Amazon), which features 22 festively shaped puzzles and the remaining doors offer puzzle glue and tape so they can all be built to last. And for more specialized interest, www.iwantoneofthose.com sells the official Franzis Porsche Tractor Advent Calendar (£ 44.99), where an accompanying book will walk you through building a historic model with the parts. that you receive every day.
Marvel fans will love the Pocket Pop Advent Calendar, with a familiar face to collect behind every door. It’s a preview for £ 45 at https://www.bargainmax.co.uk.
Hero Collector gives the ultimate Advent gifts to devoted “Doctor Who”, “Star Trek” and The Beatles fans. With themed packaging and plenty of goodies, including coasters, badges, tea towels and more, they’re worth more than their £ 110 price tag (Herocollector.com/advent).
For chocolate lovers, there is no greater treat than the Grand Advent Calendar at Hotel Chocolat (£ 68) with truffles, chocolate bars, cosmetics and even gin. If that’s beyond your price range, they have smaller calendars for all tastes, including a vegan nut milk option, at https://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/christmas/advent-calendars/ .
Pierre Marcolini’s premium Italian ski resort themed calendar will add a festive vibe to your room as you savor a selection of their iconic chocolates. It’s £ 49 at https://eu.marcolini.com/en/.
Niederegger’s festive Santa design is meant to be shared as there is more than one treat for each day, and at £ 35 it comes with marzipan, truffles and pralines. Available in John Lewis.
And for an indulgent option that won’t break the bank, Divine’s Fairtrade Milk Chocolate Advent Calendar costs just £ 5 and includes a chocolate heart for each day – and once the holiday season is over, it can be reused to make Christmas decoration. Available at Ocado, Divine Online, Traidcraft, Oxfam, and Wholefoods.
Ideal for children, PLAYin CHOC’s 24 and 12-drawer calendars are durable, plastic-free and allergen-free. £ 55 or £ 27.50 at www.PLAYinCHOC.com
For a sweet, non-chocolatey taste, try the Retro Sweet Advent Calendar (£ 12.99, https://www.iwantoneofthose.com), which includes 24 classic candies including Tattoo Bubblegum, Love Hearts, Drumstick Lollies, Refresher Chews , Fruit Salads and Black Jacks, or Haribo’s Glow in the Dark Offer (£ 5), which has a small bag of goodies for every day.
Savory fans are not left out as they can take advantage of the Snaffling Pig’s Pork Crackling Advent Calendar – no explanation needed! – which is currently available for £ 14.99 at https://www.iwantoneofthose.com.
Who said candy was just for kids? Smith and Sinclair want you to ‘eat your drink’ with their Naughty or Nice calendar (£ 45) which includes 24 cocktail gummies that taste the same as your favorite drinks (www.ChocolatesDirect.co.uk or www.smithandsinclair. co.uk)
But if you’d rather just drink your drink, Virgin Wines has a selection of wine calendars for £ 89.99 (https://www.virginwines.co.uk/alcohol-advent-calendars) available in red, white or mixed, with a mini bottle every day as Christmas approaches and a special treat for December 25th. If gin is more your thing, Craft Gin Club has The Very Merry Gin Calendar (£ 99.95) and to guide you through today’s selection, each mini bottle comes with an exclusive online video of Ambassador Phillip. Schofield (https: // club .craftginclub.co.uk / pages / advent)